Emerson College

120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Questions and Answers about Emerson College

Ella C.
1 month ago
What mental health resources do you offer to make sure students have the optimal opportunity to succeed?
Emerson College
Hi Ella, Our students have access to Emerson College Counseling & Psychological Services (ECAPS). You can read more about their resources at the following link: https://emerson.edu/departments/counseling-psychological-services ECAPS provides students with tools for stress management, peer-led support groups, and resources for students of color / LGBT students. We also have student run organizations such as "Active Minds", which helps break down stigmas surrounding mental health. You can learn more at EmConnect: https://emconnect.emerson.edu/
Miriam T.
1 month ago
What percentage of graduate students require taking out a loan for tuition at any point in their time at Emerson?
Taell-Elyse A.
1 month ago
Are freshman allowed to have a car on campus?
Emerson College
Hi Taell-Elyse, Unfortunately for both commuters and residents, we do not encourage students to have a car on campus. Emerson College being located centrally in Downtown Boston. Traffic can be highly congested, and there are very limited metered parking options. Additionally, Boston is a very walkable city, and we have the MBTA as our subway system for longer distances. Please feel free to read more about our Motor Vehicle Policies here: https://emerson.edu/policies/motor-vehicles
Elizabeth B.
2 months ago
Are freshmen required to live on campus at Emerson?
Emerson College
Hi there! New first time students are guaranteed and required to live on campus at Emerson College for their first 3 years. During their first year at Emerson, students will live in our Little Building Residence Hall (communal styled), before having the opportunity to live in our other suite styled residence halls from their second year onward. I have a link to more information regarding Housing and Residential Education here:https://www.emerson.edu/departments/housing-residential-education/residence-halls
Eliana U.
2 months ago
Will Emerson accept my dual enrollment credit as college credit?
Emerson College
Hi Eliana, Emerson accepts AP, CLEP, IB, and Dual Enrollment credits as college credits. New first time students may transfer a maximum of 32 college credits from any of these options. Please note that for certain exams (such as AP), there are certain scores students must earn, in order to be considered for college transfer credit. I have a link to our transfer credit policies here for your perusal: https://www.emerson.edu/policies/transfer-credit
Elizabeth B.
2 months ago
What is the average class size for lower division courses at Emerson?
Emerson College
Hi Elizabeth, The overall average class size is about 25 students per class. However, most students will actually be in classes between 14-18 students, when it comes to major-specific courses. Our student to faculty ratio is also 13:1, and due to the small size of the college, students are able to receive individualized learning approaches from their professors, while forming strong relationships with peers, teachers, and staff members.


Emerson College draws independent minds from diverse backgrounds around the world through its highly regarded academic programs in communication, the arts, and the liberal arts. Energized by engagement with the creative life of Boston, Los Angeles, and the Netherlands, our students are creative thinkers and doers who develop their own personal voice and expertise in professions that profoundly shape society and culture in the 21st century. ➡️ Undergraduate Admissions Publications https://www.emerson.edu/undergraduate-admission-publications ➡️ Undergraduate Admission & Aid https://www.emerson.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admission

Majors offered at Emerson College

Biggest majors
Film/Video and Photographic Arts
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies

Academics at Emerson College

SAT Score Range
Considered with application
ACT Score Range
Considered with application
Student Faculty Ratio
15 to 1
Somewhat Selective (36% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

Emerson College demographics

60% White
12% Hispanic
4% Asian
4% Black
3% Multiracial
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Common careers for Emerson College students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Marketing Director100k
Digital Marketing Manager76k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)72k
Marketing Manager68k
Managing Editor60k
Marketing Specialist55k
Marketing Coordinator44k
Based on 5,600 student responses
51.4kAvg. Early Career Pay
101kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
41%in High-Meaning careers

Net price of attending Emerson College

Emerson College financial aid

Grants per year
Loans per year

Student reviews of Emerson College

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Lots of interesting clubs and activities
LGBTQ+ friendly
Accessible and helpful professors
Welcoming student body
Great internship and research opportunities
Julia Murphy
Art + 5 others



Emerson College can feel like a very intimidating place. There are plenty of ways to get involved in campus activities from the moment you step in the door and plenty of opportunities to learn. I love the tight-knit community of Emerson and the small student population, as well as its location in downtown Boston. There is always something to do around here!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

There are many people in the Media Arts Production major who have little experience in the field, which was reassuring for me, but I still feel like there are many production opportunities that are gatekept and not enough opportunities to learn before having to jump into a task yourself.

Ariel Wile
Movies And Film
Writing + 7 others



It's a great place to find cool, artistic, and unique individuals who are like you but will give you a new perspective on life and help you build your creative expression.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The financial aid office is stingy, the faculty isn't paid enough and the students are overcharged for unnecessary things.

Jesse Frankel
Movies And Film



Top tier film school in a good location

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

you really need to take part in extracurricular

Sebella Anne Torres Alfaro
Acting And Theater



I enjoy being surrounded by like-minded and goal-oriented students who are talented and supportive of their classmates' projects.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

As an off-campus student, it's a bit more complicated to get to know other people because you're not as immersed in the environment.

Ayah Yusuf
Advocacy And Activism
Culinary Arts
Art History + 6 others



The student-teacher at Emerson is something that I believe alone makes the Emerson experience worth it. Teachers are available to coordinate with students to create the best possible experience for each class and are readily available outside of class hours. Other students are also really open and friendly and accepting, which makes it really easy to form tight social groups to rely on for whatever you need. And, the Emerson mafia is REAL. Regardless of whether they know you or went to school at the same time as you, Emerson alumni are a tight-knit group of people who are so willing to help each other and current students out in the communications industry however they can.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Emerson is a PWI, so if you are a student of color, the experience with the Emerson Board and administration is what you'd expect from a predominately white institution in regards to race, ethnicity, and cultural diversity. And while some progress can be made, it can be really difficult to see productive changes made from those same groups in regards to changes students want to see in campus culture, curriculum, quality of life, or other complaints you may have. It can be frustrating to deal with from time to time.

Sofia Servizio
Art + 5 others



I like the interesting classes. I never found myself bored in any of my classes.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The price. Nobody gets financial aid, so expect to pay the full price. Even if you are about to drop out, they will still not give you any money.

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