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Emerson College

120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

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Emerson College, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Boston, MA, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Over four thousand students enroll at Emerson College yearly.

Areas of study available at Emerson College include but are not limited to:

  • English Language And Literature
  • Visual And Performing Arts
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education

To be considered for admissions, students may be asked to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school transcripts, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. Either the ACT or SAT exam can be taken in order to be able to apply to this school. Scores between 25 to 29 on the ACT or 1710 to 1990 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase the chance of acceptance. This school has an acceptance rate of about 48 percent of which only 25 percent chose to enroll. More information regarding admissions can be found at emerson.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is around $36,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is typically offered as grants or student loans.

The Emerson College "Lions" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division III)
  • Soccer (NCAA Division III)

Students may visit the school's http://www.emerson.edu to view additional information.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the students Emerson College accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted to Emerson College.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Recommended
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading580 - 680
SAT ® Math550 - 640
SAT ® Writing580 - 670
SAT ® Total Score1710 - 1990

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English26 - 32
ACT ® Math24 - 27
ACT ® Composite Score25 - 29

Acceptance Rate Table

The chances of getting accepted into Emerson College can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions3,600 (48%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled914 (25%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Emerson College is around 4,600 students. The student body is made up of 81% undergraduate students and 19% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $37,000 per year for in-state and nonresident students
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,000 to $1,300 per unit
  • The average estimated cost for on campus housing and meals is listed to be around $16,000

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid73%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships53%$18,143
Receiving Student Loans59%$8,597

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 1%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Emerson College may offer services to students like:

  • Online course work available
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

With a graduation rate of around 81%, Emerson College is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years80%
Graduating in 5 Years1%
Graduating in 6 Years0.3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (since 1981)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

English Language and Literature

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Cinematography And Film (B)
  • Drama (B)
  • Technical Theatre, Design and Technology (B)
  • Acting (B)
  • Musical Theatre (B)
  • Directing and Theatrical Production (B)
  • Documentary Production (B)
  • Music Performance (B)

Communications and Journalism

  • Radio and Television (B, M)
  • Publishing (M)
  • Broadcast Journalism (B, M)
  • Journalism (B, M)
  • Political Communication (B)
  • Communications (B)
  • Digital Communication and Media (B)
  • Health Communication (M)
  • Communication and Media Studies (M)

Business and Marketing Studies

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Speech and Language Pathology (M)
  • Communication Disorders (B)


  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education (B, M)

Communication Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B)