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About Emerson

Emerson College is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Boston, Massachusetts. Emerson was founded in 1880 and now enrolls around 4,582 students a year, including 3,855 undergrads. Emerson offers housing for up to 2,692 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Emerson! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Emerson's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Emerson students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Emerson has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Emerson has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Emerson on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Emerson on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! January 15, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

2021 Emerson Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 36%
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 70%
Tuition $47,856

Is Emerson a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at to get a better sense of what Emerson offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

2019 Acceptance Rate for Emerson College

It is very difficult to get into Emerson. The acceptance rate at Emerson is 36%. Last year, 12,941 students applied to Emerson and 4,612 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Emerson

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Emerson, around 87% return for the next year. Around 81% of students who started at Emerson earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Emerson Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Emerson's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2019, the total market value of the school endowment was $171.6 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Emerson

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Emerson meets 53% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $33,583 a year.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $22,522 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Emerson. Based on this information, how does Emerson sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Emerson a good school for you?

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Where is Emerson?

Emerson is located in the urban setting of Boston, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Boston.

If you want to see Emerson for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Massachusetts Turnpike to Boston, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Logan International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Emerson and Boston are like without leaving home.

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College Info

120 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116-4624

Campus Setting: Urban

Emerson Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Emerson is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Emerson is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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Emerson ACT Scores

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ACT Range

27 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Emerson SAT Scores

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Math SAT Range

590 - 700

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610 - 690

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Emerson Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$67,128

In State

$67,128

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$47,856
$47,856
Fees
$872
$872
Housing
$18,400
$18,400
Books
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Emerson is like? There are approximately 4,582 students enrolled at Emerson, including 3,855 undergraduate students and 727 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 22% percent are from MA and 78% percent of students are from other states.

98%

Full Time

2%

Part Time

22%

In State

78%

Out-of-State

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

4,582

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

36%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$48,728

Out-of-State

$48,728

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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