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Emerson College

Boston, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate36%

Emerson Admissions

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

If you are applying to Emerson College, the regular decision application deadline is January 17 and the fee for the application costs $60.

Emerson College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Emerson College's admissions stats.

Emerson College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 29%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 70%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 41%
Waitlist Yes

Emerson College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Emerson College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes Info Not Available
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes
Regular Decision Yes 1 17

Applying Early to Emerson College?

Emerson College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Some students apply to college early to increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Emerson College Admissions

Transferring to Emerson College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Emerson College

Emerson College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Emerson College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Emerson College

What does Emerson College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Emerson College for more information on admission factors.

Emerson College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Emerson College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Emerson College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Resume, Portfolio
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Emerson College?

Students admitted to Emerson College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 29% submitted a class rank. At Emerson College 29% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 70% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Emerson College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Emerson College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Emerson College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 70% of Emerson College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 41% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Emerson College students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Emerson College students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

To be most competitive at Emerson College, you should strive to earn between 27 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Emerson College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Emerson College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

More Information on Transferring to Emerson College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Emerson College. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Emerson College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Emerson College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Emerson College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Emerson College.

Does Emerson College accept transfer credits?

✅ Emerson College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Emerson College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Emerson College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Emerson College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Emerson College?

❌ No, Emerson College is test optional, so you can make the call whether to send your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Emerson College's acceptance rate?

✅ Emerson College has an acceptance rate of 36%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Emerson College?

✅ Emerson College offers early decision but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

Want To Learn More About Emerson College?

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Emerson Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Emerson? Emerson is a very selective institution. The Emerson acceptance rate is 36%. This means that the institution accepts 35 out of every 100 applicants.


Emerson Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 17

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Emerson is Jan 17.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Emerson is Continuous processing.

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

Emerson SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

590 - 700


Reading SAT Range

610 - 690

Emerson GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Emerson, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.73. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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