Location: Boston, MA
Percent Women: 62%
Tuition (one year): $35,730
Most Popular Majors: Creative Writing; Cinematography and Film/Video Production; Radio and Television; Marketing/Marketing Management; and Broadcast Journalism
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 48.4%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Emerson College's website at www.emerson.edu/admission.
Why Choose Emerson?
"I was sold on Emerson when I came down for a visit on a 'Picture Yourself at Emerson' accepted students day. I had been to a number of these presentations at schools all over New England, but Emerson really stood out. I saw that Emerson wasn’t the 'typical college experience,' and I loved that."
"I chose Emerson because of how passionate the students were! Everyone seems to know exactly what they want in their career and works hard to obtain it."
"I chose to apply to Emerson College because I fell in love with how hands-on its journalism program was and how experienced the professors who taught the journalism classes were. The general love and pride I witnessed from Emerson students towards their school when I visited only made me more determined to get into Emerson."
"I applied to Emerson because I knew it would allow me to continue expanding professionally as well as creatively. Emerson allows me to continue exploring art, poetry and creative writing while still honing my skills in journalism."
"I loved how integrated into Boston Emerson is and how passionate all the students and faculty are about what they do!"
"What I love about Emerson is how we have all come to one of the world’s premiere communication schools because we have stories to tell. In order to learn how to do so, we have wonderful academics, taught by professors who have spent time making a living in each of our specific fields. Our extracurriculars are where the magic happens, though."
"Our 'Org Fair,' short for Organization Fair, is a chance to meet representatives from all of the amazing organizations here on campus. Be open to new clubs, new ideas, and new people because there you may end up finding some new interests alongside new friends and colleagues. You can really craft quite a resume, working on our TV shows or the Evvy Awards, writing for our magazines, or even volunteering for the community!"
"Going to school in a city requires a lot of energy. Emerson students are known to be extremely busy, and I can confirm that."
"Sometimes Emerson students can be almost too passionate. While I love being surrounded by people who are so involved, it does sometimes make me feel pressured to always be more active to the point where I feel like I’m overextending myself. It’s one of Emerson’s great strengths, but it can also be a downfall as well."
"Something I definitely envy about typical universities is school spirit. While Emerson students tend to love their school, we don't really have sports (quidditch is the most popular...) so we don't get the experience of rooting for your school, tailgating, all that fun stuff."
"The lack of sports, for one. We have an Emerson Football shirt that says we've been undefeated since 1880, which is a running joke amongst students. The shirt was worn on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which is pretty cool though. Also, for the most part each program/organization tends to stick together -- you don't usually see acting majors hanging out with comm. disorder people on campus, and vice versa. The diversity is really interesting, but not everyone is as accepting as you may initially guess."
New Collegiette On Campus
"Being a first-year student at Emerson is a roller coaster. There’s the initial overwhelming worry of being able to fit in, but once you hit your groove and find your place (and you will!), it’s such a rush."
"My first semester at Emerson I was definitely very intimidated. Everyone is so involved and successful already and I felt like I had to catch up instantly. Now I've realized that Emerson offers so many extracurricular activities that are easy to get involved with and will help you in your field, making it easy to follow the rigorous path of my classmates."
"Emerson orientation is truly like no other. Our orientation leaders (OLs) take their job extremely seriously and spend the entire orientation week doing everything they can to make new students get out of their comfort zone and really begin to experience the magic of Emerson. Sometimes it's a little cheesy or a bit too much...like Lady Gaga blaring all over Boylston St. at 8 am, but in the end, it's worth it. Go to as many of the orientation events as you can. Introduce yourself to everyone. You never know who you'll end up in a class with down the road!"
"Returning students were eager to help first-year students, making them feel at home and more comfortable. It was very easy to get to know upperclassman; through organizations and clubs, and even some classes, but often first-year students stick together for the most part."
All About Academics
"The most popular majors are probably VMA ones such as Film and TV Production, Writing, Literature & Publishing (WLP), and Journalism. We also have awesome acting and musical theater programs as well as an award winning communications school. Honestly, every program at Emerson is extremely customizable and specific, making it easy to take classes that will directly benefit you in your future career. Classwork is hands on, and you feel as though you're getting professional experience from the get go."
"I would say that my work load is project heavy. Sure, we have exams and a lot of the gen-eds are tougher than you expect, but a lot of my class work tends to focus on the practical application of the material and allows for creative projects and collaborations to be brought to the forefront of the curriculum."
"For your first two years at Emerson you are paired with an academic advisor who works in the Academic Affairs office. Then for the final two years you are paired with a member of the faculty specific to your major!"
"Registration is a bit like The Hunger Games...especially if you're an underclassman registering on campus. ECWireless tends to get overloaded and work really slowly, and since you get to choose your classes last, a lot of the good ones are already gone. Have a back up plan, and don't be afraid to contact professors personally if you really need to take their class that semester. They're usually flattered that someone wants to take their course that badly and will try and accomodate you."
"Emerson is really great about GenEd requirements. Not only do a lot of students come in with some of their classes already filled, due to high school AP and college courses, there are several classes that can count for more than one GenEd or toward your major as well as a required class."
Learn from the Best
"I've never had a professor here that I didn't like. They're all so knowledgable on their subject and are open to questions no matter how dumb you think your question is."
"I would definitely recommend taking advantage of office hours. Professors love having one-on-one time with students and it shows them the initiative you have to come to them for advice, prep for a test, or even to just further discuss something that they went over in class. I have built some of my strongest faculty relationships through going to office hours."
"I changed majors, and I’m pursuing a minor, so I’ve gotten to experience teachers from a bunch of different departments here at Emerson. But if you’re in the writing department, you have to take nonfiction writing with Meta Wagner. She’s funny and sweet and makes even the topic of talking about your most embarrassing moments a fun time!"
"Emerson has some really amazing professors; many of them are either current or past professionals in their respective fields! Don't be surprised if your professor is a freelance writer for National Geographic or wrote the latest Hollywood screenplay! Professors make an effort to be available for office hours and most are really approachable. Of course, each teacher and course is different, but from what I've experienced I can safely say that my classes have been interactive and engaging. Because of the small class sizes, you can really get to know your fellow classmates and have some interesting in-class discussions."
"As a WLP I’ve really enjoyed workshop classes; while they seem grueling and a little rough, they are probably one of the most helpful and constructive experiences I’ll have at Emerson."
Interests & Involvement
"Emerson’s extracurriculars are what drew me to the school, especially as a journalism major. Since day one I have been involved with hands-on journalism. I’ve written news stories for the radio station WERS, hosted a show on Emerson Channel, and was part of a rotating broadcast team for WEBN’s J-Channel."
"Almost everyone at Emerson does some kind of extracurricular. I'm involved with the TV station, the Emerson Channel, which employs over 100 students and is one of the most popular extracurriculars."
"I can attribute my love for Emerson clubs and organizations to three key points: the high level of passion those around me have for what they are doing, the skills we acquire from the activity [or activities] we’re engaged in, and the fact that I am forced to break out of my introverted shell by trying things and meeting people."
"Emerson has an awesome Organization Fair at the beginning of each semester. Most clubs and committees can be found at the fair. You're able to speak to members of the organization face-to-face and sign up for clubs that you may potentially be interested in. If you don't see a club you like, then start your own! A student my freshman year saw that Emerson lacked an entertainment magazine, so she grabbed some friends and started her own."
"Emerson is notorious for its busy students. Most of us participate in numerous organizations. From literary magazines and improv groups, to Greek life and environmental clubs, Emerson offers a wide range of easily accessible extracurricular activities."
"Emerson has clubs for every major and every interest you could possibly pursue."
"Although sports aren’t as popular at Emerson as they are at many major universities, I think that there are still a lot of great opportunities for people who want to get involved in athletics."
"Emerson is definitely not a good place for sports lovers. Unless you like quidditch..."
"Believe it or not, Emerson does actually have sports teams! Our basketball and baseball teams are fun to go support with friends. We even have a spirit squad."
"The athletes on campus definitely hang out together, although there aren't many of them. Emerson tends to focus more on the creative arts -- theater, dance, and film. There aren't really many club sports or intramurals, either. Quidditch is by far the most popular."
"Even though Emerson isn’t a big sports school, that doesn't mean we are lacking in school spirit. Everyone here is extremely passionate about everything they do."
"One of the best things about Emerson is the diversity. Yes, there's a running joke that everyone who goes to Emerson is hipster and dresses the part -- and for some that is true. Girls at Emerson all tend to have their unique style and aren't afraid to show it, which is cool."
"Girls at Emerson are almost always dressed their best. Even for 8 ams. The 'North Face and Uggs' uniform that other schools seem to have in the winter is rarely seen around campus. There are definitely more girls at Emerson than guys, and that ratio is definitely present in classrooms and organizations."
Food & Drink
"We have 1 Dining Hall and 3 cafes on campus, and generally the food is okay. My favorite place to eat on campus is The Max, located in Piano Row, but there are also lots of restaurants and fast food places around campus - some of which you can even use ECCash at, which is really convenient when you get sick of on campus food!"
"At Emerson, there aren’t very many dining facilities, but we don’t have many students anyway. And we’re in such a central part of Boston that it doesn’t even matter! I love being able to stop at Starbucks for a coffee or grab a burger at Uburger. It’s so convenient! But my favorite on campus place to eat has to be EmCafe."
"The food at Emerson definitely gets a good amount of complaints. There's technically 4 different places to eat, but a lot of them have basically the same stuff. I'm very picky, so basically the only things I eat on campus are ham and cheese sandwiches from the deli, or a plain cheese quesadilla. Or the cookies, can't forget the cookies. "
"Social life? Well, I do know Allston like the back of my hand."
"Most parties are off campus in crowded basements or tiny apartments in Allston, Mission Hill, or Cambridge. Try and catch the last T even if it's insanely packed, because no one likes to wake up on a Sunday morning and realize they spent their last $10 on a cab back the night before."
"Allston parties are something we all experience and pretend to love, but honestly it's so much more fun to kick back with a smaller group and just hang out and drink like that."
"Dorms are pretty nice compared to a lot of schools, because many of them are suite style, with both single and double rooms available."
"One of the really cool things about living on campus freshman year is that you can choose your own roommate. That way, if you meet someone cool at Accepted Students Day or on the Facebook group before school, you can request to live with them and arrive at Emerson knowing you already have a friend to go through the transition with!"
"The dorms are very safe. In each building you have to tap (sometimes twice) an Emerson ID to get in, which is comforting when you live in the middle of a city."
"Many RAs organize activities for their floor, or even the whole building, which are a lot of fun and a great way to get to know the people you live near."
"Emerson is in the heart of the city, which is awesome. I talk to a lot of my friends who go to schools that have their own campus and they say they get bored easily and have trouble finding things to do without a car. Emerson students are so lucky because we literally have all of Boston at our fingertips!"
"I LOVE Boston. I've never lived in a city before so Boston was the perfect size; big but not too big. There's so much to do here, starting with every store you ever want to shop at, live music every night if you look for it, gorgeous parks, and delicious food."
"I love that Emerson College is in downtown Boston, placing us either at the center of everything (the State House, restaurants, theatres, cinema, etc.) or providing us with opportunities to go wherever we would like to go (the T, buses, cabs, etc.)."
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