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EMERSON COLLEGE, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Boston, MassachusettsLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1880Established Year
  4459Enrollment

Emerson College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Established in 1880 as a private institution dedicated to oratory, Emerson College is a highly regarded institute in the US Education System for its academic programs in communication and liberal arts. Located in the heart of Boston’s famed Theatre District, the institute offers around 25 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and 18 graduate courses.

The institute is a recognized name for international aspirants looking to study in the USA as it has has several firsts under its belt: first collegiate-level program in children’s theater, first course of journalism, professional training in speech pathology, launched the first educational radio station and later a television station and also developed one of the first undergraduate programs in broadcasting and broadcast journalism.[2]

Some salient features related to the admissions at the institute are mentioned as follows:

  • Emerson College admissions is highly competitive with an annual acceptance rate of merely 36%.
  • Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring intakes. Only selected graduate programs have spring/ summer intakes.
  • Application is online through the university website. Application fee for all international students is waived off.
  • The average GPA of admitted freshman of the class of 2018 was 3.72, while the average SAT and ACT composite scores were 1220-1380 and 27-31, respectively.[3]
Emerson College Campus

Rankings

  • In the U.S. News & World Report 2020 edition, Emerson College is ranked #8 in Regional Universities North, #12 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (tie), #49 in Best Value Schools.[5]
  • Forbes Magazine ranks Emerson #222 in Top Colleges 2019, #152 in Private Colleges, and #95 in the Northeast.[6]
  • Emerson College also features in Princeton Review’s The Best 385 Colleges, Best Northeastern, and Green Colleges list.[7]

Highlights

Type of UniversityPrivate
Established1880
CampusUrban Setting
Number of Postgraduate Seats633
Percentage of International Students18%
Season of IntakeFall, Spring and Summer
Application FeeN/A
Annual Acceptance Rate36%
Test Scores AcceptedSAT/ ACT, TOEFL/ IELTS
Financial AidAvailable as merit-based scholarships and work study
Official websiteemerson.edu

Programs, Campus and Accommodation

Courses

Emerson College offers a plethora of courses for international students which includes some 26 undergraduate majors, 30+ undergraduate minor, and 18 graduate programs and several certificates in communication and the arts through the following academic departments:

  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism
  • Marketing Communication
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual & Media Arts
  • Writing, Literature & Publishing
  • Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

Some of the popular majors offered at the institute include Business of Creative Enterprises, Digital MArketing, Public Relations, Journalism, Economics and Psychology, among others.

Campus

Emerson College International Stdunets

The institute occupies an urban campus stretching across acres of land, located right in the Theatre District of Boston, opposite the iconic Boston Common. The Boston campus houses residential halls, dining facilities, athletics center, an experimental black box theater, a screening room, sound stage, scene production shop, rehearsal studios, practice rooms, classrooms, and administrative offices. 

The college also has facilities in Los Angeles’s Sunset Boulevard and in the Netherlands, the college operates out of a 14th-century castle, no less. The LA campus, set up in 1986, is spread over 100,000 square feet and enrolls more than 200 students each fall and spring.

Housing Facilities/Residence

The institute offers housing facilities consisting of 5 residential properties with mostly twin-sharing rooms in mostly suite-like accommodations. Rooms are equipped with individual internet ports for each resident, Cable and Telephone jack, apart from a set of standard furniture for each resident. All residential students are required to subscribe to a residential meal plan.

Freshmen students enrolling in the fall semester are required to live on campus housing for their first six semesters at Emerson while students entering in the spring semester are required to take up campus residence for the first five semesters. Please note that the college does not offer on-campus accommodations to graduate students

Room and Board expenses for a year approximately costs around 17,690 USD per academic year (double room).

Emerson College Application Process

How to apply?

Application Portal: Undergraduate application is through either Common Application or the Emerson Application. The graduate application is through Emerson website.

Application fee: N/A for international students.

Admission Requirements:

  • Complete the Application for Admission
  • Official transcripts in original, from all higher education institutions attended with certified English translation.
  • School Report, Secondary School Counselor Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation, First Marking Period Grades and Mid-Year Report for undergraduate applicants.
  • SAT/ ACT Scores for undergraduate programs, GRE score for select graduate program.
  • Official English Proficiency Test Scores. The tests of English Proficiency accepted by Emerson are listed below:
Test NameUndergraduate ProgramsGraduate Programs
TOEFL80 iBT, 213 CBT, 550 PBT95 – 115
IELTS6.5+6.5 – 7.5
PTE60+65 – 80
Cambridge English (Advanced or Proficiency)176+-
  • Creative sample as specified by undergraduate program applied for.
  • Graduate programs will have additional requirements like professional resume, letters of recommendation, essays, portfolio, writing sample, creative sample, etc.
  • All non-US Academic credentials must be evaluated by an approved professional credit-evaluation agency. The evaluation report should include a course-by-course evaluation, GPA and degree-equivalency.

All application materials may be submitted electronically or sent to the respective departments.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for various programs vary and some common deadlines have been mentioned below.

Undergraduate Courses

FallDeadlineDecision by
Early DecisionNovember 1mid-December
Regular DecisionJanuary 15April beginning
SpringDeadlineDecision by
Regular DecisionNovember 1*Rolling

Graduate Courses

FallDeadline
Priority DecisionMarch 1
Rolling Admission tillJuly 15
Select graduate programs Priority DecisionFebruary 1
Rolling Admission tillMarch 2/ July 15
Spring
Priority DecisionNovember 1
Rolling Admission tillDecember 1
Summer
Priority DecisionMarch 1
Rolling Admission tillApril 15/ May 1

*Please note that applications completed after November 1 will be considered on a space-available basis. 

Emerson College Cost of Attendance

An estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US by enrolling at Emerson for the upcoming academic year is as compiled below.

Tuition Fee

Fee for various courses available at the institute varies for its diverse alternatives on the basis of its level and type. The basic fee for the coming session is as follows:

ChargeDescription of ChargeUndergraduateGraduate
Tuition FeeFull-time (12–16 credits per semester)USD48,560-
Per CreditUSD1,517USD2,552
Tuition Insurance-USD296USD126
Student Service Fee-USD872USD640

Please note that all graduate tuition is assessed on a ‘per credit’ basis. Normally, graduate students have to take 8 or 12 credits per semester.

Cost of Living

Other expenses that should be taken a note of are tabulated below. Note that the prices mentioned aren’t institute specific and are general basic amount requirements.

Type of ExpenditureCost (in USD)
Room and Board3,250 to 4,840
Meal Plan6,426
Personal Expenses3,400
Books and Supplies1,300
Transportation and personal expenses2,100

Scholarship and Financial Aids

International students are not considered for need-based financial assistance by either Emerson College or the U.S. federal government. However, it does offer merit-based awards and scholarships for international students to study in the USA through the Admission Office and Alternative Loans through select private lenders.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission awards merit scholarships in partnership with various scholarship committees. Some prominent studentship opportunities for freshmen students are:

  • Trustees Scholarship – Full-time Honors program students are eligible. An annual award of 26,000 USD, renewable up to eight semesters, provided, awardees maintain a 3.3 GPA (3.0 GPA in the Honors curriculum) in their respective program. An Honors Program essay has to be submitted along with the admission application.
  • Luminary Scholarship – Awarded to full-time students with exceptional academic records as well as personal traits like leadership, and other factors important to success. Award amount is 18,000 USD per year, renewable up to eight semesters, conditional to the maintenance of satisfactory academic progress by the awardee.
  • Spotlight Scholarship – Extended to full-time students who demonstrated academic success as well as traits like leadership, community engagement, etc. The award amount is 6,000 USD annually, renewable up to eight semesters upon the maintenance of satisfactory academic progress by the awardee.

Graduate Students at Emerson College are considered for fellowships on the bases of their comprehensive academic credentials and professional promise. Four different types of fellowships, namely Graduate Dean's Fellowship, Half Tuition Fellowship, Presidential Fellowship, and Full Tuition Fellowship are on offer. 

Additionally, the Cecil and Helen Rose Ethics in Communication Scholarship is also awarded to eligible students in the Communication Management program. Fellowship is awarded in the range of 10,000 USD to full tuition, depending on the program. All applicants who submit their admission application within the deadline are automatically reviewed for such fellowship.

Also note that all new graduate applicants are automatically considered by the Office of Graduate Admission for several Emerson Community Scholarships, upon applying, regardless of the deadline. Applicants are not required to complete any additional paperwork.

Work While You Study

International students do not qualify for the Federal Work-Study award but are eligible to apply for on-campus employment opportunities under the Emerson College Student Employment Program. The Office of Student Employment assists students with on-campus employment and also off-campus Service Work-Study. 

International students should be enrolled full-time at the institute and maintain satisfactory academic progress in their programs, be authorized to work in the USA, and complete necessary documentation (I-9, W-4, and F-1 forms) to receive work authorization. Students are allowed to work 20 hours a week when the school is in session and up to 40 hours a week when the school is in session. Examples of on-campus employment positions include office assistant, food services, and library assistant.

F-1 students who have completed one full year of study in the US will be considered eligible for limited employment off-campus, provided appropriate authorization from either the Office of International Students Affairs or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is in hand. Off-campus employment opportunities include: Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), Employment Authorization based on Severe Economic Hardship and Employment Authorization for an International Organization.

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Emerson College Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population4774
FAFSA Code002146
Application Cost$65
Accreditation NEASC
Average Cost of Attendance$46,016 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score128012001360 69%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing660620700-
Mathematics620580660-
ACTCheck Detailed Score282630 41%
English302633-
Mathematics262328-

Emerson College Acceptance Rate

46.1%

Acceptance Rate

10360

Total Applicants

4774

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

37.9%

Male

62.1%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program46.1%
Total Applicants8876
Total Enrolled4088
Graduate
Graduate Programs46.0%
Total Applicants1490
Total Enrolled686

Emerson College Enrollment

Enrollment
Emerson College Enrollment4774
Undergraduate Enrollment4088
Graduate Enrollment686
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate72.5%

Attendance Cost

$46,016

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$46,016 / Year
Post Graduate Program$30,024 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,150 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$16,992 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$2,350 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$15,750 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$2,350 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$2,725 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$2,800 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Program Wise Accreditations
ProgramsAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
583020463784-
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    Overall (National)

    College rating

    based on 1 student ratings

    7.8/10

    9/10academic
    8/10infrastructure
    6/10placements
    9/10faculty
    8/10extracurricular
    7/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Shruti, UNITED STATES School of communications: journalism
    Emerson College
    Current student , Batch : 2022
    7.8
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    LIFE AT EMERSON COLLEGE

    Emerson College has been ranked as having the number 1 journalism program in the country, which was a huge pull factor for me. I also love being in a city and love having a small campus feel while still being in a big city.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I like the course curriculum, however, some of the elective courses are a hit or miss. I also love the major course because I am able to do hands-on work in my field of study. I have learned a lot about important aspects of journalism and have been given the opportunity to practice them right away.

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