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.
Some salient features related to the admissions at the institute are mentioned as follows:
|Type of University||Private|
|Number of Postgraduate Seats||633|
|Percentage of International Students||18%|
|Season of Intake||Fall, Spring and Summer|
|Annual Acceptance Rate||36%|
|Test Scores Accepted||SAT/ ACT, TOEFL/ IELTS|
|Financial Aid||Available as merit-based scholarships and work study|
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:
Some of the popular majors offered at the institute include Business of Creative Enterprises, Digital MArketing, Public Relations, Journalism, Economics and Psychology, among others.
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.
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).
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.
|Test Name||Undergraduate Programs||Graduate Programs|
|TOEFL||80 iBT, 213 CBT, 550 PBT||95 – 115|
|IELTS||6.5+||6.5 – 7.5|
|PTE||60+||65 – 80|
|Cambridge English (Advanced or Proficiency)||176+||-|
All application materials may be submitted electronically or sent to the respective departments.
Deadlines for various programs vary and some common deadlines have been mentioned below.
|Early Decision||November 1||mid-December|
|Regular Decision||January 15||April beginning|
|Regular Decision||November 1*||Rolling|
|Priority Decision||March 1|
|Rolling Admission till||July 15|
|Select graduate programs Priority Decision||February 1|
|Rolling Admission till||March 2/ July 15|
|Priority Decision||November 1|
|Rolling Admission till||December 1|
|Priority Decision||March 1|
|Rolling Admission till||April 15/ May 1|
*Please note that applications completed after November 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
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.
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:
|Charge||Description of Charge||Undergraduate||Graduate|
|Tuition Fee||Full-time (12–16 credits per semester)||USD48,560||-|
|Student Service Fee||-||USD872||USD640|
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.
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 Expenditure||Cost (in USD)|
|Room and Board||3,250 to 4,840|
|Books and Supplies||1,300|
|Transportation and personal expenses||2,100|
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:
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.
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.
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$46,016 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Emerson College Enrollment||4774|
|Average Graduation Rate||72.5%|
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
|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|
|New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Programs||American Speech-Language-Hearing Association|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
Rank (Out of Colleges)
#222 [Out of 650]
based on 1 student ratings
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.
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.
*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary