Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts
4-year Private university


Emerson College is a private institution established in 1880 with an urban setting located in Boston. It is ranked 7 in Regional Universities North in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $ 55,392. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,149. It practices a semester-based academic calendar. The school offers majors such as writing, literature publishing and political communication. Minor options include fiction, music appreciation, and business studies in communication and the arts. Fittingly, the literary-focused school has a wide variety of student publications, including the Emerson Review, a literary magazine, and Concrete Literary Magazine, which showcases student poetry and photography. There is also a group called Undergraduate Students for Publishing that publishes student work. There are about 80 other student organizations, including a handful of fraternities and sororities.

#13 in Regional Universities North
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1880
Selectivity Moderate
Size Small
4,149 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Visual and Performing Arts
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services
  • Education
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $55,392
Outstate Tuition Fee $55,392
Room and Board Fees $20,310
$30,308 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


43% (Moderate Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$0 Application Fee
3.7 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Optional
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted https://admissions.emerson.edu/account/login?r=https%3a%2f%2fadmissions.emerson.edu%2fapply%2fstatus

For International Students

80 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Not Required
IELTS, Duolingo, Cambridge English (Advace or Proficiency), and PTE Academic Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is the national language

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$35,079 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$27,887 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $78,180
51% Students with need received Financial Aid
9.8% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application February 1
Forms to be submitted CSS, FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Aspire Scholarship
Total Worth $5,000 - $22,500 per semester
Eligibility first-year applicants
Minimum Criteria Based on academic performance
Requirement for maintenance maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
Trailblazer Scholarship
Total Worth $7,500 per semester
Eligibility first-year applicants
Minimum Criteria Based on acdemic performance
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Visionary Scholarship
Total Worth $5,000 per semester
Details --


4,149 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
88% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
73% Students graduate within 6 years