Emerson College
Boston, MA 02116-4624


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 4,442
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 9%
Student to faculty ratio 15:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,133 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Emerson College is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 9,149 applications and only 4,397 students were granted admission. Emerson College is at the #46 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 39% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 77% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1120 to 1330
ACT25 to 30

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Emerson College's tuition was $42,144 for all students regardless of residency (57.3% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 73% of Emerson College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 17% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,239 (which is 3.7% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Emerson College in 2016-2017, was 522, which is 57% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,005 (which is 1.9% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Emerson College has enrolled a total of 4,442 students (4,311 students full-time and 131 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 4,442 students, 159 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 38% men and 62% women and 3,801 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 641 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 64%

Hispanic: 10%

Non-resident alien: 10%

Asian: 4%

Two or more races: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Black/African American: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 8 largest majors offered at Emerson College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 28% 96
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 26% 89
Health Professions And Related Programs 12% 43 0
English Language And Literature/letters 11% 38 0
Education 10% 36
Communications Technologies/technicians And Support Services 5% 18
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 3% 10
Visual And Performing Arts 0% 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Emerson College full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Emerson College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $34,700. Last year, out of the total 1,137 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,080 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,212 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,115 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $34,700 $43,700
Employment Rate 95% 92%
Total Graduates 1,137 1,212

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Emerson College.

New England Law-Boston
0.1 mile away
Fisher College
0.5 mile away
Suffolk University
0.5 mile away
Berklee College of Music
1.2 mile away
Northeastern University
1.5 mile away