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At Emerson College, you’ll be right in the heart of Boston, not far from the Boston Public Garden. Emerson is a small college with a total student enrollment of just over 4,900. The student-to-faculty ratio is decent at 15 to 1.

Emerson College was founded in 1880, so it has been in existence for one century less than the U.S. Since Boston is a large, busy city, you’ll need to be prepared to get yourself around if you decide to attend here, though you might decide to pair up with an Uber or Lyft to get to places off-campus when you need to go out. One great thing about being in a city is that there is always something new to find and learn about.

Overview of Emerson College

Emerson does offer student housing and it might be a good idea to choose to live in the dorms for as long as you can, especially since rents are high in this part of the country. Emerson College is a private, not-for-profit school offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees to its graduates.

As an incoming freshman, you may be able to obtain additional credits for any advanced placement (AP) exams you have passed. Emerson also offers dual credits to students enrolled in an early college high school program.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 15:1
Graduation Rate 82%
Year Founded 1880

Student Enrollment

Total Students4,930


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,512
Female 2,366

Graduate Student

Male 410
Female 642

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Male 4,715
Female 10,638


Male 1,556
Female 3,617

Acceptance Rate33%

Male 33%
Female 34%

Enrollment 912

Male 312
Female 600
Application Fee $65
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline November 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Most colleges and universities will offer students a price for a year of education which rolls all charges to students into one convenient number. This is the sticker price, which for the 2019-2020 year, was $72,222. This includes tuition, books, supplies, room, board, and other charges.

However, if you qualify for financial aid as a freshman student, your cost of education can drop significantly. The average net price in 2018-2019 was $46,381, which is the average cost remaining for students after their financial aid is applied. This net price is often reported by income because that is how eligibility for financial aid is decided. At Emerson, families who earned between $75,001 and $100,000 paid around $42,458. Families earning $30,000 or less paid a net price of $39,241.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 80% of students qualified for financial aid. Slightly less (76%) received an average of $21,972 in grants or scholarships and 75% received institutional grants and scholarships averaging $20,784.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $46,381
Average Total Aid $21,972
Students Receiving Financial Aid 80%
Room & Board $18,400

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $49,432
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $49,432
  • Books and Supplies - $1,150
  • Room & Board - $18,400
  • Other - $3,240


Three statistics are vital to understanding Emerson College and other universities across the country: the retention rate and the 4-year and 6-year graduation rates.

The retention rate measures the percentage of first-year students who return to Emerson for their second year of instruction. This is believed to show how many students found that the school met all of their needs in their vital freshman year. At Emerson, this is high at 89%. The 4-year graduation rate is also pretty high at 79% and the 6-year rate is 82%.

No matter whether you’ve chosen a major or not, each college or university has its most popular programs. These will give you an idea of what many of your fellow students will be studying if you choose to attend. At Emerson, their most popular degree programs are visual and performing arts; communication, journalism and related programs; English language and literature/letters; business, management, marketing and related support services; health professions and related programs; and multi/interdisciplinary studies.

For one reason or another, you may need to drop at least one class and pick up the same class in a different section. Emerson doesn’t offer evening classes but it does offer online learning. Even though you may be living on campus, you’ll still able to access a required class via the internet.

Student Population Total

Student Population 4,930

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Visual and Performing Arts 562 Total Graduates / 57%
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 459 Graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 50 Graduates
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 17 Graduates
Musical Theatre 12 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 137 Total Graduates / 14%
Journalism 66 Graduates
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 38 Graduates
Political Communication 26 Graduates
Sports Communication 4 Graduates
English Language and Literature/Letters 123 Total Graduates / 13%
Creative Writing 123 Graduates
All Business Majors 109 Total Graduates / 11%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 108 Graduates
Business/Commerce, General 1 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 18 Total Graduates / 2%
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 18 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 18 Total Graduates / 2%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 18 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 1%

Outcome & Salary

All students hope to earn a good living when they graduate. Why else spend all that extra time in school? Luckily, we can take a look at how graduates of Emerson College have done upon graduation to give you an idea of what you can expect to earn with your new degree. Graduate’s early-career salaries averaged around $51,400 and their mid-career salaries increase to $101,000.

Now, the 4-year average cost of education is $185,524. This can be taken into account to find graduate’s projected return on investment (ROI).

Their 10-year salary earnings projection is $633,820 and their 20-year earning potential is $1,643,820. After subtracting that cost of education, their 10-year projected ROI is $448,296 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,458,296.

Some high school graduates may choose not to go to college or feel that they cannot because of the expense, which is understandable. However, these workers national average salary is $379,60. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840. That’s quite a difference.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $51,400
College Grads Average Salary $63,382
College Grads Mid Career Salary $101,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $633,820
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,643,820
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $185,524
10 Year Projected ROI $448,296
20 Year Projected ROI $1,458,296
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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