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Reviews 937 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Junior

Majors: Honestly Emerson only accepts the best and the criteria varies for each department and major within that department. they only accept at most 35 musical theater majors and film majors have to submit a portfolio of their work. most everyone who comes to Emerson already knows what they want to do and we jump into our major specific courses right away (there's a reason there were only 9 undecided students in the class of 2016 when we first started). That being said many do jump around and switch majors often like a any school.

5 College Junior

Majors: Honestly Emerson has one of the best journalism programs in the country and has so many state of the art equipment that we are trained to use to better prepare us for the real world. They also force us to learn all the different news platforms so that we have an arsenal of skills that we are excellent at that will make finding a job in our field that much less difficult.

College Junior

Nightlife: Haven't turned 21 yet so I honestly don't have opinion yet. Ask me again in April.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Honestly Emerson was my first choice school and I love it so much. The professors are super helpful (at least the one I've had are) and small class sizes means they actually know who you are and how you work. There are a lot of fun classes to take and if you feel like you want to get more out of your experience there are plenty of organizations that provide real-life experience that will train you in your field and work with your peers.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Lots of networking through all of the organizations and the alumni network. The school has two external programs dedicated to internships and has a huge base to help you find the perfect internship for you. Going to Emerson, you are really paying for the name and the reputation that comes from being taught by Emerson professors and working at the high level of dedication that Emerson students put into everything that they do.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most of the buildings (except for the Little Building) are pretty new/renovated and they're building a new residence hall to replace the Little Building in the next few years. But even though LB has its faults, there is a Bank f America ATM and a Dunkin Donuts in the lobby, a convenience store, the mail room, the fitness center, a cabaret theater, and the dining hall all within its walls. So you take the good with the bad.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The T is great (except for the green line but its whatever), the city is obsessed with its sports teams, the Boston Common and the Public Gardens and the Esplanade are gorgeous, Newbury Street is filled with all of the stores you could ever want as is the Prudential Center/ Copely. The Boston Public Library is to die for and Emerson students get free admission to the MFA, ICA, and I believe the Isabella Gardener Stewart Museum.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Chinatown is right next door. Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market is a 10 minute walk. The North End with all of its Italian goodness is a 15 minute walk. Anything further is easily accessible by the T. Plus many places deliver until 2 or 3am. Its the best and I miss it when I go home for the summer to California and only one place is open past 10pm.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Honestly the rules are in place to keep people safe, especially considering the campus is located in a downtown area. But I felt very safe while living in the residence halls. The only things I could complain about are just how inconvenient some of the policies are, but again they're put in place for student safety.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: There isn't a huge emphasis placed on Greek life at Emerson, but the presence is felt. Many Greeks are in positions of leaderships throughout the campus in many of the other organizations and they are all super wonderful. Many of my close friends are Greek and I'm actually planning on rushing the coed fraternity this fall.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's getting better. After two of my good friends decided to sue the school for its mishandling of their sexual assault cases, the school is undergoing a federal and internal investigation of how sexual assault is handled on campus and how the problems with the system can be fixed.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Honestly the best food around is the places off campus in Chinatown or the restaurants just in Boston in general. But it's not always convenient for people living in the residence halls.

2 College Junior

Athletics: No one really cares about our sports teams which is really sad because they're not that bad. Most of the attention is placed on the big intramural sport on campus: Quidditch (of which I am a proud member).

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It can be stressful trying to find a place off campus when thousands of students from other school are trying to do the exact same thing. But the Off-Campus Student Services Office is really helpful and has workshops on finding the perfect place to live

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I personally don't feel like the campus is as secure as it could be. Part of that is the buildings are all quite old and need updates to be safer, especially in the downtown area of Boston. There have been a streak of gas leaks in some of the older buildings which is quite terrifying.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The safety of the buildings is very strict requiring an ID for access to buildings and dormitories. If you break any of the rules on campus it directly affects your standing in sports.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: As long as you don't get yourself and others in danger its great. They are very understanding and if you ever get in a problem, better to fess up as they care more about your safety than anything else. Don't be dumb and so obvious

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You will not get anything lower than 1000 near campus but there are options around the other surrounding neighborhoods.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food in the area is great, there are so many options to find around the Boston Commons.

5 College Junior

Academics: Being a film major, the classes aren't too bad. Its what you do in the clubs and on sets that people have that give you the experience for your major. Don't slack off.

4 College Junior

Academics: Just make sure you know your teachers before signing up.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: If one can, live in Piano Row, Colonial, or Little Building (although it has its issues). They are the best of the dorms and are so close to classes.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a great city for a college student. The only issue is the curfew that the city has with transportation and having shops close

3 College Junior

Nightlife: It's fun once you're 21 but you have options if you know the right places and people.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Emerson so much! I would not have chosen any other school.


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Vanessa Willoughby
Waterford, CT
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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Most students are thrilled with Emerson. From the professors to the production equipment to the classes, many students feel they’re being well-prepared for the real world. At Emerson, students have more internship opportunities, well-known industry professionals as professors, and quality classes than many larger schools. Since Emerson students come with fervor to learn their trade, they end up bolstering each other in workshops and projects. Some students gripe about the long lines and difficulty dealing with the administrative aspects at Emerson, such as the financial aid office and the registrar. These experiences can obscure the positive parts of the educational experience, but most students agree that something very exciting and positive is going on at Emerson, and there are a lot of resources to take advantage of.

Emerson students are matchless in their excitement to learn, create, and get involved in activities that will better them academically and in character. Though it’s common to boo-hoo about the unpredictable weather, the dismal parking and driving situation, and early curfews in Boston, most Emerson students love their temporary home. The chances to work with award-winning faculty are one of a kind, as are the students. Emerson isn’t perfect, but it is a fantastic place for students who are willing to learn and work hard for what they care about. Your time spent at Emerson will certainly not be easily forgotten.

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