Academics

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
3,587
Tuition
$34,198
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Sophomore

Academics: If you're not sure about what you want to major in, your career interests, or even just your normal interests, I wouldn't suggest applying to the film program. I picked it on a whim because I didn't think it would be so focused, but I realized after the first month I wasn't crazy about it and then by the second semester I was having existential crises every day and it just sucked. Take time to figure out what you want before diving into college, especially such a specialized school like Emerson and dropping 50k on an education you don't want and aren't ready for.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Not enough options for me. I didn't know what I wanted to do and just picked one, and now i don't know what to do!!!!

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.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a film student and our film program is very prestigious. So far I have had a great time.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 11th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 73rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 111st
    Smartest Professors
  • 115th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 306th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Hometown
Waterford, CT
Major
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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Emerson is perfect for students who have always wanted to be on stage, behind a camera, writing the next bestseller, editing a magazine, or studying communication disorders. Classes are generally small—very few are lecture size, and you’ll never be in class with hundreds of students, as can happen at larger universities. That, coupled with the opportunity to start taking classes within your major concentration during your first semester, makes Emerson great for giving students a running start. Emerson has plenty of stellar professors, but unfortunately, many are adjunct faculty, which means that they aren’t guaranteed job security, and students often complain about Emerson’s inability to keep great professors around for long, due to the lack of sufficient contracts. Even so, there are plenty of part-time professors who stick around because they love it, and full-time professors who are well worth their salaries. Emerson professors are invaluable resources and are always willing to help students with projects—whether scholarly or extracurricular. Most are even willing to help students find jobs.

When it comes to majors, don’t come to Emerson without one. Though the college does allow students to enter freshman year as undeclared, Emerson is so specialized, that it doesn’t make sense to come without a strong desire or dream to pursue. If you insist upon entering undeclared, at least think twice about what you’re good at. Imagine moving away from home, paying thousands of dollars to begin taking classes, only to find out that you really love engineering. If that happens at Emerson, you will hit a dead end.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
185
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
253
Total FT Faculty
185
Faculty with Terminal Degree
72%
Average Faculty Salary
$79,437
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
27
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 34%
  • 50 or More Students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Communication
  • School of the Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Cinematography and Video Production: 6%
  • Creative Writing: 8%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 8%
  • Radio and Television: 6%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Boston Common
  • Boston Public Library
  • Emerson Library
  • Off-campus student lounge in Piano Row
  • The Public Gardens
  • Various study lounges in Piano Row
  • Various study lounges on the sixth floor of the Walker Building (120 Boylston St.)
Tips to Succeed
  • Be sure about what you want to study before coming here.
  • Do not wait until 10 minutes before class to print out your paper in a lab; disaster is bound to strike.
  • Go to class.
  • Join student organizations; they'll help you get hands-on experience in your field, and begin to know whether you want to do it for the rest of your life.
  • Move off campus sophomore year; you'll grow up faster.
  • Take tons of internships (yes, it's that important).
  • Take tons of internships.
  • Use professors and their office hours as much as possible.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 36 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 21% Jay Leno - entertainer, host of "The Tonight Show"
  • 17% Kevin Bright - producer of "Friends"
  • 14% Vin Di Bona - creator, "America's Funniest Home Videos"
  • 14% Max Mutchnick - writer, producer
  • 10% Bobbi Brown - founder, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
  • 10% Henry Winkler - actor, director, producer
  • 10% Denis Leary - actor
  • 3% Richard Levy - co-creator of Furby toy
  • 0% Doug Herzog - president of MTV Networks
  • 0% Spalding Gray - writer, actor
  • 0% Harvey Miller - screenwriter

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 38 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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