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

Academics: It's pretty easy to do well here. Show up and hand in work. Also--too easy to skate by in some classes.

3 College Junior

Academics: Some professors are really great. Some really need to go. Registration process sucks when you're a freshman and sophomore because the general education classes get filled up by upper-classmen before you can register.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am in the marketing department and most of my teachers spent a long time in the field and have a lot of insight and have us do real work. I've spent a lot of time doing PR and advertising for real local businesses and gotten a lot of hands on experience.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The teachers are great and the classes really prepare you. If you know what you want to do after graduation there are a lot of options to help you excel.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I've never met anyone here that is undecided. That's not a thing at Emerson. You go in knowing what you want to major in, even if that means switching majors a year in. The reason undecideds are rare is because most of the majors require supplementary work in the application process. For example, the film student have to make a short film, the acting majors have to go through auditions, the screenwriting majors have to submit a screenplay, etc. If you're iffy about being a film major, just apply as a film major and switch out if you decide you don't like it. Because you can't do it the other way around. Switching to become a film major isn't possible.

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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

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  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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