Diversity

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

Diversity: Diversity is a hot topic at Emerson. The vast majority is white, so you'll often hear people (white and nonwhite alike) complaining about the lack of diversity on campus. Most students here come from upper-middle class households but an increasing amount are coming from wealthy families, but they usually tend to gravitate toward each other. Friend groups definitely form based on economic background. Most students are liberal, but there are definitely some conservatives, they just don't advertise their beliefs because they're in the minority. This school is one of the least religious schools in the country and it is one of the most LGBT-friendly.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have different personalities, but not very much representation through culture and ethnicities.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I personally believe that there is a great level of diversity, however, a number of students believe that there ought to be more racial diversity. I don't believe that the only sort of diversity involves race, so I don't see it as an issue because there are people from all backgrounds here. The largest ethic groups, broadly, I would say are both Western/Eastern Caucasians and Latinos/Hispanics, with a smaller number of Black and African students, and Asian students.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse sexual orientation's are widely accepted across the campus. However, liberal mindedness is the norm of most. Also, in terms of campus ethnic diversity, it is severely lacking. An article was just published about how there are less Black students enrolled in the 2012 Freshman class than in 1969 when they decided to increase the amount they would accept per year.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Emerson has been rated the number 1 most accepting school as far as diversity is concerned.

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  • 21st
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 184th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1373rd
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Hometown
Waterford, CT
Major
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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The admissions office at Emerson prides itself on the diversity of its students. But anyone who looks at the numbers quickly gathers that the school is predominantly white, and anyone who attends a class learns that the school is mostly made up of liberal students and faculty. The exceptions to these, of course, exist and are refreshing. For example, when you finally have a class with someone who shares Republican views, you’ll find it either gives you the courage to discuss your idea or helps you strengthen your argument because of the challenge. Since Emerson is nestled in the very engine of Boston—the downtown area—students are exposed to all races, religions, and political ideas—although this doesn’t mean your roommate won’t look exactly like everyone else. The College does have a sizable gay community, which is well supported and positively contributes to the diversity of the school. Emerson is also home to many international students.

Overall, many Emerson students complain about the overwhelmingly white, liberal, wealth of the campus. But, aside from the numbers, there are differences everywhere you look. No matter what you look like, where you stand politically, or the size of your bank account, you’re welcome here.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
9%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
56%
Unknown
20%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
82%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 39%
20-21: 38%
22-24: 13%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
44%
Male Faculty
56%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus welcomes gay and lesbian students. The Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Student Life works to improve the quality of life for all students. The Office of GLBT Student Life works closely with the student organization “Emerson’s Alliance for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone” (EAGLE). For more information visit www.emerson.edu/student_life, and click on GLBT Student Affairs.
Political Activity
Most students and faculty are politically and socially liberal. Both are generally outspoken about politics and politically active.
Economic Status
Let's just say that the phrase, "Do you know who her father/uncle/mummy/brother is?" isn't uncommon. Emerson students are loaded.
Most Common Religions
Emerson students are known for their liberal view on religion. However, Emerson does have a Center for Spiritual Life, which is home to student groups such as the Emerson Good News Fellowship, Hillel, and the Newman Club.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Despite the glaring “whiteness” shown in Emerson’s diversity statistics, minority clubs on campus such as ASIA, Amigos, and EBONI are abundant, active, and throw some of the best events.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 37 responses

  • 8% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 41% Liberal
  • 16% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 3% Not sure
  • 42% Liberal
  • 50% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 37 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 37 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 18% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 74% Very accepting.

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