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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.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Emerson prides itself (and one could say, markets itself) on total inclusion, and it is true that it is a very accepting atmosphere. However, admission and financial aid at Emerson automatically make it impossible to attend (or to continue to attend) for many students that are not fed with a silver spoon by their parents. Economic diversity can be seen as a big issue. It can be very disheartening to hear complaints about finances from someone who didn't have to take out any loans, nor works a job, nor will have to pay their own rent. However, there are a pool of students who are putting themselves through Emerson. It's difficult watching people who really deserve to be here have to leave because they can't afford it, while other students complain about their education and yet don't show up for class or really put their heart into their work. As long as you focus on your work and how lucky you are to be there then you won't take it for granted and you'll have some of the best experiences of your life both in and out of the classroom.

So I've established that there is a slant when it comes to economic diversity, this reflects in the school's racial diversity as well. That is due solely to the state of society and the fact that sadly, there is still a divide and correlation between race and economic advancement in our society... this isn't Emerson's fault. Some people remark that the school is racist, but that...as far as the student body is concerned... is bullshit.

Politics and religion aren't really spoken about here... everyone is pretty much doing their own thing and minding their own business. Pushing beliefs or opinions on someone is absolutely not accepted here.

Your sexuality is also your own thing and nobody is going to give you any trouble for anything, you can feel free to be yourself.

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

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Vanessa Willoughby
Waterford, CT
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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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 36 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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