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4 College Junior

Facilities: They don't sell bottled water here. Instead there is filtered water spigots everywhere. It's pretty annoying for someone who just wants to buy a damn water bottle on the run to class! Our basketball court is brand new and beautiful, but nobody every attends the games so it kinda goes to waste, but the NBA teams playing against the Celtics sometimes practice there so that's cool. The gym is newly renovated but it's still small. There are practice rooms everywhere for clubs or just anyone to rehearse or just play the guitar and have a quiet space. We used to have the set of Will and Grace in our library, but now that's at the LA campus, so hopefully this means more room for study desks at the library. The improv/comedy troupes always put on shows, but I've never been to them because they don't seem entertaining to me.

5 College Junior

Facilities: We have a center that lends out film equipment for projects, we have multiple editing labs for post-production majors and offer workshops weekly. Emerson students also go crazy with internships. We have an internship fair every semester.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Emerson has a great and friendly vibe to it. The student centers are all very accessible, the library could be bigger, but it is Boston so I actually don't mind the smaller library, I'd prefer to study in a coffee shop down the street anyways. We don't have much green space.... well any.... but the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden are jokingly considered our quad and the campus green club is currently working on becoming the first school to include window gardens... hopefully it works out! Emerson has some pretty weird traditions like dragtoberfest (a drag competition held in October) and hooray! (an orientation event hosted by the date doctor) but these traditions real hold true to the progressive, open, friendly, and encouraging atmosphere created by the wonderful attitudes of Emerson students.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Academically Emerson is challenging, but not so challenging that it feels impossible, though I did go to a college prep school so this may have prepared me, but I believe most of my fellow students would agree. The professors are pretty understanding because they encourage you to just as much work outside the classroom as you do in it. This is done because of the hundreds of clubs you can join at Emerson. We actually pride ourselves in be able to give students really great, hands on experience in all different fields, catered to each major... or if you're just looking to do something outside your major. For instance you're a Communication Disorders major and want to be in a play- do it! Just go sign up for common auditions or join one of the many improv groups. There's a myriad of opportunities at Emerson. The students are all definitely unique, which makes the whole school unique. We really do all have something to offer, I'm still amazed by all the supremely talented students of Emerson that I continue to meet. Campus life is pretty great as well, I do have friends that complain about the oldest dorm on campus, Little Building, but I heard that is being renovated in the next few years, and the social aspects of that building are definitely way more positive than the newer dorms so that building has it's positives and negatives. The social scene in general is alright, as far as parties and weekends out I mean. Emerson is in the center of the city, so there's always something to do, but if you're looking for a big party school.... it isn't us. We don't "go hard" like those "I'm shmacked" schools. We do have interesting weekends though to say the least.... I've definitely witnessed many a T rides full of drunk college students as we all join in singing a chorus of Sweet Caroline along with the resident Red Sox fans who also pack onto the train on fall weekends. Overall I love it though.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Since you are right in the middle of the city, there doesn't leave much room for green space and centers for you to go to. The Common is a great place to hang out and do homework, along with the Max, and Emcafe


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 17th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 246th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1264th
    Best Library
  • 1323rd
    Best Student Centers
  • 1341st
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Waterford, CT
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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Emerson doesn’t have a “traditional campus,” which means the campus is more or less integrated into the city, and there are few fun and convenient facilities for students. Although Emerson no longer has a student union, the new building, Piano Row, now houses all of the student life organizations. There’s an off-campus student center lounge, but it’s basically an extension of the café on the same floor.

As for other facilities on campus, there’s a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, which houses treadmills, strength machines, a couple rowers, some bikes, and Stairmasters. The fitness center also has a free-weight room, a group exercise room, and sauna. The place isn’t very big, but it doesn’t feel cramped, unless there are dozens of other people there at the same time you are. The library is also sort of small but very useful. Emerson is part of the Fenway Library Consortium, which is a group of libraries in the city that allow materials to circulate between institutions. Emerson librarians are helpful, but there are few—so make sure you have time to wait for someone to help you. Though Emerson doesn’t have as many amenities as other colleges might, it does offer the facilities that will help you with what you’re here for. And if you ask Emerson students what they’re here for, they most likely won’t say “to work on my pecs.” Overall, the facilities are useful but undersized.


Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
10 acres
Student Centers
  • Max Mutchnick Campus Center
  • Off-Campus Student Center at 150 Boylston St.
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Iwasaki Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Boston Common
  • Off-campus apartments
  • Outside Walker and Ansin Buildings
  • Piano Row
  • The Public Gardens
  • Starbucks
Bar on Campus
None, but Gypsy Bar is next door to the Walker Building and many people go there on the weekends. Sometimes the bar hosts famous guests like Ashlee Simpson.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
None, but Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts are a very short walking distance from the Piano Row dorms and both the Walking and Ansin Buildings.
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
  • Board Bucks: Balance on student ID that comes with meal plan, which can be used at campus convenience stores.
  • BPL: Boston Public Library.
  • C Store: Convenience store at 80 Boylston St.
  • The Castle: Emerson's Netherlands campus, Kasteel Well.
  • The Common: Boston Common.
  • DH: Dining hall.
  • EC Cash: Money deposited into your account that can be used at the book store, print labs, and campus convenience stores by swiping your student ID card.
  • The Garden: The Public Garden, across Charles Street from the Boston Common.
  • IDIP: Individually designed interdisciplinary programs.
  • The LB: The Little Building, 80 Boylston Street.
  • The Max: The Max Mutchnick Campus Center is a major gift from Max Mutchnick, a 1987 Emerson graduate and co-creator and executive producer of the Will & Grace television sitcom.
  • P-Row: Piano Row residence building that also has a gymnasium, various meeting rooms, and a café.
  • The Vault: 216 Tremont St., which is home to several offices, including off-campus student services, financial aid, and the registrar.
  • WLP: Writing, literature, and publishing major.
The Evvys: The Evvys is an annual awards ceremony, held in the spring to honor students who submit creative works.
Urban Legends
  • The College's main intersection, Tremont and Boylston Streets, is said to be the windiest intersection in the country.
  • The Little Building is supposedly haunted, as are possibly some of the dorms in Piano Row.
Favorite Things To Do
Eat, study, or take a nap in the library, stand outside the Walker Building and smoke, or hang out in the Common or the Public Gardens. Emerson students are just as involved outside the classroom as they are inside. Attend a club meeting, go to a student-sponsored event like open mic nights, plays, comedy shows, political gatherings, a capella showcases, and charity benefits.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
Rotch playground-home to the soccer and lacrosse teams-was completely redone a few years ago, and the new residence hall, Piano Row, includes a new gymnasium.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 33 responses

  • 15% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 36% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 33% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 15% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 36% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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