Emerson College

992 reviews
  1. Boston, MA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    D-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
Emerson College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
Address
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Emerson College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
49%
SAT Range
1140-1330
ACT Range
26-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$34,427/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $30,287/ year
  • $30-48k
    $30,446/ year
  • $49-75k
    $33,534/ year
  • $76-110k
    $35,014/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,992/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.60 responses
80%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.60 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,707Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    29%
  • Driven
    26%
  • Quirky
    17%
  • #SoEmerson
    9%
  • Emerson
    6%
  • People who have interests but can be unmotivated
    6%
  • Wannabe Tortured Artists
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
62%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.71 responses
Poll
67%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.93 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Creative
    33%
  • #SoEmerson
    25%
  • A place to be yourself and create art.
    22%
  • Passionate
    11%
  • Depressed Egomaniacs
    6%
  • We're all crazy, but at least we got style
    3%

After Emerson College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
80%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
71%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses

Reviews

992 reviews
  • Excellent
    144
  • Very Good
    323
  • Average
    394
  • Poor
    79
  • Terrible
    52
I'm originally from Los Angeles, California. My family is Eastern European and I grew up in Europe for the most part. LA is nice and the weather's good but it's been a nightmare for me. I hate traffic. Driving is my worst nightmare. Beverly Hills is full of snobs and different areas have different vibes. Some good, some bad.

Now Boston, in my opinion has some flair that reminds me of Europe. It's an average paced place where it doesn't feel like life is running by you (such as in New York) and it doesn't feel so slow that you're becoming drastically more stupid and boring by the second. It's full of colleges and students, and the people are nice. The architecture is pleasant and there's a lot of beautiful places to be explored and found. The North End is an absolute dream. Tightly packed and always populated, it really feels like you're in a little sort of almost Italy during tourist season. But overall it's delightful.

Faneuil Hall is popular for shopping. So is downtown crossing! Allston and Harvard Square is thrift thrift galore and there are tons of malls around too. AMC theatre's are out and about and student discounts on Thursdays. Tons of theaters to visit! The theatre district is a theatre student's dream come true. Like a mini Broadway. You'll never be bored and you'll never feel unwelcome.
  • College Junior
  • Aug 21 2014
I play varsity softball at Emerson. No one outside of the athletics department gives a crap about student athletes or our needs. The gym doesn't even have bleachers or seating. The softball field is also the soccer/lacrosse field (wtf?!) and it's turf. It's also 1.5 miles from school, which is understandable since we're in downtown Boston, but we have to WALK to and from practices and games! Student athletes aren't given the option to register for class early to fit our sport schedule, like most other schools.
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago
As a sophomore, I still have a lot of growing to do at this school. I love the academic side, I learn so much from the professors and we get to start taking major-related classes our first semester. The Equipment Distribution Center is a huge plus because not many other schools allow students to borrow their expensive equipment, but their rules are getting more strict. The students are overall polite, but some can be snobby because they come from rich families. But it is easy to find a good group of friends. The food sucks. It just sucks. My location couldn't be any better, I love being on Boylston Street! I just wish it wasn't the most expensive college in Boston for room and board. I hope they get more space to house their students all 4 years because kicking them off after soph year is really a shame. I absolutely hate the nightlife. Over 21, it's unaffordable for the average college student's salary. Under 21, Emerson parties are awful. They are all either BYOB or $5 at the door in tiny apartments crammed with a hundred people each night. Nobody likes inviting others to the parties because nobody wants to host parties with people coming that they aren't friends with. And you can dorm drink, but having dorm parties is virtually impossible (especially in LB, just don't live there.) Luckily, MIT and Harvard parties make up for the suckiness of Emerson parties so there's that. Overall, Emerson has its ups and downs. I'm proud to be a student here, but I would also like to experience life at different colleges as well.
  • College Junior
  • Jan 4 2014