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Reviews 853 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Emerson isn't perfect - the crowd is typical art-school types and the dining services leave much to be desired - but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I like it a lot.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Emerson is far from perfect, but most consider this a summer camp. Almost everything at Emerson is hands on, from the classes you take to the organizations you join. You have the opportunity to be extremely involved with the campus and organizations and anything you do will give you real life and real world experience.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Emerson College is my dream school in every way. It is an honor to attend and it feels like it is the beginning of the rest of my life.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The environment of the campus, the relaxed atmosphere within social groups and the welcoming feeling from upperclassmen and faculty are what make Emerson so special (besides the top notch education you're recieving)

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The environment of the school regarding everything from the student culture to the academics are exactly what I was looking for and I believe will truly prepare me well for a successful future.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are not a huge part of Emerson at all. Our sports mainly include club sports like baseball, volleyball, and quidditch.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing usually means Allston, since it's the cheapest option for broke college students without having to go too far. If you're lucky though, you can stumble upon a few cheap gems in cambridge.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties are usually hosted by the soccer, lacrosse, or baseball house. Sometimes SAE throws something, but with most of the parties you have to know someone to find out about it or get in. 99% of them are in Allston, which is a pain because it's usually a 30/40 minute t ride.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Since campus is downtown and in the middle of everything, it's easy to find off campus options. Chinatown is a 2 minute walk and a few restaurants closeby take EC cash.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: There have been a few protests against the school's policies and some faculty, but the college took it with ease, addressed the problem, and encouraged the students to keep standing up for themselves. The RDs and RAs are really strict with smoking in the rooms and drinking on campus. If you're caught more than twice for violations, you can be put on probation pretty easily.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall has average food, but there's always a deli station, pizza, a salad bar, cereal, and a vegan station. It's the popular choice for LB residents because it's just downstairs, but I usually only go if I ran out of board bucks or for dh fries. The Max always has good basic options- pasta, burritos and tacos, burgers, snacks, etc.- but it's easy to spend all of your boardbucks since everything is overpriced.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Little Building isn't as bad as people make it out to be. Since the rooms are so close together, it's more social than Colonial, Paramount, and Piano Row. The rooms are clean and workable enough to fit essentials and still have a little space.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have not looked for off campus housing yet but we live in the city so I don't see it being too hard. Most people go out to Allston but some people end up in Cambridge or Beacon Hill or other areas if they are willing to pay more.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We live in downtown Boston so there are lots of food options. Everything that comes with living in the city.

4 College Junior

Administration: I think Emerson is generally pretty good with strictness. The RA's are generally very kind and understand that everyone is a college student. However, if you need something or are having an issue with a noise complaint or something, everyone is ready to help and easy to ask.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food isn't great but it's edible. It can sometimes be hard to eat healthy on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Emerson has a great location for its campus in downtown Boston across from the common. The only reason I didn't give it the top rating is because I lived in a traditional dorm with communal bathrooms and a smaller double but that was my own choice.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Parties don't usually happen on campus because we are so small, and if they do they're small dorm gatherings. Good parties definitely exist but it all depends on who you know and if you're not close with someone in a partying crowd then it can definitely be challenging to find something good. Knowing people at other schools helps too.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I love Emerson but unfortunately they do not give much financial aid as far as merit scholarships go.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Compared to other schools, the food is pretty alright

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not a huge deal at Emerson and I don't know much about them.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of great options in Boston for off campus housing. Many areas with great spaces at affordable prices that are not far from campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are some fun parties but not super consistent.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Some great and affordable restaurants near the school but not many late night options.


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Most students are thrilled with Emerson. From the professors to the production equipment to the classes, many students feel they’re being well-prepared for the real world. At Emerson, students have more internship opportunities, well-known industry professionals as professors, and quality classes than many larger schools. Since Emerson students come with fervor to learn their trade, they end up bolstering each other in workshops and projects. Some students gripe about the long lines and difficulty dealing with the administrative aspects at Emerson, such as the financial aid office and the registrar. These experiences can obscure the positive parts of the educational experience, but most students agree that something very exciting and positive is going on at Emerson, and there are a lot of resources to take advantage of.

Emerson students are matchless in their excitement to learn, create, and get involved in activities that will better them academically and in character. Though it’s common to boo-hoo about the unpredictable weather, the dismal parking and driving situation, and early curfews in Boston, most Emerson students love their temporary home. The chances to work with award-winning faculty are one of a kind, as are the students. Emerson isn’t perfect, but it is a fantastic place for students who are willing to learn and work hard for what they care about. Your time spent at Emerson will certainly not be easily forgotten.

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