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Reviews 1126 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Can be too strict at times, especially about signing people in.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Very small endowment and little opportunity for scholarships.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not nutritious and processed garbage. We get our food from factory farms that torture animals and raise/breed them in unnatural ways.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It depends on which residential hall you live in for some are nicer than others. Emerson does have nicer housing than other colleges I have seen.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: Terrible quality food that is not prepared well.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Personally I'm not a fan of living on campus because of the social atmosphere. I don't enjoy living in the same room as someone else as it gets cramped and doesn't allow for as much freedom as off-campus living.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I really could not possibly care less about athletics and really have nothing to say.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus so I have nothing to contribute.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I personally really love Maria's, the Mexican fast food chain that is really close by. Everyone is going to convince you to go to NYP (New York Pizza) and I recommend you go to find out for yourself. I personally am not a big NYP fan but I can satisfy my needs food and late night snack wise with Maria's.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Administration is super lenient for the very common offenses of alcohol and weed consumption. Weed is FAR more common at Emerson and if you are caught it is far less harsh than if you are caught with alcohol. The administration is only severe and strict when it is something that is pretty justified from a college's point of view. There was a massive alcohol bust on campus that got 30+ students in trouble, but they filled an entire industrial sized trash bag with alcohol bottles so not many people were particularly shocked by the administration's reaction. If you are caught (if you're not in LB) they usually give you a warning or you are written up. DO NOT LIVE IN LB IF YOU PLAN ON HOSTING SOCIAL EVENTS. It is so easy to get caught in LB. If you want the least likely place to get caught, live in Paramount. I have only heard of one instance in which someone was caught in Paramount (but IMHO it was rightfully administered.) If you aren't an idiot you won't get caught. The moment you start to convince yourself its ok (like not spraying something to cover the smell or being louder) is when you will get caught so just make sure you have a designated friend to keep the event in control.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not one to partake in off campus parties or parties in general because I'm more of a small group kinda gal. However I really appreciate how easy it is for me to smoke in the dorms without massive fear of getting caught. I personally don't drink so I can only comment on what I've observed but it's also very easy to consume alcohol in the dorms without getting caught. I've actually witnessed incredibly wasted students laying on the floor of the residence hall lobby while another student helped him in front of a security officer and she did nothing. From what I hear, as long as you can get to your dorm without causing an enormous ruckus and are not dealing with alcohol poisoning, security lets you slide if you're walking past them drunk. Though I don't partake in parties, I know I could easily find one to go to as it's always buzzing on Friday about the best place to go for the weekend.

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College Freshman

Scholarships: Did not apply for financial aid at this university.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The absolute most annoying thing abut Emerson's meal plan is that there is a difference between "board bucks" and "dining hall swipes." For someone who lives in Paramount and sometimes needs food in closer proximity, it really sucks how easy it is to run out of board bucks and have all of your DH swipes at the end of the year. I find myself out of board bucks by mid April and having to force myself to eat in the DH now. If only I could move over my DH swipes to board bucks I would feel more satisfied. Other than that, the campus cafes (P cafe, the max, em cafe, etc.) food is pretty basic and feels incredibly repetitive after a while. Nothing about their food at these cafes are particularly amazing. Everyone eats chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, or bacon cheese burgers so don't expect to find many healthy options at the cafes. A lot of people complain about the DH food but I find it just very hit and miss. I wouldn't say it's overall gross, it just can be gross one day and really awesome the next.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is required for you first two years as a "New Student" to live on campus (exceptions to transfer students) thus you will be guaranteed housing. Living on campus provides quick access to anything you need on campus such as classes, dining hall, offices, etc. Everyone seems to gravitate towards the Little Building (LB) because of the popular notion it is the most social. However, my friends and myself, do not have any desire to hang out or live in LB because we find it very smelly, dirty, and incredibly easy to get caught partaking in social activities. During my first year I lived in Paramount and though I was at first very apprehensive, I am really happy I was provided the opportunity. It is INCREDIBLY difficult to get caught in Paramount, so if you know you will be hosting the social events yourselves I highly recommend living in Paramount as you are least likely to get caught here. My favorite dorm is definitely Piano Row because it is suite style, but unlike any other dorm besides a rare case in LB, it has a living room and counter space area in their suites. It is also pretty difficult to get caught in Piano Row but not unheard of like it is in Paramount. Finally, Colonial is regarded as the nicest dorms because of their common room and large hallways. However, their common room is completely open (no walls) and see through kitchen area so it is a personal turn off because many students like myself enjoy getting rowdy in the common room without having the entire floor to witness it. Overall the dorm experience is pretty nice and luxurious in comparison to most Boston Colleges (except LB, I have a lot of distaste for LB.)

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Too expensive, barely any options.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not enough options, terrible options, overpriced.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Hard to go anywhere if you are not over 21

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are not huge at all on campus, but the gym is really nice and you can get a personal trainer for free as a student.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am not sure being I have never attempted to live off-campus before.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I say it's okay because there are many options around the city and they are great, but costly. Nothing is ever open late, except the few pizza and sushi places which make it worth while some nights.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The strictness is never a problem and the rules that are in place are only helpful for our safety. Having friends stay over is easy, and partying really depends on the RA you have.


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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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