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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Just like a candle: lit.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are incredible. They genuinely want all of their students to excel, not only in the classroom but in their careers. Students are treated as peers.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I wish there were more science and math classes offered. And Spanish!

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3 College Junior

Academics: Depends on the class and teacher. Jared Gordon is my worst nightmare- avoid at all costs.

4 College Junior

Academics: Best teachers: Ben Papandrea, Peter Shippy, Pamela Larson, Mehmet Sanlikol

Worst: Jared Gordon, Eric Schaeffer, Donald Fry

2 people found this useful Report

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Emerson is perfect for students who have always wanted to be on stage, behind a camera, writing the next bestseller, editing a magazine, or studying communication disorders. Classes are generally small—very few are lecture size, and you’ll never be in class with hundreds of students, as can happen at larger universities. That, coupled with the opportunity to start taking classes within your major concentration during your first semester, makes Emerson great for giving students a running start. Emerson has plenty of stellar professors, but unfortunately, many are adjunct faculty, which means that they aren’t guaranteed job security, and students often complain about Emerson’s inability to keep great professors around for long, due to the lack of sufficient contracts. Even so, there are plenty of part-time professors who stick around because they love it, and full-time professors who are well worth their salaries. Emerson professors are invaluable resources and are always willing to help students with projects—whether scholarly or extracurricular. Most are even willing to help students find jobs.

When it comes to majors, don’t come to Emerson without one. Though the college does allow students to enter freshman year as undeclared, Emerson is so specialized, that it doesn’t make sense to come without a strong desire or dream to pursue. If you insist upon entering undeclared, at least think twice about what you’re good at. Imagine moving away from home, paying thousands of dollars to begin taking classes, only to find out that you really love engineering. If that happens at Emerson, you will hit a dead end.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
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Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 34%
  • 50 or More Students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Communication
  • School of the Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Cinematography and Video Production: 6%
  • Creative Writing: 8%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 9%
  • Radio and Television: 6%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Boston Common
  • Boston Public Library
  • Emerson Library
  • Off-campus student lounge in Piano Row
  • The Public Gardens
  • Various study lounges in Piano Row
  • Various study lounges on the sixth floor of the Walker Building (120 Boylston St.)
Tips to Succeed
  • Be sure about what you want to study before coming here.
  • Do not wait until 10 minutes before class to print out your paper in a lab; disaster is bound to strike.
  • Go to class.
  • Join student organizations; they'll help you get hands-on experience in your field, and begin to know whether you want to do it for the rest of your life.
  • Move off campus sophomore year; you'll grow up faster.
  • Take tons of internships (yes, it's that important).
  • Take tons of internships.
  • Use professors and their office hours as much as possible.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 60 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 34 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 34 responses

  • 35% This was my dream school.
  • 53% This was one of my top choices.
  • 12% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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