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Bringing Innovation to

Communication and the Arts


ince its beginning in 1880, Emerson College has been a place for those unique students for whom thought and experience overlap: thinking is linked to doing. At Emerson, you’ll discover your perspectives and put them to use. A rich liberal arts curriculum is paired with concentrated studies in all areas of communication sciences and arts, giving you the perfect balance of knowledge and know-how.

Emerson in Boston:  With dozens of institutions of higher education, Boston is one of the best college towns in the country. The city contains a wealth of diversions ranging from scenic harbor cruises and Boston Pops concerts to baseball’s Fenway Park, book and music stores, and the legendary Boston Marathon. An international center for technology, finance, and medicine, Boston is a world-class city. Yet, with a population of 600,000, it is manageable and easily navigated on foot.

Emerson’s campus is located on Boston Common in the heart of the city’s Theatre District — within sight of the Massachusetts State House and walking distance from the historic Freedom Trail, Asian American Civic Organization, Museum of Afro American History, and African Meeting House. The Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center and Caribbean Cultural Center are also accessible by public transit.

We have more than 60 student organizations and performance groups, 16 NCAA teams, student publications, and honor societies. Hundreds of academic internships exist throughout Boston and in major cities across the United States, including exclusive placements at our Los Angeles Center. We also offer study abroad programs in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Taiwan, as well as course cross-registration with the six-member Boston ProArts Consortium.

Facilities: Emerson is home to WERS-FM, Boston’s oldest noncommercial radio station; the historic 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre; and Ploughshares, the award-winning literary journal for new writing. More than 1,300 students are housed on-campus, some in special living/learning communities such as the Writers’ Block and Digital Culture Floor. There is also a fitness center, athletic field, and new gymnasium.

We also possess the highest quality visual and media arts equipment, including sound-treated television studios, digital editing labs, audio post-production suites with analog and digital peripherals, industry-standard software, and a professional marketing suite/focus group room. There are two radio stations, seven on-campus facilities and programs to observe speech and hearing therapy, and an integrated digital newsroom for aspiring journalists. Our 11-story Tufte Performance and Production Center houses performance and rehearsal space, a theatre design/technology center, makeup lab, and costume shop.

Multicultural Opportunities:  As an urban campus, we celebrate diversity with a range of activities for African American Heritage Month, Asian American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and additional multicultural programming through the year. Our  Office of Multicultural Student Affairs coordinates the Campus Conversation on Race network and supports several student organizations, such as EBONI (Emerson’s Black Organization with Natural Interests), ASIA (Asian Students for Intercultural Awareness), and AMIGOS (Latino student organization). Our Center for Diversity in the Communication Industries publishes The Other Tradition, a campus periodical for intercultural issues, and sponsors the Balfour Distinguished Speakers Forum, a pre-college Bridge Program, and Diversity Scholars Experience.

Admission:  Emerson accepts the Common Application. Students whose interests and abilities are compatible with the College’s specialty in communication and the arts are welcome to apply. Admission is competitive, and our decisions are based upon academic promise as indicated by secondary school performance, recommendations, writing competency, and standardized test results, as well as personal qualities as seen in extracurricular activities, community involvement, and demonstrated leadership.

More information about Emerson can be found at or by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admission, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116-4624 (617-824-8600 or

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