Emerson College

Emerson College

Emerson College was founded in 1880 as the Boston Conservatory of Elocution, Oratory, and Dramatic Art. Founded by Charles Wesley Emerson, it was renamed to Monroe Conservatory of Oratory in 1881 and to Emerson College of Oratory in 1890. The college adopted its current name in 1939. The college campus is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Emerson College competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III, and in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The college is also a Charter member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Their sports teams are known as the Lions and participates in a wide variety of sports including lacrosse, cross country running, softball, tennis, volleyball, baseball, soccer, basketball, and golf.

Some of the notable alumni of Emerson College are Katherine Gudger Langley, the first woman elected to United States House of Representatives from Kentucky; Richard Arlook, the president of The Arlook Group; and Steve Berthiaume, the former sportscaster for SportsNet New York and an anchor on ESPN.

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Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston , MA 02116-4624
General Phone: (617) 824-8500

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Emerson Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Media455communication studies, journalism, broadcast journalism, radio and television, digital communications, political communication, health communication, publishing, animation and special effects ...
Business and Management237business communications, marketing, international marketing
Liberal Arts187creative writing, interdisciplinary studies
Photography and Commercial Art147cinematography
Drama and Performing Arts119drama, theatre design, acting, directing, stagecraft
Medical Support and Technology43speech pathology
Education and Teaching41drama and dance teaching
Therapy and Counseling10communication disorders
Music3music performance

Number of programs and degrees for Emerson in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree84019
Master's degree40211
Doctor's degree01

Emerson Student Body

In 2007-2008, Emerson had a total enrollment of 4,380 students (4,102 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 79%
Graduate 21%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 2%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 34%
20-21 34%
22-24 15%
25-29 9%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York15%
New Jersey11%
New Hampshire3%
(International Students)2%
Rhode Island2%
North Carolina1%

Emerson Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 87 %

Emerson Room and Board (2007)

Emerson offers campus housing for 1,644 of its 4,102 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Boston, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Emerson Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal580680
SAT Math550640
SAT Writing580670
ACT Verbal2531
ACT Math2328
ACT Composite2529

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT31%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Emerson Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,848
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,848
Room and board $ 11,868
Books and supplies $ 720
Other expenses $ 1,431

Financial Aid:
Emerson participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 214600)

Emerson Faculty

Emerson has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2318
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2826

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year11$107,9705$100,946
Associate professoracademic year33$85,29922$79,913
Assistant professoracademic year20$65,41118$67,015
Lectureracademic year28$63,44926$54,951
All faculty totalacademic year92$77,03671$68,983

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Emerson Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Track Great Northeast Athletic Conference

Emerson Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Corporate Communications
International Marketing
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Drama and Dance Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Health Communication
Political Communication
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music Performance, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General

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What Sets Emerson Apart:

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% of degrees in photography and commercial art
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Top 12%Emerson % of degrees in photography and commercial art
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 14%Emerson Salaries of full-time faculty
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 15%Emerson Dorm rooms per full-time student
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 16%Emerson Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 20%Emerson Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs

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