Emerson Closed

The College will be closed today, Monday, February 8 for day and evening classes. 

Due to National Weather Service predictions for hazardous conditions beginning mid-morning, the College is closing for the safety of our campus community and employees.

The College’s dining facilities will be open and operating on a normal schedule.  The Iwasaki Library will be open until 11pm.

Facts & Figures


Category: Independent, nondenominational college focused on communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Classified as a comprehensive, MA I institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Founded: 1880
President: Lee Pelton
Location: Boylston and Tremont streets on Boston Common in the heart of the city’s Theatre District
Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Enrollment: 3,757 undergraduate and 758 graduate students from 48 U.S. states and 57 countries
Faculty: 456 full- and part-time faculty
Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Retention & Graduation Rates: 89.3% retention rate for freshmen (Fall 2013); 81% six-year graduation

Tuition & Fees 2015–2016

Tuition: $40,320/year for a full-time undergraduate student
Room & Board: $15,700/year (double room)
Per Credit: $1,260
Financial Aid: Approximately 65% of students receive financial assistance; average award is approximately $15,000 in scholarships and grants, low-interest loans, and part-time employment.
Financial Aid Distributed: $26,400,000

Academic Components

Academic Departments

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Academic & Technological Support

Student Support



Performance Venues

Broadcast Facilities and Outlets

Academic/Administrative Buildings

  • Ansin Building (180 Tremont St.)
  • 216 Tremont St.
  • Walker Building (120 Boylston St.)
  • Tufte Performance & Production Center (10 Boylston Place)
  • Paramount Center (555 Washington St.)
  • 99 Summer St.

Residence Halls

Athletic Facilities

External Facilities

Co-curricular Activities

More than 80 student organizations and performance groups, student publications, and honor societies


14 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s teams

Admission Demographics

Freshman Admission Profile (Fall 2012)

Applications: 8,198
Admitted: 3,933 (48%)
Enrolled: 863 (22%)


559 women (65%)
304 men (35%)


4% International (non-resident aliens)
3% Black, Non-Hispanic
NA American Indian/Native American
4% Asian/Pacific Islander
10% Hispanic
70% White, Non-Hispanic
6% Multiracial
3% Race Unknown, not reported

Geographic Distribution of First–Year Undergraduate Students

New England: 306 (35%)
Mid Atlantic: 229 (27%)
Midwest: 47 (5%)
South/Southwest: 100 (12%)
West: 141 (16%)
International & U.S. Territories: 39 (5%)

Standardized Test Scores & GPA


Middle 50% Composite: 1750–1970
Middle 50% Critical Reasoning: 590–670
Middle 50% Math: 550–650
Middle 50% Writing: 580–670


Middle 50% Composite: 26–30

Grade Point Average

3.62 (unweighted, 4.0 scale)


emerson college at a glance