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Emerson is providing this information based on its current plans and in accordance with health and safety information currently available. Emerson may, in its discretion, or under direction of government or health authorities, change plans regarding modalities of courses or activities, and physical access to any facilities.

The Politics, Activism, and Leadership Institute (PAL) is designed for students who want an intensive training experience in the significant areas of politics, activism, government, and social advocacy, and who understand how to manage their time and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom. Students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 during the 2023–2024 academic year and who have the desire and maturity to receive constructive criticism about their work and provide helpful feedback to others during the program are encouraged to apply.

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Application Materials

Each candidate for the Politics, Activism, & Leadership Program must submit the required online application, a non-refundable $60 application fee, and the following documents:

  • Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe:
    1. What do you hope to achieve during the institute?
    2. An event you feel has prepared you for the Institute.
  • Essay: a 200–300-word essay that responds to the following question: What does ideal government look like to you? Responses should include a brief explanation of your skills and knowledge.
  • Teacher Recommendation Form: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work. If possible, the teacher should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
  • Résumé

Applicants to the PAL Credit Option must also submit

  • Transcript: Official secondary school transcripts are required.
  • Submissions of official PSAT, SAT or ACT test scores are optional.

International Student Applicants

Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.

Applications are open for Summer 2023. We will accept applications through March 15, 2023. If you have any questions, reach out to precollege [at] emerson.edutitle="Email PreCollege at Emerson".

Admission to Emerson College's Arts and Communication Pre-College Programs is on a rolling basis. We suggest applying early, as space is limited. Admission decisions are made frequently.