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If you want to know more about Emerson College, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Emerson College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Emerson College was awarded 37 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is journalism.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Emerson as #240 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Emerson is also ranked #22 out of 68 schools in Massachusetts.

See all of the rankings for Emerson College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Emerson?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Emerson College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 46%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 69% of students accepted to Emerson submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 700. Math scores were between 580 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Emerson College  ( 620 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for Emerson College  ( 580 to 660 )
Emerson received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Emerson College  ( 26 to 30 )

Learn more about Emerson College admissions.

Emerson College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Emerson College is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Emerson College is 45%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  45 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Emerson College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 88% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Emerson College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  88 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Emerson the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 78%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  78 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Emerson College.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Emerson

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,878 undergraduates at Emerson with 3,827 being full-time and 51 being part-time.

Emerson Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 95.22 out of 100, Emerson is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  95.22 out of 100
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How Much Does Emerson College Cost?

The overall average net price of Emerson is $43,668. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Emerson

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$37,668 $36,440 $42,289 $43,615 $47,264

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Emerson, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Emerson, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $12,481 a year. That adds up to $49,924 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Emerson is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Emerson Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Emerson make about $46,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Emerson students since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Emerson College make the most money.

Location of Emerson College

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Emerson College is a private not-for-profit institution. Boston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Emerson College

Contact details for Emerson are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116-4624
Phone: 617-824-8500

Emerson College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 16 majors graduated from Emerson College. Of these students, 982 received undergraduate degrees and 306 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 460 $26,300
Writing Studies 123 $29,500
Marketing 108 $40,800
Drama & Theater Arts 102 $22,200
Journalism 66 $33,900
Communication & Media Studies 39 $30,600
Public Relations & Advertising 32 $31,200
Communication Sciences 18 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 18 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 12 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Emerson College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Emerson

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 129 students took at least one online class at Emerson College. This is an increase from the 49 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 129 85
2016-2017 49 24
2015-2016 48 0
2014-2015 16 0
2013-2014 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Emerson College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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