Emerson’s Honors Program is an intellectual and creative community that features a challenging liberal arts curriculum. Students accepted to the program receive individual advising and take interdisciplinary seminars that fulfill the College’s liberal arts requirements.

“Honors students at Emerson bring the full range of their interdisciplinary liberal arts education to bear on the questions facing the world today. These students form a unique community of learners who unite their critical and their creative intellectual capacities in pursuit of their educational and career goals.”

Wendy W. Walters Director of the Honors Program


The program fosters strong bonds between students and faculty. Students enjoy a low student-to-faculty ratio in dedicated Honors seminars and are invited to special lectures.

In their senior year, students develop an Honors thesis, working individually with faculty advisors. They are eligible to apply for exclusive funds to support their thesis. The Honors Program is flexible and allows students to participate in internships and study abroad programs.


Selection to the Honors Program is competitive and is eligible to first-year students applying for the fall semester. Students applying to any of our specialized Global Portal programs are not eligible for Honors Program consideration. Interested students must submit a supplemental Honors Program essay (emerson.edu/admission/honors).

Approximately 50 new students enroll each year. Selection is determined by a committee and is based upon outstanding academic and personal qualities, such as:

  • Advanced analytical and writing skills, as demonstrated by the supplemental essay
  • Excellent academic performance in a challenging curriculum
  • An impressive résumé
  • Commitment to community and service
  • Significant creative accomplishments
  • Demonstrated leadership

Each Honors student receives the prestigious Trustees Scholarship valued at $28,000 per year (up to more than $110,000 over four years) and students are typically notified of their acceptance to the Honors Program at the time of admission.