Ensuring Emerson’s Future

Emerson competes for talent, resources, and students with some of the best-funded institutions of higher learning—from the Northeast’s famed Ivy League to private arts, communication, and liberal arts institutions in Boston, New York, and LA. We punch above our weight—but the need is great.

Now is the time to give in support of all those who make Emerson the premier college for the expressive arts, a recognized leader in communication, and a determined advocate of student engagement for a better world.

Investing in Emerson today will secure Emerson’s enduring contribution to moving the world forward and help us achieve and surpass its current potential for years to come.

Our Top Priority: Student Scholarships

We are launching a three-year, $10 million fundraising initiative for student financial aid. Amid a global pandemic and unprecedented economic crisis, our most urgent focus is on helping our current students continue their education at Emerson and helping future students access an Emerson education. Immediate-use multi-year gifts and named scholarship opportunities will empower and sustain current and future Emersonians in ways never before seen by the Emerson community—at a time when it is needed more than ever. With gifts like these, we will be able to expand the reach of an Emerson education and keep our students doing what they do best: creating, innovating, and becoming the unstoppable forces that will change our world for the better.

The Empower Fund

The Empower Fund provides unrestricted and immediate support for the College’s greatest areas of need, including academic programs, scholarships, and financial aid for enrolled students. This unrestricted support helps create unrestricted possibilities, supporting students in all aspects of their Emerson career. It encourages creativity and enables innovation, while strengthening confidence and autonomy. This support also helps increase diversity on campus, retain world-class faculty, fund special student opportunities, and maintain superb resources.

Emerson’s Endowment

In relation to our competitor and similar institutions, Emerson’s endowment remains small, despite steady growth in its value. Raising endowed funds reduces our dependency on tuition for revenues, supporting access and excellence for future Emerson generations.

ENDOWMENT

ENROLLMENT

PER CAPITA ENDOWMENT

EMERSON COLLEGE

$180.5 million*

5,102

$39,690

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

$476.2 million

9,577

$49,723

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

$406.3 million

9,850

$41,249

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

$1.07 billion

37,779

$28,322

THE NEW SCHOOL

$399.3 million

10,499

$38,032

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

$1.4 billion

22,850

$61,269

SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE

$112.7 million

1,675

$67,283

ITHACA COLLEGE

$334 million

5,124

$65,183

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

$705 million

14,318

$49,238

COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

$191 million

6,769

$28,216

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY

$556.6 million

9,746

$57,110

VASSAR COLLEGE

$1.1 billion

2,441

$450,635

SKIDMORE COLLEGE

$373.9 million

2,662

$104,458

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

$1.1 billion

3,200

$343,750

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC

$356 million

6,999

$50,864

MASS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

$14.5 million

1,750

$8,285

*+>$22 million from Marlboro.