Who is considered a transfer student?

At Emerson, a transfer student is anyone with a high school diploma or GED (General Equivalency Diploma) who has earned 9 or more college credits or who has enrolled full time at another college. If you earned your college credits prior to high school graduation (e.g., dual enrollment), you will be considered a first-year applicant.

How to Apply

We accept the Common Application (commonapp.org) and Emerson Application. Transfer students are required to complete all parts of the application, including the Emerson-specific questions and writing supplement. To learn more about supplemental and program-specific information that might be required with your application, we recommend that you visit the Admission website (emerson.edu/transferguide)—particularly if you are applying to Comedic Arts, Performing Arts, or Media Arts Production.

Please note that as a transfer applicant, you may apply to all undergraduate majors except for the Global BFA in Film Art, the Global BA in International and Political Communication, the Global BA in Business of Creative Enterprises–Australia, and the Global BA in Business of Creative Enterprises–Switzerland.


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International Transfer Students

Some international students may be required to submit additional academic credentials and examinations. If you have a transcript from a college or university outside the United States, you may need to submit a course-by-course evaluation by an approved credential evaluation service, such as the Center for Educational Documentation (CED) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), by the application deadline. For those students from countries where English is not the national language or who have not completed at least three years of consecutive study (at the secondary or post-secondary level) at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction, you are required to take one of the approved English proficiency exams including TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo to be considered for admission.

To learn more about applying as an international student, please visit emerson.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admission/application-process/international.

Transferring Credits

Within a week of an acceptance, the Registrar’s Office will review a transfer student’s liberal arts courses and provide an official credit evaluation. Students are encouraged to hold onto their course syllabi, as major-related courses taken at a previous institution often need further evaluation by an Emerson department chair or undergraduate coordinator to determine how they will transfer.

For additional information regarding the credit transfer process, please visit emerson.edu/policy/transfer-credit.

Living in Boston

While Emerson does offer some on-campus housing for transfer and upperclass students, it is limited and on a space-available basis. Our Office of Off-Campus Student Services provides assistance in finding roommates as well as locating apartments throughout the city. Boston is home to hundreds of thousands of college students, which means there are many housing options to choose from. Additionally, with Emerson’s location in the heart of the city, you are never more than a few steps from the “T” (Boston’s subway system), making for a short trip back home after class.

To learn more about off-campus housing options, please visit emerson.edu/offcampus-housing.

Financing Your Emerson Education

We are committed to making an Emerson education as accessible as possible for our students. Through scholarships; federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs; and payment plan options, we strive to help families manage the cost of an Emerson education.

Additionally, we offer several merit-based scholarship opportunities to transfer students applying for fall term enrollment who complete an application for admission by March 15.

Next Step Emerson Scholarship

The Next Step Emerson Scholarship offers graduates from select community colleges the opportunity to apply for a $26,000/year scholarship toward full-time attendance at Emerson College. For more information, including scholarship requirements and the most up-to-date list of participating community colleges, please visit emerson.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admission/financial- aid-scholarships.

2020 PTK Honor Society

The 2020 PTK Honor Society offers students who are PTK Honor Students at any accredited community college the opportunity to receive an $8,000/year merit-based scholarship toward full-time attendance at Emerson College.

Gateway Scholarship

The Gateway Scholarship offers selected students who are transferring from a public or private four-year college/university the opportunity to receive a $10,000/year merit-based scholarship toward full-time attendance at Emerson College.

For a full list of transfer scholarships and more information, please visit emerson.edu/admissions-aid/undergraduate-admission/financial-aid-scholarships.

Basic Expenses





Room and Board Standard Double




* Please note that transfer students living off campus do not pay Emerson room and board.

Admission Calendar

Priority Application Deadline 

September Enrollment

March 15

January Enrollment November 1

Scholarship Deadline

September Enrollment March 15

January Enrollment N/A

Decision Notification Date

September Enrollment Rolling*

January Enrollment Rolling*

Candidate Reply Date

September Enrollment As specified

January Enrollment As specified

Transfer Financial Aid Calendar

Deadline for All Forms 

September Enrollment

April 5

January Enrollment November 16

Decision Notification Date

September Enrollment Rolling*

January Enrollment Rolling*

Reply Date

September Enrollment As specified

January Enrollment As specified

Financial aid decision and reply dates are estimated. Review mail/email correspondence for your specific timeline.

* Applications are reviewed and evaluated on a continuing basis until the incoming transfer class is full.