Emerson accepts the Common Application ( and Emerson Application. First-year applicants should complete all parts of the application, including the Emerson-specific questions and personal essay.

Emerson has a test-optional policy for admission. Students may elect to submit their application with standardized test scores or additional supplemental information that allows them to put their best foot forward in the process.

Additional requirements include high school transcripts and two recommendation letters.

Transfer applicants are required to complete all parts of the Common Application or Emerson Application along with the Emerson-specific questions and writing supplement.

Additional application credentials are required for transfer and international students, and for specific first-year students depending on their intended area of study. Visit for more information about the application process.


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. All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship eligibility at the time of applying for admission. Merit scholarships are awarded to first-year and transfer applicants based on factors such as academic achievements, leadership, and match with Emerson.

To apply for need-based aid, students must be U.S. citizens (or U.S. permanent residents) and file both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE form. For deadlines and more information, visit


First-year applicants for fall admission are invited to apply to the Honors Program. The Honors Program is an intellectual and creative community that integrates a challenging liberal arts curriculum with specialized study in the student’s chosen field. Additionally, Honors Program scholars receive our top merit scholarship, the Trustees Scholarship. Visit for more information.


First-Year Applicants

Fall Early Action (non-binding): November 1

Fall Early Decision (binding): November 1

Fall Regular Decision: January 15

Spring Admission: November 1

Transfer Applicants*

Fall Admission: March 15

Spring Admission: November 1


Applied: 13,324 Admitted: 5,410 Enrolled : 940 (estimated)

Grade Point Average 3.64 (unweighted, 4.0 scale)

Standardized Test Scores SAT Middle 50% Composite: 1220–1380

Critical Reasoning: 600–700

Math: 600–700

ACT Middle 50% Composite: 27–32


Admitted: 790

Admitted: 511

Enrolled: 155 (estimated)

College Grade Point Average 3.50 (4.0 scale)


Our Fall 2020 incoming students come from 39 states (plus DC and Puerto Rico) and 21 countries.

African American: 4%

Asian/Pacific Islander: 5%

Caucasian: 58%

Hispanic: 12%

International: 15%

Multiracial: 4%

Native American/Native Indian: ­–Unknown/Not Reported: 2%


Tuition: $50,240

Double Room and Board: $18,768

Fees: $908

Data above is based on the Fall 2020 incoming class as of August 2020.

* Transfer students who complete and submit an application after the Priority Deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.

Emerson College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.

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