Application Information

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

Emerson has a test-optional policy for admission. Students may elect to submit their application with standardized test scores or not. 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 writing supplement.

Additional application credentials may be required for transfer students; international students; and for some applicants, depending on their intended area of study. Visit or contact Undergraduate Admission at 617-824-8600 or for more information about the application process.

Financial Assistance

Emerson offers a wide variety of financial assistance programs including need-based and merit-based aid, and approximately 80 percent of new first-year Emerson students receive financial assistance to help pay for their education. All applicants are automatically reviewed 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, you must be a US citizen (or US permanent resident) and file both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE form. For more information, visit

Emerson Fast Facts


Independent, non-denominational college focused on communication and the arts in a liberal arts context


1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson


Main campus in the heart of Boston’s Theatre District, as well as Emerson Los Angeles and Kasteel Well in the Netherlands


3,708 undergraduates and 1,402 graduate students from 79 countries and 49 states, plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands



Basic Expenses 2021-2022

Tuition: $51,264 Room and Board (based on a standard double room): $19,144 Fees: $926

Application Deadlines 2021–2022

First-Year Applicants

Fall Early Decision I (Binding): November 1, 2021

Early Action (Non-binding): November 1, 2021

Fall Early Decision II (Binding): December 1, 2021

Fall Regular Decision: January 14, 2022

Transfer Applicants

Spring Admission: November 1, 2021*

Fall Priority Application: March 15, 2022

Fall Rolling Admission: June 15, 2022

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

Honors Program

Early Decision I: November 15, 2021

Early Action: November 15, 2021

Early Decision II: December 15, 2021

Regular Decision: February 1, 2022

Financial Aid Filing Deadlines 2021-2022

First-Year Applicants

Early Decision I (Binding): November 15, 2021

Early Action (Non-binding): November 15, 2021

Early Decision II (Binding): December 15, 2021

Regular Decision: February 1, 2022

Transfer Applicants

Spring Admission: November 15, 2021

Fall Admission: April 4, 2022

Applicants admitted after April 4 will be granted an additional two weeks to submit all financial aid applications. The two-week extension starts at date of acceptance.

For additional information and deadlines (for the Noncustodial PROFILE and any supplemental documentation, if applicable), visit

*Listed deadlines are for both the CSS PROFILE and FAFSA.


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