At Emerson, you won’t just live in Boston—you’ll be plugged into it. The city is an international hub for media, advertising, healthcare, digital startups, publishing, performing arts, and more; and our downtown campus across from historic Boston Common puts you in the center of it all. Literally.

Here, you’ll live and learn around the corner from global news organizations, publishing companies, research institutions, literary journals, state and local government offices, ad agencies, arts institutions, and more. You’ll have the chance to intern at companies such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Beacon Press, Hill Holliday, Boston Magazine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Vox, and Gillette, and make connections that will extend beyond the classroom. Being an Emersonian means building networks that last long after graduation. And Boston isn’t just a great place to go to college—it’s a great place to build a career.

There’s nothing quite like Boston in full swing—and our students can safely enjoy the city as COVID-19 guidelines allow. On a typical day, you’ll step outside and be in the middle of the thriving Theatre District, where, as conditions allow, you can experience works from across the globe and take in shows at world-class venues like the Boch Center Wang Theatre, the Citizens Bank Opera House, and our very own Emerson Colonial Theatre. Venture a few blocks toward the spectacular waterfront along the Boston Harbor or the Charles River. Walk, ride the T, or take a bike share to historic and contemporary art, science, and cultural museums. Show your Boston pride at a Bruins, Celtics, or Red Sox game. Follow the Freedom Trail. Explore historic libraries, browse shelves at antique bookstores, or settle in for a study break at one of the cozy coffee shops scattered around our city.

Engage with the World Around You

We prepare the global leaders of tomorrow. Here, you’ll find an immersive, international, and civically minded academic experience, bolstered by community engagement initiatives like:

  • The Elma Lewis Center for Community Engagement, part of the larger Social Justice Center at Emerson, which seeks to uplift communities and develop a culture of civic mindedness and civic action.
  • Emerson Contemporary, the College’s platform for showcasing contemporary visual art via multidisciplinary exhibitions, public programming, and events that feature artists who examine social themes and current topics through diverse practices.
  • Pipeline programs for Boston-area youth—like EmersonWRITES, an urban creative writing lab offering free college-style workshops to students in grades 8–12 enrolled in a Greater Boston public or charter school.
  • The Engagement Lab, our applied research lab, which produces creative interactive solutions to local, national, and international civic problems through engaged research, academic collaborations, and partnerships with external organizations.