Application Information

Emerson has a test-optional policy for admission. Students may elect to submit their application with standardized test scores or additional supplemental information in place of scores. Our goal is to allow you to put your best foot forward in the admission process. Transfer applicants are required to complete all parts of the Common Application for Transfer Admission or the Emerson Application along with the Emerson-specific questions and writing supplement.

Additional application credentials are required for transfer and international students and for some applicants depending on their intended area of study. Please pay particular attention to any additional requirements for your major when submitting your application. For additional information on applying to Emerson, including program-specific requirements and information for transfer and international students, please visit or contact Undergraduate Admission at 617-824-8600 or

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

A Note on Health and Safety

Due to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, and in the interest of the health of our community, in-person visitation options are currently suspended and Artistic Reviews will be held virtually for for the 2020-2021 admission cycle. For more information or to get an overview of the Performing Arts application process, please contact Undergraduate Admission.

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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


3,714 undergraduates and 1,390 graduate students from 69 countries and 50 states, plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands



Basic Expenses 2020-2021

Tuition: $50,240 Room and Board (based on a standard double room): $18,768 Fees: $908

Application Deadlines 2020–2021

First-Year Applicants

Fall Early Decision (Binding) or Early Action (Non-binding): November 1, 2020

Fall Regular Decision: January 15, 2021

Spring Admission: November 1, 2020

Transfer Applicants

Spring Admission: November 1, 2020

Fall Admission: March 15, 2021

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

Honors Program

Early Decision or Early Action: November 15, 2020

Regular Decision: February 1, 2021

Financial Aid Filing Deadlines 2020-2021

First-Year Applicants

Fall Early Decision (Binding) or Early Action (Non-binding): November 16, 2020

Fall Regular Decision: February 1, 2021

Spring Admission: November 16, 2020

Transfer Applicants

Spring Admission: November 16, 2020

Fall Admission: April 5, 2021

Applicants admitted after April 5 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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