Become a part of a family of artists and communicators from every background who thrive together and give voice to bold ideas. You will spend your years at Emerson collaborating with other independent minds, participating in your choice of more than 100 student organizations, and having a tangible impact on your community and our society long before you graduate.
Residential life at Emerson is an extension of our creative culture. Located within mere blocks of everything you need on campus, our residence halls are not just a place to call home; they’re traditionally a venue for discussion groups, films, performances, and projects. Additionally, optional learning communities allow you to live with people who share a common interest, regardless of your area of study.
Put your classwork into practice, collaborate with your peers, and build projects from the ground up through our more than 100 co-curricular and extracurricular organizations that take a hands-on, student-run approach. Whether you want to run for office in the Student Government Association, produce a TV show for The Emerson Channel, or discover the sisterhood at the core of Flawless Brown, an artist collective for women of color, the opportunities to pursue your passions and explore new paths outside the classroom are endless.
Social Justice and Civic Engagement
We care deeply about supporting and strengthening our communities on campus, in Boston, and beyond, especially those historically and presently marginalized. We want our students to feel the same way.
Here, you will be able to get involved with cultural, spiritual, and community service organizations that will allow you to better understand and participate in the world around you. Our dedicated Social Justice Center and other on-campus organizations—like EBONI, Emerson’s Black Organization with Natural Interest; EAGLE, Emerson’s Advancement Group for Love and Expression (LGBTQIA+); First Gen E-M (first-generation and low-income); Theyta (non-binary); Amigos (Latinx); and more—promote cultural awareness, inclusivity, anti-racism, and advocacy throughout the Emerson community.
Community service opportunities allow you to look beyond our campus and do your part in making the world a better place. You might:
- Volunteer with a local organization like Rosie’s Place or Boston Cares;
- Complete an Alternative Spring Break service project in El Paso, Texas; or
- Lobby for carbon tax legislation at the Massachusetts State House with student org Earth Emerson.
A Note on Health and Safety
As a critical component of returning to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the College developed a comprehensive program to de-densify the campus. This impacts residence halls, dining halls, offices, classrooms, and other campus spaces. Student organizations and activities may look and feel different from previous semesters as we navigate a new normal together. Learn more at emerson.edu/one-emerson.
What It Means to Be an Emersonian
Emerson students aren’t afraid to take risks. They explore and express daring ideas and effect real change in the fields that shape our society, culture, and future.
Emersonians are focused and ambitious and stop at nothing to follow their passions and make their mark on the world.
Emerson is grounded in real-world, hands-on action. We empower each other inside the classroom and beyond it.
We are an intense community of passionate spirits where you can find your voice and where storytellers use every form of media to move audiences and open minds.
Stand for Something
Emerson strives to be inclusive, and progressive, and has a strong commitment to justice. We specialize in fields that have real impact on our media-driven society, and our students use their skills and ambitions to make the world a better place every day.