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IPEDS ID: 165662
OPE ID: 00214600
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Emerson College
120 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116-4624
General information:  (617) 824-8500
Website:  www.emerson.edu/
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  5,891 (4,155 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services, Fall 2022
16.30%
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
For-credit instruction programs offered
Academic
Noncredit education offered
Institution does not offer noncredit education
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2022Full timePart time
Total faculty223518
Instructional223518
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2020-20212021-20222022-20232023-2024% change 2022-2023 to 2023-2024
Tuition and fees$51,148$52,190$53,232$55,3924.1%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Food and Housing$18,768$19,144$19,528$20,3104.0%
Other expenses$3,410$3,410$3,410$3,7108.8%
Off Campus
Food and Housing$16,650$16,650$16,650$16,6500.0%
Other expenses$3,410$3,410$3,904$3,9040.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other expenses$3,410$3,410$3,904$3,9040.0%
Total Expenses2020-20212021-20222022-20232023-2024% change 2022-2023 to 2023-2024
On Campus$74,526$75,944$77,370$80,6124.2%
Off Campus$72,408$73,450$74,986$77,1462.9%
Off Campus with Family$55,758$56,800$58,336$60,4963.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2023-2024
Tuition$33,648
Fees$704
Alternative Tuition Plans and Promise Program
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • Does not participate in Promise program
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2022-2023
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Any student financial aid181381%————
Grant or scholarship aid78178%$20,654,867$26,447
Federal grants15415%$907,048$5,890
Pell grants15415%$844,215$5,482
Other federal grants747%$62,833$849
State/local government grant or scholarships323%$132,750$4,148
Institutional grants or scholarships77878%$19,615,069$25,212
Student loan aid50250%$5,698,205$11,351
Federal student loans49249%$2,706,246$5,501
Other student loans10711%$2,991,959$27,962
  • 1 Includes students awarded Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber awarded aidPercent awarded aidTotal amount of aid awardedAverage amount of aid awarded
Degree/certificate-seeking
Grant or scholarship aid13,17977%$80,959,655$25,467
Pell grants62315%$3,515,225$5,642
Federal student loans1,93747%$12,511,218$6,459
Non-degree/non-certificate-seeking
Grant or scholarship aid100%$0
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid awarded, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2020-20212021-20222022-2023
Average net price$48,842$51,432$50,703
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2020-20212021-20222022-2023
$0 – $30,000$31,186$36,327$31,412
$30,001 – $48,000$36,753$37,072$34,742
$48,001 – $75,000$41,052$43,618$39,297
$75,001 – $110,000$40,358$47,558$43,628
$110,001 and more$52,808$55,749$55,833
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for Food and Housing and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students awarded federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2022
Total enrollment5,891
Undergraduate enrollment4,155
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment187
Graduate enrollment1,736
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 99%
Part-time: 1%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 35%
Female: 65%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 6%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 55%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
U.S. Nonresident: 16%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 14%
Out-of-state: 69%
Foreign countries: 17%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2021.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 0%
Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 99%
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 71%
Part-time: 29%
Graduate Distance Education Status
Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled exclusively in distance education courses: 49%
Enrolled in some, but not all, distance education courses: 24%
Not enrolled in any distance education courses: 28%
Undergraduate application fee (2023-2024): $65
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2023
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants11,0923,0848,007
Percent admitted47%43%49%
Percent admitted who enrolled19%23%17%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequired to be consideredNot required, but consideredNot considered
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Work experienceX
Personal statement or essayX
Legacy statusNot applicableX
Admission test scoresRequired to be consideredNot required, but considered (Test Optional)Not considered (Test Blind)
SAT / ACTX
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
English Proficiency TestX
Test Scores: Fall 2023 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT20420%
ACT747%
Test Scores25th Percentile*50th Percentile** (median)75th Percentile***
NOTES:
*   25% of students scored at or below
**  50% of students scored above and 50% scored below (i.e., midpoint of the test score distribution)
*** 25% of students scored above
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing650690720
SAT Math600650690
ACT Composite303133
ACT English323435
ACT Math262830
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission. If an institution reports less than 5 students for any of the test scores, percentiles are not reported.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 88%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2021 and Returned in Fall 2022
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution without completing at the current institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 84 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2022.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 79%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2015]
4-year: 76%
6-year: 79%
8-year: 80%
[Began in Fall 2017]
4-year: 73%
6-year: 79%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2015 or Fall 2017
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 79%
Female: 79%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Asian: 76%
Black or African American: 83%
Hispanic/Latino: 81%
White: 79%
Two or more races: 76%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 77%
U.S. Nonresident: 78%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 78%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 15%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 75%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 18%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 79%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 14%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 87%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 10%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 84%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 13%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 88%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 9%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2015-16
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 67%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2022-2023
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMaster
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Commerce, General50-
Business/Corporate Communications, General-0
International Marketing-0
Marketing, Other-15
Marketing/Marketing Management, General4020
Category total9035
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Advertising0-
Broadcast Journalism00
Communication and Media Studies, Other017
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia06
Health Communication-0
Journalism6817
Mass Communication/Media Studies0-
Political Communication123
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication105
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other0-
Publishing-33
Radio and Television10
Speech Communication and Rhetoric24-
Sports Communication203
Category total13584
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects0-
Category total0-
Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education1122
Category total1122
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing9067
Category total9067
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General9-
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-309
Category total9309
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other19-
Category total19-
Visual and Performing Arts
Acting13-
Cinematography and Film/Video Production298-
Directing and Theatrical Production5-
Documentary Production0-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General42-
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other15-
Music Performance, General2-
Musical Theatre17-
Playwriting and Screenwriting-21
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology10-
Category total40221
Grand total756538
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2022-2023
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 46
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 43
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance disbursed through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $23,777
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $18,672
Athletics Participation
  • Sanction Body: NCAA Division III without football
Varsity Men's and Women's TeamsMenWomen
Baseball45
Basketball1713
Lacrosse2515
Soccer2729
Softball20
Tennis89
Track and Field, X-Country810
Volleyball1219
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
New England Commission of Higher EducationAccredited since (12/01/1950)06/30/2033
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programsAccredited since (04/01/1981)02/01/2029
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/121008.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape233
d. Fondling002
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault010
i. Burglary302
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence120
b. Dating violence300
c. Stalking411
Arrests201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations001
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.101
b. Drug abuse violations003
c. Liquor law violations14458141
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201920202021
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape233
d. Fondling001
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary200
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson000
VAWA Offenses201920202021
a. Domestic violence020
b. Dating violence000
c. Stalking011
Arrests201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations000
c. Liquor law violations000
Disciplinary Actions201920202021
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.101
b. Drug abuse violations003
c. Liquor law violations14458141
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year202020192018
Default rate0.0%1.5%3.2%
Number in default01433
Number in repayment8639331,005
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)