Undergraduate Admission

Spring International Timeline

Now that you've submitted your Enrollment Deposit, here's what to expect.

Create your ECnet Account

Once you have submitted your enrollment deposit, you’ll receive an email inviting you to sign up for an ECnet account. Please do so as soon as possible.

Watch for updates

Your ECmail account is the primary way in which Emerson College will communicate with you. We recommend you check it regularly.

Log in to ECmail »

Submit documentation to receive your I-20 Form for a Student Visa


We typically process I-20s for the spring term as soon as you deposit. Follow these steps to obtain your I-20:

  • Submit your nonrefundable $500 Enrollment Deposit in the Application Portal. Then, submit the following documentation:
    • International Student Contact Form
      This form provides information necessary for your I-20 Form (immigration document).
    • Bank Document (Sample PDF)
      Please provide us with a bank document that meets the following criteria:
      • In English
      • In U.S. Dollars
      • An original copy
      • Showing a minimum of US $52,000
      • Signed by a bank official
      • Issued within 6 months of the start date of your program. (Please note that the funds must be liquid: real estate and forms of property are not acceptable forms of documentation.) Please view our Financial Documentation guidelines »
    • Letter of Sponsorship (PDF)
      If your official bank letter represents finances of someone other than you, you must include this letter of sponsorship. Make sure your financial sponsor signs and dates the letter.
    • Passport Photocopy
      Please submit a copy of the biographical/identification page of your passport. This is the page that shows your photo, your date of birth, passport number, date that the passport was issued, expiration date, and country of citizenship.

Once you receive your I-20 and SEVIS information

International Transfer Students

For students attending colleges and universities within the United States, please look over the procedures for maintaining your F-1 visa status.

In addition to the items listed above, you must also submit one copy of each form from below:

Make Housing Arrangements

Deadline: December 15, 2014

First-year students: After submitting your Enrollment Deposit, visit eCommon and log in using your ECnet username and password. Freshmen will see an option to complete the online Housing Application Form. Please do so as soon as possible. Housing assignments are sent in early January.

Learn about our residency requirements »

Learn about Housing »

Transfer students: Contact Off-Campus Student Services to find an apartment in Boston. You can also join the Housing Waitlist in eCommon. Housing will contact you as soon as possible regarding your waitlist status, but this may not happen until early January.

Submit Proof of Graduation

Deadline: December 15, 2014

We must receive proof of graduation or completion of secondary education program before you matriculate to Emerson College.

Acceptable forms of Proof of Graduation include:

  • Official copy of documentation sent directly from the IB Organization indicating that a diploma has been awarded
  • If your school is not accredited by the US and does not issue US diplomas, a credential evaluation of your diploma/certificate stating it is equivalent to a U.S. diploma
  • Official A-level results from the testing organization or high school which indicates that 5 GCSEs with a grade of C or better in academic subjects (3 of them A-levels) have been taken
  • A Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) sent directly from the testing organization
  • Home-schooled students have the additional option to submit a letter from a local school district official or state education agency certifying that the student received an education substantially equivalent to instruction given to students graduating from high school in a public or private institution

Some international students will need to receive a credential evaluation of their transcripts and diploma from an official service like the Center for Educational Documentation.

You do need a Credit Evaluation if:

  • Your secondary school is outside the United States and your transcript is not in English
  • Your secondary school is not accredited by the United States
  • You are a transfer student who took courses for college credit outside the United States at a non-U.S. college or university

You do not need a Credit Evaluation if:

  • You graduated from an American secondary school outside the United States
  • Your school is U.S. accredited
  • You received a U.S. diploma
  • You received an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. However, you must still submit an official copy of your diploma.

We cannot accept the following as proof of graduation:

  • IB exam scores (without accompanying diploma)
  • Photocopy or scan of high school diploma
  • Exams, such as the International Baccalaureate, German Abitur, European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureat, and Swiss Maturité need not be translated in order to be considered for transfer credit, but are not sufficient proof of high school graduation.

Advising and Registration Information

Academic Advising will begin to contact to contact incoming students in mid-December and will continue to do so into early January. Course schedules are posted in eCommon just prior to the start of the semester. You will be notified via email when your final course schedule becomes available.

Transferring Credits

  • First-year students may be awarded transfer credit for college coursework taken prior to enrolling at Emerson or for taking Advanced Placement or IB exams.
  • Transfer students will be able to view a Transfer Credit Evaluation in the Application Portal within two weeks of receiving an offer of admission.

Major Changes

Please note that incoming students may not request to change majors into the Visual and Media Arts department or the Performing Arts department.

If you are considering a major change before December 15, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at admission@emerson.edu. You will hear from an Admission Counselor within one week as to whether your request can be approved.

If you are considering a major change after December 15, please contact the Academic Advising Center at advising@emerson.edu. You will hear from Advising in early January as to whether your request can be approved.

Once you matriculate, we will ask you to wait until your second semester at the College to request a change of major. All changes require approval of the department Chair. Information regarding the major change process and qualifications required for specific programs is available from the Academic Advising Center.

Pay Tuition Bill


Tuition bills begin to post in eCommon in December (or shortly after you deposit) and are due by January 5.

Learn about the billing process »

Submit Health Information

Deadline: january 5, 2015

All incoming students are required to register and log into the secure Online Student Health (OSH) Portal to complete a medical history, submit immunization records, and complete a Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Questionnaire. We will notify students and provide more detailed information when the OSH becomes available in mid-December. To get started as soon as possible, download the Immunization Verification Form (PDF) to bring to your health care provider to complete, sign and date. You will need the form to enter information in the OSH, and you will receive instructions for submitting the form itself.

OSH Guide (PDF) »

Orientation and Moving to Boston


Student Life will send you information about Orientation in early January.

Visit the Winter Orientation page»