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Quick Facts

The Basics

Founded: 1880, by Charles Wesley Emerson

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Degrees: BA, BS, BFA, MS, MA, MFA

Calendar: Traditional fall and spring semesters

President: Lee Pelton

The People

Student Body: Approximately 3,400 undergraduate and 850 graduate students from across the United States and more than 40 countries

Admission: Competitive. Each year, approximately 8,000 applications are received for a first-year class of 850

Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Sports: 14 NCAA Division III teams and several intramural programs and recreational activities

Co-curricular: More than 80 student organizations and performance groups, student publications, and honor societies

Alumni: 28,000 and growing

The Cost

Costs (20132014): Tuition, $35,072; Room and Board, $14,516

Financial Aid: Approximately 65% of the student body receives financial assistance

The Place

Library: More than 180,000 volumes and serial subscriptions, 10,000 microforms, 11,000 audiovisual materials, and 8,000 e-books

Residence Halls: Four, all air-conditioned and wired for cable television and internet access

Labs and Studios: Sound-treated television studios, multiple Avid editing suites, audio post-production labs, sound stage, film screening room, integrated digital newsroom, six on-campus programs to observe speech and hearing therapy, professional marketing suite/focus group room, makeup lab, scene/prop and costume shops, theatre design/technology center, and more

Curriculum: Approximately 700 courses offered each semester

Theaters: Four, including the historic 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre and newly renovated 590-seat Paramount Mainstage

Radio Stations: Two, including WERS-FM, the oldest noncommercial broadcaster in Boston

Castles: One, Kasteel Well, in The Netherlands

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Transfer students: Start or complete your application for Fall 2014.

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