Undergraduate Admission


We are always on the lookout for students who will thrive in our creative atmosphere. Whether you have a lot of experience in your intended area or are a highly motivated beginner, we want to hear from you.

1. Learn about the Application Process

View our Admission Profile and look over our dates, deadlines, and options for admission. Please also review the following to decide which type of applicant you are:

Freshman Applicant

Apply as a freshman if you are currently a high school student, or if you have graduated from high school and have taken fewer than 9 college credits, or if you have not yet gone to college.

  • Early Action is for students who consider Emerson their first choice and are prepared to apply by November 1. Students applying Early Action to Performing Arts must complete an Early Action Artistic Review. If your Artistic Review will take place after the first of the year, please apply Regular Decision.
  • Regular Decision is for students who are strongly considering Emerson, but would like until January 15 to complete an application. Spring applicants should apply by November 1. Please note that Performing Arts majors may only apply for a fall start term.

Transfer Applicant

Apply as a transfer student if you are currently enrolled at a college or university and you will complete 9 or more college credits prior to your desired start term at Emerson.

  • Transfer students may apply for Regular Decision by November 1 for spring admission and March 15 for fall admission. Applications are considered on a space-available basis after these priority deadlines.
  • Transfer student FAQ »
  • Transfer counselor FAQ »

International Applicant

If you do not have U.S. citizenship, dual-U.S. citizenship, or permanent residency, follow the process for international students. There are special credential guidelines for international applicants, and additional information will be required of international students who are offered admission.

2. Submit your Application

There are two ways to apply online. Get started with the Common Application or Emerson Application today.

You will receive an application acknowledgement via email once your online application has been submitted. You will also receive acknowledgement via email when your application becomes complete, including all supporting credentials.

3. Submit Supporting Credentials

Please review detailed information and instructions for:

Additional application instructions and requirements are in effect for:

You will be able to submit a Creative Sample in the Application Portal after submitting your Common Application with Emerson Supplement or Emerson Application, and application fee payment.

If you submit your application close to or on the application deadline, we encourage you to upload your Creative Sample as soon as possible. We understand that this may delay your Creative Sample submission beyond the application deadline.

All application materials may be submitted electronically. Or, send them to:

Emerson College Undergraduate
Admission Processing Center
PO Box 880
Randolph, MA 02368-8880

If you are using a mailing or shipping service that does not allow for delivery to a PO Box, you may use our alternate application mailing address of Emerson College Undergraduate Admission, 120 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116.

4. Check the Status of Your Application Credentials

If you applied via the Common Application, you will receive an email acknowledgement and instructions for how to create your Emerson Application Portal account. You can use the Portal to check the status of your application.

Please keep in mind that it may take up to 2 weeks for credentials to show in our system after they have been received. Materials that are postmarked by the appropriate application deadline will be considered on time. Feel free to contact us if your application materials do not show in the Application Portal within 2 weeks.

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5. Apply for Financial Aid and learn about Merit Scholarships

Financial aid application instructions »

Merit scholarship information »

6. Watch for Updates from Emerson College

We will send you information to the mailing address and email address listed on your application. Please make sure to check your mail and email so that we can provide you with important updates. We also ask that you update your email settings to allow correspondence from admission@emerson.edu. Remember that if you opt out of emails from Emerson College, you may miss important deadline reminders!

7. Decision Notification

Notification deadlines are posted on our dates, deadlines, and options for admission page.

Statement of Nondiscrimination Policy

Emerson College admits qualified students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sex, age, sexual
orientation, gender identity, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made
available to students at the College. Emerson College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color,
religious beliefs, national and ethnic origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability in the
administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other
College-administered programs.

Individuals with questions or concerns about the College’s nondiscrimination policy may
contact Emerson College’s associate vice president for human resources and affirmative action at
Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 or 617-824-8580.