Undergraduate Admission

Admission Profile

Emerson College is a member of the Common Application and Universal Application and requires an Application Supplement for each. Students can find the steps to apply online. Applicants for programs in the Performing Arts or Media Production must fulfill additional requirements.

The academic preparation for successful candidates should include four years of English and three years each of mathematics, science, social science, and three years of a single foreign language. The admission committee is interested in how students have challenged themselves academically, balancing hard work with extracurricular activities.

Profile for the Incoming Class of 2018

The 887 students who entered in September combined impressive academic records with a variety of co-curricular activities and special achievements.

Freshman Admission

Applied: 9,149
Admitted: 4,396 (49%)
Enrolled: 887 (20%)

Gender: 329 men (37%), 558 women (63%)

Grade Point Average: 3.68 (unweighted, 4.0 scale)*
*95% of secondary schools reported a GPA

Class Rank*
37% graduated in the top 10 percent
73% graduated in the top quarter
95% graduated in the top half
*37% of secondary schools reported a rank in class

Standard Test Scores
SAT Middle 50% Composite: 1720–1950
SAT Critical Reading: 580–680
SAT Math: 540–650
SAT Writing: 570–670

ACT Middle 50% Composite 25–30

Secondary Schools
68% enrolled from public schools
32% enrolled from independent, parochial, and international schools

English as a Second Language
If English is not your first language, a minimum iBT TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 7 is required.

Transfer Admission

We welcomed 181 transfer students this fall. They came from other four-year colleges and universities as well as two-year community colleges. Some transfers had a semester or a full year of coursework, while others had earned an associate’s degree and were seeking to continue in a four-year program.

Applied: 782
Admitted: 559 (71%)
Enrolled: 221 (40%)

Gender: 111 men (50%), 110 women (50%)

College Grade Point Average: 3.2 (4.0 scale)