Undergraduate Admission

International Requirements

We consider you an international student if you do not have U.S. citizenship, dual-U.S. citizenship, or permanent residency.

1. Submit your application

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

The $65 application fee is waived for all international applicants for Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 start terms.

Please make sure to use the same name listed on your passport as the name you provide in your application. 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 and includes all supporting credentials.

2. Supporting Academic Credentials

The following supporting credentials are required for international applicants. If you are an international transfer student, please visit the international transfer student page. Please include your full name and date of birth on all application materials that you submit.

Teacher Evaluation: A minimum of one official teacher evaluation from someone who has taught you in an academic subject (i.e., English, social studies, science, foreign language, or history) must be submitted.

Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended, and should include courses taken and grades received. All transcripts must include an English translation if they are in a foreign language. Translations must be performed by an official agency and accompanied by the original document.

  • Official documents must be original transcripts and examination results, not faxes or photocopies. If you only have one original and it is not possible to obtain another, please contact your secondary institution and ask them to notarize or stamp a certified true copy. This will be considered an official copy. We will only accept attestations from your secondary institution, the exam issuer, U.S. Educational Advising centers, and official translation agencies.

First marking period grades and Mid-Year Report: We ask that all applicants submit first marking period (first quarter, midterm, first trimester) or midyear (second quarter, first semester, second trimester) grades when they become available. We understand that school schedules for releasing report cards vary quite a bit. Grade reports alone will not prevent your application from being reviewed, but they must be submitted as soon as they become available.

Test scores and English language proficiency requirement: All international applicants should submit standardized testing scores according to the following guidelines:

  • Take the TOEFL or IELTS if:
    • You are a freshman (first-year) applicant who has not completed four years of secondary study at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction.
    • You are a transfer applicant who has not completed at least two years of post-secondary study at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction.
  • Take the SAT or ACT if:
    • You are a freshman (first-year) applicant and you have completed secondary study at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction. SAT code: 3367, ACT code: 1820
    • You are a transfer applicant who has completed two years of post-secondary study at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction. SAT code: 3367, ACT code: 1820

If you take the TOEFL or IELTS, please note the minimum score requirements for admission to Emerson College:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • Internet-Based Test (iBT) 80
    • Computer-Based Test (CBT) 213
    • Paper-Based Test 550
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Minimum score requirement: 7

We encourage you to submit application materials online through the Common Application. You can also mail supporting credentials to:

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

3. Major- or Program-specific Requirements

Additional application materials are required for the following:

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. 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!

6. Decision Notification

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

Additional information will be required of international students who are offered admission.

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