How to Apply

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

You will receive an application acknowledgment via email once your online application has been submitted. If you applied via the Common Application, you will receive an email acknowledgment and instructions for how to create your Emerson Application Portal account within two business days.

Additional Note: If you are currently a high school student, or if you have graduated from high school and taken fewer than 9 college credits—or if you have not yet gone to college—you may apply to Emerson as a freshman.

Application Options

There are three options for applying to Emerson:

  1. Early Decision (ED) is a binding early deadline. This option is appropriate only if you are sure Emerson is your first choice.
    • Binding means you must commit to enroll at Emerson, if admitted.
    • ED applicants cannot apply Early Decision to other institutions.
    • ED applicants can apply EA to other colleges, but must withdraw those applications if admitted to Emerson.
  2. Early Action (EA) is a non-binding early deadline.
    • EA applicants may apply to other Early Action colleges.
    • Binding Early Decision and Early Decision II program applicants to other schools can also apply Early Action to Emerson.
  3. Regular Decision (RD) is a non-binding deadline and is selected by the majority of our applicants.
    • RD applicants may apply ED or EA to other institutions.

Deadlines

FRESHMAN: FALL ADMISSION DEADLINES

Early Decision
Application Deadline: November 1 
Decision Notification: mid-December

Early Action
Application Deadline: November 1 
Decision Notification: mid-December

Regular Decision
Application Deadline: January 15
Decision Notification: by April 1

FRESHMAN: SPRING ADMISSION DEADLINES

Regular Decision
Application Deadline: November 1
Decision Notification: Rolling

Applications completed after November 1 are considered on a space-available basis.

What You Need

Supporting Academic Credentials

The following supporting credentials are required for freshmen (first-year) applicants. Please include your full name and date of birth on all application materials that you submit.

  • High School Transcript and School Report: A School Report must be completed by your secondary school counselor or another school official and must be submitted along with an official, signed transcript from your high school. We encourage you to submit first marking period grades with the transcript. Please send us official signed transcripts from all high schools you have attended.
  • Secondary School Counselor Evaluation: The secondary school counselor evaluation should accompany the high school transcript and School Report. All transcripts must include an English translation if they are in a foreign language. Translations must be performed by an official agency and be accompanied by the original document.
  • Teacher Evaluation: A minimum of one official teacher evaluation from someone who has taught you in an academic subject (i.e., English, history, science, math, social sciences, or foreign language) must be submitted.
  • SAT or ACT Test Results: Students who feel that their standardized test scores will be beneficial to the review process are encouraged to submit their scores as part of the application process. If you listed Emerson College as a score recipient when you took the SAT or ACT, we will have your results on file. If not, please request that an official score report is sent to Emerson College directly from College Board (SAT) or ACT. Our SAT code is 3367. Our ACT code is 1820.
  • Test Optional: Students who feel that their standardized test scores do not effectively represent their skills and talents or effectively demonstrate their ability to succeed within the college environment may opt to forgo submitting them for review. Learn more about applying Test Optional at Emerson. 
  • First Marking Period Grades and Midyear 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.
  • Early Decision Agreement: Only students who are sure that Emerson is their first choice and plan to apply as an Early Decision candidate, need to complete and submit the Early Decision Agreement.

Additional Requirements

Additional application instructions and requirements are in effect for:

Creative Sample

If you are applying to a program that requires a creative sample, you will be able to submit one 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.

Submitting Your Application

All application materials may be submitted electronically through Common Application, Slate.org, Parchment and Scoir. Or send them to:

Emerson College Undergraduate Admission
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116


After You Submit

Check the Status of Your Application Credentials

If you applied via the Common Application, you will receive an email acknowledgment and instructions for how to create your Emerson Application Portal account. You can use the Application Portal to check the status of your application. You will also receive acknowledgment via email when your application becomes complete, including all supporting credentials. 

Log in to the Application Portal now

Please keep in mind that it may take up to two 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 two weeks.

Apply for Financial Aid & Merit Scholarships

If you apply for Regular Decision, please do not wait for an admission decision before you complete your financial aid application.

Learn about Financial Aid & Scholarships

Watch for Updates from Emerson

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 [at] emerson.edu. Remember that if you opt out of emails from Emerson College, you may miss important deadline reminders! Decision Notification dates are listed above.