We consider you an international student if you do not have U.S. citizenship, dual-U.S. citizenship, or permanent residency. If you are applying as an International Transfer Student, see additional information.

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply online: the Common Application or the Emerson Application.

The application fee ($65 USD) is waived for all international applicants.

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 acknowledgment via email once your online application has been submitted. You will also receive acknowledgment via email when your application becomes complete and includes all supporting credentials.

What You Need

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.

  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from each secondary school attended and should include courses taken and grades received in years. 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 it 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, math, foreign language, or history) must be submitted.
  • First Marking Period Grades and Mid-Year Report: We ask that all applicants submit first marking period (first quarter, midterm, first trimester) or mid-year (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. (Submission of predicted scores for examinations is also acceptable.)
  • Testing and English Language Proficiency Requirement: All international applicants should respond to the test options question in accordance with the following guidelines:
    • For students from countries where English is not the national or primary language
      • Take the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English, Cambridge English (Advance or Proficiency) or PTE Academic if:
        • You are a freshman (first-year) applicant who is not currently completing your fourth consecutive year of secondary study at an institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction, AND
      • Respond to the Test Requirement Option Question and choose one of the following:
        • 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.
        • SAT or ACT Scores: 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.
        • NOTE: If you submit an SAT or ACT score, the English Proficiency Examination will be automatically waived.
    • Students from countries where English is the national or primary language must: 
      • ​Respond to the Test Requirement Option Question and choose one of the following:
        • 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.
        • SAT or ACT Scores: 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.
      • Complete the Waiver for English Proficiency, which is accessible using your Application Portal information.

If you submit one of the English Proficiency Examinations, please note the minimum score requirements for admission to Emerson College:

  • Cambridge English (Advance or Proficiency)
    • Minimum Score Required: 176
  • Duolingo English
    • Minimum Score Required: 105
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Minimum Score Requirement: 6.5
  • PTE Academic (Pearson’s Test of English Academic)
    • Minimum Score Required: 60
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • Internet-Based Test (iBT): 80
    • Computer-Based Test (CBT): 213
    • Paper-Based Test: 550
       

Major or Program-Specific 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. 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 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.

Financial aid application instructions

Merit scholarship information

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. 

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


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