Application Information

Application for Summer 2021 has closed. Information for Summer 2022 will be posted in late November/early December.

The Arts & Communication Pre-College Program offers challenging one, two, three, and five-week summer programs for high school students. Programs and intensive, fun, and designed to teach students competitive, practical skills in one academic area of communication and the arts. A few select programs can also be completed for academic credit. Our Summer 2021 programs will be offered online in a combination of asynchronous (Canvas, discussion boards) and synchronous (Zoom class meetings). 

Part of Emerson College's mission statement is to educate our students "to assume positions of leadership in communication and the arts and to advance work that brings innovations, depth, and diversity to these disciplines." Instead of being hindered by this pandemic, our staff and faculty intend to use this unprecedented time to teach you the skills to communicate your ideas, express your feelings, and tell powerful stories– when it is more important than ever. 

As a Pre-College student, you can look forward to achieving:

  • Basic knowledge of the current industry practices and requirements 
  • Portfolio or audition materials for your college applications 
  • Skills in project presentations, debating, and research (Journalism and Politics, Activism & Leadership Institutes.) 

Programs are competitive. 


Summer 2021

Due to COVID-19, Emerson College has decided to waive the standardized testing requirement for all the Pre-College Credit-Option programs. Students will still be required to submit an official high school transcript. International students will also be required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.

All Pre-College programs will be held remotely and take place online.

If you have any additional questions, please contact: PreCollege [at]

Overview: Emerson’s Pre-College Programs