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Study at Emerson College

Emerson College was founded in 1880 as the Boston Conservatory of Elocution, Oratory, and Dramatic Art. Founded by Charles Wesley Emerson, it was renamed to Monroe Conservatory of Oratory in 1881 and to Emerson College of Oratory in 1890. The college adopted its current name in 1939. The college campus is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Emerson College competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III, and in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The college is also a Charter member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Their sports teams are known as the Lions and participates in a wide variety of sports including lacrosse, cross country running, softball, tennis, volleyball, baseball, soccer, basketball, and golf.

Some of the notable alumni of Emerson College are Katherine Gudger Langley, the first woman elected to United States House of Representatives from Kentucky; Richard Arlook, the president of The Arlook Group; and Steve Berthiaume, the former sportscaster for SportsNet New York and an anchor on ESPN.

Profile of Emerson College

Emerson is in Boston, MA. Boston is a large city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Emerson issues awards (degrees) up to the level of Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Fields of study in vogue at the school include media, drama and performing arts, and photography and commercial art.

Emerson Selectivity

Not all applicants to Emerson are accepted. Just 45% of applicants in 2007 were accepted at the school. The top quarter of students at Emerson scored at least 680 on the verbal SAT test. Students math SAT scores were most often in the range 550 to 650 in 2007.


The most successful professors at the school are given tenure, encouraging them to stay with the school for a long time. The Emerson teaching staff is well compensated compared to other schools.

Student Enrolment

Approximately 4,380 students study at the school .

Student Life

Very few students at Emerson attend part-time. The school makes housing available to a large share of its students. Students participate in Great Northeast Athletic Conference athletics.

Emerson Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Media395radio and television, journalism, broadcast journalism, publishing, digital communications, political communication, health communication, communication studies, . . .
Business and Management241marketing, international marketing, business communications
Liberal Arts207creative writing, interdisciplinary studies
Photography and Commercial Art156cinematography
Drama and Performing Arts125drama, theatre design, stagecraft, acting, dance, directing
Education and Teaching56drama and dance teaching
Medical Support and Technology48speech pathology
Therapy and Counselling9communication disorders

Contact: Emerson

Emerson College

120 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02116-4624

General Phone: (617) 824-8500


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