Emerson College was founded in 1880 in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a private, co-ed college that touts itself as being the largest of its kind to offer degrees exclusively in communication and the liberal arts. It offers over three dozen such degree programs across three campuses including one in Los Angeles, California and the Netherlands.
After nearby Boston University shuttered their School of Oratory in 1879, there was a big hole left for this type of school. Charles Wesley Emerson, an alumnus of the closed School of Oratory, decided to fill that hole in 1880 by starting the Boston Conservatory of Elocution, Oratory, and Dramatic Art. The school would undergo two more name changes, to Monroe Conservatory of Oratory and later Emerson College of Oratory before eventually becoming Emerson College as it is today.
Total Enrollment: 4,322
Institution Size: 1,000 - 4,999
Campus Setting: Urban
Religious Affiliation: Not applicable
Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral
School Calendar Type: Semester
Total Undergrad Enrollment: 3,450
Total Grad Enrollment: 872
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Emerson College is a place for doers, self-starters, and entrepreneurs who are taught to approach the world by combining technical skills and knowledge with raw, edgy, creative imagination and...
When I entered Emerson College in 1996, I quickly discovered that it wasn’t an academically rigorous place, which was important to me. Had I not been fortunate enough to be part of the Honors...
It attracts lots of interesting, creative, self-starting sorts of students. I run into them often in New York City and it's a nice connection to have.
In the urban setting, it's very hard to connect with students and make new friends if you're introverted or if you're a transfer student. Also terribly expensive.
The professors. Emerson gets some extremely smart professors (at least for WLP and Photography, can't attest to much else) from great universities. They have a wealth of real-world knowledge that...
The student body. Emerson seems to attract the same, cookie-cutter hipsters, making for a very "vanilla" college experience. There isn't a lot of diversity, especially when it comes to people's...