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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The best thing about Emerson is the student body. We're all very goal-oriented and very mindful of our future prospects. No one is lazy and every one has a plan. It's both refreshing and...
The worst thing at Emerson has to be the actual college staff. Some of the college staff are amazing... But a lot of times, students are treated poorly when all the school really cares about is...
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...
Faculty were typically very helpful and very engaging. The class subjects were always interesting, especially once you got further up the ranks into senior subjects. There was a high level of...
Living off campus is very challenging, as it separates you from the student body. How far you end up distanced from everything school-related is influenced by the public transportation system and...
Every student at this school needs A BlackBerry or iPhone.
Every student at this school needs An open mind
Another awesome thing is The location. You can't get more urban, or closer to the city. Downtown Boston is never boring.