Emerson College

120 Boylston Street Boston, Massachusetts 02116-4624
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College History

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.

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Student Life

Total Enrollment: 4,322

Institution Size: 1,000 - 4,999

Campus Setting: Urban Urban

Religious Affiliation: Not applicable

Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

School Calendar Type: Semester


Admissions Information

Total Undergrad Enrollment: 3,450

Total Grad Enrollment: 872

Admissions Requirements:
High School GPA
High School Rank
Test Scores

Accepted Credit:
Life Experience
Advanced Placement


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Source: U.S. Department of Education 2010/11

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Every student at this school needs their own room

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