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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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...
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 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...
Another awesome thing is The Orientation program--Orientation Leaders are extra enthusiastic here and always make headlines!
Every student at this school needs A laptop