Last Updated on August 28, 2023
Emerson College is a private institution that was founded in 1880. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,878, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 8 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Emerson College’s ranking in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, #9. Its tuition and fees are $51,148.
With a focus on the arts, communications and the liberal arts, Emerson College provides students with experience in fields like film, theater, journalism, publishing, public relations and marketing. In addition to the 25 majors, students may design their own major through the Individually-Designed Interdisciplinary Program. Those interested in dual degree programs can pursue the global BFA in film art with the Paris College of Art, or the international and political communication degree with Franklin University Switzerland. Other options to study globally include semesters at Emerson’s campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands, or through the Global Pathways programs available in 13 countries.
Students can get involved with a range of co-curricular activities including Emerson Polling, which provides survey research on political topics and market research; WERS, a popular student-run radio station; and Emerson Stage, for student performances. Fittingly, the literary-focused school has a wide variety of student publications, including the Emerson Review, a literary magazine, and Concrete Literary Magazine, which showcases student poetry and photography. There are about 100 other student organizations, including a handful of fraternities and sororities.
Emerson sports teams compete in the NCAA Division III New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. Teams include soccer, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, cross country, tennis, men’s baseball and women’s softball. Freshmen are required to live on campus for their first six semesters, which puts them near Boston Common, a popular spot for relaxation and recreational activities. Notable alumni of Emerson College include comedian Jay Leno, Emmy-nominated television writer Stefani Robinson and cosmetics entrepreneur Bobbi Brown.
Emerson College’s 2021 Rankings
Emerson College is ranked #9 in Regional Universities North. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.
- #9inRegional Universities North (tie)
- #9inBest Undergraduate Teaching
- #43inBest Value Schools
emerson college tuition
Fall 2021–Spring 2022 Tuition & Fees Chart
Your bill will reflect all costs charged to your student account. These include tuition, board, and fees noted on the cost chart below, plus miscellaneous charges like transportation fees and finance charges, if applicable.
Fall 2021–Spring 2022
|CHARGE||DESCRIPTION OF CHARGE||FALL 2021||SPRING 2022||ANNUAL|
|Audit per credit||$30||$30||–|
|BOARD||Commuter Meal Plan||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Graduate Student Services Fee|
|Graduate Student Service Fee|
|Registration Fee (online students)||$50||$50||–|
*Assessed only for new students who enroll in the Spring semester.
Emerson College generates electronic tuition statements once a semester. Statements can be viewed through TouchNet by logging in as a student through eCommon, or as an Authorized User. Email notifications will be sent to students and their Authorized Users each time a new tuition statement has been uploaded.
- Fall semester statements are available in late June and are due August 2.
- Spring semester statements are available in mid-November and are due December 16.
- Please adhere to the billing due date to avoid having your registration terminated. Students with unresolved account balances will automatically be deregistered. For additional information, please read our Financial Policies.
- Authorized Users can be updated on eCommon, under the Student Services tab by clicking on “Make a Payment.”
Summer 2021 Tuition & Fees
Summer bills are due April 15th. If you register on or after April 15th, payment is due at the time of registration.
If your payment is not settled, your course(s) will automatically be dropped from your schedule.
- Graduate per credit rate — $1,296 per credit
- Registration Fee per part of term — $35 per part of term