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Emerson College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1880
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 3,402
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $79,486,121
Admissions Address

120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-4624



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.6
Send application by: January 5
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Sara S. Ramirez
Admissions office telephone: (617) 824-8600
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 5
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.emerson.edu/undergraduate_admission Tuition deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 N/A
Mathematics 3 N/A
Science 3 N/A
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language 3 N/A
Social studies 3 N/A
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A 4
Total academic units 16 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 5
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 47%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 53%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 45%
Total applicants: 4,849
Total acceptances: 2,289
Total freshman enrollment: 727
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 46%
Male applicants: 1,745
Male acceptances: 861
Male freshman enrollment: 317
Female applicants: 3,104
Female acceptances: 1,428
Female freshman enrollment: 410
Out-of-state freshmen: 78%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,089
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 462
Students enrolled from waiting list: 10

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 36%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 78%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 98%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 50%
Average high school GPA: 3.6
First-year students submitting GPA: 92%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 94%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 580 – 670
Math: 550 – 640
Combined: 1130 – 1310

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 17.0% 5.0%
600-699 51.0% 44.0%
500-599 29.0% 44.0%
400-499 3.0% 7.0%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 22%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 25 – 30
Math: 23 – 27
Composite: 24 – 29

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 17.0% 31.0% 8.0%
24-29 64.0% 51.0% 59.0%
18-23 19.0% 17.0% 31.0%
12-17 N/A 1.0% 2.0%
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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