Emerson College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Emerson College

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Emerson College is a private college with an acceptance rate of 36%. Founded in 1880, Emerson is located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts. Emerson College prides itself on its exclusive dedication to communication and the arts. The college has strong programs in theater, journalism, creative writing, and marketing. Emerson's professional programs are all grounded in the liberal arts, and the school has an impressive 14-to-1 student/faculty ratio. Campus facilities include two state-of-the-art radio stations, three theaters including the 1,200-seat Cutler Majestic Theatre, and numerous state-of-the-art labs and studios.

Considering applying to Emerson College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Emerson College had an acceptance rate of 36%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 36 students were admitted, making Emerson's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 12,941
Percent Admitted 36%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 20%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Emerson College is test-optional for standardized testing. Applicants may choose to submit SAT or ACT scores, or they may opt to submit an additional essay or portfolio related to their intended major. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 64% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 610 690
Math 590 700
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted SAT scores, most of Emerson's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Emerson scored between 610 and 690, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 690. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 590 and 700, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 700. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1390 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Emerson.

Requirements

Note that Emerson does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Emerson does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Emerson participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Emerson College is test-optional for standardized testing. Applicants may choose to submit SAT or ACT scores, or they may opt to submit an additional essay or portfolio related to their intended major. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 35% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 27 34
Math 24 29
Composite 26 31

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted ACT scores, most of Emerson's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Emerson received a composite ACT score between 26 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

Emerson does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Emerson does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Emerson superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the mean, unweighted high school GPA of Emerson College's incoming freshmen class was 3.72. This information suggests that most successful applicants to Emerson have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Emerson College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Emerson College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Emerson College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Emerson College, which accepts over a third of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Emerson also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, so admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. Strong application essays and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Note that some programs at Emerson will have audition, interview, or portfolio requirements. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades are outside of Emerson's average range.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students, and you can see that most students who got into Emerson had high school averages of A- or better, SAT scores (ERW+M) above 1200, and ACT composite scores above 25. Good grades and test scores, however, aren't all that is needed to get admitted to Emerson. If you look at the red (rejected students) and yellow (waitlisted students) on the graph, you'll see that some students with high grades and test scores were rejected.

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