Founded by Charles Wesley Emerson as a school of oratory in 1880, Emerson College prides itself for being the only higher learning institute in the United States to exclusively focus on the studies of communication and the arts. Over the years, the institution has evolved from a small New England school to a multifaceted college with campuses in Boston, Los Angeles, and the Netherlands as well as global degree programs in Boston, Paris, and Lugano, Switzerland.

As an institution of academic excellence, Emerson's prestigious faculty and staff prepare their students to be innovative and thoughtful leaders in their respective fields and positive contributors in all aspects of society. The College Factual recently ranked Emerson College as having the top journalism and communications program in the country; Emerson is also ranked number eight in U.S. News & World Report's 2022 Best Regional Universities in the North. According to U.S. News & World Report, Emerson is among the top 30 colleges and universities most LGBTQ-friendly and within the top 50 of greenest schools in the nation.

While Emerson remains committed to its historic mission as a specialized academic institution, its curriculum reflects the emergence of interdisciplinary study and affirms new direction and innovation in the fields of the arts, communications, and the liberal arts. Located in the heart of Boston, Emerson is internationally recognized in its fields of specialization, which include communication studies; marketing communication; journalism; communication sciences and disorders; visual and media arts; the performing arts; and writing, literature, and publishing.

Emerson is home to 3,800 undergraduate students and over 700 graduate students representing 50 states and more than 55 countries. Emerson's 503 full-time and part-time faculty members teach 26 undergraduate majors and 41 minors in the communication and arts discipline and 18 graduate programs offered in flexible formats.


Why Emerson?

What makes us special is our creativity, passion, expressiveness, inclusivity, hands-on attitude, and our ambitious yet independent-minded energy.

Our teams aim to challenge, empower, and inspire communication. We achieve these goals through accountability and responsibility. The world needs to hear from people who understand the complexity of human interaction, who have a passion for connecting with people both close to home and far away, and most importantly, who work hard to inspire others to care and act.

We support and help drive our culture's creative force that prepares our students to be that voice for the world. Our community consists of individuals who do not shy from responsibility, and who partner to achieve great things through input, empathy, and strategic thinking.

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