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  • 08/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 out of 35 people found this review useful. 1 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artists (Filmmakers, Actors, Writers), Creators, Ambitious Dreamers, those who want to make a difference through creation and expression.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must be involved outside the classroom at Emerson College to get the most out of your education. While you learn a lot in class, you gain as much if not more experience and knowledge for your field while involved in extracurricular activities in which you can apply your talents and skills. For example, I am a copy editor for the school paper, the Berkeley Beacon and will hopefully be involved more this year with the Publishing Club and a literary magazine.

    Bang for the buck

    I absolutely feel like I'm getting my money's worth in my education at Emerson College. Emerson has also been working very hard in spite of the recession to keep annual costs from increasing too much, and through budget cuts and distribution of financial aid, they have succeeded in minimizing tuition increase.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love attending Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. We are located right in the heart of the city in the theatre district, so there is so much to see and do within walking distance. When I first moved in to college, my new friends and I spent a lot of time adventuring around the city discovering all the amazing sites and dining the city has to offer. The Emerson population is also a very diverse, accepting one, so no matter what, you'll feel welcomed by our friendly students.

    Am learning a lot

    Emerson is teaching me a great deal about the arts that I was never able to learn in my basic college-prep high school program. As a Writing, Literature, and Publishing major, I'm learning a lot about how real world events influence the creation of films, theatre, and books.

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 2 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is not well-balanced. It is more for students into the arts, because that is where the real education is at Emerson. Also, because Emerson spends a ton of money on the arts, and tends to forget about Communication Studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be smart about your choice for college. Know what is important to you, and look for that in a school. Emerson College is not a place for those who want to find themselves. Emerson College is a place for those who know who they are, and what they want to do with their lives.

    Bang for the buck

    I didn't count on spending nearly $45,000/yr to have my Intro to College Writing teacher be a graduate student. If I'm paying that much money, I should at least have a real teacher showing me how to write like a college student. For a college that claims to be liberal arts, it does not provide a real liberal arts education. A liberal arts' education is one that is well-rounded. That is not at all what Emerson provides.

    Am enjoying being here

    Second-hand smoke is no joke. If you're a smoker, you'll adapt quickly. If you're not, you'll have to get used to it. The fun is not on-campus, but off-campus. The city is pretty great, but the campus is okay.

    Am learning a lot

    My college classes are far less rigorous than my high school classes. I feel that those majoring in the arts have more on their plate in terms of workload than those majoring in Communications.

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 3 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're future ambitions include broadcasting, acting, writing, etc. Emerson College is the place to be. It will put your foot in the right door.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips: 1) Don't let reviews make your decision. You will read bad reviews, and you will read good reviews. Focus on what is more important for your future. 2) If you're unsure about Emerson College because of the party-scene, don't let that you hold you back. Your education is far more important and trust me, you will have fun if you know the right places to go. 3) You have probably read that Emerson College has a lot of gay people. It does. However, there are plenty of other guys and gals!

    Bang for the buck

    Emerson College is extremely expensive, as you already might know. However, it's worth it. The opportunities that you get from this school can't compare to anywhere else.

    Am enjoying being here

    College is going to be fun, no matter where you go. You're free for the first time. The advantage that Emerson College has over many other colleges is that it is right in the heart of Boston. There is always something to do. Although Emerson College is not a huge party school, there is Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University and many others right around the area. Newbury St. is right around the corner; there is a movie theater right next to us; and there are lots of concerts!

    Am learning a lot

    Emerson College is filled with motivated and talented young individuals who strive for success. I never expected to learn as much as I did my first semester at college. As a broadcast journalism major, I have had the opportunity to get involved in my schools broadcasting organizations. These award-winning student run organizations include EIV news and The Emerson Channel. Both of these organizations have taught me how to work with cameras and gave me a better learning on how to report news.

  • 10/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 4 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is interested in Communications and the Arts, Emerson is for you. It's the only school in the country dedicated solely to the arts and communications, and the things you can do there are amazing! I've already met all kinds of students with many different goals and aspirations, and I believe Emerson will help any student accomplish anything they want to in the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips I would provide would be to go in expecting nothing, because anything you expect from Emerson will be exceeded when you go there. I had orientation this past fall, and current students were unbelievably welcoming, they yelled and cheered every time you went into the Little Building or any other building. They were also very helpful to answer any questions, which was great!

    Bang for the buck

    Emerson is costly, but they provide many scholarships and grants to help with any financial problems.

    Am enjoying being here

    Emerson has students from all over the country, and some all over the world! People have described Emerson College students as walking around in our own worlds, which we definitely do, but everyone is walking around in the same world, ready to make changes in the world. Students are so involved in and around the campus. Also, students are so fashionable!

    Am learning a lot

    Emerson College has professors who have been and worked in the field you're going into, ie: journalism. I am a Print Journalism major, and all my professors have been in the journalism field for a long time, so they know directly what you're going to be going into in the real world and they prepare you accordingly for it.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Emerson is a great place for creative, social, and smart students. If you want to make a difference, if you want to do something great, there's no better place to be. If you find yourself turning up your nose at the students involved with the arts at your high school, you probably should think long and hard before attending, because the campus is definitely dominated by a very eccentric demographic. Sports, while present and generally decent, aren't a huge part of Emerson's culture, so if you're looking to go to football games and pep rallies, this isn't your school. However, the athletic department is great and, by virtue of its size, closely knit, so it's a great place to be for athletes, as long as you're not expecting some kind of notoriety for your athleticism. Emerson does, however, have a niche for everyone, and the campus is very diverse so far as types of students go, so I'd really, really recommend visiting the campus before opting to attend and getting a feel for the environment and people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Emerson is full of interesting, creative people, and the best place to meet them is at club meetings or film shoots. There are constantly fliers all around campus and emails are sent out, as well as the occasional facebook message, when something comes up -- don't ignore it, go! Your experience at Emerson is definitely what you make it. Surround yourself with great people (which isn't hard), work to your full potential, ask questions, get involved, play a sport, go to parties, read every assignment, proof read your essays twice -- don't skimp on your end of educating yourself, and Emerson won't skimp on you.

    Bang for the buck

    There's no way around it. Emerson isn't cheap. It really, really isn't cheap. The tuition and living expenses aren't necessarily a bargain, and living in Boston certainly isn't a thrifty dream, but it's definitely worth it. The college is excellent, and it affords connections that make Emerson more than worth its slightly exorbitant fee. The dorms are awesome and the food is good, so the living expenses are justified; living in Boston in general is expensive, so the college can't really be faulted for its price being a little lofty. Although the college costs more than I would ideally like, even if I could go back and do the college search all over again, I wouldn't change it for anything.

    Am enjoying being here

    Emerson College has the best location of any school, in my opinion. Boston, Massachusetts is hailed as one of the best college towns in the country, and rightly so. There are so many schools in the area that it's impossible to run out of places to go on the weekend and people to meet--there's so much diversity that it's also impossible to get bored. Emerson is right in the heart of the city, located across from the Boston Common and Public Gardens, which are both gorgeous, green areas; down the road from Chinatown, which has some awesome food and cheap groceries; a fifteen minute walk from the North End, Boston's Little Italy which houses some of the best, most authentic Italian food you'll find; up the street from Newbury Street, lined with high-end stores and great food; and literally across the street from the T station, which can take you anywhere else you want to go. Beyond its location, Emerson's student body is wonderful. Everyone is interesting, friendly, and engaging, and there's never a shortage of events on campus. The dorms are the nicest I've seen, and the food is as good as any. My overall experience so far has been positive without fail--the only downside is that the wi-fi is a little finicky in the dorms, but word on the street is that they're looking to fix that. In sum, I'm enjoying my time at Emerson immensely.

    Am learning a lot

    I knew that I wanted to major in screenwriting before I started applying to schools, so much of my search in high school was dedicated to finding somewhere that offered a program that was right for me, and Emerson was absolutely the right choice. Unlike other schools with comparable programs, Emerson starts every student in on their respective major right away. Rather than taking irrelevant courses or general education courses for the first year or so, Emerson allows and encourages students to mix it up. I'm going to be a sophomore, and I've already taken a number of courses pertinent to my major. The professors are one of the best components of the college. Every professor I have had thus far has been enthusiastic, engaging, and knowledgeable. Many of the professors still work in their fields, which make them invaluable resources to students going into such nebulous areas as film, advertising, journalism, etc. The professors are also extremely approachable, available, and interested in helping their students reach their maximum potential and explore every opportunity. I was interested in an internship for the summer, but I didn't know how to go about applying, and so emailed one of my professors from the first semester. That professor had forwarded my email by the next day to another professor whom I hadn't met and she felt to be more knowledgeable, and this professor met with me on several occasions to help me in my endeavor. Additionally, the classes are all very interesting, in part because the professors all seem to have such genuine love for what they're doing. The student body is inventive, intelligent, and committed, so you learn about as much from your peers as you do from the professors and classes. I haven't met an unfriendly student at Emerson yet. And although the classes may not be the most rigorous in the universe, it's accurate to say they are what you make them. One could probably skate by with decent grades and minimal effort, but of course you get what you give--for students who are genuinely interested in pursuing their passions and not afraid to do a little extra legwork, there's no end to what you can learn and to whom you can connect. I've learned so much in just my first year of school, and I'm confident that Emerson has much, much more to offer me in the future. To make a long story short, I don't have anything bad to say about Emerson. I'm learning a lot about my major, about the industry, and about the importance of working hard. If you're the type of student to take initiative and pursue that which you desire, there's no end to what you can learn and achieve at Emerson College.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Be smart. Don't text and walk. Look alert. Look confident. Look discretely over your shoulder now and then. Boston is safe but crime does happen. Just don't be in the Common at night and generally keep your evening walks to groups and stop around 6 to be safe.

    Greek Life

    We have like, one or two Greek orgs? You hardly ever see them around unless it's at the Org Fair or one of their rare fliers.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club here for everyone. We even have a fierce Quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated students, people who are passionate about what they do. If you don't know what you don't want to do, don't spend a bunch of money going here.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pricey, but Emerson is a well-respected school. Unfortunately there's not a whole lot of financial aid (especially if you didn't get a scholarship). The years you spend here will make your career, though.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the oldest park in the nation, the Common, which is across the street. Go to Loew's Theater across the street. Chinatown is fun with a group of people (not at night). It's located across the street. Right across from the T so you can go anywhere in the city quickly. Take the Freedom Trail on Boston. Shop on Newbury Street and at Fanueil Hall. Help lost tourists when you get to know the city! Be a nice Bostonian.

    Food and Dining

    On-campus dining is a bit wibbly-wobbly. The Dining Hall is a buffet and while most of the time there are good items in the 'home cooking' section, sometimes there will be nothing exciting in the rotation. You can make requests via the comment board though. There's also the Max in Piano Row which serves pretty good burgers n' fries, Emerson's Cafe (the Starbucks clone with some yummy sammiches), and Paramount Cafe (which I've been told is good). The Dunkin Donuts that has a door leading into the Little Building is not affiliated with Emerson, so don't try to use your BoardBucks there. Offcampus dining is good because it's Boston, but it can get pricey real quick. In the middle of the buildings we have an alleyway that leads to City Place, which is its own food court that has fairly cheap-ish prices on food.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on the building you're in. Little Building is a bit too 'old' for some snooty people and communal showers/bathrooms suck, but it's not too bad. Paramount is really far away from the other three buildings. Piano Row is regarded as the best for its cafe, large gym, and being a relatively modern building, it doesn't creep out people as much. Colonial is supposedly nice and quiet (it houses only 70 people) and has the mail room that you'll be heading to when you need packages.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard if you seek out the hard classes. If classes are hard, they are always rewarding in some form by being really interesting. Otherwise the workload isn't bad (the staff at Emerson wants you to pursue your passions in AND out of the classroom).

    Tips for prospective students

    Put something on your app that isn't necessarily academic. I got in with a 3.29 GPA and wrote my essay on how Hermione Granger inspired me as a person. They are interested in you as a person, not as a name with an SAT/ACT score and a GPA!

    In three sentences

    Emerson is a magical school filled with people that are super-accepting in one of the most magical cities in the world. Unfairly stereotyped as a hipster school, it's surprising how many Emerson kids break the supposed stereotype. If you have a passion, this is the place to pursue it.

  • 02/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're really into writing, film, and communication in general. Really focused and able to survive under pressure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know will every fiber in your being that Emerson is for you. It's so unique and specialized that if you're on the fence about what you want to do go to a state school or somewhere cheaper until you can figure it out. If you know Emerson is for you, great. I know a lot of people having a blast.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive school and while I received a substantial financial aid package, I'm not sure where my money is going. The food is mediocre and mostly unhealthy. The biggest residence hall is crumbling around us and everyone jokes that they don't know where our money is going. I think it's all going into equipment for the visual media kids and stuff like that. So basically no one else is benefiting from it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm on the fence. I've been thinking of transferring but the academic programs and the Emerson names are what is keeping me here. It's a small campus, there are clicks, and there are VERY unique people here. It is not your typical school. If you liked sporting events and having fun with friends at parties and such during high school, I would not recommend coming here.

    Am learning a lot

    The biggest thing I've learned since being here is that it is not your typical college experience. The people are different, there really is no campus, and it is VERY specialized. I learned that I didn't want to be a journalism student and now I'm switching to marketing. The Gen-Eds are alright, but not that much fun. It's not that I'm not learning, I think what you put into you take out of it. The only exception is that for beginning major course and gen-eds the professor can be hit or miss and I will say that both my first semester journalism teachers are what turned me away from the major.

  • 03/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are interested in pursuing a career in communications. Students who are driven and determined. Students who want a hands on experience with their education. Students who are interested in the city of Boston. Students who love indie music and enjoyed their theater class in high school. Students who have an opinion about the world and aren't afraid to show it.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Plan ahead: The emerson student knows what they want to do, so have an insight of what you want to get involved in. 2. Be Prepared: Work in advance with your finances so you will be able to attend the college. 3. Work Hard: Get ready to work very hard, but in things that you are actually interested in. 4. Have fun: There is so much to do at Emerson that you will have so much fun. 5. Don't be afraid to say NO!

    Bang for the buck

    Emerson is one of the pricier schools in Boston. But I do believe that it is worth it. I believe education is priceless and Emerson is a place that teaches and educates its students in exactly what they want to do for their future. Also, with proper planning the finance office will work with you and you can apply for scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Emerson College so much! What other place can you gain experience, in the city, and feel prepared for your future. I truly believe that Emerson provides you with all the tools to succeed, but it is up to you to achieve it. The professors are professional individuals in their field, that form a personal relationship with each of their students. A professor this semester actually helped me to receive an internship this summer at a local news station in California. The Emerson Student community is one that is heavily involved in work and experience.

    Am learning a lot

    Emerson is one of those schools that allows you to study and pursue what you want to from the very beginning. A lot of what you learn is hands on and you begin working the first day you arrive. Aside from your education, Emerson has so many organizations on campus that also provide opportunities for you to learn. The Emerson Channel is Emerson's college broadcast network. Students are able to use real equipment to produce shows of their choice. They are able to get involved in all aspects, talent, production, writing, etc.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Emerson isn't big on Greek life, but there are fraternities and sororities. Anyone who pledges into one of these sororities/fraternities takes it seriously and they are very active on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    While Emerson isn't big on sports, there are sports teams. (We also have a Quidditch team!) There are extracurriculars for just about every major. There are a lot of publications (from a comic book anthology to a photo magazine to school newspapers), clubs, and events. There is also a dance company (EDC). Greek life is also an option.

    Great for these types of students

    Artists, writers, filmmakers, future journalists, future marketers/advertisers, anyone with an interest in theatre, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Emerson is BIG on community. Take advantage of that. There are always multicultural events, it's VERY LBGT friendly, there's a Yule Ball, and about a million extracurricular activities for you to get involved in. Take advantage of that.

    Bang for the buck

    Emerson's a bit pricy (I'm being generous), but they do have great equipment for students to use.

    What to do for fun

    You're in the heart of Boston, so they sky's the limit. If you're over 21, there are bars and clubs. Regardless of your age, there's bowling, shopping, places to eat, The Garment District, museums, movie theatres, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Emerson has better dining hall food than most colleges that I've been to. This isn't to say that there's gourmet food, but it's not bad.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice. The Little Building is great for meeting people and the other dorms are just really nice to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    While many people joke that Emerson isn't a 'real school' with classes like burlesque or costuming, a lot of teachers do like to challenge you, even if it's in a non-traditional sense.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's all about the essay! Write a meaningful essay, an honest essay, and be careful with spelling and grammar.

    In three sentences

    You'll find that a majority of the student body is comprised of the kids in high school who were writers, band geeks, comic book nerds, hipsters, etc. It leaves a lot of room for collaboration and creative freedom and teaches you how to network, while also making things somewhat competitive.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It can be scary to think of having a campus fully integrated in the city, but it is actually very safe. We have not only our security but the Boston Police. I have never been in an incident where I have felt that I was in danger, and yes, I do go outside at night.

    Greek Life

    There are two fraternities and two sororities. One fraternity is actually co-ed and involved with networking with alumni.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs! And we also have two television stations and our own award-winning radio station. There is an Org Fair at the beginning of every semester, so you won't miss out on anything!

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are driven, goal-oriented, and interested in growing in their chosen field will flourish here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is not a really big campus, we're right in the middle of the city. The only odd thing is that our gym is in the basement of the Little Building.

    Bang for the buck

    The location is fantastic, the professors are well-trained and experienced, and if you put in the work you WILL make the connections you need to begin a great career.

    What to do for fun

    It's the city! There's so much to do from concerts and parties, and the college is literally across the street from the Boston Common and Public Gardens so everyone hangs out there during the day. We're also a 5 minute walk from Newbury Street. You will always have something to do.

    Food and Dining

    There is one dining hall in the Little Building, a cafe in Piano Row, another in the Paramount, and a cafe on the street. The dining hall is not the best, unless you live in Little Building it's kind of a chore to go there. It does have a vegetarian section, but it has a limited menu. However the ones in Piano Row and Paramount are fantastic. Pizza, pasta, a milkshake machine- it's great. And the Emcaf on the street is great for coffee and breakfast before class.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fantastic. Two of the four are under 6 years old and are more like little apartments than dorms. Piano Row, Colonial and Paramount are suite style- meaning you have two or more double all connected to your own bathroom and common room (no sharing with the whole floor!). The only potential downside is a lack of community with the rest of your floor like Little Building. That is your typical dorm. It's a little older, but lots of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Emerson is a liberal arts school, but everyone is so focused on the show they're working on or their resumes that the general education courses are not on the top of anyone's priority list. If you're looking for extra academic challenges, definitely apply to the Honors Program. It involves an extra course each semester and a thesis project for the end of your senior year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right away. Emerson is all about extracurriculars, so audition and interview for anything and everything that interests you. And this goes for any school, but really talk to your teachers outside of class. They are all working professionals in their field so they can give you advice and may even help you to get a job somewhere. In short, never hesitate.

    In three sentences

    Emerson College is the school to go to if you are serious about getting into the Performing Arts industry. It is extremely professional and are full of determined, talented people. It will prepare you for a long-lasting career.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Emerson's police force is wonderful. They're always on top of things. If it's late at night and you need to walk home from Paramount but feel a little unsafe, you can call the Emerson police and someone will walk you home. They're super nice people, and are on duty for us 24/7. As for the environment around us, it's pretty safe but there are always precautions to take in the city. For one, there are three clubs right on Emerson's main campus street. So on the weekends, watch out for drunks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SOOOOOO many student organizations on campus. Here are some that I'm familiar with or a part of: -Thread Anthology (playwrighting publishing group) -Rareworks Theatre Co. -Shakespeare Society -Mercutio (Dramatic theatre troupe) -Peace and Social Justice -A Prom to Remember (Fundraises and puts on a prom for cancer patients) -Atlas (magazine) -WERS (radio station) -Hyena (magazine) -The Girlie Project (comedy troupe) -Chocolate Cake City (comedy troupe) And MANY, MANY more. There's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    If in high school you were one or more of the following, you'll fit in at Emerson: -Drama geek -Film freak -Hipster -Journalist -Harry Potter obsessed -Dr Who obsessed -Liberal -Democrat -Free-spirit -Friendly -Passionate -Breaking Bad obsessed -A stoner I know I'm leaving a lot out but you get the picture. Mostly, if you were in any way Hipster you'll fit in.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it's expensive. But you pay for what you get - which is a lot. Emerson provides their students with great resources to pursue their passions. They give student orgs. funding to do what they please (within reason). Their facilities are clean and well decorated. (You don't feel like you're in a prison while in class or at the library). Plus they hire the best professors to give you the best education.

    What to do for fun

    You're in Boston - there's SO much to do! First off, we're in the theatre district so there's always about 5 different options each night for shows to see. Also, the AMC Theatre is across the street so you can always see a movie. If you plan on staying in for the night there is usually at least one or two on campus events going on. Just walk around 1st floor of Piano Row or 2nd floor of Little Building. If you like nature, we're across the street from the Boston Common (equivalent to New York's Central Park). There's also Newburry St. which holds all the shopping. (2 minutes from campus). If you're feeling artsy you can also go to the Museum of Fine Art for FREE by showing your Emerson ID.

    Food and Dining

    Okay - the dining portion at Emerson is the best and worst. For one, you have the dining hall - which is absolutely the worst. Not very healthy options and the food just isn't good. I rarely like to go to the DH. On the other hand, EmCafe, Max, and Paramount Cafe are all very good! The Emcafe is like a less classy Panera. They have really good breakfast sandwiches, paninis (I recommend the pesto chicken one), and soups. Good on the go place. The Max (in Piano Row) is also really delicious. They're open till 2am (grill closes at 12 though) and consist of a convenient store, made-to-order meal area, and the grill. They have everything from a full on meal to a small snack during a late night study session. My favorite here is the buffalo chicken tenders and pizza. Both good choices. Also, they have a super nice staff! Paramount Cafe (P-caf) is, you guessed it, in the Paramount building. They mostly have snacky food and a grill-style meal cooking. They have burgers, burritos, fries, sandwiches, etc. Pretty good food when you're at the studios rehearsing late at night. As for the meal plan options - they kinda don't have the best options. If you live on campus you're put on the Flex plan (101 meals & $650 board bucks per semester). This option is what most on-campus students stick with. The board bucks are used everywhere but the dining hall, and they go FAST! Keep an eye on how much you're spending!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on the building and the individual, dorm life can be great. If you're trying to decide which building to live in, here's a breakdown of them: Little Building: Mostly freshman. Consists of most double, triple, and quad rooms. I believe there's one 6-person sing suite on every floor. Communal bathrooms. Older building; not the cleanest but livable. Also houses the dinning hall, C-Store (convenient store), gym, Cabaret, and many other Emerson offices. I believe there's either a laundry room on every floor or every other floor. (Don't quote me on that though). There's also a Dunkin Donuts downstairs that sometimes sets a bagel on fire, triggering fire alarms for the entire building. This building really is good for socializing as a first-year. There are lots of activities and friendly people. Piano Row: (My current building of living) Mostly freshmen and sophomores. All suite-style living (4 and 6 person). Common rooms (consisting of tv, sitting area, sink, stovetop and microwave) on every other floor. Holds the Max (150 Cafe), laundry room, gymnasium, a large multipurpose room, various meeting spaces for student orgs, and the student service center. Very clean building. I believe it opened as a dorm building in 2006. Colonial: Known as the 21+ dorm building. Holds mostly upperclassmen but is known to also house freshmen and sophomores on occasion. Only building with full kitchens (stove tops and ovens) in their common rooms. Very upscale and nice building. Hasn't been open very long, which makes it very clean. Only place where alcohol is allowed in dorm rooms (ONLY IF YOU'RE OVER 21 THOUGH!). Has laundry room and mail room. Paramount: Houses mostly performing arts students. Smallest dorm building on campus. Also the furthest away from the main Emerson campus. (far away means two blocks - yeah, we're spoiled). Paramount holds a theatre, multiple practice rooms and studios, classrooms, the Paramount Cafe (get the onion rings, they're delicious!), and Emstage's shop and paint studio. This building is recommended for performing arts students and people who don't mind a little extra walk to their classes. The building is very clean and well decorated. Their common rooms have nice kitchen areas as well as flat screen TVs and foosball tables.

    Academic Rigor

    You get an amazing education at Emerson - one that you'll enjoy receiving. Majority of the professors here are kind, understanding people who love teaching. They respect their students as adults and therefore treat them as equals. They will challenge and push you to high academic achievements. So far, I haven't met a strict, rude, condescending professor here.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Really look hard at your financial situation before choosing this school. -Ask yourself what kind of student you are. If you want to put over 70% of your time into this education and school, then Emerson is the right place. If you don't want to put your all into your school, that's okay. And there are other options for you. -Know your location. We're in the middle of downtown Boston. Are you a city person?

    In three sentences

    Emerson is a fantastic college for students who want to pursue the liberal arts and communication fields. The education you receive here (inside and out of the classroom) will stick with you for the rest of your life. You'll never be bored here, that's for sure.

  • 02/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The students tend to be very eccentric and hipster, if that's your style you'll fit in well. Very good for artsy people or people interested in film, the more creative and hands-on you are, the better you'll fit in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There's so much to do and it's a great addition to college life! It'll give you great connections and experience that will look good on your resume! There's a lot of opportunities waiting for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Emerson isn't great with financial aid and giving out money, so I'm in a lot of debt right now, but it's definitely worth it. I couldn't be happier, and I'd much rather be here and in debt while having the time of my life, than at my previous college, barely paying anything and feeling miserable.

    Am enjoying being here

    There's so much to do on campus and in Boston. I've joined many clubs, including radio, newspaper, and Imagine. There's many opportunities for any interests or majors, and if you don't like any, you can start your own. It's also very close and in walking distance to all the fun things in Boston, like Fanuel Hall, Prudential Center, and Newbury Street. The people are very nice, there's a great atmosphere and everyone's very friendly. Students are very outgoing and the staff and faculty are great! The food is also great. There's many options and I never feel bogged down by them. I can go to the dining hall, conveniently located in my dorm building, or one of the three cafes Emerson has to offer. They all have good food and decent prices.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes are great! Everything is hands on. I've already been thrown into the street to learn how to be a journalist, written various articles, and felt like I really got something out of every class. The classes are very long so it can drag on (about 75 to 105 minutes each), but I always leave feeling like I learned something. All of the professors have some sort of background in what they're teaching, and may even be working in the field at the moment, which gives you an advantage because you're learning from the pros.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Being on an urban campus, the campus security work really hard to keep students safe.

    Greek Life

    I am part of greek life and I love it, but I am a small minority of the student population at Emerson. It is a great way to enrich the college experience, but without it you aren't missing a huge part of going to school here.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't imagine a place that has more to offer in terms of clubs and organizations. There are so many things to get involved in!

    Great for these types of students

    independent minded, career oriented, hipster

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Emerson is very LBGTQI friendly, so we have a lot of gay pride. We are also fiercely anti-math.

    Bang for the buck

    While campus life could be improved, Emerson really gives you what you need to get a head start in your industry. If you are serious about being a film producer, or journalist, or writer, this is an excellent place to be.

    What to do for fun

    Visit the many museums, go to see shows, play and lounge on the commons, participate in on-campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    There are not enough options on campus for the amount of money that is spent.

    Dorm Life

    There is only one classic dorm setting, with most of the students in a suite setting. this makes for an unsocial dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are time consuming, but not difficult. Outside projects are more highly valued.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise prospective students to get involved as quickly and as as much as they can. At Emerson, you get value out of your involvement and hard work.

    In three sentences

    I very much enjoyed my classes and activites at Emerson College. There are a lot of extra curricular activities that I had a great time with, even if I did spend more time on my organizations than on my class work. I was frustrated by some of the administrative policies, however.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Emerson has its own police force and they are always accessible.

    Greek Life

    It exists, but there are no houses and it's not a big deal.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many options!!!

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, liberal, city-lovers, students who do better in a small setting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quidditch team. Seriously.

    Bang for the buck

    I give it five stars now because I see many Emerson grads who go on to be very successful. But I don't think you can accurately gauge the bang for your buck at any school until you see what your degree will do for you.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Boston! Visit museums, go to bars and clubs, spend time on the Common in nice weather. And there are lots of on-campus events too if you want to stay around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Again, not a campus resident, so I don't eat the food. The Emerson's Cafe is pretty good and there are lots of places around to get food.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, so I can't answer this.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in my second semester as a graduate student. First semester was relatively easy, but the academic rigor has gone up dramatically and I get the sense that most programs are like this.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early if you wish yo be considered for scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Emerson is a great school for those who do well in a liberal arts setting. You will have interesting and intelligent professors and have some of the best resources and facilities at your fingertips. And you can't beat the location!

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I live right in the middle of a city, but never felt unsafe. They do a fantastic job at making sure the students are living in a safe environment, and I truly applaud them for that.

    Greek Life

    It exists.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've said this countless times, GET INVOLVED. Or if nothing suits you, make a new organization. That happens all the time.

    Great for these types of students

    Creative-minded, passionate, determined individuals who are willing to work hard every day in order to succeed. Activists. Hipsters. Artsy people. Gifted people. You'll all fit in just great.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this alley where the entrance to one of our buildings is that's entirely made of brick in the middle of downtown. We call it Diagon Alley.

    Bang for the buck

    If Emerson has the program you would like to study, do your best to get here. You will get the best education and experience you will need here.

    What to do for fun

    You're in Boston! Go explore the city! The Boston Common is literally right across the street, the aquarium is about a mile away, as are many shopping centers. Or just get involved in the countless amount of organizations Emerson has to offer!

    Food and Dining

    The dining lacks in comparison to how stellar the rest of the school is. However, the school is in negotiation for a new dining program, so hopefully this will improve.

    Dorm Life

    Only guaranteed two years of housing, but the dorms are very nice and up to date.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not always the most challenging, and some of the general education requirements are a bit bizarre, but in the classes you need for your major, you will learn a lot!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved in organizations as you possibly can. Find one that suits you and work your way to the top. This will help you form the connections that will later help you in your career. Also, become familiar with the alumni network, as they will help you immensely as well.

    In three sentences

    Emerson is an innovative, specialized school that works hard to make every one of their programs the best they can be. You will also form connections that will help you immensely in your future careers. If Emerson has what you would like to study, you probably won't find a better school.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It all depends how passionate you are about your major. If you are entirely in love with making movies, then go to Emerson. However, I had a friend who dropped out because the tuition was too much and they liked making movies, but was not in love with it. Most people here know if it's the right school for them or not, as do everyone else at any school. In the first three months you end up finding out if you like the school or if you don't.

    What to do for fun

    The chances of all of your friends being in organizations is pretty high, so as the year gets going you can expect there to be free performances being put on by the comedy troupes, a capella groups, dance companies, or you can attend an open mic night which always showcase some excellent talent considering it's a performing arts school. There will also be plays happening periodically that you can attend. If you're into it, you can go out with friends on the weekends to a party, whether it be an Emerson one or not. There are plenty of colleges surrounding Emerson, so you always have the option of venturing out. Also, IT'S BOSTON. GO DO SOMETHING IN THE CITY.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is bearable, but it honestly is not that great. However, you learn to live with it and eventually accept it, Hashtag college.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are nice and most of the people on your floor are too.

    Academic Rigor

    At the beginning of the year, my courses were pretty easy, but that was probably just because it was the exposition of the semester. As the year progressed, the classes began to get harder and took up more of my time. However, it seemed that I was either very overwhelmed or extremely relaxed with the courses that I took. The curriculum was interesting, though, so when it did get tough it was worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I wouldn't necessarily be the best person to give advice on this topic. I never visited the school before I came because I live across the country, so the travelling just wasn't in my budget. If you are in the same boat as I was, just look up as much information that you can as possible about the school. Look at the online tours of the dorms, look at the alumni, and take into consideration of how much money you are paying. Get as many scholarships as possible so you are not in debt the rest of your life.

    In three sentences

    Emerson College is a school that has not only provided me with courses on topics and curriculum that I thoroughly enjoy, but a school that has provided me with people that I have come to love. Everyone at Emerson is so different from each other, and it provides a plethora of perspectives and experiences for you to learn from. All in all, the education, the location, and people who attend Emerson make the expenses worth it.

  • 04/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who know what they want to major in. Students who want to make connections with professionals in Boston and other major US cities. Students who want to make friends in all majors and from all places in the world. Students who aren't afraid of hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in extra-cirriculars as soon as possible! Don't worry if you don't have experience in a certain area- try out/apply for the position anyway! Emerson is the perfect place for real hands-on experience and interaction with working professionals.

    Bang for the buck

    Those who want to get a full college experience, can! The facilities are top notch, the dorm buildings are good compared to other colleges, the food is pretty decent, and nothing beats the atmosphere created by Boston.

    Am enjoying being here

    Emerson is the type of school that if you fit, you fit in every aspect of the school. There are so many opportunities that other schools don't offer and the city of Boston is teaming with culture and learning abilities.

    Am learning a lot

    Each of my classes has taught me more than I thought they would. Even the semi-mundane classes like Intro to College Writing and Research Writing have proven to be a great asset to my work in the performing arts. The professors are more than willing to reach out to you and help you both in an academic setting and an extracurricular one.

  • 06/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hipsters Little Monsters Most waking hours are at night Super-Mega-Multi-taskers Anyone completely dedicated to the craft

    Tips for prospective students

    Like any good college, there's a few things they'll lie to your face about on the tours. 1) The WiFi hardly reaches the upper floors, and the connection in general is likely worse than what you're used to. 2) The food is only good during parent's weekends and breakfast; on an average day, it's palatable, and occasionally inedible. 3) The library's extended hours during finals are a joke.

    Bang for the buck

    Damn expensive, and they're not the best with financial aid. I'm actually looking at a transfer if I can't convince them to boost my aid. If you can swing $45,000/year before any sort of award, then go for it. By all means, the status you'll have as an Emerson Alum will make your future easier than otherwise. But to get to that future, you need to be able to afford to pay in the present, which is incredibly difficult for just about anyone.

    Am enjoying being here

    Has been the best time of my life so far. Fantastic personalities, beautiful location (overlooking the Boston Common!) amazing professors, intense atmosphere...it's a blast. Granted, it's not for everyone, but that's because the school's so specialized (though they are moving away from that, last I heard). If your favorite sport isn't Quidditch, you may have a problem. If you cringe at the thought of seeing Man of la Mancha followed by Human Centipede: The Musical, Emerson may not be your top choice. We're a zany bunch, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Am learning a lot

    This is the school that never sleeps. Everyone you meet is involved in so much on campus, doing amazing, professional work. Half of what you learn won't be in class, but afterwards, when you go over next week's topics for your weekly radio show with your co-host, or when you go to Studio B at 8PM to set up the set for next morning's production, or interview the Senator's assistant for EIV News at 9. There is always more to learn, formal setting or otherwise.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, hardworking students interested in the arts and/or in communication; students who are very involved and want to continue to be involved in their college years; students who are looking for a smaller campus while still wanting to be in a large city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Emerson is a place where everyone is very driven and pretty much knows what they want to do with the rest of their lives, so if you are planning on applying, take that into consideration! It can be a little overwhelming at first. Saying that, Emerson isn't for everyone, and that's not bad! If you are planning on applying, taking a tour of the school would be extremely beneficial, especially during the school year, because it gives you a feel for the campus and you get to talk to current students, who can give you a glimpse into their very busy daily lives.

    Bang for the buck

    Emerson is really giving me a great education, and I know that it is one that wills serve me well in the future, not just in my area of work, but also in different areas of my life. As a student on a copious amount of financial aid to be able to attend this school, I am always determined to take in as much as I can in these college years, and Emerson is not disappointing me! I don't feel like I'm wasting my money in the least!

    Am enjoying being here

    Emerson is a really great place to go to school. The campus may be small, and we may have a smaller student population than other schools in the Boston area, but that doesn't mean that you don't get a fantastic experience! I have met so many different types of people here, and I have made friends that I know I will keep and cherish for years to come. Being a student at Emerson also means that you get to take advantage of the city of Boston, which is such a treat, especially coming from an Ohio suburb! There is always so much to do and see, always a show to see, always a new part of the city to explore.

    Am learning a lot

    As a Stage/Production Management major, it's extremely hard to be taught my craft; it's one of those majors where you have to get out there and do it for you to learn the most valuable things. Emerson is definitely that type of school, and not just for my major, but for all majors. We are a school that is about students taking control and gaining a ton of hands-on experience in their field of study. We have so many student-run organizations on campus that allow students to get involved in almost anything they are interested in, even if what they're interested in isn't their major.

  • 07/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, independent, students who know exactly what they want to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to reach out to students that attend other schools in the Boston area. Emerson students are great but typically lack diversity.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is overpriced, but so are most other colleges in the US. I suggest being released from room and board as early as possible because paying rent in the city is usually a lot cheaper than what Emerson charges for 8 months of room and board (about 12,000).

    Am enjoying being here

    Emerson is definitely not for everyone, but it is for me. There is absolutely NO campus life here. The small campus is smack in the middle of the city on the Boson common. Some people (like me) love that, and some people hate it. You have to be incredibly independent because of the lack of campus. At Emerson you have a real life experience rather than a typical college experience. Students wake up, go to classes, then go back to their apartments around the city and do their own thing. The location is unbeatable. You are literally in the middle of an exciting metropolitan hub. It's also nice to be so close to tons of other colleges. No matter where you go to school in Boston, you will meet diverse students from every college in the area.

    Am learning a lot

    Emerson is great because it is so hands-on. For instance, you don't just talk about film techniques in a film class, you go out and actually try them for yourself! I have also had great experiences with the professors. Although not all of them have a degree in teaching, they are experienced professionals in their field.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    21 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artisitic students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask me in the fall.

    Bang for the buck

    Costs are comparable to other financial institutions.

    Will enjoy being here

    A dream school in the city of Boston.

    Will learn a lot

    Plan to work hard to pursue a degree and a carreer.

  • 09/27/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    22 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are artsy, dramatic, or eccentric, you will feel right at home. People come to class in costume just because hey, it's Wednesday and I felt like it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember you will be right in the heart of Boston. If you dont enjoy city life, you might be out of your element.

    Bang for the buck

    Though the school is amazing, the tuition is rather steep.

    Did enjoy being here

    The faculty as well as other students are all incredibly welcoming.

    Did learn a lot

    Professors are very dedicated and will always take time to help struggling students when approached.

  • 11/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in film, writing, theater, or journalism this is the place for you! Also, anyone who wants experience in this areas and is maybe interested in political science or marketing will thrive.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's not really a true liberal arts education, you come in with a major and have to stick to that major for your time there (if you really want to change, you can freshman year but after that you're screwed). So, it's not a school for someone who doesn't know what they want.

    Bang for the buck

    It's really pricey ($1,011 per credit), but it's worth it if you make sure to get involved. The whole point of Emerson is that you can become more involved in clubs and extra activities around Boston.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a really fun place to be! Orientation week every year is basically a huge dance party. The overwhelming amount of students in theater and film make the school a lot of fun, and means that usually something is always going on.

    Am learning a lot

    There's a lot of seemingly useless general education classes you have to take. But, overall they're fine and make you a better student (not many colleges require a speech class, but more should!). Classes that pertain to your major are a lot more exciting, and will teach you a great deal.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Movie lovers, shameless hipsters, writers of all kinds, natural performers, creative minds and entrepreneurs, people who love to entertain but maybe aren't the most popular. Weirdos, geniuses, tattoo-covered poets are Emerson College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make your own work. Coming into the application process (or the several on-campus organizations) with samples of your creativity is a must. Everyone has a growing portfolio as they make movies, write, paint, draw, dance, sing, and act on their own time. It shows initiative and will give you experience. Emerson motto: Create your own job! Also: live in the Little Building your first year, you'll make so many friends!

    Bang for the buck

    I cannot lie and say that living in a big city like Boston is cheap. Between city spending, tuition and room and board, Emerson is not a low-cost option that a state school would be. However, you don't get the same opportunities (and the promise to graduate on time) that you would with Emerson. Also, Emerson has a great financial aid and work study program. And if you are accepted into the Honors Program, they pay half your tuition!

    Am enjoying being here

    Emerson Pride is an infection at Emerson College, even more so than the infectious love for Boston (the best city in the world). Emerson is a laid back school that is largely in the hands of the students. There is a warm bubble of creativity, acceptance, and goofiness among the student body. However, living off campus and not participating in extra-curriculars can leave you feeling isolated with the super-involved, ambitious students.

    Am learning a lot

    If you are interested in the fields of media, the arts and production, there is no better place to learn those skills than Emerson College. There are literally hundreds of opportunities both on and off campus to meet with professions in the field, get personal experience and learn how to get the job you want. After my first semester, I could set up and take down every studio camera for a live broadcast myself. There is no other school that allows that kind of hands-on training. However, if you are interested in any other fields (science, math, economics, psychology) Emerson is sorely lacking in good classes and opportunities.

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    it's impossible to get into any building without a student id. guests are checked in and out strictly.

    Greek Life

    i believe there's one sorority and one fraternity. they don't share housing, and i've heard they're mostly for networking with alumni .

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs and activities it's mind-boggling. i'll point out that despite the emerson stage shows be exclusive to theatre majors, there are a myriad of student performance groups.

    Great for these types of students

    students who already know what they want to do. emerson has limited program options, but the depth of each program and the access to specific resources are unequaled.

    Bang for the buck

    emerson is very generous with their financial aid, so don't get scared off by the sticker price. it's not uncommon for the emerson grant alone to cover half of that sticker price.

    What to do for fun

    emerson college is located in the middle of boston. the possibilities are endless: hang out in the common, check out the parks in jamaica plain, go ice skating at harvard, look at adorable seals at the aquarium, go to the rare book room in the boston public library and gawk at letters edgar allen poe wrote.

    Food and Dining

    the dining hall is open long hours and caters to vegans and people with allergies. emerson also has several other popular cafes that are covered by the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are very clean and spacious. i haven't had any problems with drugs on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    grade inflation is a problem, but my experience has been that i get out of each class what i put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    there are no undecided students at emerson. the majors (writing literature and publishing, visual media arts, theatre studies, journalism, etc.) are pretty specific and focused, so they attract students who know what they want to do. emerson provides extensive training and awesome resources for a few specific things. if you're someone who wants a well-rounded liberal arts education, emerson probably isn't right for you.

    In three sentences

    emerson provides unique, specific training in the arts of performance, writing, and film-making as well as communications. it's something of an art school and a vocational school, while still providing ba and bfa programs.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's a dangerous area. Don't walk alone at night.

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic and creative students thrive here. Marketing majors, film majors, writers, journalists, actors, directors, production/ tech majors, etc.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is located right in the heart of the theatre district. There are always shows to see, operas, ballets, contemporary and classical theater, etc. There are fun wine tastings held all over the city. Emerson students are able to go to the Museum of Fine Arts for free! And of course, just the city and the location is beautiful; there are the Boston Public Gardens right next to campus, the Commons, the Esplanade (take a walk by the river). There's Faneuil Hall/ Quincy Market for food and shopping. There's the Prudential Center/ Copley Square Mall for food and shopping. The city is filled with yoga studios, and of course, there's the legendary Fenway Park for watching ball games!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is as limited as might be expected: Dining hall food. However, they are mindful of offering vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options for those who need them, in the main dining hall. But again, as it's a small campus, and there is only one main dining hall where you can use your meals (there are three other areas on campus to use board bucks or campus cash), it gets incredibly crowded during peak meal hours. However, you are so lucky to be in the area Emerson is in! The campus is literally surrounded with amazing restaurants. Right downtown, we have Chinatown flanking us on one side and swanky, upscale midtown on the other side. There is a wealth of dining and restaurant options where we live!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. Never again will you have a chance to live as centrally in the city as this! Most of the buildings are newly renovated. However, there are only four residence halls. There is not enough room to house all the students. Many students get kicked off of campus every year and are forced to find housing for themselves in a pricey apartment in the Boston area.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not very academically rigorous. Emerson has a lot of grade inflation (which they're beginning to try to minimize).

    Tips for prospective students

    You will end up living in the city; get a job and start saving money! Another thing: Network, network, network. Take advantage of all of the teachers, professionals and other people that you meet here at school!

    In three sentences

    Emerson college is a small, intimate community, and a diverse cultural melting pot. It is an Arts, media and communications school. It's in the heart of Boston.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Emerson Mafia is real. Never underestimate the power of alumni.

    What to do for fun

    Emerson is located alongside the Boston Commons, Public Gardens, and in the Theatre district. There are always shows to see, events occurring, and also plenty within the school as well from quidditch matches to residential life events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to make friends, I have not met one unfriendly Emersonian and I regret being so shy and introspective for the majority of my freshman year.

    In three sentences

    Emerson is a very motivated, self-thriving environment. The students are very driven and work almost constantly in collaboration with other students. The extent to which Emerson students are successful is beyond words.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe enough, with its own personal police force on duty around the clock.

    Greek Life

    Not involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are multiple ethnic clubs for the small minority of people of color.

    Great for these types of students

    Smokers, artsy types, creative people, thinkers, writers, actors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Any time you walk outside, expect your lungs to fill with smoke unabated.

    Bang for the buck

    The college seems to have fallen under hard times in these economic conditions.

    What to do for fun

    If you like to smoke, this is the place for you.

    Food and Dining

    So-so.

    Dorm Life

    Small, and from my experience, somewhat dirty dorms await you in the Little Building. Pray you get into the lavish Piano Row suites.

    Academic Rigor

    Many professors seem to try their best to not fail students, but that doesn't mean students can get away with being lazy. And you shouldn't, considering that subjects under the Arts require passion and dedication that prospective students should definitely possess.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a heavy interest in a subject that Emerson offers Major courses for.

    In three sentences

    Emerson is an Arts school, first and foremost. Most of the students have come to study film, creative writing/publishing, journalism, theater, and other topics of this nature. The academic staff is lined with a healthy array of experienced professionals in multiple fields looking to pass on their knowledge.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on Emerson's Campus. This should give parents of prospective students peace of mind.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for creative, innovative, committed, and financially able students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I especially like to write and read in the Emerson Cafe. It is very quaint.

    Bang for the buck

    Emerson has an exceptional education, which I enjoy. Although, I would say the 30,000 dollars more it costs me to go to Emerson than the school I transferred from is too big a gap. I feel they could offer the education at a lower price.

    What to do for fun

    Emerson has many specific organizations that offer you things to do for fun on campus. I plan on being in the Dr. Who viewing society next year as well as the residence community, Writing Block. It's easy to get involved here.

    Food and Dining

    The dining at Emerson is definitely acceptable, but at times frustrating. The dining hall has quality food, but it similar every week. You do have the option of different locations between the Max and the Emerson Cafe, but these are pretty expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are spectacular, especially in the Colonial Building. The sinks and showers are in very good condition, and are modern. The rooms are much larger than the average college dorm. The downside is that such an environment comes at about 7,000 dollars a semester.

    Academic Rigor

    Emerson is not in any sense easy, but the work load, I believe is less than that of a state school. There are fewer assignments, but the ones given take long periods of time. This is great for a committed student who can be creative with every project.

    Tips for prospective students

    One piece of advice I can give is about class times. Since we are such a small college we have limited class time and space. If early classes aren't for you, Emerson isn't for you. Also, be ready to be challenged in a way you've never been challenged before. You are constantly expected to be innovative and creative.

    In three sentences

    Emerson College is very accepting to different lifestyles and cultures. We are LGBT friendly and are open to learning about the different states and countries our students originate from. It is wonderful to be in place where you know you are free to experiment with who you are, and want to be.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 50

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You are in the middle of Boston so it is easy to find something fun to do.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police are everywhere, security is 24/7 and emails get sent all the time about being safe during holidays/events and when there happens to be crime in the area. Crime happens a lot in Emerson's area of Boston just because it's such an urban space and Emerson is thrown into the middle of it. They do a great job making us feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big within itself, and definitely a big presence when it comes to leaders on campus, but you won't see outrageous frat parties or tough social climbing like you do in other colleges. There isn't anywhere to have a frat party on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost everything artsy and theatrical but you won't see any club with the volume of students and the events they hold like they do at a big state school. Organizations are close knit and new organizations are founded all the time; Emerson is still young.

    Great for these types of students

    Eccentric, loud, theatrical, free-spirited, driven, hip, stylish, street smart, independent, alternative, creative, innovative, opinionated

    Bang for the buck

    You're paying for brand new dorms (most with suites that have bathrooms and common rooms like an apartment), a few amazing facilities like theaters and equipment for broadcast/film/tv majors. You're not paying for a football field or school spirit.

    What to do for fun

    Everything is at your fingertips in a big city: concerts, sporting events, movies and theater, bars and clubbing.

    Food and Dining

    There is only one dining hall and a few cafes which comes as a shock to students expecting more options to choose from, but they do a great job of keeping things fresh and interesting, like featuring new sandwiches and salads and always delivering fast service since so many of us are on the go.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are suite-style for the most part which is nice because you are offered a little more independence and privacy, yet sharing with 5 other people takes getting used to. It's like living in an apartment and the views of Boston Common are unbeatable. You will get spoiled with how close you are to everything if you live on campus, which is almost guaranteed for 2-3 years.

    Academic Rigor

    There are certainly rigorous aspects to all majors, but sometimes you'll feel like you're sailing through without any challenge...maybe this is because we have such small, intimate classes to begin with and things just come easier that way. I definitely felt more challenged in high school but Emerson keeps me on my toes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not come to Emerson if you want a traditional college experience with a campus. Know exactly which art you want to major in when you arrive. Explore Boston; it's the best big city to go to college in and meet other students. Do things that are out of your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    For the narrowly-focused communications or performing arts student, Emerson is ideal. Hands-on, small classes from day one. One of the most urban, smallest campuses you'll find in New England while still offering both undergrad and graduate studies.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    With visible security that is very easily accessible and professional, there are few issues of safety on campus. They issue regular statements and warnings with advisories and current events. Security stations are posted at the entrance to every building with mandated check-in to dorm areas. Though it is very important to keep in mind that we do live in downtown Boston and students should stay observant and aware in the city and on campus, the campus safety is successful and comforting.

    Greek Life

    Though somewhat limited in scope, Emerson offers both traditional and non-traditional greek life. Fraternities: Sigma Alpha Epsilon (national social), Phi Alpha Tau (local professional), Zeta Phi Eta (national professional co-ed), Alpha Pi Theta (local social). Sororities: Alpha Epsilon Phi (national social), Kappa Gamma Chi (local professional), Sigma Pi Theta (local support). Yet another side of Emerson, the greek system offers its own benefits and unique experiences. It offer many different things for many different students for different reasons.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of film clubs, marketing clubs, art clubs, some greek life, music, heavy theatre involvement, independent activities (speakers, lecturers, etc.), radio station, many television shows to work on with our own studios and equipment - all being student run. With so many options to choose from, Emerson holds an Org Fair once every semester in which a student can explore all of the organizations available both on and off campus. It is a huge event and everyone is almost guaranteed to find something on interest. In fact, the running trend among students is that people find themselves becoming apart of TOO MANY clubs and organizations!

    Great for these types of students

    The classic stereotype of Emerson College is the 'Gay Hipster'. Though this IS a stereotype, there is some foundation in fact. Common consensus states that majority of male students on campus are homosexual. Also, being a small art communications school in the very liberal city of Boston, MA; the students body is creative in every facet of life and from clothing to lifestyle, we offer a colorful experience. You should visit if you want to get this unique flavor for yourself!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I can't think of any unusual traditions or locations on campus, but every day is a little bit different. You will pick up on the unique flavor of Emerson very quickly and learn about the different ways to enjoy it with the people around you. (campus is small: only about seven buildings within a three block radius of each other)

    Bang for the buck

    This is difficult, because I am a firm believer that your experience is what you make of it. Should you choose to be incredibly involved and active, then the opportunities that Emerson offers will help you succeed and should excite you enough to justify the exorbitant cost. If you are looking for something less intense or more relaxed and traditional, then I would not recommend spending this much on tuition. But, everyone is different, that is why I so highly recommend visiting the school to truly get a feel for Emerson College.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizations to get involved with on campus; student film sets to work on any given weekend of the semester; independent student social events; Emerson Sponsored events, ranging from networking events to outside speakers and lecturers; great shows and performances to attend regularly; and if these things don't consume your social life entirely, then there is always something going on on the city of Boston to explore.

    Food and Dining

    Though many students harshly criticize the dining options at Emerson (particularly the Dining Hall), personally, I like the food and atmosphere. There are numerous options for eating style and taste preferences, but it can eventually get a bit boring and monotonous. I suggest spicing up your own meals with creative ways to create something new out of the usual options.

    Dorm Life

    Students are required to live on campus for the first two years of enrollment unless eligible for exception. Living right on campus in the downtown Theatre District of Boston, students living in the dorms are very close to everything! Events on campus are very easily accessible, activities in the area are fairly numerous (Chinatown is a block away, and the North End italian district is a 15 minute walk), and the MBTA public transit system has a stop right across the street. There is always something going on at Emerson, so it is nice to be close to the action!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes vary (just like any university), but because Emerson College is a smaller art communications school, the academic rigors are not as strenuous as other institutions. If you apply yourself and put in the work, you should succeed academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best advise I can offer a prospective is to VISIT Emerson. You will never know the feel of a school and if your place is within its walls until after you check it out in person!

    In three sentences

    Emerson College is a unique experience from everything pertaining to social life to academics. Opportunities here are broad and diverse; take full advantage of these experiences in order to get the most out of Emerson. Though the curriculum has been criticized as 'lacking', the amount of outside development is well worth it!

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Emerson is very safe. I have never once been nervous walking through the streets near campus, because there are guards everywhere and help on-call whenever and if ever it is needed.

    Greek Life

    There isn't much of a Greek Life, but I know it does exist, somewhere . . .

    Clubs and Activities

    Way to many to name, but all of them are wonderful! There are some for the sporty types, some for the anime fans, some for the writers, some for the film fans, some for the artists. The people in each club and activity shine, and they are what make it worth it.

    Great for these types of students

    There is no type of student at Emerson. I realized this quickly after settling in. Everything is great for everyone - and anyone can do whatever their heart desires. It is a place where anyone can fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a fantastic Quidditch team that opens itself to new members every year. And we have activities every week that are a little unusual but always a great time.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but there are tons of ways to lower your cost of education here. If you work hard, apply to the Honors Program. It offers a half-tuition scholarship with other benefits as well. There are plenty of other scholarships awarded every year, and when they lower the costs, you can focus on the school and all it has to offer you.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy the school and everything it has to offer. When you're not in classes, studying, or doing homework, join an activity with friends or just venture into the city. There are so many things to do in Boston that I can't list them all, but take advantage of everything and enjoy your time there.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Emerson is delicious. There is so much to choose from day after day. In the dining hall, there are options for everyone - the meat-eaters, the vegetarians, the vegans - anyone! And the food is fresh and delicious. There are also several cafes in other buildings. My personal favorite is Piano Row's cafe. The food is amazing and there are tons of snacks you can buy to bring back to your room as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! You have a lot of freedom and opportunities to choose from when it comes to residential living. There are doubles, singles, and suites throughout campus. The buildings are mostly new and all are in great condition. It is difficult to find housing on campus when you are a junior or senior, however, but it's not impossible. You have the city at your feet and many options, and Emerson will always be there to help you!

    Academic Rigor

    As with any school, some classes are harder than others. Just remember to always try your hardest. You will benefit a great deal from every class you take. If you're having a hard time at all, you can always approach your professors about anything; they are great people who are not only willing to help but want to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Join groups and activities that mirror your interests. Be open minded to everyone and everything, and wear a smile. If you put in a positive effort, you'll be rewarded.

    In three sentences

    Emerson college is a wonderful school where creative minds can join together for an amazing college experience. In the center of one of the best cities in the world, Emerson offers so much - including the ability to travel throughout the surrounding area as well as many job and internship opportunities. It is a beautiful school with beautiful people and incredible classes that you will grow to adore.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security guards and on-campus police do a great job of keeping our campus safe, which may be tough to do since it is directly on the streets of Downtown Boston. As always, be careful when you walk around at night, always walk in groups, and don't venture out onto the Common alone at midnight. With a bit of common sense, you'll be safe and sound.

    Greek Life

    My experience with Greek Life wasn't a very good one, but many students have found it to be extremely helpful when trying to make friends. There are strict hazing rules, so no need to worry about that!

    Clubs and Activities

    Many students take clubs and activities very seriously... to the point where it may be taken a bit TOO seriously. It's tough to find a club that just wants to do it for the fun of it, but I'm sure there is something out there.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy people who enjoy collaborating with others on projects. Also must be driven, and should plan on getting involved on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    My classes, so far, have proven to be extremely valuable. Some people have mixed feelings on their monetary worth, but as long as I'm learning and growing, money doesn't matter much to me. It also very much depends on the effort your fellow classmates are willing to put in as well as the effectiveness of the professor's teaching style.

    What to do for fun

    Play Quidditch, hang out on the Common, go see a play (it's directly in the center of the Theatre District), discover Chinatown... the list goes on! There is plenty to do around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall isn't horrible, but it doesn't offer a lot of healthy alternatives. The vegetarian section is very good most of the time, but it is slim pickings for the most part. The Emerson Cafe, Paramount Cafe, and 150 Cafe are all VERY delicious, so make sure to get lots of Board Bucks to spend there!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm halls are all gorgeous compared to other colleges I have seen. Paramount is a bit closed off, as everyone sort of hangs out in their suites all the time, but the Little Building is usually open and friendly, perfect for first years!

    Academic Rigor

    Very focused on academics, but classes aren't traditionally run. You'll enjoy the things you are doing, especially because Gen Eds are more geared toward art-lovers!

    Tips for prospective students

    Changing majors is a bit tough, so going in, you should be pretty sure of what you want to do as far as a career goes. Classes are very small, especially in the Writing, Literature and Publishing programs. Use them wisely! Speak up, and become close with your professors. Joining clubs or even greek life is really helpful when trying to make friends. Get involved! It will be fun and will look good on your resume.

    In three sentences

    Driven by extracurricular activities and networking. You should know what you want to do before applying, as it is a very specialized school (in the best ways possible). Full of students who are passionate about their work.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest this school.

    In three sentences

    It is a great location. It has flexible class schedules. It is a great environment.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Emerson College is incredibly safe. We have a great campus safety program and a great security system! Nothing goes by unnoticed, so don't be afraid you're safe here! Emerson even offers several services, including an 'Escort Service' if you ever feel threatened or unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Emerson College does indeed offer Greek life. There are a few sororities and fraternities that you can join. Greek Life isn't one of the main things at Emerson, but it definitely exists for those who are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a huge variety of clubs and activities at Emerson. This is one of the places where Emerson College flourishes! You can find just about any club possible! If you can't, you can start your own club! Definitely join the clubs! Some are more particular for specific things like ASIA club, and Eagle. Others are more open like film clubs and commedy troupes! You'll easily find so many clubs, activities and organizations that you'll be excited to experience and join! You might find yourself at a lost over choosing where you want to go and what you want to join!

    Great for these types of students

    -Creative -Ambitious -Artistic -Inspired -Curious -Eager and ready to learn -Ready for hands on work right off the bat!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Dragtoberfest : Drag queen competition every October! -The Boston Common: Come see the many events that happen at the Boston Common, or just take a walk through the park! -The Public Gardens: A beautiful park/garden that's great for filming and a beautiful site to see and experience! -Cutler Majestic: One of Emerson's theaters that constantly hosts shows! Come watch! You get great student discounts! -AMC Loew's Theatre: A great movie theater where you get to watch previews and screenings of the newest upcoming movies for free! -Rocky Horror!: Rocky Horror Picture Show! Definitely worth a visit! Have a night of horrific fun!

    Bang for the buck

    Emerson definitely is worth every cent- here, Emerson will teach you the ways, your friends will help and encourage you, and your ambition will take you all the way through to success.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun at Emerson! Living downtown, you'll be in the center of it all! You're a walk away from the Esplenade (a beautiful dock with a view), the North End (little Italy), China town (experience a new culture and check out the shops and restaurants!) You're a T-ride away from everything and everywhere! There is so much to do!

    Food and Dining

    Emerson offers a wide variety of dining to suit all types of eaters. Vegetarians, vegans, omnivores and carnivores. Emerson has a few dining places: The DH (Dining Hall) that offers a buffet style course where you may choose as you please. The Max (At the Max Mutchnik center where you can get your choice of freshly made before your very eyes, pizza, stir-fry, falafels, salads, pastas and quesadillas!) and Paramount, which offers delicious fast food to satisfy your cravings!- by fast food, we mean veggie burgers, garden burgers, and any other such type.) Finally there's the Em Caf. (Emerson Cafe, where you can get a cup of coffee, have a bagel, croissant, muffin, salad, sandwich and any other such cafe style bite!) Finally, if that isn't enough, you can use 'EC Cash' to go to various nearby restaurants like Boloco (for burritos and Mexican style food) or at CVS for snacks!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Emerson is probably one of the most exciting parts of this school. You live with your friends, classmates, peers and people with similar interests, in a friendly environment that you will quickly find yourself calling home sweet home. Emerson offers many types of accommodations for all types of students. It isn't hard to end up in a room with a fellow friend or a future friend. Too add on, Emerson College also offers many opportunities to live as part of awesome communities like the Film Immersion floor, or the STAR floor. These floors can be found in various buildings, where students live with people of specific, similar interests. On the Film Immersion floor, you'll find yourself in a community of filmmakers. On the STAR floor, you'll find yourself among fellow freshmen, much like yourself. Emerson offers a nice variety of communities. The dorm life guarantees a great experience, new friends and a fun year! You may even come to find yourself feeling as though your floor has become your family.

    Academic Rigor

    Some people may joke around and say, Emerson is the most expensive year round summer camp. Although academically, Emerson isn't particularly incredibly hard, that isn't to say that it is easy. Being a school revolving around the arts, here we take student's futures seriously and get started immediately. You may not be exhausting yourself over sleepless nights filled with mathematics homework, but you will be constantly and consistently working on projects relevant to the field of work that you wish to pursue. Here, your academic schedule revolves entirely around your field of study. You will learn the tips, tricks and everything you need to know for your trade and more. The classes here are all very interesting and exciting, taught by teachers who are truly passionate about the subject and who are willing to see and help you when you need it. You will have incredible and delightful projects and assignments that will both challenge you, teach you and captivate your attention. Don't underestimate the classes though. Teachers take your work seriously- so don't take the idea of having to make a movie for homework, lightly. You will have plenty in your hands to do and with free time meant for you to be able to work jobs, earn credits and build a resume.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Get ready for winter! - Don't be afraid to speak up and get out of your room! - Join clubs and look into Emerson Channel! - Apply for jobs and work on your resume! - Enjoy yourself and relax! You'll do great!

    In three sentences

    Emerson college is probably the most welcoming and accepting college of all time. This is a school for artists, filmmakers, writers, marketers, communicators, actors and of course, creative and ambitious minds! Emerson will genuinely welcome you with a smile, a helping hand and a spirit that will help you thrive in your field of work so that you can reach your full potential and shine in a school that is like a home, away from home.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Despite the fact that I live in downtown Boston, down the street from a homeless shelter, I have never felt at all unsafe on campus. Additionally, Public Safety always alerts students and parents by email immediately following any kind of incident that occurs on or near our campus, even if it doesn't involved any Emerson students or faculty.

    Greek Life

    Our greek life here is not very large, but those who participate seem to really enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Emerson has everything from student government to quiddich. We have more film clubs than you can count, most of the typical college sports (with the exception of football), organizations for all types of minorities, and many award-winning student publications in every medium.

    Great for these types of students

    Film geeks, performers, writers, artists, communicators, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Here at Emerson, we don't have a football team, but we do have a world-class Quiddich team! No, I am not joking. Emerson's quiddich team won last year's world cup, and will compete again this year. Go lions!

    Bang for the buck

    My biggest issue attending this school is the cost. I am not a rich girl, and I am taking out a lot of loans to go here, but I am doing so because I have faith that my experience at Emerson will give me the tools I need to succeed in the future so that I can pay off those loans ASAP!

    What to do for fun

    Although there is not a big party scene at Emerson, the city of Boston has a plethora of other big colleges and universities to make up for it. Additionally, Emerson has extracurricular clubs and organizations for every kind of person.

    Food and Dining

    Most of our dining locations on campus are great, and offer vegetarian & vegan options. I just wish they were all open 24/7!

    Dorm Life

    Each of our four residence halls has a unique personality of its own, but no matter where you are, you will most likely see someone shooting a student film or rehearsing for an upcoming play. The dorm environment is always creative and productive.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at Emerson are sufficiently challenging, but not unbearable. The small class sizes make it easier and more comfortable for students to build relationships with professors and ask for assistance if necessary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to Emerson if you're interested in attending a small school in an urban environment, and if you don't mind being surrounded by hipsters.

    In three sentences

    If you are interested in communication and the arts, Emerson is the place for you. We are a tight-knit campus of passionate students who are constantly creating, networking, and learning from each other and from the amazing faculty. We may be small, but we live in the heart of best college town in the world: Boston, Massachusetts.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    38 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    100%

    Dorm Life

    100%

    Academic Rigor

    100%

    In three sentences

    Emerson is awesome! I visited, went on a tour, and applied! Can't wait to find out if I'm accepted!! :)

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Seems safe to me.

    Clubs and Activities

    I enjoy emersonWRITES, the group that teaches a workshop-type course to high school students. GRS is a reading series for student in my program. Other than that, I don't really know.

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic hipsters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Boston Common is our quad!

    Bang for the buck

    I don't have much to compare this to.

    What to do for fun

    Boston offers great music, art, science, and museums of all kinds. And of course, sports, if you like them.

    Food and Dining

    I rarely eat on campus, but there are lots of great places to eat in Boston.

    Dorm Life

    Grad student do not live in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of my classes are pretty demanding, especially on my time.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will be challenged to push your creative abilities. Prepare to integrate into Boston life. This is not an insular campus.

    In three sentences

    Emerson is a small, and tight-knit community of extremely creative and hip artistic types. The graduate program I'm in offers a great opportunity to learn from writers at the top of their field. In the Creative Writing program, I have been able to develop my teaching skills mare than I even expected.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    40 of 50

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    I visited Emerson on junior day 2013 and loved it. I am definitely going to apply, as should anybody else interested in film, writing, or communications. The location is great as well, basically touching the Boston Commons.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Though the food hasn't been the highest quality, it's constantly improving. The comments section in the dining hall is actually taken into account all the time.

    Dorm Life

    Most of Emerson's dormitories are almost brand new. The only older building isn't even that run down and all have a fantastic sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't had a poor professor yet at Emerson. I think that our professors truly prepare us for the careers that lie ahead of us.

    In three sentences

    Emerson College is an open community is every aspect of the term. The faculty and students are all accepting of everything from your political views to your creative freedom.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    EVen though the school is in a city, I have never felt threatened or unsafe on campus. Even when the Boston Marathon bombing was going on right down the street, the ECPD (Emerson College Police Department) kept it together and made sure that our safety was the main priority.

    Greek Life

    There is a small, but thriving Greek Life on Campus with seven recognized fraternities and sororities and a few who are attempting to gain recognition.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every single organization you could probably ever dream up is at this school, and all of them will try to convince you to join them loudly and with candy during the Org Fair on the first weekend of each semester. And if the club you wished existed doesn't exist, you can go through recognition process with the Student Government Association.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who are passionate about what they do and don't want to spend the first two years of college only taking Gen-Eds. A lot of people here weren't the coolest kids in high school, or didn't quite fit in anywhere else. Some kids were the most popular kids in school. Regardless, it is the most welcoming, non-judgemental place I have ever experienced, and you will be fiercely championed if anyone tries to put you down or make you feel inadequate or less than. Lion Pride for life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You must visit at some point in your stay: NYP (New York Pizza which tastes great when you're sober I don't know what people are talking about), South Street Diner (which is open 24/7), Bova's which is in the North End (also open 24/7), the Esplanade at night, and the Aquarium at night. Don't ask why.. Just do it.

    What to do for fun

    I mean the campus is right in the middle of downtown Boston and the Theater District. The Boston COmmon and the Public Gardens are right across the street from the buildings. The Paramount screens free movies everyday for students and the AMC Lowes is across the street. You can walk to the Esplanade and play on the playground or walk by the Charles River. Go to the harbor or the Aquarium and see the ocean life. Go shopping on Newberry Street or Faneuil Hall or if you're feeling adventurous go to Cambridge and go to the Garment District. There's so much to do, you just have to take your pick.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall isn't that great (although rumor has it they are changing food service providers) but everywhere else is pretty good. The Emerson Cafe has awesome sandwiches, there is a private entrance into the Dunkin Donuts next to the Little Building, I am completely obsessed with the stir-fry at the Max (located on the second floor of Piano Row), and if you aren't too lazy to walk over, the Paramount Cafe is probably on of the most underrated places on campus. The people are great and the food is phenomenal.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on what you're looking for. Live in the Little Building if you want to make a lot of friends because it's (ironically) the biggest dorm and has the Dining Hall, the C-Store (convenience store), and the fitness center. If you are a Performing Arts major or want to utilize the dance studios, live in Paramount. If you want to be able to cook every once in a while or use practice rooms, live in the Colonial. And if you are a student athlete, you will want to live in Piano Row. The last three are a lot quieter and more like living in an apartment than a dorm, but all four buildings are great.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others. Some professors who teach the same class have different expectations of how they think you should perform in the class. Definitely utilize ratemyprofessor.com and ask other students their input on a professor. Try to get the ones who are challenging, but not entirely unreasonable, because they will help you get the most out of your tuition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the most of your time here. Your experience is what you make it, and if you really want to go after getting practical experience in your major, it is up to you to go out, find the organization or group that fits those needs, and commit and do your best.

    In three sentences

    Emerson is a very welcoming place with a lot of students who are very passionate about what they do. There is not as much diversity as I would like, but as a minority student I have never felt alienated by my peers. Its a great place to get hands on experience in your field and network with alumni who are the leaders in whichever industry you plan on joining.

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and organizations for every interest on the Emerson campus. Loads of school magazines, production clubs, theatre clubs, Quidditch teams, and even a handful of sororities/fraternities.

    Great for these types of students

    Emerson College is great for students that have a pretty specific idea in mind for a future career path. Not that everything has to be set in stone, but it offers students who know what they want a chance to pursue it.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a great school, with great facilities and quality classes. That being said, however, it is quite expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do in and around Emerson for fun - it's in the middle of Boston. Emerson shows movies for free for students, and there's a giant cinema nearby. The Commons is right across the street, and the beautiful Public Gardens right next to that. There are lots of shops nearby on Newbury St. And if you're looking for fun stuff to do AT Emerson, there are loads of fun clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the facilities, like the Emerson Cafe or the cafe in Piano Row, have pretty decent food options, although they're not part of a normal dining plan. However the official dining hall is less than good.

    Academic Rigor

    The major specific classes are usually pretty challenging - in a good and manageable way. The gen ed classes can be great if you really get into them and want to learn from them, but unfortunately some people don't bother to try in them - a higher quality in the gen eds could really help improve the overall academics.

    In three sentences

    Emerson College is a great school for people that are really interested in a particular communication or arts field. Great faculty and worthwhile classes and co-curriculars. Students can be competitive, but there are also more relaxed students as well.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    The Organization Fair is a must-go as there are so many clubs to pick from that do so many things from making movies to publishing books to acting to stage life.

    What to do for fun

    It's Boston. Go out and explore and enjoy the time you have there.

    Food and Dining

    There are vegetarian options, glutton free options, allergen free options.

    Dorm Life

    There's always something interesting to find and it's easy to get to know people on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes range from hard grading teachers to teachers who care more that you understand the material than anything else.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you talk to financial aid advisers first and that you truly want to attend this college.

    In three sentences

    A dedicated community of artistic students who value the opportunities given to them. Filled with diverse studies and interesting class choices, it's hard not to find something you'll like. Most students who attend have a clear idea of where they want to go and what they want to do.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    45 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    I love the residence halls. If I go here, I can't wait to live in one of them.

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We always have our police department outside of the buildings and we must show a valid Emerson ID to enter any building.

    Greek Life

    Although it is a smaller community, we have fraternities and sororities on campus and their purposes vary. It is definitely something many are a part of and they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS of organizations and sports teams on campus. It actually is such a big part of life that we warn the new students not to get too involved because there are so many options.

    Great for these types of students

    Artists. Creative minds. People who want to change the world.

    Bang for the buck

    Although pricy, Emerson has definitely been amazing so far. I have met so many great people who I know are great connections to have. I've only been there for a year and a half and a show I was in at school is now being performed professionally off-campus. Emerson is filled with opportunities and great people to know. Being successful in this field is about connections and not only are there alumni in Boston, but they are all over the world and are always willing to help a student or recent graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do at and around Emerson College. Not only are we in the heart of Boston which lets us easy travel around, but we also are surrounded by some amazing theaters. Most people see shows or explore for fun. There is lots of shopping and sightseeing to do around Boston!

    Food and Dining

    There are many food options on campus from meat lover to vegan options. There is constant work being done to improve our food and dining experiences and they are very open to our suggestions.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. We each become a community. For freshman, I would recommend Little Building because you meet so many people so quickly and you really become a family on your floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be very challenging, especially the general education courses, but this isn't the school to go to if you're trying to be heavily academic. We are focusing on the arts most of the time and are working on those skills. We have academics to make us well-rounded people and I've learned a lot from them so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to apply to Emerson, make sure you are passionate because this school dunks you into your chosen field in and out of the classroom. Be prepared to work harder than you ever have before. Most importantly, be ready to learn and create.

    In three sentences

    Emerson is the heart of the next generation of artists in Boston, MA. With its energetic atmosphere and determined student body, it is clear that these students will go far. The tight-knit community and work ethic reflects the passion of all individuals working towards similar goals.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    47 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, Nerdy, Hipster, Independent, LGBTQ, Out-Spoken

    Bang for the buck

    This school is very expensive, and they are pretty stingy with financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Boston is an awesome city, I imagine that there's always something to do. Whenever I visit I love going to Faneuil Hall or the North End.

    Food and Dining

    I hear that the food isn't the greatest but it isn't horrible and that there aren't many vegan/veg options. There are lots of food options around and in the city. It's right next to China Town (where I had the best crab rangoon of my entire life!!).

    Dorm Life

    When I went on a tour over the summer, I got to see the inside of a suite in Piano Row. The furniture was pretty ugly, but the rooms seemed clean and nice. The suites have a living room space and a bathroom, and is comprised of multiple double rooms. I saw the exterior of Little Building and The Paramount Center, which were both very pretty. All the residence halls are really close to the classrooms and right in the middle of the city.

    Academic Rigor

    I can't really say how it actually is since I have yet to attend, but I do know that if you met certain grades in high school in math or foreign language you can be exempt from those classes. I also understand that most academic studies relate back to majors. It's my assumption that academics aren't as important as your major studies.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We're right on the Boston Common, and so it should be a kind of dangerous place, but you can walk through the Common at three and the morning and be safe. The Boston PD is very good, and Emerson has its own police too. There are muggings, of course, it's a city, but the police always notifies us when it happens and gives us frequent tips to be safe. I never feel worried walking anywhere.

    Great for these types of students

    I don't think there's really a type of student for Emerson. I've heard a lot of people, many students, call us stuck-up hipsters, rich kids, privileged kids, and I'm sure many are like that. But everyone I've met seems to fall outside a type, and everyone I've met has been really open-minded and really kind to everyone. Honestly, if you have a passion and you just want a school that can focus that passion, look at Emerson. You're type doesn't matter.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our college is the type of college that will name its School of Communications the Ron Burgundy School of Communications for a day after the fictional star of Anchorman 2 and have Will Ferrell give a press conference as the character at our school. Enough said.

    What to do for fun

    Emerson, though it's not explicitly a performing arts school, is heavily involved with the arts. We own five theaters with student performances or company performances, and each ticket is only $15 as opposed to $65 for students. There are like, a million groups on campus who organize events or give comedic performances of their own. There's an open-mic night nearly every other week. And, of course, you're in the city! Just walk around for a little bit, or travel three stops on the T, and you'll find something to easily. Plus, you get MFA tickets for free.

    Food and Dining

    So it's still school food, but the chicken is actually chicken, I feel like the vegetables have nutrients, and I actually want to eat the food. It's a million times better than high school food. The dining hall has a wide variety of food options; it even has a vegan station. There's a convenience store and several cafes, one of which is in my dorm room, with really delicious food. Since Emerson is in Boston too, there's plenty of opportunities for other food if you don't like the campus food (for some reason...). The meal plan easily provides enough food as long as your not careless with the meals and the Board Bucks (school dollars that can be used pretty much anywhere). Exceeds expectation.

    Dorm Life

    All of the dorms are surprisingly spacious with a lot of room for storage already in place. I brought several items to increase my storage that I ended up not needing. The random roommate survey actually does a really great job at matching people up; my roommate is one of my closest friends, and I get along with all of my suitemates really well. The people on my floor are very friendly, even the ones who are freshman. I feel safe in my dorm room. The RAs are awesome and make plenty of great programs, such as going pumpkin picking at Halloween. This is not even all that the dorms have to offer (think food).

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the required classes feel a bit like high school classes, but the teachers and classmates are more fluid and cooperative. All of the classes demand you to think in creative ways, which is different than many high school experiences. It demands a lot of work and a lot of effort from you, to really push yourself and try harder for the good grades. The work is hard but fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus, because even though it is beautiful and amazing, to really get a feel of what the college is, you have to be there to understand if it is for you. Also, make sure you understand what Emerson offers. It is not a performing arts college, but a communications college. There's no music or anything like that; it has a lot of opportunities that span a wide range so long as you understand what they are.

    In three sentences

    Emerson is a very open-minded college in a beautiful city with a lot of opportunities to get involved. The classes are challenging the the way that's rewarding, not horror-inducing, and the dorms are actually big and cozy with a lot of storage room. It may be expensive, but everything course-wise and beyond is worth the cost.

  • 03/19/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    49 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Don't be fooled by it's negative safety rating on other review sites. Unfortunately one corner of Emerson's campus is technically located on the Boston Common, and that is a place that sees quite a bit of crime when the sun goes down. If you realize that you're living in a city, use common sense, and don't travel alone when you feel you shouldn't, you'll be just fine! It's a city school, so learning to be city smart just comes with the package.

    Greek Life

    I can't say I know much about the Greek system at Emerson other than I know one exists!

    Great for these types of students

    Emerson is great for people who don't want a typical college experience. The campus is built into the city so the bubble effect that many closed campuses experience isn't found here. People who are creative, outgoing, and not afraid to beat to their own drum thrive at Emerson.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a side street that I guess most would call an alley on Boylston Street that leads to the City Place Plaza. The Tufte Building on campus is accessed through this alley that is affectionately referred to as Diagon Alley.

    What to do for fun

    Boston offers a lot of opportunities to try new things and have fun between classes or on the weekends. Coffee shops, restaurants, parks, gardens, and shops are all within a ten minute walk from the main campus, so you're never short of things to do or see. There is a huge movie theater right across the street from the main campus as well, so you can choose to go catch a film minutes before it starts. Be sure to save your summer job pennies though! Boston offers a lot, but most things come at a price, whether it's shopping, tours, comedy clubs, or sporting events!

    Tips for prospective students

    It can be overwhelming to enter the extracurricular scene in regards to filmmaking, but try not to be deterred, or feel as though you have to join every film set to move ahead in your studies and career. There are plenty of opportunities to get experience when you want them, but don't be afraid to say no either.

    In three sentences

    Emerson College's Film Program is a great place for determined artists to find their voice and hone their filmmaking skills. The professor's are all very attentive and try their best to help each student get the education they need in any given class. Overall the academics and vibrant Boston cityscape make it a great place for students that know where they want to go in their careers.

  • 04/12/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    50 of 50

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    All buildings within walking distance, so not dangerous, but it is located in the center of Boston.

    In three sentences

    Very friendly. Nice campus. Focused students and excellent class options.