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Chances of getting into Emerson College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
33.3%
Admission Difficulty for Emerson College
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Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into Emerson and can I get accepted? The school has a 33% acceptance rate ranking it #16 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,120 out of 15,353 applicants were admitted making Emerson a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 20 percent. Emerson College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Emerson SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1200-1410
Applicants Submitting SAT
64%
SAT Scores for Emerson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for Emerson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1410
Average SAT Score 1310

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Emerson College?

Emerson College typically requires applicants to be in the top 24 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1090. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1310 out of 1600. The school ranks #15 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 64 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Emerson College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1410 and Above Good >46%
1305 to 1410 Avg + 33%-46%
1200 to 1305 Avg - 22%-33%
1095 to 1200 Reach 15%-22%
Less than 1095 Low <15%
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Emerson ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
35%
ACT Scores for Emerson College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Emerson College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Emerson?

Admission data indicates that Emerson regularly accepts students with ACT's of 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Emerson College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Emerson College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >46%
29 to 31 Avg + 33%-46%
27 to 29 Avg - 22%-33%
25 to 27 Reach 15%-22%
Less than 25 Low <15%
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Emerson GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Emerson College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Emerson. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Emerson College was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #17 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Emerson will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Emerson College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 40% Good
3.50 to 3.75 26% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 17% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 11% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 6% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

77% of Emerson College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Emerson College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 38%
Top 25% of class 77%
Top 50% of class 93%
Bottom 50% of class 7%
Bottom 25% of class 3%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Emerson College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,638 4,715 15,353
Accepted 3,574 1,546 5,120
Acceptance Rate 34% 33% 33%
Enrolled 617 325 942
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 21% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 5, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 5, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Emerson College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Emerson College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Emerson College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=165662 IPEDS survey data for Emerson College.

FAQs

Does Emerson College prefer SAT or ACT?

64% of students submit their SAT scores to Emerson. 35% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Emerson College?

33% of those who apply are granted admission to Emerson. Admission competition is high and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Emerson College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1200 and 1410. 64% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Emerson College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 31. 35% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.