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Emerson College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Emerson College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
46.1%
Admission Difficulty for Emerson College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Emerson College and can I get accepted? The school has a 46% acceptance rate ranking it #19 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,772 out of 10,360 applicants were admitted making Emerson College a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 16 percent. Emerson College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Emerson College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1270-1420
Applicants Submitting SAT
69%
SAT Scores for Emerson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1270
SAT Scores for Emerson College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1420
Average SAT Score 1350

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Emerson College typically requires applicants to be in the top 15 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 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 1190. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. The school ranks #15 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 69 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Emerson College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1420 and Above Good >59%
1345 to 1420 Avg + 46%-59%
1270 to 1345 Avg - 33%-46%
1195 to 1270 Reach 23%-33%
Less than 1195 Low <23%
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Emerson College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
41%
ACT Scores for Emerson College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Emerson College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Emerson College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 41 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Emerson College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Emerson College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >59%
28 to 30 Avg + 46%-59%
26 to 28 Avg - 33%-46%
24 to 26 Reach 23%-33%
Less than 24 Low <23%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Emerson College. 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 College 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

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%

Admission Statistics

Emerson College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,989 3,371 10,360
Accepted 3,259 1,513 4,772
Acceptance Rate 47% 45% 46%
Enrolled 582 350 932
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 23% 20%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 5, 2020
Days left to Apply
47

Applicants have 47 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 5, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Emerson College before the Jan 5 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Emerson College and what considerations affect 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.