Chances of getting into Emerson College

Emerson College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Emerson College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Emerson College and can I get accepted? The school has a 36% acceptance rate ranking it #15 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,612 out of 12,941 applicants were admitted making Emerson College 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 21 percent. Emerson College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Emerson College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
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 690
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1390
Average SAT Score 1300

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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 1100. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Emerson College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1390 and Above Good >49%
1295 to 1390 Avg + 36%-49%
1200 to 1295 Avg - 25%-36%
1105 to 1200 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 1105 Low <16%
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Emerson College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Emerson College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Emerson College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
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 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #16 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 35 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
31 and Above Good >52%
28 to 31 Avg + 36%-52%
26 to 28 Avg - 27%-36%
24 to 26 Reach 19%-27%
Less than 24 Low <19%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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.

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Admission Statistics

Emerson College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,899 4,042 12,941
Accepted 3,232 1,380 4,612
Acceptance Rate 36% 34% 36%
Enrolled 582 341 923
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 25% 20%

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 IPEDS survey data for Emerson College.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

36% of those who apply are granted admission to Emerson College. Admission competition is high and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1200 and 1390. 64% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 31. 35% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.