Emerson College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$48,280
10.5% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$46,381
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.52%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
33.3%
15,353 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
4,930
94.2% Full-Time
2019 Graduation Rate
82.1%
707 Graduates

About

Emerson College is a higher education institution located in Suffolk County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Emerson College were Cinematography & Film Production (460 degrees awarded), Creative Writing (123 degrees), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (108 degrees).

In 2019, 1,288 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Emerson College. 63.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (801 degrees), 6.16 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (130 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Emerson College is $48,280, which is $26,254 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Emerson College is $48,280, which is $26,254 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $46,381.

In 2019, 66% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 51% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$48,280
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Emerson College was $48,280. The cost of tuition at Emerson College is $26,254 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$46,381
2019 Value
0.71%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Emerson College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $46,381. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Emerson College grew by 0.71%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,720
Room and Board
$1,150
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Emerson College was of $16,720 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,150. The cost of room and board increased by 2.13% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

66%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

66% of undergraduate students at Emerson College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 3.13% with respect to 2018, when 64% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.52%
2017 Default Rate
24
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Emerson College was 2.52%, which represents 24 out of the 953 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Emerson College received 15,353 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 18.6% annual growth. Out of those 15,353 applicants, 5,120 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 33.3% acceptance rate.

There were 4,930 students enrolled at Emerson College in 2019, and 66% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Emerson College has an overall enrollment yield of 18.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

33.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
5,120
Accepted Out of 15,353

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Emerson College was 33.3% (5,120 admissions from 15,353 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 35.6%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 18.6%, while admissions grew by 11%.

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SAT Scores

66%
Submission Percentage
625
Scores Submitted

66% of enrolled first-time students at Emerson College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Emerson College has a total enrollment of 4,930 students. The full-time enrollment at Emerson College is 4,642 students and the part-time enrollment is 288. This means that 94.2% of students enrolled at Emerson College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Emerson College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.9% White, 13% Hispanic or Latino, 4.79% Asian, 4.22% Black or African American, 3.63% Two or More Races, 0.203% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0203% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Emerson College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (34.8%), followed by White Male (24.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.18%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.9%), followed by White Male (12.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (9.94%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

94.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Emerson College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,930 students. The full-time enrollment at Emerson College is 4,642 and the part-time enrollment is 288. This means that 94.2% of students enrolled at Emerson College are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Emerson College was 89%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Emerson College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,903
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    639
  3. Asian
    236

The enrolled student population at Emerson College is 58.9% White, 13% Hispanic or Latino, 4.79% Asian, 4.22% Black or African American, 3.63% Two or More Races, 0.203% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0203% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 127 students (2.58%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 358 more women than men received degrees from Emerson College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Emerson College is white (801 degrees awarded). There were 6.16 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (130 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Emerson College is Cinematography & Film Production (460 degrees awarded), followed by Creative Writing (123 degrees) and General Marketing & Marketing Management (108 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Emerson College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Visual & Performing Arts (575 degrees awarded), English (170 degrees), and Communications (234 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Emerson College are Accountants & auditors (1,024,282 people), Other managers (917,787 people), Financial managers (531,249 people), Chief executives & legislators (448,990 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (381,756 people).

The most specialized majors at Emerson College are Visual & Performing Arts (575 degrees awarded), English (170 degrees), Communications (234 degrees), Business (189 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (18 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Emerson College are Surgeons, Physicians, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Emerson College are Visual & Performing Arts (575 degrees awarded), English (170 degrees), Communications (234 degrees), Business (189 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (18 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Emerson College are Elementary & secondary schools (1,015,834 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (706,834 people), Computer Systems Design (656,241 people), Banking & related activities (545,629 people), and Insurance carriers (489,842 people).

The most specialized majors at Emerson College are Visual & Performing Arts (575 degrees awarded), English (170 degrees), Communications (234 degrees), Business (189 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (18 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Emerson College.
Most Common
  1. 460 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 123 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 108 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Emerson College was Cinematography & Film Production with 460 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

465
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
823
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 465 degrees were awarded to men at Emerson College, which is 0.565 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (823).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 240 degrees were awarded to men at Emerson College in Cinematography & Film Production, which is 1.09 times more than the 220 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 220 degrees were awarded to women at Emerson College in Cinematography & Film Production, which is 0.917 times less than the 240 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

77%
100% Completion Time
81%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 77% of students graduating from Emerson College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 81% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 81% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Emerson College is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (70.6%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.54% of graduates (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    801 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    130 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    53 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Emerson College is white (801 degrees awarded). There were 6.16 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (130 degrees).

4.11% of degree recipients (53 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    490 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    311 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    90 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Emerson College is white female (490 degrees awarded). There were 1.58 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (311 degrees).

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Operations

Emerson College has an endowment valued at nearly $181M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $12.9M (7.14%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Emerson College had a total salary expenditure of $209M. Emerson College employs 62 Lecturers, 55 Assistant professors, and 54 Associate professors. Most academics at Emerson College are Male Associate professors (34), Female Lecturers(32), and Male Lecturers (30).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Emerson College are: Management, with 216 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 93 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 63 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$181M
2019 Endowment
5.17%
growth from 2018

Emerson College has an endowment valued at about $181M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Emerson College grew 5.17% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $142M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $103k - Federal
  2. $7.5k - State
  3. $9.53k - Local

As of 2019, Emerson College received $103k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $7.5k from state grants and contracts, and $9.53k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$83.8M
2019 Salaries
6.61%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Emerson College paid a median of $83.8M in salaries, which represents 40.1% of their overall expenditure ($209M) and a 6.61% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.72% growth from 2017 and a 8.51% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$19.2M
Instructional Salaries
212
Number of Employees

In 2019, Emerson College paid a total of $19.2M to 212 employees working as instructors, which represents 22.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
62 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
216 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Emerson College were Lecturer with 62 employees; Assistant professor with 55 employees; and Assistant professor with 54 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Emerson College were Management with 216 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 93 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 63 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Female Lecturer
  3. Male Lecturer

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Emerson College was Male Associate professor with 34 employees, Female Lecturer with 32 employees, and Male Lecturer with 30 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Emerson College.

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