Emerson College

Boston, MA 02116
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Emerson College is one of the seventy-nine private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in Massachusetts. The campus is located in an urban area, in Boston.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 4,459 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 932 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 820 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 88%). Every year 81% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Emerson College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $44,032, and fees were $800. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $44,032 and $800 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students4,459
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate88%

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1950 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1200 to 1360
ACT26 to 30
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Considered but not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $65
Graduates $60

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,342/credit
In State Students$1,342/credit
Out of State Students$1,342/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,251/credit
In State Students$1,251/credit
Out of State Students$1,251/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $60,390 $60,390 $60,390
ADN 70 $93,940 $93,940 $93,940
BSN 125 $167,750 $167,750 $167,750
FNP 50 $62,550 $62,550 $62,550
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 76% of Emerson College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 16% $4,410
Other Federal Grant 12% $810
State Grant & Scholarships 5% $2,505
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 64% $19,485
Federal Student Loans 56% $5,485
Private Loans 13% $24,904


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$34,343
$30,001 to $48,000$37,182
$48,001 to $75,000$40,127
$75,001 to $110,000$42,452
Over $110,000$49,050

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.
Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

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