Emerson College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$42,928

4.48% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$42,070

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

1.84%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

46.1%

10,360 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

4,459

96.8% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

80.8%

736 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 (279 degrees awarded), Radio & Television (139 degrees), and Creative Writing (138 degrees).

In 2017, 1,241 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Emerson College. 65.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (777 degrees), 6.53 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (119 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Emerson College is $42,928, which is $22,195 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Emerson College is $42,928, which is $22,195 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $42,070.

In 2017, 60% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 54% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$42,928

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Emerson College was $42,928. The cost of tuition at Emerson College is $22,195 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$42,070

2017 Value

7.15%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Emerson College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $42,070. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Emerson College grew by 7.15%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,035

Room and Board

$1,150

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Emerson College was of $16,035 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,150. The cost of room and board increased by 6.54% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 15% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

60%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

54%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

60% of undergraduate students at Emerson College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 3.45% with respect to 2016, when 58% 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.

1.84%

2016 Default Rate

19

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Emerson College was 1.84%, which represents 19 out of the 1030 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 10,360 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 13.2% annual growth. Out of those 10,360 applicants, 4,772 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 46.1% acceptance rate.

There were 4,459 students enrolled at Emerson College in 2017, and 69% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Emerson College has an overall enrollment yield of 19.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

46.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

4,772

Accepted Out of 10,360

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Emerson College was 46.1% (4,772 admissions from 10,360 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 48.1%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 13.2%, while admissions grew by 8.53%.

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SAT Scores

69%

Submission Percentage

646

Scores Submitted

69% of enrolled first-time students at Emerson College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Emerson College has a total enrollment of 4,459 students. The full-time enrollment at Emerson College is 4,318 students and the part-time enrollment is 141. This means that 96.8% of students enrolled at Emerson College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Emerson College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 63.3% White, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 4.33% Asian, 3.63% Two or More Races, 3.21% Black or African American, 0.135% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0897% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Emerson College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (37.3%), followed by White Male (28.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.76%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (36.3%), followed by White Male (13.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.04%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Emerson College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,459 students. The full-time enrollment at Emerson College is 4,318 and the part-time enrollment is 141. This means that 96.8% of students enrolled at Emerson College are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

88%

2017 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 88%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), 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

    2,821

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    494

  3. Asian

    193

The enrolled student population at Emerson College is 63.3% White, 11.1% Hispanic or Latino, 4.33% Asian, 3.63% Two or More Races, 3.21% Black or African American, 0.135% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0897% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 118 students (2.65%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 383 more women than men received degrees from Emerson College. The majority of degree recipients at Emerson College are white (777 degrees awarded). There were 6.53 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (119 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Emerson College is Cinematography & Film Production (279 degrees awarded), followed by Radio & Television (139 degrees) and Creative Writing (138 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 Communications (358 degrees awarded), English (173 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (394 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 (1,126,895 people), Other managers (785,710 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (481,130 people), Financial managers (450,309 people), and Chief executives & legislators (363,537 people).

The most specialized majors at Emerson College are Communications (358 degrees awarded), English (173 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (394 degrees), Communication Technologies (9 degrees), and Business (200 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, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Emerson College are Communications (358 degrees awarded), English (173 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (394 degrees), Communication Technologies (9 degrees), and Business (200 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 (928,955 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (623,849 people), Computer Systems Design (567,090 people), Banking & related activities (541,045 people), and Insurance carriers (442,392 people).

The most specialized majors at Emerson College are Communications (358 degrees awarded), English (173 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (394 degrees), Communication Technologies (9 degrees), and Business (200 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. 279 degrees awarded

  2. 139 degrees awarded

  3. 138 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Emerson College was Cinematography & Film Production with 279 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 429

  2. 812

In 2017, 429 degrees were awarded to men at Emerson College, which is 0.528 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (812).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 160 degrees were awarded to men at Emerson College in Cinematography & Film Production, which is 1.34 times more than the 119 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 126 degrees were awarded to women at Emerson College in Creative Writing, which is 2.68 times more than the 47 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

78%

100% Completion Time

80%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 78% of students graduating from Emerson College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 80% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 80% 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.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (95.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Emerson College is Female and Asian (95.8% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 12.6% of graduates (93 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    777 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    119 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    71 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Emerson College is white (777 degrees awarded). There were 6.53 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (119 degrees).

5.72% of degree recipients (71 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    491 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    286 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    73 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Emerson College is white female (491 degrees awarded). There were 1.72 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (286 degrees).

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Operations

Emerson College has an endowment valued at nearly $161M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $16.9M (10.5%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Emerson College had a total salary expenditure of $183M. Emerson College employs 58 Lecturers, 55 Associate professors, and 49 Assistant professors. Most academics at Emerson College are Male Associate professors (35), Male Lecturers(33), and Female Assistant professors (27).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Emerson College are: Management, with 245 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 87 employees, and Service with 51 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$161M

2017 Endowment

11.7%

growth from 2016

Emerson College has an endowment valued at about $161M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Emerson College grew 11.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $128M 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. $459k - Federal

  2. $6.2k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Emerson College received $459k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.2k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$74.4M

2017 Salaries

8.51%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Emerson College paid a median of $74.4M in salaries, which represents 40.7% of their overall expenditure ($183M) and a 8.51% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.79% growth from 2015 and a 3.98% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$18.1M

Instructional Salaries

202

Number of Employees

In 2017, Emerson College paid a total of $18.1M to 202 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Lecturer

Most Common Instructor

58 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

245 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Emerson College were Lecturer with 58 employees; Associate professor with 55 employees; and Associate professor with 49 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Emerson College were Management with 245 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 87 employees; and Service with 51 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Associate professor

  2. Male Lecturer

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Emerson College was Male Associate professor with 35 employees, Male Lecturer with 33 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 27 employees.

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

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