Emerson College

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Emerson College, a private 4-year institution located in Boston, MA was founded in 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson as the Boston Conservatory of Elocution, Oratory, and Dramatic Art. The college was moved from the Back Bay area to the historic Washington Street Theatre District adjacent to Boston Common. The school’s campus features 5 performing arts venues including the Paramount Center, Cutler Majestic Theatre, Bill Bordy Auditorium, Semel Theater and Greene Theater. The urban setting right in the Theatre District allows for close contact with the performing arts – which is what Emerson is noted for. Among many notable alumni are journalist Morton Dean, producer Vin Di Bona and actor Denis Leary, announcer Don Pardo.

Academic Programs

Emerson College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s Degrees and Master’s Degrees in over 25 fields. The College is comprised of eight departments: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Communication Studies, Journalism, Marketing Communication, Performing Arts, Visual & Media Arts, Writing, Literature & Publishing and Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies. While noted for Speech Pathology, the largest programs on campus are in Communications and Performing Arts. Per the Mission Statement, “Emerson College offers educational programs that prepare undergraduate and graduate men and women to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in communication and the arts and to pursue scholarship and work that brings innovation to these disciplines. Established in 1880 as a small, regional school of oratory, Emerson has evolved into a diverse, coeducational, and multifaceted degree-granting institution with a liberal arts rather than conservatory orientation. But its mission and focus remains largely the same as it was in 1880: to explore and push the boundaries of communication, art, and culture and, thereby, to contribute to the advancement of society.”

Student Life

There are over 3,800 undergraduate students enrolled in Emerson College, many of whom live on campus in one of the five residences offering a variety of types from communal living to suites. Some are close to the Theatre district offering a rare glimpse into all the inner-workings of production. The school sponsors over 80 clubs and student organizations including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the royal purple Lions field teams in 8 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. Students understand the Vision of the school: “Our vision for the future is simple and strong: Emerson College aspires to be the world’s leading institution of higher education in the arts and communication, infused with liberal arts.” Coupled with the stated Core Values of Engaged student learning; Teaching excellence; Research and creative expression that strengthen instruction; Innovation; Intercultural competence; Exemplary and thoughtful use of technology; Diversity of thought and people; Active, meaningful interaction with local, national, and global communities; Ethical engagement; Moral courage; and Responsible use of resources (human, financial, and physical facilities), students are equipped for life beyond graduation.

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