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    Emerson College Undergraduate Application

    Welcome to the Emerson Application!

    After you complete the questions in this application you will receive an e-mail with additional information including instructions on how to log in and continue your application. 

    Application Options

    Applying as a Freshman

    Apply as a new first time applicant if you are currently a high school student, or if you have graduated from high school and have taken fewer than 9 college credits, or if you have not yet gone to college.

    There are three options for applying to Emerson as a student:

    1. Early Decision (ED) is a binding early deadline. This option is appropriate only if you are sure Emerson is your first choice.
      • Binding means you must commit to enroll at Emerson, if admitted.
      • ED applicants cannot apply Early Decision to other institutions.
      • ED applicants can apply Early Action to other colleges, but are required to withdraw those applications if admitted to Emerson.
      • Learn more about choosing Early Decision.
        • There are two opportunities to apply Early Decision to Emerson College. You can choose either Early Decision I (Nov 1 deadline) or Early Decision II (Jan 3 deadline).
    2. Early Action (EA) is a non-binding early deadline.
      • EA applicants may apply Early Action to other colleges.
      • Binding Early Decision and Early Decision II program applicants to other schools can also apply Early Action to Emerson.
    3. Regular Decision (RD) is a non-binding deadline and is selected by the majority of our applicants.
      • RD applicants may apply ED or EA to other institutions.

    Please pay close attention to all Freshman Application DeadlinesPlease note that Performing Arts and Comedic Arts majors may only apply for a fall start term.


    If you do not have U.S. citizenship, dual-U.S. citizenship, or permanent residency, follow the process for international students. There are special credential guidelines for international applicants, and additional information will be required of international students who are offered admission. In the case of undocumented or DACA status students, please follow the application process for US applicants.

    Students interested in our Global Programs should select a Summer 2024 start.

    Students interested in applying to either the Global BA in International & Political Communication or the Global BA in Business of Creative Enterprises: Switzerland programs will need to apply through Franklin University Switzerland.

    Applying as a Transfer Student

    Apply as a transfer student if you are currently enrolled at a college or university and you will complete 9 or more college credits prior to your desired start term at Emerson.

    • Transfer students may apply for Regular Decision by November 1 for spring admission and June 14 for fall admission. 
    • Apply for Transfer Priority Decision by March 15 if you want to apply for a Performing Arts or Comedic Arts program. Please note that Performing Arts and Comedic Arts majors may only apply for a fall start term.
    • Transfer student Info »
    • Transfer counselor FAQ »