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You have to be really, really sure this is the place for you.
1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Individual Value: A, Scholastic Success: F
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Emerson is an extremely expensive private school forBrightCommunications
Emerson is an extremely expensive private school for very specialized students. There isn't much room to explore different career options. You have to know that you want to be the next Scorsese from birth in order to enjoy the cirriculum and find it intriguing.

I was an Out-of-State student on financial aid. Most of my peers were very wealthy individuals from either the Boston Area or other major cities. I didn't find many small town people like myself, which made relating to my fellow students very hard.

The student body is very competitive with each other, convinced they are wayyyy more creative or driven than the next person. The snobbery at Emerson is unparralleled, fostered by the reputation is has in the arts industry. The professors love to try to scare their students into dropping out and saving them from a fate of failed film carreer.

Boston is an amazing city fortuntately, and I found many more interesting things to do outside of Emerson. My classes were easy and did not require college-level critical thinking, which provided me with a lot of free time for social activities and city exploration.

I did find an awesome LGTB community at Emerson, and many of my friends told me they came to the school EXACTLY for that kind of support. I become the token straight girl among my gay friends and LOVED being a part of that group.

Emerson's sports are almost non-existant. I joined the basketball team my Junior year and found another group of fabulous people who flew under the bright, shiny Emerson radar. No one every came to our games but we had fun none-the-less.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2004
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Faculty Accessibility: F
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If you're looking for a strong communications schoolQuite BrightVideo/Media
If you're looking for a strong communications school and are really committed to studying only communications, Emerson is for you. The school environment fosters and encourages creativity and self-expression. The classes are mildly challenging, if you've taken AP classes in high school, they aren't any more difficult than those. The faculty is engaging and and passionate about the subjects they teach and always let you know when you can meet with them if you have any issues with the class. Students here are friendly, open and unique individuals, but can also come off as pretentious. We're proud of our work and our creativity. Emerson offers a lot of extracurricular activities - ex: films (both to direct/produce/star in), theater, sports, clubs - and there is something for everyone. Sports are becoming more popular within the school and the individual teams are quite strong considering it's an art school. The people who make up the sports teams are some of the most interesting and kind people I've ever played with, and they really make sure you feel welcome and comfortable with the team.

Politically, Emerson is very liberal, and therefore strongly supports the gay and lesbian community. Being politically correct isn't encouraged here, it's required, which can be frustrating at times. If you're not sure if you want to be in communications, the price tag that comes with the school probably isn't worth it. But if you know that your career lies in communications, the knowledge you will receive here will ensure that you find a job after your four years. The faculty is also always willing to help get you started in the career path you want to be in. Emerson is more of a trade school than a liberal arts school, but the general knowledge you receive in your first two years will help you become a more well-rounded individual within your major.

1st Year Female -- Class 2012
Education Quality: A+, Campus Aesthetics: B+
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