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There's nothing to say about Emerson other thanQuite BrightPolitical Science
There's nothing to say about Emerson other than the fact that it's really a combination of dumb luck and what you pick as a major that determines whether or not you have a good experience. The major I was in offered a decent amount of contact with professors/instructors, one course with the acting chair of the department. I had one notoriously hard professor three times, but it was worth the effort to learn the material. Some of the hardest classes that I got the worst grades in, were coincidentally, the best classes I ever took in my life. In a word, it was challenging in a way I didn't expect. Some of them were almost experimental in nature, and there was a fair amount of innovation in terms of teaching.

Yes, there are going to be snooty, self-absorbed rich kids "buying" a degree with the expectation of making it "big", when it actually requires talent, but it doesn't necessarily take away from a decent experience with some extraordinary teachers. All in all, there was a drastic statistical lean towards good academic progress versus "slacker-dom". I expected it to be much easier than it actually was. The majority of my instructors were good at what they were teaching. Some of them mentored me, some didn't even know how to pronounce my name.

It is expensive, and unless you're committed to communications, invest in something different. And it's supposedly getting more selective in terms of admissions.

4th Year Female -- Class 2004
Surrounding City: A+, Social Life: C-
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Emerson provided an exciting and relevent education inCommunications
Emerson provided an exciting and relevent education in communications. The best thing about the school was that in the '70s almost all instructors I had worked in their fields and taught part time - none of the ivory tower nonsense. I hear that today Emerson puts far more emphasis on teachers' academic credentials than communications/real world credentials. This is too bad.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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There are some really incredible people teaching atQuite BrightPerfomance Arts
There are some really incredible people teaching at Emerson (at least in the Writing/Literature and Theatre Arts Departments), enough to balance out the occasional crap teachers (I've had one so far). I'm in the honors program there, and have felt free to add classes that I'm interested in - not too many gen. ed.s but enough so that I've learned about things I'd never considered learning about. Oh, and Emerson owns a twelfth century castle in the NETHERLANDS! That's the reason I came, to live and study in a castle, and that program is absolutely incredible/life-changing/unique/(insert any other positive descriptive here).The kids can be very cliquish based on which major they're in, but I added a major in my junior year and found myself very much accepted into a new group of friends. The administration is total crap and needs to go, not to mention student services which is known for refusing to give the students money back that is rightfully theirs. But the faculty is filled with such passionate, intelligent, caring individuals that it makes up for all that. Take a class with Bethany Nelson or Jill McDonough if you ever get the chance.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2005
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C
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