Emerson College

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: New England
City/State: Boston, MA
Locale: Large Urban City (Over 500,000+)
Student Population (FTE): 3,783
In-State Tuition: $44,032.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $44,032.00
Institution Website: http://www.emerson.edu
Institution Type:
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Private Institution
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.  
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.

Our Synopsis

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) Student Life is housed within the Division of Student Affairs and provides support for LGBTQ+ students. The staff strives to enhance the quality of life for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies, recognizing that sexual orientation and gender expression work through and are influenced by race, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, class, faith, ability status, and other social characteristics. The Director of Intercultural Student Affairs (ICSA) provides consultation to students in the area of queer issues and offers educational, informational, and advocacy services. Additionally, LGBTQ+ student organizations including EAGLE (Emerson Alliance of Gays Lesbians and Everyone) and SheCult (Art Collective for Queer Women and Femmes) are advised and supported by the Director of Intercultural Student Affairs. We use the + to stand for the multitude of other letters that represent people who see themselves in this identity. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who identify as asexual, pansexual (experiencing attraction towards all genders), demisexual (sexual attraction tied to emotional attraction), kink, Kothi, and more. Sexual orientation, romantic orientation, and gender identity are fluid and exist on a continuum. This office seeks to support all students in the rainbow.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Emerson College

As a white cis gay man, I have always felt very comfortable at Emerson. I feel represented, included, and comfortable in all of my classes, organizations, and environments. I can't say the same for every group that identifies on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, as I'm not a member of those subcommunities, but I would hope that they feel the same amount of inclusion and safety as I do.

— Spencer Wright

My LGBTQ+ experience at Emerson has been nothing short of rejuvenating. I am finally capable of feeling comfortable with who I am and expressing it as I see fit. I have not been able to experience this kind of acceptance elsewhere, so it means the world to be a part of this community!

— Sara Barber, Junior, Queer

At Emerson College, the LGBTQ+ experience brings home feelings of a family. You are surrounded by people who take an active interest in who you are, how you navigate through life, and they strive to make that journey easier as they travel with you. As a queer PoC, though there are few relative to the rest of the population, we all have a strong sense of community that is upheld and celebrated by all at Emerson. Truly, a place of acceptance, security, expression, and comfort.

— Christopher Henderson-West

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Sexual Health Awareness Week


Queer Monolouges


Second Chance Prom


LGBTQ+ Mixer

Groups & activities

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at lgbtmap.org/equality-maps.

Emerson College
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
3.5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
4 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
4 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
3.5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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