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New class shows increase in applications

by Evan Sporer / Beacon Staff • January 31, 2013

Overall applications to the college increased by 10 percent.
Overall applications to the college increased by 10 percent.

With all applications for the class of 2017 submitted, Emerson’s admissions office is reporting a 10 percent increase in overall applicants this year, according to M.J. Knoll-Finn, the vice president for enrollment.

Because only early action decisions have been released, Emerson has yet to disclose all of its admissions figures for the upcoming year.

But according to John Anderson, the interim communication studies chair, his department saw a 17 percent increase in applications, including a 41 percent increase in submissions to the political communication studies program. 

“I’m pleased that our overall applications for the department of communication studies for next year are up,” Anderson wrote in an email to the Beacon. “Our faculty in the department of communication studies are stellar and are attracting well-deserved attention.” 

Knoll-Finn confirmed that interest increased in the school of communication, which includes the communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism, and marketing communication departments.

“With this school, some years are better than others, but it’s always a struggle because the program is so small,” she said. “Usually visual and media arts is most popular.”

Applications to the writing, literature, and publishing department have increased by 10 percent, said Knoll-Finn.

“It’s early in the process, but things are looking really good,” said Knoll-Finn. 

Early action submissions were due Nov. 1; those prospective students received their decisions on Dec. 14. The regular admission due date was Jan. 5.

Knoll-Finn said there were a significant number of students applying from California.

“Demographically, it makes sense,” she said. “We have a strong presence in L.A. The new campus will allow us to grow much more.”

To boost the college’s popularity, and keep it a top choice for incoming students, Knoll-Finn said the admissions office has created events to meet with potential students.

However, she noted that it was the applicants themselves who were making the biggest effort to learn more about the college.

“Students have started doing meet-ups. They’ll set up a Facebook group and meet somewhere to make friends who are also interested in coming to Emerson,” she said. “Admissions isn’t involved in setting these up, but we support the groups in any way we can. Social media has done so much in creating a draw to the school.”

However, Knoll-Finn feels that the makeup of the school is what draws in students.

“There’s a camaraderie here,” Knoll-Finn said. “It’s special. It’s what attracts students to Emerson.”