Emporia State University

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Emporia State University (ESU) of Emporia, Kansas is home to approximately 5,500 students on 218-acres in the Flint Hills, conveniently located near Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City. The school also offers satellite-learning opportunities at a number of institutions in the region, including Kansas City, Kansas Community College; Butler Community College; and at the Emporia State Kansas City site.

Founded in 1863, the university has proudly prepared teachers across the country through their highly-acclaimed, teacher education programs. They also offer a number of other current programs in business, liberal arts and sciences, as well as library information and management. The education program offers over 10 post-baccalaureate teacher certificates to help new teachers focus on particular subjects.

This university offers focused, personal attention to its students and has a faculty to student ratio of 18:1. Average class sizes include 23 students. There is a significant international student community thriving at the school, sponsored by their office of international education. Over 20 schools in countries like China, Turkey, South Korea, and Russia maintain relationships with ESU, making it convenient and accessible for students who are interested in studying abroad.

The school offers a number of pre-professional programs, to undergraduates who feel confident about a particular career path, and would like to get a jump on their studies. ESU also has a thriving distance-learning program, offering students who need to juggle work and family obligations options at local community colleges, as well as online courses. There are over 35 undergraduate, graduate, certificate and licensure programs that can be taken fully online or in combination with satellite campuses.


The ESU Hornets host an NCAA division II athletic program and have 11 collegiate sports available for both men and women. These programs include baseball, softball, basketball, football, and volleyball. The school competes in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and currently is home to the #22 ranked men’s track and field team.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Over 60% of Emporia State University students receive some form of financial aid or scholarship to complete their education. There are a large number of departmental and private scholarships available through the school. Kansas residents with a high school GPA of 3.25 or above who are planning to attend the business school are also eligible for the Capitol Federal Savings scholarship program.


In 2014, US News and World Report ranked Emporia State University number 92 among regional universities in the Midwest. Their library sciences program was ranked among the best graduate programs in the country, and their rehabilitation counselor program was ranked #30 nationally among similar programs in the nation.

Student Housing

There are two major on-campus housing complexes at Emporia State University, Morse Complex and Towers Complex. All freshman students are required to live on-campus during their first year of school. The university offers special accommodations for students who are married or have children, making a special effort to include them in on-campus life at ESU.

General Information

Admission Office
1200 Commercial, Campus Box 4034
Emporia, KS 66801-5087
(620) 341-5465
(877) 468-6378
Fax: (620) 341-5599
[email protected]
Contact: Laura Eddy
Director of Admissions
Main Address
1200 Commercial
Emporia, KS 66801-5087
(620) 341-1200
Total undergrads: 4,288
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 681
Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,148
Graduate enrollment: 2,116

Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $30
Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 87%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 69%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B
Chem/Phys/Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Human Resources Management B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Computer/Systems Security B
Information Sciences/Systems B

Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Nursing (RN) B
Public Health Education B
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Information Resources Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services
Crime and Delinquencies Studies B

Social Sciences
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

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