Emporia State University

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School Overview

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

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

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Emporia State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(620) 341-1200
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.emporia.edu/admissions/apply
Address:1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, KS 66801-5415
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:5,887
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):41%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:3,141 (53% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$6,179
Out-of-state Tuition:$19,392
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,350

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Emporia State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Emporia State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences21
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services52
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services2
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs43
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Library Science111
Mathematics and Statistics11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Physical Sciences141
Social Sciences4
Visual and Performing Arts31
Grand total840281

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Emporia State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Library Science111
Mathematics and Statistics1
Physical Sciences11
Grand total5181

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Emporia State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid69595%
Grant or scholarship aid59682%$4,350
Student loan aid53273%$10,363

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,88075%$5,878
Federal student loans2,14155%$4,154

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Emporia State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Emporia State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants1,7026191,083
Percent admitted100%86%88%
Percent admitted who enrolled39%38%40%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Emporia State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment5,887
Undergraduate enrollment3,702
Graduate enrollment2,185

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Emporia State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language ( Intensive English Program)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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