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Our Mission:

Emporia State University prepares students for lifelong learning, rewarding careers, and adaptive leadership. 

Changing lives for the common good.  Emporia State University is a comprehensive Regents university primarily serving residents of Kansas by providing leadership in quality instruction, related scholarship, and service.  A student-centered institution, its central mission is to prepare students for lifelong learning, rewarding careers, and adaptive leadership.  In 2010, Emporia State University was named a Tier One Institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located in the heart of the famous Bluestem Region of the Flint Hills, Emporia is within easy access to the three major metropolitan areas of Kansas -- Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City.

Living in the Hornets Community

Emporia State University is located in Emporia, Kansas, a welcoming community (25,000+) with a long-standing tradition of whole-heartedly supporting all of the University's endeavors.  Likewise, ESU prides itself on serving the community by sharing expertise and engaging students in civic leadership activities.  

A special bond exists between Emporia State University and the greater Emporia community.  The learning environment extends beyond the walls of the institution as students are immersed in the community in meaningful ways where they gain experience in their field of study, learn ways to contribute to the betterment of the community, and to practice civic leadership skills.  ESU students grow in unique ways and learn knowledge and practice skills that make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others.