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Emporia State University

Emporia State University is a dynamic and progressive student-centered learning community that fosters student success through engagement in academic excellence, community and global involvement, and the pursuit of personal and professional fulfillment.

Changing Lives Since 1863, 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 develop lifelong learning skills, impart society's cultural heritage, and educate and prepare for both the professions and advanced study. 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.

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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.  

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

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. 

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The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2013?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 6,033
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Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 3,873
 
Gender
Women 2,341 60%
Men 1,532 40%
 
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian / Alaskan Native 13 <1%
Asian 24 1%
African American / Black 212 5%
Hispanic 251 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 4 <1%
White 2,746 71%
Two or More Races 201 5%
International 359 9%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 63 2%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do ESU undergraduates call home?
 
Kansas 85%
Other US States & Territories 7%
Other Countries 7%
 
How old are ESU undergraduates?
Average Age 22
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 17%
 
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New Student Applications (Fall 2013)

Of the 2,452 new freshman applicants, 61% were admitted and 47% of the admitted students enrolled at Emporia State University in Fall 2013.
Of the 918 transfer applicants, 56% were admitted and 75% of the admitted students enrolled at Emporia State University in Fall 2013.
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New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 19 - 25  
Math 19 - 25 475 - 545
English 19 - 25  
Critical Reading   438 - 528
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
 
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 36%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 72%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 88%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.31
Percent who submitted High School GPA 93%
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Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $17,257

Cost of attendance figures are typically available by early June prior to the beginning of the fall August term.

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend Emporia State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2011 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.

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ESU Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
 
Students per Faculty 18 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 74%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 81%
 
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 248
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 50%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 12%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 82%

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Campus-based Housing

77% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
26% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

Emporia State University recognizes the importance of establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment in which the academic and social endeavors of its members can be fully accomplished. The university holds the success of each student as highly important. Students contribute to the environment in which success is most readily realized therefore each student is responsible to be an active participant in the exercise of personal safety.  ESU employs full-time commissioned officers trained through the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.

Campus Crime Statistics

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Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Size and Setting
Medium four-year, primarily nonresidential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Balanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Single doctoral (other field)

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.

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Student Activities and Involvement at ESU

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 93% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 59% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 34% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 85% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 21% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 47% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 52% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 8% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 96% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 96% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 73% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 70% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 96% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 67% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 85% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 98% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 79% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 68% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 89% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 48% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 83% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 88% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 84% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information

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Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at Emporia State University in 2012-13
Degrees awarded at Emporia State University in 2012-13
Bachelor's 713
Master's 592
Doctoral 3
Total 1,308

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012-13
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012-13
 
EDUCATION. 22%
BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES. 15%
HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS. 10%
SOCIAL SCIENCES. 10%
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS. 6%
Links to degree programs at Emporia State University
Links to degree programs at Emporia State University

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

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Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

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Student Success & Progress Rate

A 78% four-year success and progress rate means that 78% of students starting in Fall 2007 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2007 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 438 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 766 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table

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Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2012 that returned for their second year: 73%

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Student Learning at Emporia State University

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples

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Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.

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