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Emporia State University

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.  

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. 


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2015?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 6,094

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 3,864
Women 2,337 60%
Men 1,527 40%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 19 <1%
Asian 31 1%
African American / Black 194 5%
Hispanic 260 7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 4 <1%
White 2,651 69%
Two or More Races 263 7%
International 379 10%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 63 2%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do ESU undergraduates call home?
Kansas 87%
Other US States & Territories 4%
Other Countries 8%
How old are ESU undergraduates?
Average Age 21
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 13%

New Student Applications (Fall 2015)

Of the 1,736 new freshman applicants, 87% were admitted and 49% of the admitted students enrolled at Emporia State University in Fall 2015.
Of the 675 transfer applicants, 76% were admitted and 71% of the admitted students enrolled at Emporia State University in Fall 2015.

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
Composite 19 - 25
Math 19 - 25
English 18 - 25
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 69%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 86%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.32
Percent who submitted High School GPA 93%

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: $18,208

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 2014 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

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


ESU Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 18 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 73%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 93%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 255
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 46%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 13%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 79%

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Campus-based Housing

81% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
25% 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


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 residential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, selective, lower 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.


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 v2 (NSSE2). 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

  • 98% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 100% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 28% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 89% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 26% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 62% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 16% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 11% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 92% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 97% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 77% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 77% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 92% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 95% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 83% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 70% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 92% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 70% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 87% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 87% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 90% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 84% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at Emporia State University in 2014-15
Degrees awarded at Emporia State University in 2014-15
Bachelor's 709
Master's 619
Doctoral 3
Total 1,331

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 23%
Business Administration, Management and Operations. 13%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 11%
Social Sciences, General. 10%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 6%
Links to degree programs at Emporia State University
Links to degree programs at Emporia State University





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Survey Response Rate: 43%

Survey Administration Process


Student Success & Progress Rate

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A 75% four-year success and progress rate means that 75% of students starting in Fall 2009 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2009 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 662 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 384 Full-Time Transfer Students

Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: 72%

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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


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.