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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
Emporia State is an above-average public university located in Emporia, Kansas. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,293 undergraduate students. The Emporia State acceptance rate is 85%. Popular majors include Elementary Education, Business, and Nursing. Graduating 45% of students, Emporia State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,500.
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

Emporia State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

ESU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
85%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
900-1180
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,670/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,195/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.64 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.69 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.69 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    28%
  • On Campus
    67%
  • Online
    5%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,293Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
276
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
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  • Involved
    35%
  • Individual
    30%
  • Pride
    27%
  • Dedicates
    5%
  • Kind
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.61 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.75 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • I'm a hornet.
    46%
  • Stinger's Up!
    46%
  • I am a hornet
    4%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Underrated
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.46 responses
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Personally, I have loved being at Emporia State University! Most of the teachers here have been exceptional and really care about what they're teaching and helping students. Of course there has been the rare time where I had a teacher who wasn't a good teacher, but those teachers are gone now which shows the school takes pride in having great teachers at all times. The school is affordable which is great when paying yourself for school. Campus is also small enough that getting from class to class is easy. Because the school is small, I get any extra time with the teachers I need since they don't have as many students per class to manage. Overall, I really love my college!
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Emporia State is very diverse as well as accepting. The campus and over-all environment is friendly and full of life. The professors really seem to harness the one on one student relationships and make you seen as an individual. The only major downside is the food in the cafeteria. I lived in the Towers Residence Hall my freshman year and then came back as an RA the next year. It is a very open and safe environment. The dorms and campus provide many program opportunities varying from speakers to performers. As for the town life, it is on the more boring side. There is not a lot to do here other than local restaurants. This makes it easier to focus on academics though!
It is very interesting. You are welcomed by all and the police are always there to protect you. There may be moments here and there that may be iffy (like the crime rate and mischievous students), but the amount of love and support from others overlaps that. The art opportunities are also amazing! There are countless locations and jobs to fit with any artists dream!