Emporia State University

Emporia State University

Emporia State University, also referred to as ESU, is a coeducational, state university located in the city of Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas, United States. It was established in 1863 as Kansas State Normal School. It was renamed to Kansas State Teacher's College in 1923. It was again renamed in 1974 to Emporia Kansas State College. Finally, in 1977, it was raised to university status and renamed to Emporia State University. The University now grants admission to more than 4,300 students every year.

Emporia State University is organized into the following schools and colleges:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Library and Information Management
  • The Teachers College

The University's sports teams are known as the ESU Hornets. The official mascot is the Hornet. ESU sponsors football and basketball.

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Contacting Emporia State

Emporia State University
1200 Commercial
Emporia , KS 66801-5087
General Phone: (620) 341-1200

Emporia State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching497curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, teacher education, business teaching, ...
Liberal Arts272foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and sciences, library science, interdisciplinary studies, social services, economics, political science, sociology, ...
Business and Management161business management, accounting, finance, human resources, marketing
Science61biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, physical sciences, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics
Therapy and Counseling60psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, mental health counseling, art therapy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy37parks and recreation studies, athletic trainer, vocational counseling
Art Studies31art studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine27registered nursing
Media19communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering17computer and info science, information science
Medical Administration15public health education
Drama and Performing Arts12drama
Security and Law Enforcement5corrections and criminal justice

Number of programs and degrees for Emporia State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree68741
Master's degree52125
Post-master's certificate182
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship51
Postbaccalaureate certificate01

Emporia State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Emporia State had a total enrollment of 6,354 students (5,369 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 59%
Graduate 41%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 3%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 20%
20-21 22%
22-24 19%
25-29 14%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

Emporia State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 62 %

Emporia State Room and Board (2007)

Emporia State offers campus housing for 1,135 of its 5,369 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Emporia, Kansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kansas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Emporia State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT91%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Emporia State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,136
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,648
Room and board $ 5,858
Room charge $ 3,026
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,831
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,596

Financial Aid:
Emporia State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 192700)

Emporia State Faculty

Emporia State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3146
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1729

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year9$95,3113$90,415
Associate professorcalendar year3$76,7572*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year13$87,0406$79,748

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year35$79,39316$71,567
Associate professoracademic year43$60,46926$58,421
Assistant professoracademic year32$47,23844$50,441
Instructoracademic year16$40,86629$36,386
All faculty totalacademic year126$59,876115$51,640

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Emporia State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports102030

Emporia State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Public Health Education and Promotion

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist
Clinical Psychology
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Emporia State Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 6%Emporia State % of degrees in education and teaching
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 6%Emporia State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Emporia State Number of degree programs
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Emporia State Number of students
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Emporia State % of accepted students who choose to enroll
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%Emporia State % of freshmen enrolled part-time
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%Emporia State % of degrees in drama and performing arts

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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