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Study at 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.

Profile of Emporia State University

Emporia State is located in Emporia, KS (a self-contained town). The school is a public institution. The highest degree level offered by Emporia State is the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in drama and performing arts and education and teaching.

Emporia State Selectivity

Emporia State does not offer open admission.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Emporia State had 6, 354 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Emporia State Tuition and Affordability

Emporia State is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

Emporia State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching521elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, physical education teaching, special ed, educational administration, curriculum and instruction, instructional media design, business teaching, . . .
Liberal Arts254library science, sociology, liberal arts and sciences, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science, . . .
Business and Management195business management, accounting, human resources, marketing, finance
Therapy and Counselling70psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, mental health Counselling, art therapy
Science59biology, physical sciences, chemistry, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, geology, physics, geological and earth sciences
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy36vocational Counselling, parks and recreation studies, athletic trainer
Nursing and Emergency Medicine31registered nursing
Media24communication studies
Drama and Performing Arts19drama
Art Studies18art studies
Computer Science and Engineering15information science, computer and info science
Medical administration13public health Education
Security and Law Enforcement1corrections and criminal justice

Contact: Emporia State

Emporia State University

1200 Commercial

Emporia, KS 66801-5087

General Phone: (620) 341-1200


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