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Located in Emporia, Kansas, Emporia State University (ESU) is a 4-year public institution that offers four-year, graduate and post-graduate degrees to its students. The student population is just under 6,000 students and most of both undergraduate and graduate students are female.

Overview of Emporia State University (ESU)

The school was founded in 1863 and students have the option of living either on or off campus. The most popular majors at Emporia include education, business management, nursing and other health professions and liberal arts programs. The school is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and some programs are also accredited by the Commission for Education in Nursing.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 50%
Year Founded 1863

Student Enrollment

Total Students5,877


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,260
Female 2,145

Graduate Student

Male 915
Female 1,557

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ESU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male  552
Female 1,118


Male  469
Female 950

Acceptance Rate85%

Male 85%
Female 85%

Enrollment 681

Male  235
Female 446
Application Fee $30
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

ESU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

In-state tuition for Emporia State is $6,797, while out-of-state tuition is closer to $20,700. For students who want to reside on campus, room and board costs around $9,400. Add in additional fees for books and other miscellaneous costs, and an in-state student costs are $20,733, while out of -state students will spend close to $42,000. Most students utilize some sort of financial aid, with 89% of students receiving grants or scholarships from outside sources and 80% of students receiving institutional grants or scholarships. Seventy-nine percent of students receive federal loans or personal loans from other sources.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $14,319
Average Total Aid $5,611
Students Receiving Financial Aid 98%
Room & Board $9,408

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $6,797
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $20,714
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $9,408
  • Other - $3,518


Emporia State University has a great retention rate of 77%. This means over three-quarters of students who start at the institution come back for at least a second year. Of those who stay and complete their degrees, 29% do so within four years, while 50% of students finish within six years. Some of those who do not graduate here, graduate instead from another institution as 33% of students transfer to enroll in a different college or university. The numbers show that closer to 63% of all students receive a bachelor’s degree somewhere, which is close to the national average.

The school has a rather small faculty so the student to faculty ratio is a little high at 17 to 1, but with a smaller student population there is still plenty of opportunity for students to meet with and get to know their instructors. There is also a great opportunity to develop a peer group and, with the high retention rate, there is a good chance that the students you started school with will be the same students you finish with. This makes this school a great place to set up a professional and personal network once you’ve left school and entered the work world.

Student Population Total

Student Population 5,877

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Education Majors 199 Total Graduates / 25%
Elementary Education and Teaching 125 Graduates
Social Studies Teacher Education 18 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 13 Graduates
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 Graduates
All Business Majors 154 Total Graduates / 19%
Business Administration and Management, General 60 Graduates
Accounting 41 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 29 Graduates
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 24 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 98 Total Graduates / 12%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 40 Graduates
Public Health Education and Promotion 32 Graduates
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 19 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 7 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 49 Total Graduates / 6%
General Studies 26 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 23 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 48 Total Graduates / 6%
Psychology, General 48 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 31%

Outcome & Salary

Salary outcomes for students at Emporia State are positive. A graduate’s early career salary is $44,400, which is certainly above the average for those who do not earn a college degree of $38,792. And, after working for several years, the mid-career salary average increases to $78,000. This indicates that Emporia graduates should be able to land sustainable employment and be able to afford to repay any students loans they have.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $44,400
College Grads Average Salary $57,949
College Grads Mid Career Salary $78,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $579,490
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,359,490
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $57,276
10 Year Projected ROI $522,214
20 Year Projected ROI $1,302,214
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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