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Emporia State University is a public institution situated in Emporia, Kansas. The location of ESU is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

$26,107 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
86% Acceptance Rate

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Emporia State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at ESU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#25 Most Popular Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Most Popular Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Emporia State University?


Contact details for ESU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, KS 66801-5415
Phone: 620-341-1200

How Do I Get Into ESU?

You can apply to ESU online at:

Admission Requirements for ESU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into ESU?

86% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
ESU has the high acceptance rate of 86%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 87%, and the acceptance rate for women is 86%.

Can I Afford Emporia State University?

$26,107 Net Price
77% Take Out Loans
6.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of ESU is $26,107. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At ESU, approximately 77% of students took out student loans averaging $6,303 a year. That adds up to $25,212 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ESU is 6.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Emporia State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,909 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,181 undergraduate students at ESU, with 2,909 being full-time and 272 being part-time.


There are also 2,647 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,909 full-time undergraduates at ESU, 36% are male and 64% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Emporia State University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 131
Hispanic or Latino 387
White 1,977
International Students 130
Other Races/Ethnicities 260

Geographic Diversity

Kansas students aren't the only ones who study at Emporia State University. At this time, 13 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 58 countries are represented at ESU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Emporia State University

2,511 Took All Classes Online
3,826 Took At Least One Class Online
8.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at ESU. In 2019-2020, 3,826 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at ESU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 3rd most popular in Kansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of ESU

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Emporia State University was $5,936 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $18,524. The following table shows how ESU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching #1 #4
Teacher Education #1 #25
Business and Innovation/Entrepreneurship Teacher Education #1 #4
Teacher Development & Methodology #4 #38
Teaching English or French #4 #22
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor #4 #22
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching #9 #30
Instructional Media Design #10 #102
Educational/Instructional Technology #10 #102
Curriculum & Instruction #10 #100
Curriculum & Instruction #10 #100
General Special Education #22 #118
Special Education #25 #136
General Educational Leadership & Administration #25 #179
Teacher Education Subject Specific #28 #142
Educational Administration #30 #230

Online Growth Rankings of ESU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Emporia State University was 8.8%. This is the #1,044 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at ESU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at ESU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at ESU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas #18
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching #35
Teacher Education #47
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching #54
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor #85
Teaching English or French #88
Teacher Development & Methodology #101
Curriculum & Instruction #203
Curriculum & Instruction #203
Educational/Instructional Technology #217
Instructional Media Design #217
Teacher Education Subject Specific #302
General Educational Leadership & Administration #312
Educational Administration #416
Teacher Education Grade Specific #485

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Emporia State University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Curriculum & Instruction 0
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0
Educational/Instructional Technology 0
General Special Education 0
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0
Art Education 0
Biology Education 0
Business and Innovation/Entrepreneurship Teacher Education 0
Chemistry Education 0
Earth Science Teacher Education 0
English & Language Arts Education 0
Health Education 0
Mathematics Education 0
Modern Language Education 0
Music Education 0
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 0
Physics Education 0
Psychology Teacher Education 0
Science Education 0
Social Studies Education 0
Speech Teacher Education 0
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 0
Elementary Education 0
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 0
Teacher Development & Methodology 0
Teacher Education 0
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 0


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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