Emporia State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Emporia State University
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Emporia State University Admissions Overview:

To apply to Emporia State University, interested students will need to submit SAT or ACT scores, a high school transcript, and a completed application (which can be filled out online, or on paper and mailed in). With an acceptance rate of 87%, the school is largely accessible; those with high grades, a strong academic background, and test scores above average have a very good chance of being admitted to Emporia State. 

Admissions Data (2016):

Emporia State University Description:

Founded in 1863 as a normal school dedicated to educating teachers, Emporia State University is now a comprehensive university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of fields. Teaching remains the most popular area of study at both the bachelor's and master's levels, but nursing, business, and sociology are also popular among undergraduates. Academics are supported by an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 23. The National Teachers Hall of Fame is located at Emporia. The university's 212-acre campus is located in Emporia, Kansas, a small city situated between Topeka and Wichita. Kansas City is about 90 minutes to the northeast. Student life is active and includes a fraternity and sorority system. The ESU Hornets and Lady Hornets compete in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). The university fields six men's and seven women's intercollegiate sports. Popular sports include cross country, football, tennis, softball, and basketball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,887 (3,702 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,179 (in-state); $19,392 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,392
  • Other Expenses: $3,470
  • Total Cost: $19,041 (in-state); $32,254 (out-of-state)

Emporia State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 82%
    • Loans: 73%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,350
    • Loans: $10,363

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Communication, Elementary Education, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, Sociology

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 37%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 23%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 44%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Football, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Tennis, Track and Field, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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