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Emporia State University Data & Information Overview

287 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
86% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Emporia State University Ranked?

#824 Best Colleges in Nation
#7 Best Colleges in KS
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Emporia State University was awarded 287 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is physical education teaching and coaching.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, ESU is ranked #824 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

ESU also holds the #7 spot on the Best Colleges in Kansas ranking.

See all of the rankings for Emporia State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into ESU?

86% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 86%, ESU has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Learn more about Emporia State University admissions.

Emporia State University Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
88% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Emporia State University is about average at 17 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Emporia State University is 88%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  88 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Emporia State University

78% Freshmen Retention
26% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 78% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Emporia State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at ESU is 26%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Emporia State University.

Emporia State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,909 Full-Time Undergraduates
24.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
64.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,181 undergraduates at ESU with 2,909 being full-time and 272 being part-time.

How Much Does Emporia State University Cost?

$14,794 Net Price
77% Take Out Loans
$25,212 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of ESU is $14,794. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for ESU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,465 $12,971 $15,070 $16,759 $16,967

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of ESU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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 3.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do ESU Graduates Make?

$40,772 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from ESU make about $40,772 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Emporia State University make the most money.

Location of Emporia State University

Kansas State
2,909 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Emporia, Kansas, Emporia State University is a public institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Emporia draws many to the area.

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Contact details for ESU are given below.

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

Emporia State University Majors

43 Majors With Completions
734 Undergraduate Degrees
1,064 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 43 majors graduated from Emporia State University. Of these students, 734 received undergraduate degrees and 1,064 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 94 $37,666
Teacher Education Subject Specific 70 $40,341
Business Administration & Management 67 $37,389
Nursing 47 $52,816
Liberal Arts General Studies 43 $32,234
Public Health 39 $31,576
Accounting 38 $41,077
General Psychology 32 $20,021
Fine & Studio Arts 29 $24,501
Communication & Media Studies 28 $30,007

Learn more about the majors offered at Emporia State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at ESU

66% Take At Least One Class Online
43% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 3,826 students took at least one online class at Emporia State University. This is an increase from the 3,438 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 3,826 2,511
2018-2019 3,438 2,248
2017-2018 3,164 1,995
2016-2017 2,891 1,793
2015-2016 2,746 1,800

Learn more about online learning at Emporia State University.

Notes and References


*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.


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