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Emporia State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Emporia State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Emporia State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Emporia State University was awarded 20 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

ESU is ranked #906 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when ESU held the #1,065 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

ESU is also ranked #6 out of 28 schools in Kansas.

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Is It Hard to Get Into ESU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Emporia State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 83%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

ESU received ACT scores from 92% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Emporia State University  ( 19 to 25 )

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Emporia State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Emporia State University, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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

Freshmen Retention Rate

Emporia State University has a freshmen retention rate of 73%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 22% for first-time, full-time students at ESU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  22 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at ESU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,605 undergraduates at ESU with 3,340 being full-time and 265 being part-time.

ESU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

ESU scored 42.98 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  42.98 out of 100
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How Much Does Emporia State University Cost?

The overall average net price of ESU is $14,166. 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 +
$10,687 $11,947 $14,226 $16,424 $16,611

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 76% of students took out student loans averaging $6,106 a year. That adds up to $24,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at ESU is 5.7%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from ESU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $37,100 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 7% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of Emporia State University

Emporia State University is a public institution situated in Emporia, Kansas. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Emporia draws many to the area.

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Location of Emporia State University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 43 majors graduated from Emporia State University. Of these students, 822 received undergraduate degrees and 762 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 126 $36,800
Teacher Education Subject Specific 85 $34,400
Business Administration & Management 60 $39,600
General Psychology 49 $23,000
Liberal Arts General Studies 49 $29,800
Accounting 41 $42,800
Nursing 40 $50,200
Marketing 34 NA
Public Health 32 $26,100
Information Science 27 $57,600

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

Online Learning at ESU

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 2017-2018, 3,164 students took at least one online class at Emporia State University. This is an increase from the 2,891 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,164 1,995
2016-2017 2,891 1,793
2015-2016 2,746 1,800
2014-2015 2,618 1,857
2013-2014 2,591 1,777

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