Emporia State University

Emporia State University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Emporia State University Ranked?

2022 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 124 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is speech teacher education.

Overall Quality

ESU landed the #718 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when ESU held the #906 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

ESU also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Kansas ranking.

See all of the rankings for Emporia State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into ESU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Emporia State University is 83%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that ESU is a good fit for you.

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 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

Freshmen Retention Rate

Emporia State University has a freshmen retention rate of 77%. 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  77 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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Emporia State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,405 undergraduates at ESU with 3,101 being full-time and 304 being part-time.

How Much Does Emporia State University Cost?

The overall average net price of ESU is $14,822. 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 +
$11,624 $11,964 $14,465 $16,515 $16,948

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 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.

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How Much Money Do ESU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from ESU make about $37,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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.


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

Location of Emporia State University

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
Website: www.emporia.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emporiastateuniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/emporiastate

Emporia State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 42 majors graduated from Emporia State University. Of these students, 743 received undergraduate degrees and 876 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 152 $36,800
Teacher Education Subject Specific 66 $34,400
Business Administration & Management 55 $39,600
Nursing 47 $50,200
Accounting 39 $42,800
Liberal Arts General Studies 39 $29,800
General Psychology 35 $23,000
Communication & Media Studies 31 $30,100
Human Resource Management 26 NA
Public Health 23 $26,100

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 2018-2019, 3,438 students took at least one online class at Emporia State University. This is an increase from the 3,164 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 3,438 2,248
2017-2018 3,164 1,995
2016-2017 2,891 1,793
2015-2016 2,746 1,800
2013-2014 2,591 1,777

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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