Emporia State University

Emporia, KS
Emporia State University www.emporia.edu

Brief Description

Centrally located on a 218-acre urban campus in the hub of scenic Flint Hills within close proximity to the three major metropolitan areas of Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City, Emporia State University is a comprehensive public institution with a dynamic student-centered learning environment. Despite being home to over 6,500 students, the average undergraduate class size is just 23 to provide students with personalized attention in an intimate atmosphere. As one of the premier universities in the Midwest, Emporia State is focused on academic excellence, student success, leadership, and community engagement.

As the first public institution of higher learning in Kansas, the university was first established in 1863 by the Kansas Legislature as the Kansas State Normal School with an inaugural graduating class of just two women. Since its inception, the school has been named the Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia Kansas State College, and eventually Emporia State University in 1977. Maintaining its legacy as an outstanding producer of high-quality educators, Emporia State prides itself on changing more than 150,000 students' lives in its 150 years.

Consistently named among the "Best of the Midwest" by the prestigious Princeton Review, Emporia State University is currently ranked as the 92nd best college, 32nd top public school, and 27th best university for military veterans in the Midwest by the U.S. News and World Report. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), Emporia State is comprised of the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Management, and the Teachers College. Among its highest ranked programs are business administration, biological sciences, nursing, library science, elementary education, and delinquency studies.

In order to help students build leadership skills, make life-long friends, and add valuable experience to their resume, Emporia State University is home to more than 130 recognized student organizations and offers the opportunity for students to build their own. For those who are athletically inclined, Emporia State has 15 varsity teams that participate in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association of the NCAA Division II. Nicknamed the Hornets, Emporia Athletics has had four Top Four finishers in four different sports over the last four years. Some of the most notable former Hornets include Medal of Honor recipient Grant F. Timmerman, Emmy award-winning writer Kay Alden, artist Evan Lindquist, and NFL player Kelly Goodburn.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4198

Total institution enrollment: 5616

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Master's Colleges and Universities I: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. They award 40 or more master's degrees per year across three or more disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

Emporia State University
1200 Commercial St
Emporia, KS 66801


(620) 341-1200



Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 40%

Female undergraduate population: 60%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's

Accounting And Finance
Art Therapy
Arts And Design
Biology General
Business Administration And Management
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Business Teacher Education Vocational
Chemistry General
Communications General
Computer And Information Sciences General
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Curriculum And Instruction
Drama / Theater Arts General
Earth And Planetary Sciences
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Educational / Instructional Media Design
Elementary Teacher Education
English Language And Literature General
Finance General
Foreign Languages And Literatures General
General Studies
General Teacher Education Other
History General
Information Sciences And Systems
International Business
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Library Science / Librarianship
Music General
Nursing Science Post Rn
Office Supervision And Management
Parks Recreation And Leisure Studies
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physical Sciences General
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
School Psychology
Secondary Teacher Education
Social Sciences General
Special Education General
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling