Post Enrollment

Face-to-Face Distance Courses: If you have any difficulty locating your class, please call one of the following numbers for assistance:

Distance Education (Emporia): 877-332-4249/620-341-5385

Emporia State University - Kansas City (Overland Park): 913-338-4378

KCKCC Advising (Kansas City): 913-469-8500 ext3676

BCC Advising (El Dorado): 316-322-3163

JCCC Advising (Overland Park) 913-469-8500 ext3676

ITV Courses:

In an ITV classroom, digitally compressed signals make it possible to offer two-way interactive audio and video conferencing between ESU and one or more sites. Therefore, your instructor may or may not be in your specific classroom. However, a site monitor will be present to maintain the conferencing equipment. The Emporia site is located in Visser Hall 111. Students participating at other sites should contact the site for more information

Internet Courses:

The online Course Portal is Canvas.
Please see the following links for more information about Canvas and Internet Courses:

Quick-Start documents will help you get started with Canvas: Getting Started with Canvas plus Canvas Student Guide

1. Know Your Student ID Number:

Student ID numbers have been assigned to all ESU students for conducting university business including registering for classes and requesting transcripts. ID numbers are sometimes referred to as your "E number" or your "Banner Student ID".
Don't know your Student ID?

To look-up your Student ID, [click here]. You will need your username and password (or SSN).  If you do not know your password or did not provide a SSN at time of application, contact the Help Desk at 1-877-332-4249 to obtain your ID.

2. ESU Email

Emporia State University students enrolled in Distance Education distance courses are REQUIRED to maintain an email account through Emporia State University. Your new Gmail account has a vastly larger mailbox size, with no message expiration date. Gmail mailboxes will be 25GB, which provides 250 times more space for emails and attachments. Access to Google Docs, Calendar, Chat, and Drive for easy collaboration with peers and faculty. More effective intergration with mobile devices. Many apps are available to link mobile device to Google's Gmail at no cost. How to Access Your Account

3. Access Buzz In:

Buzz In is Emporia State University's web portal. Buzz In will allow users to personalize and customize displayed content to suit their information needs. Buzz In integrates all university systems such as Canvas, MyData, and StudentAccess. How to Access Buzz In  

How to View Your Schedule: Go to the Student Self-Service Links section on the Academic Life tab and select Registration. Then select Student Detail Schedule.

How to View Your Account: Go to the My Account section on the Academic Life tab. The total amount you owe the university will appear.

Obtaining Access to the Academic Life tab: Only students in Active Status will have access to the Academic Life tab. If you cannot view the Academic Life tab and are new to ESU, please contact either the Admissions Office (1-877-468-6378) or the Graduate Office (1-800-950-4723) to check on your admission status.

4. Verifying/Updating Your Contact Information:

  • Login to Buzz In 
  • Select the Academic Life tab.
  • Select any links under Registration Tools.
  • Select the Personal Information tab.
  • Select the appropriate link to verify your address, phone, and email address.
  • Check to see if you have provided us with a day-time phone number. This is important so that we can contact you regarding class cancelations and any important items affecting your enrollment.
  • If incorrect, please call 1-877-332-4249 or email with your updated information. Be sure to include your Student ID when contacting us.

 5. Order Your Textbooks from the Memorial Union Bookstore:

 Textbooks are available through the Memorial Union Bookstore. You can order them online, by phone, or in person.  Please visit the online textbook system at For more information call (620) 341-5214, or email

 6. Email your Instructor 1-2 Weeks Prior to Class (Internet Students Only)

You can locate your instructor’s email and/or other contact information by:

 7. Pay Your Tuition & Fees Before Class Begins:

 Visit the fee payment process in detail at

 8. On the First Day of Class - Attend Class or Login to Canvas:

Canvas is the course portal through which all online courses are ESU are delivered. You can access Canvas directly through BuzzIn. Login to BuzzIn and click on the Canvas Link located on the right. For help with Canvas, please click on the Canvas Help Link.

Quick-Start documents will help you get started with Canvas: Getting Started with Canvas plus Canvas Student Guide

9. Maintain Your Computer Equipment and Virus/Spyware Protection:

Computers are used for coursework, research, and communicating with instructors.  Please visit the computer recommendations.

10. View Your Grades Online:

Login to Buzz In, go to the Academic Life tab, Student Records tab, and select the correct term under Final Grades.

11. Familiarize Yourself with ESU's Drop, Withdrawal, & Refund Policies:

Any student who wishes to drop, add, or withdraw from a course offered through Distance Education must make the request in writing or by telephone to the Distance Education office. Students may also use the online drop/withdraw form. University Policies, refunds and collection policies.

Questions? Contact Us

Jan Gerstner - Distance Education Coordinator

P| 620-341-5081 or 877-332-4249

E| Jan Gerstner

Jan Kushner - Director of ESU-Kansas City

P|913-338-4378 x 115

E| Jan Kushner

Nina Finzelberg - Advisor at ESU-Kansas City

P| 913-338-4378

E| Nina Finzelberg

Ann Wooge - Advisor at ESU-Kansas City

P| 913-338-4378

E| Ann Wooge

Jenny Barger - Distance Education Administrative Assistant

P| 620-341-5262

E| Jenny Barger