Cutting-edge teacher preparation and information management programs, a powerhouse debate squad, innovative uses of classroom technology, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics are what you'll find at Emporia State University. Located at the crossroads of the state's major interchanges, ESU allows easy access to Kansas' three largest cities minus the crime, traffic, and pollution. A safe, comfortable campus, numerous opportunities for student involvement, and nurturing faculty committed to student success have helped propel ESU students into high-paying jobs and the national spotlight.
ESU was established as Kansas State Normal School by an enabling act passed by the Kansas Legislature in March 1863. The school's first graduating class in 1867 consisted of two women, Ellen Plumb and Mary Jane Watson. The University was known as Kansas State Teachers College from 1923 to 1974, when it became Emporia Kansas State College. The college has been known as Emporia State University since 1977. ESU is governed by the Kansas Board of Regents.