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Student Handbook

Message from the Dean of Students


President Michael Shonrock

Welcome Emporia State University Hornets,

Emporia State University has been serving students higher education needs for 150 years!  We are excited you have made the decision to immerse yourself into, and take full advantage of, the excellent educational opportunities available at Emporia State University.  Remember – these opportunities are found in the formal classroom and by participating in out-of-classroom organizations, programs, leadership opportunities!

First-Year Students – during the next few months you will be transitioning into this new journey in your lives, socially, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically.  We, at Emporia State are here to be supportive and encouraging for you as a new student.

Upper Class Students – as you return to campus and continue on your path toward graduation be proud of your accomplishments thus far and keep in mind that you are leading the way as mentors, friends, assistants, co-workers, and fellow learners to first year students. 

The excitement, rigor, and challenge of academic life at Emporia State University are supported by experienced, highly credentialed faculty, superior academic advising, and a family of faculty, staff, and administration whose mission is to enhance your educational experience. 

This handbook is prepared to assist you in the process of being a student at Emporia State University.  As a student you are responsible for your interactions with the University and this Handbook serves as a guide for these interactions. At any point when you need further information, a person to listen to you or caring advice to help you on your journey, the Dean of Student’s Office is here for you.  You may contact me at any time by email at or by stopping by the office, room 260 on the second floor of the Memorial Union.

Our campus enjoys tremendous community support, so venture out, make connections, and truly become part of the Emporia State University and Emporia, Kansas community.  Together we can make a difference.


Lynn M. Hobson
Dean of Students