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First-Time Undergraduate Admissions Process

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At ESU we have the secret sauce that will help you get results as a student, and as a graduate! We’ve outlined the admissions process and requirements for you below. If you have questions, call us at 620-341-5465 or email go2ESU@emporia.edu.

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying

  1. Apply to ESU. Complete your online application and pay the $30 application fee or send in the Kansas fee waiver if applicable.
  2. Send Emporia State your ACT or SAT score, high school transcripts and college transcripts if taking dual-credit courses. Transcripts can be sent to rpearson@emporia.edu.
  3. Apply for federal financial aid on the FAFSA website and connect with the ESU Financial Aid Office by calling 620-341-5457 or emailing finaid@emporia.edu.
  4. Once you are admitted, you will receive an acceptance letter with your login information and student E-Number. Go to the Hornet 365 First Time User page to activate your account.
  5. Check your scholarship eligibility by browsing through available scholarships.
  6. Register for Hornet Connection. At Hornet Connection you will enroll in classes and receive your Hornet ID.

Admissions Requirements for New, First Time Undergraduates

Complete the pre-college curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA (2.5 for non-Kansas residents) AND achieve one of the following:

  • An ACT composite score of 21 or higher OR
  • A New SAT (after Feb. 2016) composite score of 1060 or higher OR
  • Rank in the top ⅓ of graduating class.

If you do not meet these requirements, please contact your admissions counselor for more information about a potential exception.

Pre-College Curriculum for Kansas Residents

  1. Four units of English, one half units of which may be speech
  2. Three units of natural science, one unit of which must be chemistry or physics
  3. Three units of math if student achieves a 22+ sub score on the ACT math section, otherwise 4 units of math that includes algebra I, geometry, algebra II, and any math course that has algebra II as a prerequisite and is taken in the 9th through 12th years
  4. Three units of social science which must include instruction in U.S. history, U.S. government, and geography

High School Equivalency/GED students

Students who took the GED test on or after January 1, 2014 must meet the following:

  • Achieve an overall score of 680 points or higher
  • Achieve a score of 150 points or higher on each subset

Students who took the GED test between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2013 must meet the following:

  • Achieve an overall score of 2,550 points or higher
  • Achieve a score of 510 points or higher on each subset

Students who took the High School Equivalency Test (hiSET) must meet the following:

  • Achieve an overall score of 75 points or higher
  • Achieve a score of 8 points or higher on each subset