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First-Time Undergraduate Admissions Process

Earning your degree from ESU will be one of the best investments you will ever make

How to become a Hornet

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.

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For a limited time, no application fee is required to apply to Emporia State as an undergraduate student. Apply today!


Step-by-step guide to applying

  1. Apply to ESU.
  2. Send Emporia State your ACT or SAT score, high school transcripts and college transcripts if taking dual-credit courses. Official transcripts can be sent to transcript@emporia.edu, or sent to us in a sealed envelope in the mail. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded securely.
  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 need to activate your Hornet365 student account to set your password. Your student E number and username can be found on the first-time user page. Your temporary Hornet365 password is Esu******! (the asterisks are the last 6 digits of your student E number followed by the exclamation mark.) If you are having trouble logging into your account please contact our IT HelpDesk at 620-341-5555 or helpdesk@emporia.edu.
  5. Check out our scholarship page to apply for scholarships through our portal.
  6. Sign up for enrollment.

Admissions Requirements for New, First Time Undergraduates

Graduate from an accredited high school AND achieve one of the following:

  1. A cumulative high school (unweighted) GPA of 2.25 or above
  2. An ACT composite score of 21 or higher OR a new SAT (after Feb. 2016) composite score of 1060 or higher

If you do not meet either of the guaranteed requirements, you are still encouraged to apply. Your application will be reviewed individually.

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