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New Students

Information about enrolling, orientation + other helpful resources for new Hornets

Welcome to ESU, Hornet!

We are so excited to welcome you as an ESU student! Get ready for one of the greatest experiences of your lifetime. We know you have what it takes to follow your dreams. Whether your goal is stay close to home or across the globe, you can do more than you ever imagined.

ESU faculty and staff are here for you every step of the way. This page is full of resources that will be helpful to you as a new student.

Admitted Students

If you've just recently been admitted, go to the Hornet Connection page to view your next steps.

Parents + Guardians

Visit the next steps page and the supporting your student's success page for helpful information including tips for paying for college, financial aid, housing, scholarships and applying for FAFSA, the Stinger Success Program, counseling services and more.

TradPlus (Non-traditional students)

We know you may face different challenges as a TradPlus student. That is why we have TradPlus & Veteran Student Services embedded across departments of the university. We want you to know that you are not alone in your journey. Visit our TradPlus resources page for information on programs available to you and our orientation page.

Start here!

Enrollment, housing, financial aid, Student Advising Center + textbooks

Hornet Connection

We've set up virtual Hornet Connections for you to enroll in classes. In a one-on-one session with your academic advisor you will set your fall schedule. Bring all of your questions to this meeting!

Student Advising Center

Your advisor is an excellent resource. They'll help you enroll in classes, make sure you're on track to graduate on time, and so much more. Connect with them often.

Residential Life

We make it easy to live on campus. You'll have everything you need steps from your classes. Visit the residential life website for more about what you need to know before coming to campus.

Memorial Union Bookstore

Get your textbooks before your first class starts. The bookstore will price match if you find a lower price on your textbooks somewhere else.

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Everyone should complete the FAFSA! If you haven't done so, you should apply for federal financial aid at

Apply for FAFSA

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Office of Financial Aid

Financial aid can be complicated. But, our staff will make navigating the FAFSA, loans, work study and scholarships easy! Contact them today!

Get help with financial aid


Student Account

Take the time to get your student account set up so you can easily pay bills and set up payment options. You'll also find important dates and deadlines.

Payments + Payment Options

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Student Life @ ESU

You're gonna love it! With more than 100 student organizations on campus and the Center for Student Involvement, you won't be bored at ESU. Getting engaged on campus is just as important for your resume as the degree you earn.

Visit student life page


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Sign up to reserve your space in one of the virtual e-Experience events where you'll get insider knowledge before coming to campus.

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Welcome Week

This orientation week is activity-packed! Join events, sessions and activities at the beginning of the fall semester and get to know fellow Hornets.

Welcome Week

First-Year Mentoring

Get individual and personalized guidance from a peer as you navigate your first year at Emporia State University.

First-Year Mentoring

Health + Academic Resources

Student Wellness Center

The Student Wellness Center is your go-to place for your health! It offers health services and counseling services.

Student Accessibility and Support Services

SASS ensure students with documented disabilities have equal access to all the programs and services of Emporia State University.


ACES + the Writing Center offer class tutoring and writing help. You don’t have to struggle through those biology notes or agonize over that writing project on your own!

William Allen White Library

The William Allen White Library library is more than just bookshelves. Find all the resources you need here, from digital articles to laptops for checkout to, yes, actual books to flip through.