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New Students

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

Welcome to ESU, Hornet!

We are fired up for fall here at Emporia State University and are excited for a semester full of campus activities, athletic events, block parties, live music and of course, in-person classes!

This page is designed with new students in mind. Check out these helpful resources and official communications from ESU.

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.

Put these dates in your phone!

  • Aug. 20: New student move-in
  • Aug. 23: First day of classes
  • Aug. 23: Main Street Welcome Back Block Party
  • Sept. 6: Labor Day, no classes
  • Oct. 14-15: Fall Break, no classes
  • Oct. 18: Enrollment for Spring 2022 begins
  • Nov. 11: Veterans Day, no classes
  • Nov. 24-26: No classes, Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 10: Last day of classes
  • Dec. 13-17: Final exams
  • Dec. 17: Graduate commencement
  • Dec. 18, Undergraduate commencement

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

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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
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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. Submit records for Measles, Mumps + Rubella and quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine before moving in the Res Halls. Send to ESU Student Health Center via this secure file upload or fax to 620-341-5045.

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 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.

Official Communications

New student communication

June 24, 2021 - Admissions Email

Are you looking for a campus job? Career Services can help with that!

Learn more about how to apply for campus jobs on Handshake, and the other ways Career Services can support you while at ESU. Visit

June 17, 2021 - Admissions Email

You’re not doing this college thing alone. Beyond the faculty and staff that are here to help you all the way through your college career (and even beyond!), you can take advantage of our Peer Mentor Program to have a go-to fellow Hornet leading the way.

Whether you want advice about joining student clubs, or want someone to show you the best study spots on campus, your peer mentor will help you learn more about life at ESU.

Sign up on the student life page at

June 10, 2021 - Admissions Email

Don’t miss out on E-Experience! This free, on-campus event will prepare you for life as a Hornet before the semester even starts.

As a new Hornet who attends E-Experience, you’ll be an authority on resources available to you on campus, be an expert navigator for your first day of classes and have friends and connections before you even move-in to the residence halls.

Learn more and sign up at

June 9, 2021 - Student Advising Center Email

Good Afternoon!

To be considered for the Jones Trust Education Voucher/Scholarship, the application and all materials are due by Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Undergraduate Education Grant – Jones Foundation (

Hope you are having a great summer! Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions!

Dr. Shelly Gehrke
Assistant Provost for Enrollment Management and Academic Success

June 3, 2021 - Student Advising Center/Your Academic Department

Welcome to Emporia State University! We are thrilled that you are joining us in the fall and can’t wait to be a part of the wonderful things you will achieve at ESU.

As you prepare for the fall semester and your new adventure at Emporia State, we encourage you to keep an eye out for important messages from campus and plan to engage in some of the new student activities that will help you connect with your classmates and learn more about how our department can support your goals while you’re here.

If you have any questions as we approach the new semester, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact the Student Advising Center at or (620) 341-5421.

Stingers up!

June 1, 2021 - Admissions Text

Send us your transcripts! Make sure you’re requesting your final, official transcripts from all schools attended. Send to

May 24, 2021 - Residential Life Email

Our June 1st housing deadline is quickly approaching! What does that mean?

Complete your housing application, prepayment and submit your meningitis compliance records to student wellness by June 1st and we will email your room assignment to your ESU student email account June 9th!

What happens if I submit it after June 1st?

We will still make room for you! But missing the June 1st deadline means you may not get your top room preferences.

How to complete your housing application:

Go to Hornet 365 Student.

Click the ResLife Portal in the second row of green icons.

Log in with your ESU username and password.

Click "Apply Here" in the top left to access your application.

Click “Apply” after August 2021 to May 2022.

Complete each page and click “Save and Continue” at the bottom until you reach the end (it only takes about 10 minutes!).

If you have any questions about the housing application or the assignment process, email or call 620-341-5264! We are here to help.

Cass Coughlin (he/him)

Director for Residential Life

P.S.-If you haven’t already, please follow us on our social media accounts to keep informed on all things Res Life at ESU. Twitter + Facebook: ESUResLife / Instagram: emporiastatereslife

May 11, 2021 - Admissions Counselor Text

The time is now to get enrolled! Virtual and in-person events are available. Visit for more info.

Early May - Admissions Counselor Email

Thank you to everyone who came to our New Hornet Kickoff Party on May 2, 2021! We had a great time playing games, winning prizes, listening to music and getting to know some of the new Hornets that will be joining us in the fall.

If you missed this one, there are more ways to get involved before the school year starts! E-Experience events are happening throughout June and July. This free, full day event is for new Hornets who want to get a head start on life at Emporia State. For more information and to register, check out

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