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Emporia State offers big school amenities with all the benefits of a small school. Students can get involved in 100+ student organizations and activities, take advantage of academic programs and connect with others from around the world.

In their classes, Hornets get access to experiences typically reserved for upperclassmen at other institutions such as faculty/student research, state-of-the-art equipment usage, mentorship programs, talent scholarships and more.

Hands-on, real-world learning experiences are part of the curriculum, no matter what degree program they choose, so they’ll start building skills and their resume from the very beginning of their academic career. Whether they’re creating marketing plans for local businesses, tagging deer in Wyoming, studying fishes in the Bahamas, directing original compositions, student teaching in Paraguay or doing research at the campus aquatic center, the opportunities available to put theory into practice are unmatched.

Our residence halls are top-notch. With two brand-new facilities and tons of amenities no matter which hall they choose, students can find their home away from home. Beyond free laundry, access to community kitchens, dedicated study areas and more, students will have tons of opportunities to build relationships and connect with their floor- and building-mates so they have a dedicated support system to come back to at the end of every day. Not to mention, being on campus lets them be where all the action is for campus activities and events.

Our grads go places. Over the last four years, 95% of students were hired for a job in their field or went on to advanced study within six months of graduation. That’s thanks to our commitment to help students go from classroom to career by helping them take advantage of internship opportunities (70% of Hornets do one!), conferences, job fairs and more.


Business Data Analytics – Students who are great with numbers and patterns, and who want a career in business will find tons of job opportunities with this degree program that focuses on using data to help organizations make better business decisions.

Communication, Emerging Technology & Society – Graduates from this program are prepared to enter the ever-changing job market in roles as content creators, creative strategists, social media managers project managers and more by focusing on communicating in a tech-driven world.

Elementary Education – Students in any field can get a master’s degree in Elementary Education in as little as two years with this fully online licensure program.

Glass Forming and Engraving – Emporia State University has the only glass forming major in the state of Kansas and the only engraving major in the nation!

Nursing – With 100 years of experience, the nursing program at Emporia State has a history of training nurses for successful careers in the medical field. Our annual NCLEX passage rate is well above national and state averages.

Sport Leadership and Recreation – Covering a wide variety of topics, this program helps students start their careers in the sport and recreation industries by developing the skills needed to be athletic directors, development officers, agents, recreation directors and more.


We know getting an education is more than going to class and taking exams. At Emporia State University students can get the whole college experience by engaging in all the activities and opportunities ESU has to offer. Hornets have the chance to build leadership skills with the Associated Student Government, combine academic achievement and service with the Honors College, discover cultures and languages by studying away, help their community in GIVE and so much more.

Emporia State has built-in support systems to help students be successful. Every new student takes part in the Stinger Success Program to help them gain the knowledge and resources for a successful college career. Students can also take advantage of on-campus health services, tutoring, basic needs support, mentorship programs, wellness challenges and so much more to help them along the way.