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For Parents, Next steps after accepted to ESU

Your student is a Hornet! Here are your student's next steps!

Your student's next steps

Hornet Connection

Attend a Hornet Connection. At Emporia State, Hornet Connection is where you will meet with your academic advisor, enroll in classes and get your student ID. You'll also learn important information about campus resources and college life and meet fellow classmates.

Choose Housing

At Emporia State you have a variety of on-campus living options so you'll feel right at home. Some ESU students are required to live on campus. See the Live-on Requirement page for more information.


E-Experience is a free two-day, overnight event that takes place on the Emporia State University campus. At E-Experience, you will participate in a variety of hands-on activities, allowing you to create connections with other new Hornets. Each session begins with check in at 1 p.m. and is complete by 2 p.m. the following day.


You will order books prior to your fall semester and you pick them up before classes begin. Our campus bookstore, Barnes & Noble will price-match if you find a lower cost for your textbooks elsewhere. View our campus Bookstore here.

Tips for Paying


There are lots of ways to pay for college including scholarships, grants, work-study, loans and payment plans. While the idea of paying for college can seem daunting, there is a solution for everyone.



Take advantage of all local, ESU + national scholarship opportunities. Scholarships are free money! Visit our scholarship page.

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Apply for FAFSA

Apply for federal financial aid at Everyone should complete the FAFSA to determine the federal aid that you’re eligible for. Your award package could include grants, work-study and loans.

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Learn about loan options from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as private educational loan lenders. If you have any questions or want some guidance when it comes to paying for college, connect with ESU’s Financial Aid Office at 620.341.5457 or