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Parents Why College + Emporia State University

ESU is a great investment

Why go to college

Investing in a four-year degree is worth it. What will you get for your four-year degree? A lot.

  • More career options: More jobs than ever are requiring a bachelor's degree.
  • More money: According to a 2019 article from Liberty Street Economics, “in recent years, the average college grad with just a bachelor’s degree earned about $78,000, compared to $45,000 for the average worker with only a high school diploma.” (source: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Better employment benefits: Employees with a bachelor's degree are more likely to be eligible for jobs with better benefits such as health insurance and retirement.
  • Job security: Employees with a bachelor's degree are more likely to have better job security.
  • A network: Students who participate in internships while in college and get hands-on experiences will graduate with a network of potential employers and references.
Campus in the fall

Emporia is listed as one of the top 10 safest places in Kansas. In addition, ESU's campus has a Police + Safety department with officers on campus 24/7.

It's all about excellence

  • Ranked in “2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” in Princeton Review Best Midwestern College
  • High-impact learning, which prioritizes practical application of concepts in and out of the classroom, resume-worthy experiences, and hands-on learning.
  • Stinger Success Program offers students a dedicated academic advisor, freshman seminar and academic support services.
  • Smaller class sizes mean students don't get lost in the crowd.