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For Parents Ready to Apply to ESU

Your student's guide to applying to ESU

School of everything is possible

We are so excited your student is ready to start at ESU! We've assembled some links and tips below to get you started right away. You are making a wise investment by choosing Emporia State!

Visit Campus

The best way to learn more about ESU is to visit! When you schedule a campus visit with your student, you’ll have two options. To sign up for a visit, students can fill out the visit form located at For questions about visiting campus, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 620-341-5465 or

Campus Sunset

Daily Campus Visit

One way to visit is on a Daily Campus Visit. This option includes a presentation about admissions processes, living on campus and what ESU has to offer your student. You’ll then receive a tour of campus, a meeting with an academic advisor, a tour of the residence halls and a complimentary lunch.

Daily Campus Visit

Black and Gold Day

This event has similar elements to the daily visit, but instead of appointments with an advisor, students have the opportunity to visit with multiple departments at an academic fair. Black and Gold Days also feature a scholarship drawing for students who have applied or submit an application.

Black and Gold
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Apply now

Visit the Admissions process page to find step-by-step application instructions.

Scholarships + FAFSA + Housing


Some scholarships, such as the Presidential Scholarship, are automatically awarded to students based on their GPA and/or ACT scores. Others will require applications, letters of reference, high school transcripts or other documents. These scholarships will have varying due dates so it is important for students to check the Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veteran’s Services page frequently. For more information about scholarships, visit our scholarship page or contact Financial Aid at 620-341-5457 or


The FAFSA is an important document that you and your student will need to fill out in order for your student to receive any kind of federal financial aid, federal grants or federal work study. The FAFSA opens on October 1 and we suggest students fill it out as soon as possible on or after this date to ensure the best award amounts. While filling out the FAFSA, your student has the option to send their FAFSA directly to Emporia State. Visit the FAFSA website to fill out the form. Our FAFSA school code is 001927.


The educational benefits of living on campus are such that Emporia State University requires all full-time, first-year students to live in the residence halls (freshmen and international students). Living on campus provides easier access to campus, resources, community, and support through transitional issues. Learn more about campus housing by visiting the Residential Life website.

Admissions Requirements

New, first time freshman admissions requirements:
*This information is for students who are coming directly from high school or graduated high school and did not attend any college, university, or technical school in the semester after. Students who took college credit while in high school but did not attend a college, university, or technical school after graduation are still part of this category.*

Complete the pre-college curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA (2.5 for non-Kansas residents) AND achieve one of the following:

ACT Composite Score

21 +

SAT Score

1060 +

Graduating class rank

1/3 +

If you do not meet these requirements, please contact your admissions counselor for more information about a potential exception.