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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 a good decision and worth the cost of college. What will you get for your four-year degree? Lots.

  • 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 as their positions are typically more valued than positions only requiring a high-school diploma.
  • A network: Students who participate in internships while in college and hands-on experiences will graduate with a network of potential employers and references.

Why Choose Emporia State

Academic Programs


Career Outcomes (4 yr. avg)




Lowest Student Debt of All KS Public Universities


Philanthropic Service Hours to Our Community


Only Public University in KS Named a College of Distinction



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

  • Undergraduate and graduate programs offered in ESU's four colleges: College of Liberal Arts + Sciences, School of Business, School of Library + Information Management, The Teachers College
  • Named a College of Distinction four Consecutive Years
  • Named to The Princeton Review's 2021-Best Regional Colleges List
  • Named to Kiplinger's Personal Finance-2019-Best College Values List
  • Named Top University for Latinos 2019 from Latino Leaders magazine
  • 96% of graduates find jobs or are accepted to advanced studies programs within six months of graduation
  • 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. Students don't get lost in the crowd.
  • Emporia is listed as one of the top 10 safest places in Kansas