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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

200+

Career Outcomes (3yr. avg)

97%

Enrollment

5,800

Lowest Student Debt of All KS Public Universities

#1

Philanthropic Service Hours to Our Community

19,116

Only Public University in KS Named a College of Distinction

4X

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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
  • 97% of graduates find jobs or are accepted to advanced studies programs within six months of graduation
  • High-Impact, hands-on learning experiences are part of the curriculum at ESU
  • Stinger Success Program offers students a dedicated academic advisor, freshman seminar and academic support services.
  • Emporia is listed as one of the top 10 safest places in Kansas