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Student Life

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Emporia State Student Life

At ESU we have everything you need to thrive as a student. Engaging on campus and making the grade are equally important in taking the next step after college. This page is packed with information on how to get involved on campus, stuff to do and helpful resources + information.

ESU is a special place with a long history filled with Hornets who have made memories of a lifetime. What will you remember?

Student Life

Center for Student Involvement

The hub of campus life at ESU and your connection to 100+ student organizations.

Associated Student Government

A governing branch of ESU, ASG is the voice of the student body on campus. Your senators are here to represent you.

Sorority + Fraternity Life

A unique collegiate experience of sister + brotherhood. ESU has four sororities and four fraternities.

Athletics + Intramural Sports

Soccer team celebrating

Hornet Athletics

Emporia State University is an NCAA Division II school with 15 teams. There are always exciting sporting events to watch!

ESU Athletics
Nitty Gritty Dirt Dash

Intramural + Club Sports

Stay active - join or get a team and play the sports you love! Basketball, volleyball, disc golf, cycling and more!

Rec Services

Building Relationships, Inclusion, Diversity, and Global Equity (BRIDGE)

Building Relationships, Inclusion, Diversity, and Global Equity is designed to assist incoming first-year students with their transition from high school to ESU. BRIDGE is a 6-day program that runs the week before classes start. Visit the web page to learn more and who qualifies.

Diversity Student Programs

Diversity student programs include diversity training and development programs, leadership programs, cultural celebrations, and social activities and events.

Student Wellness

Emporia State students studying

Student Health Services

Make an appointment to receive medical care for illnesses, injuries and immunizations. Students pay just $5/visit.

Health Services
Butterfly on flowers

Counseling Services

Take care of your mental health. Students have access to counselors for on-campus, individual sessions.

Counseling Services

Students at Homecoming Parade

Student success

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, unsure of what to do next or generally lost we have created a page of links to help you get the answers you need. If you're always procrastinating, not going to class, scared of Canvas – the time is now to reach out. You can get back on track today.

Student success

Student Resources + Information 

Residential Life

Living on ESU's campus is not only fun and exciting with lots of activities, but also includes academic support at every turn.

Res Life

Dining Services

What's on the menu today? Find food options and hours or operation for ESU's Hornets Nest, Buzzcotti and Hornet Express.

ESU Dining

Veterans Services

Find information that assists veterans in their transition to college.

Veterans Services

Hornet Central

A resource that provides a complete list and contact info for all student organizations, campus events and news.

Hornet Central


The Academic Center for Excellence and Success provides tutoring, study groups, study skills workshops and more.

Tutoring + Study Skills

SAC Office

Advisors provide guidance and answer all of your ESU questions. Visit SAC for academic advising, to enroll in courses, choose a major, and more.

Student Advising Center

Degree Works

Know and enroll in the courses you need to graduate. Map out different degree programs. Degree Works puts you in the driver's seat!

Degree Works

Career Services

Helping you develop a career plan, gain experience, find employment and apply to graduate/professional school.

Career Services

Hornet 365

Resource and tools hub where you will find links to Canvas, Degree Works, SkyPrint, OneDrive, Zoom and more.

Hornet 365

Here for Every Hornet

Corky's Cupboard

The mission of the Corky's Cupboard campus food pantry is to foster a healthy university community by providing temporary food assistance in an effort to alleviate hunger. Corky’s Cupboard is located in Memorial Union Room 147, located in the back (south end) of the Center for Student Involvement. This location provides relatively private access for students.

Basic Needs Coalition

Going hungry doesn’t have to be your normal. Neither does worrying about where you’ll sleep tonight or if you can afford to pay your bills. ESU is here to help every Hornet be safer, healthier and more successful. So whether you need help locating affordable housing, want to find financial resources or need some pantry staples to get you to your next meal, Emporia State is here for you.

Student Spaces + Cool Places

There are many spaces for students around campus. If you need a space to do homework, relax or, even in some cases, take a nap, there are spaces just for you!

Memorial Union

The Memorial Union is where you'll find dining options, the center for student involvement, study + lounge spaces, meeting rooms, student ID + event tickets office, post office substation.

Student Rec Center

The Recreation Center has cardio, weights and free weights equipment as well as gymnasiums so you can get your move on. You'll also find fitness classes, personal training, sports clubs and wellness challenges.

William Allan White Library

The library is one of the hottest spots on campus. You'll go to the library for research databases, quiet study spaces, ACES, computer checkout, and more.

Safety Information

Police + Safety

ESU officers are fully commissioned law enforcement officers who are responsible for the safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors to ESU.

Campus Parking

Parking restrictions are enforced from 7:30 - 4:30 Monday-Friday. Information about student parking, accessible parking, parking permit refunds, parking citations and more.

Hornet Ready

A preparedness campaign to ensure you're ready in case of emergency. Information about campus alerts, seasonal preparedness and emergency responses can be found here.

Title IX + Title VII

Learn about and report instances of sexual misconduct or discrimination.

Eat, Study + Repeat

Food Hours at Hornets Nest

  • Breakfast/Lunch 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dinner 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Visit the ESU Dining Website for

  • Complete list of dining locations
  • Menus and hours
  • Meal Plan Options

William Allen White Library


  • Main Library: 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; closed Saturday; 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday. 
  • Learning Commons and 1st Floor are open 24/7.