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Why Emporia State University

Emporia State University knows your career will be built on so much more than a degree alone. Our on-campus college experience is a big part of the value of your bachelor's degree. At ESU, you'll get more because we focus on helping you build the skills you need to be successful in the real world, with hands-on experiences and opportunities to tailor your degree to your goals.

Earning your degree from Emporia State University will be one of the best investments you will ever make. And we will be here with you every step of the way — providing guidance, resources and a network of people cheering you on.


We’ll help you find a path to achieve your goals. Apply for admission to ESU today and pursue your career dreams!


The best way to see what ESU has to offer is to visit. Campus visits include student-led tours, academic advising appointments and admissions information.


Make it official by getting enrolled at a Hornet Connection event. Enroll for classes and get all the need-to-know information about being a successful Hornet.

For step-by-step instructions, select the Admissions Process that best describes you

First Time Undergraduate Students
Transfer Students

Learn more about transfer admission.

Non-Traditional Students


You are considered a non-traditional student, or TradPlus, for admissions purposes if you did not attend a college or university the first semester after high school.

If you are under the age of 21, you must meet the following requirements to be admitted to Emporia State:

  • Graduate from an accredited high school, AND
  • Achieve a cumulative high school unweighted GPA of 2.25 or higher, OR
  • Earn an ACT composite score of 21 or higher, OR
  • Earn a new SAT composite score of 1060 or higher.

If you are over the age of 21, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Kansas resident age 21 or older with fewer than 24 transferrable credit hours, AND
  • Graduate from an accredited high school, OR
  • Graduate from a non-accredited private secondary school, OR
  • Earn an overall score of 680 points and a minimum score of 150 points on each subset of the GED (taken after Jan. 2014), OR
  • Earn an overall score of 75 points with a minimum score of 8 points on each subset of the HiSET (taken after Jan. 2014).

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International Students

Learn more about international admissions.

Concurrent + Jump Start Students
Readmission Process

If you are returning to Emporia State University after being absent for one or more semester, and were in good academic standing at the time of last attendance, you will be readmitted after taking the following steps:

Once you are admitted, you will receive access to your previous Hornet Login and student email account. You will receive more information in this account about enrolling for the next semester.

Second Bachelor’s Degree Students

New to ESU

If you have completed an undergraduate degree at another institution, complete the following steps to apply to Emporia State University as a second bachelor’s degree student:

  • Fill out the application.
  • Have official transcripts sent to ESU from the institution(s) where you earned your bachelor's degree, as well transcripts for as any post-baccalaureate work.

Returning ESU Students

If you have completed an undergraduate degree at Emporia State University, fill out the Second Bachelor Application.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

If you wish to take nine credit hours or fewer from Emporia State University and do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher, you will apply to ESU as a non-degree seeking student.

There are no requirements for admission as a non-degree seeking student. Apply now to get started.

If you have a bachelor’s degree or higher, please work with the ESU Graduate School for course options.

If you are 60 years of age or older and interested in auditing a class for free, contact the Office of the Registrar.

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Contact Us
620-341-5465 | Fax: 620-341-5599
Physical address: 1331 Market St., Emporia, KS 66801
Mailing address: ESU Admissions, 1 Kellogg Circle, Box 4034, Emporia, KS 66801

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