ESU Earns National Accolades

September 19, 2017

Emporia State University is the only public university in Kansas to have earned national recognition as a College of Distinction, an honor for universities demonstrating innovative application of high-impact education. In addition, in the Best Colleges 2018 guidebook by U.S. News and World Report, ESU is ranked No. 2 in lowest student debt of all Midwest regional universities. 

Colleges of Distinction is a national guide to colleges that recognizes and honors schools with extraordinary commitment to enriching student outcomes through innovative, high-impact learning opportunities. ESU recently achieved this honor after being evaluated on key indicators including student empowerment and curricular innovation.

“We’re so excited that ESU has one of the lowest debt levels in the nation, as well as one of the highest placement rates in the nation,” says Allison Garrett, ESU president. “Together, these speak to the high caliber of ESU and the kind of experiences our students have.”

ESU has initiated several exciting projects to provide students with additional high-impact learning experiences recognized by Colleges of Distinction, including an Aquatic Research Outreach Center, Hornet Connected Learning (a one-to-one device-based learning initiative preparing education students to teach effectively with evolving technology), robust study abroad opportunities, a brand-new residence hall slated to open fall 2019 and many other specialized programs.

Colleges of Distinction also honored ESU with Field of Study badges for its expert blending of education with professional programming in the fields of Business, Education and Nursing.

“We offer a collaborative environment for our students, faculty and community,” says Garrett. “Our diverse curriculum allows for students to gain practical experience in and out of the classroom, develop adaptive leadership skills and take part in an exciting and active campus.”

View the Colleges of Distinction ESU profile. 


Debate Opens Season with Success

September 20, 2017

The Emporia State University Debate team kicked off its season on Sept. 16 at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where students from 26 schools across 13 different states converged for three days of intense competition. All of the debates were about the pros and cons of the United States establishing a national health insurance policy.

Podrebarac Family Named ESU Hornet Heritage Family

September 20, 2017

The Podrebarac family has had deep ties to Emporia State University ever since 1974. Over the past 43 years and counting, several generations of Podrebarac family members have become Hornet alumni from the two most recent Emporia State eras — Emporia Kansas State College and Emporia State University. Their deep connection to the university has led to the family being recognized as the 2017 Hornet Heritage Family Award recipient.

ESU Announces Hornet Nation Rising Initiative

September 19, 2017

To maintain the momentum of the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of Emporia State University, a focused fundraising initiative has been announced, Hornet Nation Rising. Efforts from previous fundraising efforts resulted in the renovation of several learning spaces on campus to include the latest technology and new collaboration spaces for our students, as well as improvements to some athletic facilities improvements.

I'm A Hornet From President Allison Garrett

September 14, 2017

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Student debt at Emporia State continues to fall, earning national recognition

September 14, 2017

Emporia State is earning notice for its students’ lower-than-average debt load upon graduation. In rankings announced this week by U.S. News and World Report, ESU was the No. 1 university in Kansas for least student debt load and No. 2 for regional Midwest universities.

Emporia State University Presents Jamie Tworkowski

September 6, 2017

Emporia State University's Union Activities Council presents Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms at 7 p.m. Sept. 13.

I'm A Hornet From President Allison Garrett

August 30, 2017

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Kansas Literacy Week Proclaimed by Governor

August 21, 2017

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I'm A Hornet from President Allison Garrett

August 16, 2017

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Former Kansas Rep. Don Hill New ESU Government Relations Consultant

August 1, 2017

A familiar face will advocate for Emporia State University and Kansas public higher education in the Statehouse beginning today, Tuesday, Aug. 1. Former Kansas Rep. Don Hill will serve as ESU’s new government relations consultant.

Campus Closed Friday

July 20, 2017

Our Emporia campus will be closed tomorrow (Friday) to allow our Facilities crews to get our systems back online and identify any potential problem areas.

Campus CLOSED today (Thursday, July 20)

July 20, 2017

Emporia State University campus is CLOSED today (Thursday, July 20, 2017) because of a significant water main break in the city of Emporia.

I'm A Hornet From President Allison D. Garrett

July 19, 2017

Rep. Marshall Visits We welcomed U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, M.D., to campus on July 10. While here he joined small business owners for a roundtable at the Kansas Small Business Development Center and ...

ESU Theatre presents 'The Top Job!'

July 3, 2017

Emporia State University Theatre’s third production of the summer season opens Wednesday, July 12, with the children’s theatre production of Robin Moyer Chung and Brian Feinstein’s “The Top Job!”

Emporia State University is Changing Lives for the Common Good

June 29, 2017

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Viewing of fireworks ideal on ESU campus

June 27, 2017

Welch Stadium on the Emporia State University campus will open at 8 p.m. for people who want to view the community fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4. The west side of the stadium and the field offer the best views.



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