Emporia State University

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Emporia State University is a public institution, located in Emporia, Kansas. Established in 1863, Emporia State University began as the Kansas State Normal School, originally, and is one of the oldest public universities in the state of Kansas. One of several public universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents, Emporia State University has received several awards and recognitions, including being included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 lists of the Best Online Graduate Programs, Best Online Graduate Programs for Veterans, and Best Online MBA Program. Featuring a 218 acre campus with at least 70 buildings, the city of Emporia where the University is located serves as the county seat of Lyon County and lies between the cities of Topeka and Wichita at the intersection of two main routes.

Academic Programs

Emporia State University’s mission statement declares its commitment to “preparing students for lifelong learning, rewarding careers, and adaptive leadership.” The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1915. A comprehensive institution, Emporia State University offers undergraduate programs in a wide range of areas as well as several graduate-levels programs including both Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

Emporia State University is comprised of multiple schools and colleges, including the School of Business, which holds international accreditation through AACSB; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the School of Library and Information Management, or SLIM, as it is commonly called, which was founded in 1902 and is the only school accredited by the American Library Association within a twelve state area; and The Teachers College. In addition to its several traditional programs offered on-campus, Emporia State University also offers several online/ off-campus programs for bachelor’s and graduate degrees which are designed for students who need to balance work and family life with learning.

Student Life

Emporia State University has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including nearly 4,000 undergraduate students. Many students choose to reside on campus, and Emporia State University’s campus housing strives to provide students with safety, convenience and a supportive community. Cost of living includes rent, food, electricity, utilities, laundry, A/C, and Internet access. Student Housing is divided into first-year residence halls and upper-class residence halls. Several Residential Learning Communities are also an option for students, allowing students of a particular interest or background to experience college life together. Residential Learning Communities include Education Community, Scholar Community, Global Living Community, and Business Community.

Emporia State University recognizes more than 130 student organizations, catering to a wide range of passions and interests. These and other campus events and activities allow students to interact with one another outside of the classroom and provide students with opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills. An NCAA Division II school, Emporia State University is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

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