Emporia State University Reviews

  • 16 Reviews
  • Emporia (KS)
  • Annual Tuition: $14,918
89% of 16 students said this degree improved their career prospects
88% of 16 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Mister Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2022
  • Degree: Accounting
"I'm a recent graduate of the online master's of accountancy program. I noticed several recent, poor reviews of ESU and thought I would chime in. I received a job offer from one of the Big 4 accounting firms as a result of my enrollment at ESU. I was recruited by one of their campus recruiters for an accounting job with a Big 4 firm, which is a highly desirable outcome for an accounting student. I paid less than $11,000 for the entire degree and I have the same salary and job as people who spent 3x plus on their degrees. ESU's business school is also AACSB accredited. I already had an accounting job before I enrolled in the master's program, but it was with a very small firm. There is no doubt I would not be working for a Big 4 firm had it not been for my degree from ESU."
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Stay away. Yes, there is an allure to their inexpensive online programs but they are only interested in getting your money. 1- Admissions process was a disaster. I had several calls and emails, jotted down the name of who I spoke to, was still given different answers or directions each time I spoke with them. Also enrollment and admissions are two different entities apparently. Enrollment appears to be more "sales" oriented, eager to get you moving and trying to accommodate, while admissions is completely indifferent, moves at their own pace and is uninterested in helping you. Also, admissions and enrollment do not communicate, so they have you bounce back and forth like a ping pong ball. 2- Would not tell me how much financial aid I qualified for until I committed to a semester and paid. Never come across this before. 3- Start date was pushed back despite assurances they had all my paperwork and were "working on admissions decision". 4- Many programs advertised as 12 months, but impossible to complete in that timeframe due to courses only being offered during select times of year. Degree path i was sent 18 months minimum going full-time due to this. All this for a small school that is relatively unknown....I ultimately decided on another university to pursue my grad program."
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2020
  • Degree: Mathematics
"Very poor experience so far. Instructors were not very experienced and seemed to blame the class for a lack of organization on their part. Instructors use poor text books that have incorrect logic and definitions included, yet if your deviate from the text to look up the correct definition, or even just use a definition that you have previously memorized, you may be accused of cheating. Any "out of the box" proofs were also suspected of cheating. My instructors have always told me my proofs were out of the box and it was something I was once proud of. In these classes I'm terrified that if my proofs are not normal I will be accused of cheating. The registration process is also, as another reviewer stated, a "disaster." I'm currently trying out another university but I may have to take more classes from Emporia. If I do and they are of a higher quality I will happily change my review."
Desiree Sarona
  • Reviewed: 10/14/2019
  • Degree: Business
"Online Instruction quality was average no better than any other school, and I was at least able to get a degree. Admissions to the online program is an absolute disaster. Enrollment will tell you whatever you want to hear to get you to fill out and pay for an application. Enrollment assured me I would be able to start the summer after high school graduation, but ended up processing my High School Transcript late and would not let me start. Even worse, I had NO COMMUNICATION on this until the day before classes started. Calls to the school were always met with "someone will call you back". I was only able to get a straight answer by emailing a different department. This set me back a whole semester in terms of my graduation date, and made it tough for me to finish in my desired time-frame. Additionally, certain classes are only offered in specific semesters, the courses I desired to start with were not available during that semester and I had to jump into much harder courses."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"I very much enjoyed my time at Emporia State. I appreciated the small class sizes and personal attention I recieved. My instructors and mentors shaped who I am today. I also appreciated the community of Emporia. When I was there, I felt that the college and the community members collaborated well. I have lived in several other communities in Kansas and Emporia is one of my favorite places."
Samantha Miller
  • Reviewed: 7/6/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"I did not feel like just a number at Emporia State. I was able to build a relationship with my professors and classmates. The ratio of teachers to students is small and in this environment I was able to strive. I was able to ask questions frequently, get help every single day, and my teachers cared about me as a person. I was lost my first year and by being in Emporia I found my calling. Not only is the school amazing but the town is great once you make those connections. My experience at ESU was one I will remember my whole life."
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Education
"I enjoyed my time at ESU. It was a great program that prepared for my future."
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2016
  • Degree: Mathematics
"I thought I knew Math until I started taking classes at ESU. The program is strong and it gave me a deep understanding of mathematics that has helped me in my job as a math teacher. The program is proofs heavy. At the beginning I was afraid but while developing proofs I learned all the ins and outs of every theorem I had been exposed to, during my undergraduate work. I only wish they offered a PHD degree."
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Health Education
"Great college. Professors and staff who care about your success. You are a person to the professors, not just a paycheck."
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Music
"I really enjoyed my time at ESU. I was able to be involved in many different clubs, groups, and attending sporting events was one of my favorite things! I met some of my best friends while working towards a degree I knew would benefit my future. I highly recommend pursuing higher education in order to better your options in the career field of your choice!"
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Education
"ESU was a great school to go to for education. The curriculum worked quite well in preparing me for the real world."
  • Reviewed: 4/23/2015
  • Degree: Communications
"I really enjoyed my time at ESU. I double majored over a 5 year period, plus worked on campus, so I had a lot of campus experience. The faculty and staff in both departments were knowledgeable,helpful, insightful and personable. Upon graduation I have seen a few professors out in the community and even other communities and they were very friendly and genuinely interested in what I was up to! I have reached out to a few professors throughout the years for professional and graduate school references and they kindly obliged in timely manners. I say that to make the point that overall in my experience, I think the faculty at ESU really care about their work and the students they are teaching. They understand the role they play in making impactful differences in the lives of their students. ESU is also more affordable than many other schools in Kansas and Emporia is a very affordable community to live in. Safe town and campus. Easy to get around town and campus as well. Highly recommend."
Charles Roemer
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"The program is comprehensive and challenging, but rewarding in the end. Many of the students are placed within their desired job market 6 months after graduation."
Charlotte Aingell
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2013
  • Degree: Library Science
"The program encourages much interaction among the distance learning students."
Charlotte Aingell
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2013
  • Degree: Library Science
"Pros - program encourages socialization between students. Cons -Weekend intensive classes"
Malia Beckstrand
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2012
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I have not yet started the program, but I am looking forward to it. The advisers are readily available and I feel that I have made the correct choice in going to Emporia State."