ESU: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into Emporia State University. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to ESU, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown ESU statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Emporia State University on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to ESU, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at ESU

What are your chances at ESU?

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  • Your GPA*
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    *gpa score is required

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    What GPA do you need to get into Emporia State University?

    Emporia State University’s average GPA is 3.4. Emporia State University does require GPA. This average GPA means Emporia State University is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of ESU application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.4 to 3.57 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.57 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Emporia State University may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on ESU’s campus. These ESU admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is Emporia State University’s acceptance rate?

    Last year Emporia State University’s acceptance rate was 86.98. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 87.0 % 83.0 % 86.98 %

    As you can see, Emporia State University is a little easier to get into than last year.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into ESU - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at ESU?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at ESU or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    Does Emporia State University Require Test Scores?

    Emporia State University requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Emporia State University’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Emporia State University SAT Requirements

    Emporia State University’s average SAT score is 970 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Emporia State University is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 420 490 455
    Reading 490 540 515
    2019 Total 910 1030 970
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Emporia State University’s average SAT score is 970. To be a competitive applicant for Emporia State University your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 910, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Emporia State University a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1030.

    Emporia State University ACT Requirements

    Emporia State University’s average ACT score is 65. To be a competitive applicant for Emporia State University your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 55, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Emporia State University a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 75.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 18 25 21
    Reading 18 25 21
    Writing 19 25 22
    2019 Total 55 75 65
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Emporia State University Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into Emporia State University from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Recommended
    GPA Required
    School Record Required

    How to get into ESU

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into ESU. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at ESU, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with ESU admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 970 on the SAT or 65 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.4.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with ESU’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Emporia State University values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Emporia has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Emporia State University wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Emporia area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. ESU needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Emporia State University something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your ESU app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that ESU’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at ESU?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at ESU or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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