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East Stroudsburg University (ESU) is a comprehensive four-year institution that offers 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields. The university serves more than 7,000 students on a 256-acre property.

ESU is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, a collection of 14 universities and colleges throughout the state that offer students affordable higher education at a unique learning conglomerate. Students enjoy the individual attention and communities of relatively small university campuses, but also have access to the massive academic, guidance, and alumni resources of the entire system, including an impressive digital library and subscription collection.


Founded in 1893 as the East Stroudsburg Normal School, the first class was comprised of 15 faculty members and 320 students in a two-year elementary and science education program. The institution earned accreditation for two Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in 1927 and added liberal arts and sciences to its course offerings in 1960. In 1983, the university was officially renamed.

Today, the university is home to more than 65 academic, residential, and administrative buildings as well as a 1,000-seat dining hall and a recreation center. The campus includes property in Smithfield Township and Marshall’s Creek, including a small lake and a lodge that student groups may use. The university offers nearly 60 undergraduate programs and more than 20 graduate programs across a number of academic departments. It continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of its modern student population.


ESU offers 58 undergraduate degree programs and 23 graduate degree programs. Classes are organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Management, the College of Education, and the College of Health Sciences. Within these colleges are dozens of academic departments with hundreds of course tracks and options that let students personalize their degrees.

Students can earn both bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in most colleges. The College of Business and Management, however, offers only the bachelor’s degree, but has a list of industry- and career-specific majors for students to pursue. Business students can earn a degree in general business management; hotel, restaurant, and tourism management; recreation and leisure services management; sport management; and leadership studies and military science.

The College of Education has its roots in the institution’s first classes, which were both teacher training courses. As the university’s oldest program, it offers a wide variety of classes and majors at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. Education students can earn degrees and accreditation in specific majors like rehabilitation services, special education, and early childhood education for pre-kindergarten through 4th grade. Education students will also participate in a structured, credit-earning classroom teaching experience, which will give them invaluable training for their future career and make them more attractive to potential employers.

All students are encouraged to complete at least one external, career-related experience during their time at ESU. This experience could be an internship, community service project, or field study — anything that provides hands-on, real-world training in the career field of choice. Internships are known to give students a better idea of their chosen career path, making sure that it matches their interests and abilities while preparing them for employment through skill training and practice.

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Unique Programs

Students can participate in an extensive study abroad and international education program. Students can study abroad in a variety of ways, including semesters and summers abroad, exchange programs, and the national students exchange for students who want to study for a year at another university in the U.S. or Canada. The Office of International Programs also offers a number of support services for students who are interested in study abroad or who are currently studying abroad. The ESU Buddy Program, for example, matches current students with incoming study abroad students to help the international scholars acclimate to life in the U.S. and at the university.


ESU is a competitive admissions institution, which means that not every applicant is guaranteed a spot in the program.

Applicants should begin by filling out the online application form on the admissions page of the ESU website. Applicants will also need to submit official high school transcripts or GED score reports, SAT or ACT scores, and an application fee. Students should not send letters of recommendation or essays. The primary qualification for acceptance is previous performance in high school, as demonstrated by GPA, course rigor, and standardized test scores. It is important to demonstrate your academic abilities and potential to the greatest degree in order to be offered a spot on campus.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov. This application determines a student’s eligibility for different types of government funding, including grants, loans, and work-study programs. The FAFSA is frequently a required form for many third-party loan and scholarship applications.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1725th for the average student loan amount.
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There are hundreds of ways to get involved in campus life at ESU. Many students opt to live on campus in one of the nine residence halls and apartment complexes. Living on campus makes it easy for students to meet new people, participate in hall activities, and walk to campus facilities like classrooms, the dining halls, and the recreation center.

Students can also get involved by joining one of the more than 100 student clubs, organizations, and athletic teams. Student groups include special interests like LGBTQA rights and political societies, but they can also be just for fun, as with the photography club and the outings club. There are also academic, honorary, and career-oriented associations, as well as a thriving Greek community and student government societies.

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Faculty members are chosen for their dedication to teaching and real-world expertise. There are more than 300 faculty members on campus, with the majority holding a doctoral or other terminal degree. The faculty population is diverse, with professors coming from institutions across the U.S. and abroad.

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Ranks 88th in Pennsylvania and 990th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Pennsylvania and 135th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.07
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 16 0.22
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 30 0.41

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population35,796 (20,928 urban / 14,868 rural)
Households12,221 (2.74 people per house)
Median Household Income$47,638
Families8,837 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4210

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1262nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,622 $6,622 $16,556
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,507 $2,507 $2,697
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $276 $276 $690
FT Graduate Tuition $7,956 $7,956 $11,934
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,214 $2,214 $2,394
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $442 $442 $663
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,866 $20,866 $30,990
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,586 $23,586 $33,710
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,986 $14,986 $25,110

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,351 $8,758 $8,351 $8,758 $17,889 $18,584
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,642 $8,706
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,870 $2,728
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,100 $8,560
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,202 $4,462
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,012 $4,242

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$45
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,621 (2,407 male / 3,214 female)
Admitted 4,409 (1,892 male / 2,517 female)
Admission rate 78%
First-time Enrollment 1,210 (552 male / 658 female)
FT Enrollment 1,141 (510 male / 631 female)
PT Enrollment 69 (42 male / 27 female)
Total Enrollment6,778

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1157th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 15%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22

SAT Test Admission

1174th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 480
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 530
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 880 / 1010

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,260
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,114
Board Fee$2,532

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 592nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $83,242 ($86,022 male / $78,258 female)
Number of FT Faculty 268 (145 male / 123 female)
Number of PT Faculty 332
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $11,700,498

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