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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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.
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.
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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