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Founded on September 4, 1893 as the East Stroudsburg Normal School, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is a Carnegie Comprehensive Master's-Larger Programs university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 55 undergraduate programs, 22 master's programs and 1 doctoral program. ESU is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (the State System).

Although the Normal School was originally privately owned, ownership was transferred to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1920, and the name was changed to East Stroudsburg State Normal School. In 1927, the right to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Science in Health Education was granted, and the School's name then became the State Teachers College at East Stroudsburg. In 1960, the College's name was changed to East Stroudsburg State College. In 1962, the College received the right to confer graduate degrees, and the first three graduate areas were Masters of Education in Biological Sciences, General Science, and Health and Physical Education. In 1963, the College instituted a Bachelor of Arts degree, and in 1969, the first Master of Arts programs, in History and Political Science, were approved. In November 1982, the State System of Higher Education was authorized by Senate Bill 506. The College officially became East Stroudsburg University on July 1, 1983.

The University has 66 buildings located on approximately 258 acres in the East Stroudsburg Borough. Forty-six acres of the property in Smithfield Township are leased to University Properties Inc. which has constructed 541 beds of student housing in ten buildings on 43 acres. The 66 buildings in East Stroudsburg Borough include academic facilities, a 1000-seat dining hall, a student center, a fitness center, a recreation center, and eight residence halls (housing approximately 2800 students). The Student Activity Association, Inc., owns Stony Acres, a 119-acre off-campus student recreation area near Marshalls Creek that includes a lodge, cabins, and a small lake. The university boasts a Science and Technology Center with state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities and equipment, a planetarium and a rooftop observatory.

Campus Location

Located in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania
45 miles from Scranton/WilkesBarre
70 miles from New York City
90 miles from Philadelphia

Campus Size

258 Acres

Institution Type

Carnegie Comprehensive Master's-Larger Programs

Five Academic Colleges

Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Learning

Student Characteristics Fall 2016

  • 78% Pennsylvania
  • 21% Out-of-State
  • 1% International
  • 58% Female
  • 42% Male

Total Fall 2016 Enrollment: 6,830

6,159 - Undergraduate
671 - Graduate

Fall 2016 Entering Freshmen: 1,307

58% Female
42% Male
74% PA Resident
783 High Schools Represented
3.2 Average High School GPA
46% 1st Generation
45% Pell Eligible
40% Unrepresented Minorities

Student Diversity

65.4% White
14.7% Black/African Americans
10.5% Hispanic
4.6% Multiracial
1% International
1.7% Asian American
1.8% Unknown
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan
0.1% Pacific Islander

Undergraduate Tuition: Academic Year 2016 - 2017

Pennsylvania Resident $4,972
Pennsylvania Resident – Extended Learning $4,402
Nonresident $10,518
Nonresident – Extended Learning $9,948
41.3% of all undergraduates live on campus. Rates shown reflect tuition cost only and are subject to changes without notice.

Graduate Tuition: Academic Year 2016 - 2017

Pennsylvania Resident $5,622
Pennsylvania Resident – DE Programs $5,045
Pennsylvania Resident – Extended Learning $4,983
Nonresident $7,908
Nonresident – DE Programs $5,237
Nonresident – Extended Learning $7,269

Student Financial Aid: Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Scholarships & Grants $18,964,587
Loans $34,625,626
Federal Work Study $367,832
Average Financial Aid Package $6,946

Athletics & Intramural Sports

  • NCAA Division II athletics programs with approximately 472 student athletes competing on 20 men's and women's varsity teams.
  • Member of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference - PSAC
  • Intramural, recreational and outdoor sports.


ESU is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-662-5606.

The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of post-secondary Education.

All education programs at ESU are also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Other program accreditation at ESU include:

  • Athletic Training, B.S. and M.S. - Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology, M.S. - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Computer Science, B.S. - Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. (ABET)
  • Exercise Science, B.S and M.S. - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs(CAAHEP)
  • Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management, B.S. - Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)
  • Nursing, B.S. - Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (In addition, the program is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing).
  • Public Health, M.P.H. - Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • Recreation and Leisure Services Management, B.S. - National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
  • Social Work, B.S. - Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Speech Language Pathology, M.S. - American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

Special Academic Opportunities

  • Air Force ROTC
  • Army ROTC
  • Extended Learning
  • Honor's Program
  • International Programs and Student Exchange
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Law School Express Admissions Program
  • Marine Science Consortium
  • Pre-College Dual Enrollment Program
  • Research and Economic Development
  • Summer Sessions
  • Upward Bound

How many faculty are employed at East Stroudsburg University?

In Fall 2016, there were 289 full-time faculty and 62 part-time faculty at East Stroudsburg University. 75.1% of the full-time faculty are tenured or on tenure track, and 91% held the doctorate or other terminal degree. Our student to faculty ratio is 22-1.

What are the graduation rates for East Stroudsburg University?

Based on our 2010 freshman class cohort 33% graduate in four years, and 54% graduate within five years.

How many degrees did East Stroudsburg University award in the 2015 - 2016 year?

In 2015 - 2016 there were 1,306 Baccalaureate and 228 Master's degree awarded.

What are the most popular undergraduate degree programs at East Stroudsburg University for 2016 - 2017?

The degree programs with the highest enrollments are Biological Sciences, Business Management, Sociology (Criminal Justice, Social Work, Sociology), Psychology, and Nursing.

State and Regional Fun Facts

  • Nickname - Keystone State
  • State Symbols: Beverage - Milk; Insect - Firefly; Fish - Brook Trout; Dog - Great Dane; Animal - Whitetail Deer; Flower - Mountain Laurel; Tree - Hemlock; Bird - Ruffed Grouse (Partridge)
  • The Poconos are the most popular tourist destination in Pennsylvania at any time during the year
  • Hershey, PA is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States
  • Nazareth is the home of Martin guitars since 1833.
  • 45 miles of the Appalachian Trail are located here in the Pocono area
  • Philadelphia is the home of the Liberty Bell
  • A few notable Pennsylvania firsts - Zoo, Newspaper, Cable TV, Banana Split, Multi-lane Highway, Nation's Capitol
  • Punxsutawney, PA is the weather capital of the world, and is also home to the world renowned weather forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.