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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 57 undergraduate programs, 21 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 65 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 65 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 2,970 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/Wilkes Barre
70 miles from New York City
90 miles from Philadelphia

Campus Size

258 Acres

Institution Type

Carnegie Comprehensive Master's-Larger Programs

Four Academic Colleges

Student Characteristics Fall 2018

  • 79% Pennsylvania
  • 20% Out-of-State
  • 1% International
  • 58% Female
  • 42% Male

Total Fall 2018 Enrollment: 6,425

5,713 - Undergraduate
712 - Graduate
43% Pell Eligibility Among Undergraduates

Fall 2018 Entering Freshmen: 1,137

80% PA Resident
19% Out-of-State
41% Self-Identified First Generation
45% Under-Represented Minorities
412 High Schools Represented 
Average High School GPA of 3.26

Student Diversity

60.2% White
18.2% Black/African Americans
11.5% Hispanic
3.8% Multiracial
1.2% International
1.9% Asian American
3.0% Unknown
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan
0.2% Pacific Islander

Undergraduate Tuition: Academic Year 2018-2019

Pennsylvania Resident (Warrior Promise) $5,601
Non-Resident (Warrior Promise) $11,942
Pennsylvania Resident (Continuing) $5,287
Non-Resident (Continuing) $11,199
Pennsylvania Resident (Extended Learning) $4,695
Non-Resident (Extended Learning) $10,607

(Rates shown are subject to change and are based on a 12-18 credit course load.)

Graduate Tuition: Academic Year 2018-2019

Pennsylvania Resident $5,989.70
Non-Resident $8,419.70
Pennsylvania Resident (Extended Learning) $5,321.80
Non-Resident (Extended Learning) $7,751.80

(Rates shown are subject to change and are based on a 9 credit course load.)

Student Financial Aid: Academic Year 2018-2019

Scholarships & Grants $13,205,589.50
Loans $24,022,175.46
Federal Work Study $344,842
Average Financial Aid Package $6,396

Athletics & Intramural Sports 2018-2019

  • NCAA Division II Athletics Programs
  • There are approximately 500 student athletes at ESU. 
  • 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 2017, there were 241 full-time faculty and 89 part-time faculty at East Stroudsburg University. Of these, 91% have earned the highest degree offered in their professional field. Our student to faculty ratio is 20-1.

How many degrees did East Stroudsburg University award in the 2016 - 2017 year?

In 2016 - 2017 there were 1,438 Baccalaureate and 369 Master's degree awarded.

What are the top degree program choices among first-time students at East Stroudsburg University for 2018 - 2019?

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

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 Capital
  • Punxsutawney, PA is the weather capital of the world, and is also home to the world renowned weather forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.