East Stroudsburg University

We are a university without walls. We remain inspired by the grandeur of the Pocono region that has been home to thousands of our students and graduates for over a century. Our purpose is to create an environment where each and every one of our students can learn, grow and achieve.



East Stroudsburg Normal School opened its doors on September 4, 1893. A faculty of fifteen greeted a group of 320 students who had entered the two-year programs in Elementary and Science Education. 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.


East Stroudsburg University is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 58 undergraduate programs, 21 master's programs and 2 doctoral programs.


ESU offers undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research opportunities and a diverse array of creative activities that the campus community members originate, appreciate, and celebrate.

Beyond the classroom, in every discipline, many students at ESU enhance their educational experience by participating in student-initiated research or creative activity and/or by assisting faculty in their research and creative projects.


The Career Development Center empowers students and alumni to create and navigate a career development plan.

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Housing services

We offer nine residential facilities on campus. Our on campus, we offer traditional housing, suite-style housing, and apartments, in a variety of single-gender and co-ed options. The University Apartments and University Ridge are reserved for upper-class students. Within our residence hall structure we offer special interest living communities.


  • Cable TV and Internet
  • Computer Labs
  • Dining Services
  • Laundry
  • Renters Insurance
  • Residence Hall Linens

Library services

Kemp Library maintains a collection of approximately 392,048 print items, including books, periodicals, and government documents. The library provides 24/7 access to 110 online databases that contain more than 2.7 million full text documents. The library also maintains a collection of around 1,000 films on DVD and a small collection of leisure reading titles.

Medical services

ESU Health and Wellness services support the academic mission by engaging students, faculty, and staff in leading healthier lives and building supportive and sustainable environments, so that health can advance the capacity to learn and work. The Office of Health and Wellness offers a variety of health education, prevention, and support services.

Student Life

Campus life

The University has 57 buildings located on 258 acres in the East Stroudsburg Borough and in Smithfield Township which include academic facilities, 7 residence halls (housing over 2500 students), a 1,000-seat dining hall, a student center and a recreation center. The Student Activity Association, Inc., owns Stony Acres, a 119-acre off-campus student recreation area near Marshalls Creek, that includes a lodge and a small lake.


ESU is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Student Reviews

Left home for school, Came back home rejuvenated
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

This university provided me with the opportunity to travel & study abroad. Being a Kid from the inner city, ESU gave me the opportunity to see more than my community could offer. I am grateful for the experience ESU provided

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, United States

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