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East Stroudsburg University

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Established 1893
Type Public
President Dr. Marcia Welsh
Academic staff 280
Admin. staff 400
Undergraduates 6,099
Postgraduates 1,135
Location East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban, 213 acres (0.9 km2)
Colors Black and Red          
Mascot Warrior

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania is a public university located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. It is one of the 14 state universities that compose the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). It is commonly referred to as ESU by its students and members of the community. The university began its existence in 1893 as a preparatory school for teachers called the East Stroudsburg Normal School, which was private. 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 East Stroudsburg State Teachers College. In 1960, additional curricula were added and the school's name then became East Stroudsburg State College. The State System of Higher Education was authorized by Senate Bill 506 to assumed its current name in 1983.[1]


East Stroudsburg University is situated in the borough of East Stroudsburg, located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The university is 45 minutes southeast of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and 40 minutes north of Allentown. The New Jersey border is only 2 miles (3 km) away and the campus is approx. 70 miles (110 km) from New York City and 90 miles (140 km) from Philadelphia. The neighboring town of Stroudsburg is the seat and cultural center of Monroe County. ESU is easily accessible from Interstate 80, U.S. Route 209, and PA Route 33. Pocono Medical Center, the area's primary medical facility, is also located on the edge of the campus.


The 62 campus buildings are located on 213 acres (0.9 km2) in the East Stroudsburg community. In addition to the academic facilities, 7 residence halls, housing 2,200 students, and a 1,000-seat dining hall are located on campus. Along with the dining hall, the Student Union offers "Center Court": a cafeteria style dining experience featuring a variety of made-to-order meals. For those looking for a quick pick me up, the coffee shop Java City, also in the Union, offers coffee, tea and smoothie beverages, as well as a bakery. Java City is also where any Open Mic nights, comedy shows and other campus activities take place, and provides a comfortable, quieter area for students to relax between classes. The Quad is a popular area on the campus where students convene to hang out, sun-bathe and play sports during the summer, fall and spring months. In addition, The Student Activity Association, Inc., owns Stony Acres, a 119-acre (0.5 km2) off-campus student recreation area near Marshalls Creek, that includes a lodge, several cabins, a campsite, recreation areas and a lake. The campus is patrolled by the East Stroudsburg University Police Department.


Many times overlooked, the Fine and Performing arts center at the very top of campus is the main hub of the music, theater, art and communication departments. The building, which was completed in the summer of 1979, houses several main stages including the recital hall, a black box experimental theater, and a coliseum style performance theater. The building also contains classrooms, expansive art studios, and offices for the departments of Communication Studies, Music, Theatre and Art.

In 2003, ESU opened its new recreation center, the "Rec Center". This recreational facility contains an elevated indoor track, several basketball courts, racquetball rooms, various free weight and weight machines as well as cardio machines. In addition to individual programs, there are also group fitness programs ranging from the normal (step aerobics and yoga). In 2010, this building was named for Dr. Mattioli, thus becoming the "Mattioli Recreation Center."[2]

In September 2006, ESU began construction on the new Science and Technology Center. The Science and Technology Center is the first new major academic building since 1979. The $40,000,000 project consists of state-of-the-art equipment and teaching facilities that is expected to stimulate economic growth and development in the area. The building houses chemistry, math, computer science, and other various science departments. With 120,000 square feet (11,000 m2), the building includes research and classroom space, planetarium, heated celestial observation room, as well as offices for the relocated departments. The building officially opened on September 26, 2008.[3]

Academic profile

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania offers 68 undergraduate major programs with 24 available concentrations, the largest of which (by enrollment) are Health and Physical Education K-12, Elementary Education, Biological Sciences, Business Management, Computer Science, Psychology, and Secondary Education. ESU recently added majors in Health Services Administration and Industrial Physics as well as more graduate study programs. The current student to professor ratio stands at 19:1. The breakdown of traditional students consists of 56% female, 44% male, 24% out of state, and 1% international from 9 different countries.

Student life


As of 2012 Full-Time Comprehensive Tuition Rate, Per Year

  • Pennsylvania Resident — Undergraduate (12 credits) $ 6,428
  • Non–Resident — Undergraduate (12 credits) $ 16,070
  • Reduced Out–of–State Tuition Rate Program $ 9,642

Campus media

East Stroudsburg University publishes The Stroud Courier every Thursday. The newspaper covers on-campus events and breaking news stories as well as local, state and national news and opinions. The University is also home to the radio station 90.3 WESS. McGarry Communications Center, named after alumni and former dean Francis McGarry, contains ESU's television and news studio.

Residence halls

There are eight residence halls at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania: Laurel Hall, Lenape Hall, Linden Hall, Minsi Hall, Shawnee Hall, Hawthorn Suites, Hemlock Suites and University Apartments. All residence halls are coed by floor or wing except Lenape which is coed by room. All but Shawnee are double rooms with two students living in one room. Shawnee Hall houses all permanent triple rooms. All rooms on campus are furnished with one desk and chair, dresser, closet/wardrobe, and one standard twin bed per student. Refrigerators (4.0 cubic foot max) and microwaves (800 watt max) are allowed in the residence halls. Each floor of every residence hall has an RA or Resident Advisor who is there to assist students with daily campus problems as well as to enforce rules.

East Stroudsburg University is well known for temporarily tripling the freshman double rooms, in all dorms including the honors dorm Laurel. Shawnee may also be tripled, however, the rooms are suitable for three people. On average, the temporary will have the option to move out by the end of the first semester. For the 2009 Fall semester, more than half of incoming freshman were in a triple room.

There is also the University Ridge Apartments located 1/4 mile down East Brown Street. Opened 18 November 2005 and located on 400 East Brown Street, the complex houses 541 students, and was a partnership project by ESU and Capstone Development Corp. The 135 apartment rooms, each divided into 10 buildings, has four single-living bedrooms, a shared living room, two shared bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a laundry room. The units feature central air and all utilities, both included in the rent. The community center provides a TV lounge, cyber lounge, meeting/study room, fitness center, game room, vending area, mailboxes and management and rental offices as well as almost 500 parking spaces. Shuttle service is offered Monday - Friday to and from the nearby ESU campus and runs roughly every 15 minutes.

The Pocono Pony offers services to Stroudsburg and surrounding areas.[4]

Vocal performing arts

The ESU vocal performing arts department is a very active group regularly putting on performances for school and community. There are four groups available to choose from that accept new members. The concert choir consists of 60-80 people that range from students to community members. Some of the recent performances in the '07-'08 school year consist of a Christmas medley at the annual winter concert and a world premiere of David Lantz's new song "When You Are Dead and Gone" and a performance of the Bach Magnificat with full orchestra at the spring concert. The group is currently led by Dr. James Maroney. Also, under the leadership of Dr. Maroney are the two elite groups selected from ESU students. The A Cappella Ensemble and the Pop/Jazz Singers are two groups the perform on numerous occasions. The two groups embarked on a nine day performance tour to China in May, 2008 to Shenyung Normal University. Upcoming tours include Toronto ('10), and England/Scotland ('11). Last but not least is the musical review. This is a student run professional production that reviews past musicals. The 2009 performance features songs from hit Broadway shows and popular movies including Wicked, Hairspray, Footloose, Aida, and Fame.

Marching band

In 1976 and 1977 there were a group of students known as the Mad Hatters (led by "The Doctor") who marched from the off campus Lynstan Apartments into the stadium before the home football games playing music without instruments and wearing a strange assortments of hats. They were also well known for their silent cheer during the football games.

The ESU Warrior Marching Band has been reintroduced to campus after a multi-year hiatus. Started in 2004 by the current Director of Bands, Dr. Otis C. French, the number of members has increased from around 15 to almost 100. The Warrior Marching Band has been a musical part of the music department and to the campus community. They participate in all home football games as well as select away games. They also participate in the annual Intercollegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown, Pennsylvania and high school exhibitions throughout the season. Their band camp program allows students to move in their dorms a little over a week early. The Warrior Marching Band can be found at all pep rallies and spirit events for the championship football team during the season. They currently are the home of the Mu Epsilon chapter of the national co-ed band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. Marching band can be taken for a credit if desired. Some students in this program will develop lifelong bonds with other members, which help them grow as a musician, person, and student.

Media production

Among ESU's College of Education is the Department of Media Communication and Technology. The department offers students a curriculum in the principles of communication in message design, a study of technology as its own content area, as well as the application of media technology for production and design. The department was founded in 1971 as an Educational Media program, where students were taught how to apply photography, TV production and filmmaking into the classroom. Throughout the seventies, the department evolved from Educational Technology to Media Production, adding curriculua in the areas of videotaping, sound recording, graphic design and multi-image production. The first curriculum was the Media Paraprofessional Program, which was the first Associate's Degree offered at East Stroudsburg. In 1980, Richard Porvaznik was the first to receive the Bachelor of Science Degree in Media, Communication and Technology. In the 1980s, the department began to incorporate computers into the curriculum, in the areas of Interactive Video and Imaging. In the 1990s, Desktop Publishing, Digital Photography and Web Design were added to the mix, and an option to minor in Media Communication and Technology came on the books in 1998. Two years later, the Master's Degree program in Instructional Technology was established.

The Media Communication and Technology Department hosts an annual Media Fair each May (since 1985), where the public is invited to visit the facility and view student projects.


ESU has many opportunities for students to get involved in theater. Either with the ESU theater department or Stage II there are several performances that happen every year including the One Acts, which are run by the students in Stage II and the semi-yearly straight play.

Greek life




East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania's colors are Red and Black, and the team nickname is the Warriors. As of the academic year 2008-2009 the University's mascot was changed to Burgy the warrior bear. All teams compete in NCAA Division II and within the PSAC conference. Athletic Training services are provided for each intercollegiate sport. There are currently 7 male varsity sports available (Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Track and Field & Wrestling) as well as 11 female varsity sports (Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field & Volleyball). Men's volleyball was recently dropped.

Notable alumni


  • Marcia G. Welsh (2012–Present)
  • Robert J. Dillman (1996–2012)
  • James E. Gilbert (1986–1996)
  • Dennis Bell (1980–1986)
  • H. Erik Shaar (1979–1980)
  • Darrell Holmes (1971–1979)
  • Frank D. Sills (1968–1971)
  • LeRoy J. Koehler (1956–1968)
  • Joseph F. Noonan (1940–1955)
  • Tracy T. Allen (1923–1939)
  • Frank E. Baker (1920–1923)
  • Ellwood L. Kemp (1902–1920)
  • George P. Bible (1893–1902)


External links

  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Athletics
  • A Student's Review


Coordinates: 40°59′42″N 75°10′19″W / 40.995°N 75.172°W / 40.995; -75.172

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