Special Academic Opportunities

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Air Force ROTC

  • East Stroudsburg University students are eligible to participate in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) through a cross-enrollment agreement with Wilkes University. Courses in this program will be taught at Wilkes University.

    For additional information, contact the Aerospace Studies Department at Wilkes University, 800-WILKES-U, extension 4860 or 4861.


  • East Stroudsburg University offers students the opportunity to participate in Army ROTC through a partnership with the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Battalion. The program is managed by the Department of Leadership Studies and Military Science (see page 234) in the College of Business and Management.

Continuing Education

  • The continuing education program is designed to meet the needs of society by presenting a number of credit and non-credit courses at times convenient for the general public. These courses vary in length from one day to several weeks to the entire semester.

    For additional information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 570-422-2853.

High School Access Program (Early Admission)

  • The High School Access Program provides an opportunity for high school students to begin their college careers early, on either a part-time or full-time basis.

    The part-time (summer or regular academic year) student is a high school junior or senior who wishes to take one or two courses at East Stroudsburg University in order to enrich his/her high school program.

    Highly motivated students with a minimum average of B or higher in a college preparatory program may be recommended to the university by their guidance counselors. Students with less than a B average but who have demonstrated particular skill or talent in a given area may be recommended by their counselors to pursue coursework in that area.

    Recommendations should be sent to the Office of Admission. Students are admitted to ESU in a non-degree status. Should a student wish to matriculate as degree-seeking at ESU after high school graduation, he/she must apply during the senior year of high school using the regular freshman application.

    The full-time student is a student who has completed his/her junior year in high school and wishes to enroll in a full course of study at East Stroudsburg University in lieu of the senior year in high school. Such students must rank in the top 10 percent of their class and be enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum in order to be considered.

    Full details are available from the Office of Admission or on the freshman information page of the admissions website at www.esu.edu.

International Programs and Student Exchange

  • Study Abroad

    • Study abroad opportunities are available to students who wish to study in a foreign university and experience life in another culture. Students may choose to participate in any international program sponsored by universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as well as other colleges and universities throughout the United States. Information on academic programs, internship and volunteering opportunities abroad is available in the Office of International Programs.

      Students will receive advising about choosing a suitable program, securing academic progress while abroad and having a smooth re-entry into ESU upon return.

      For further information and application deadlines, please contact the Office of International Programs at 570-422-3527 or visit our website at www.esu.edu/studyabroad.

  • National Student Exchange

    • Students interested in exploring different learning environment, taking courses that are not available at ESU or expanding awareness about diversity in the United States will benefit from the opportunities offered by the National Student Exchange (NSE) program. Qualified students have the opportunity to study for a semester and up to one year in any of more than 200 universities participating in NSE in the United States and Canada. Credits and grades earned during the exchange become part of the student's ESU transcript. For further information and application deadlines, please contact the Office of International Programs at 570-422-3527 or visit www.esu.edu/nse

Internship Opportunities

  • Internships are available to students in most majors; academic credit may be awarded for the internship experience. Information regarding specific opportunities may be obtained by contacting department chairs or the deans of the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Health Sciences; College of Business and Management; and College of Education. A list of organizations with which university students have recently interned, student taught, and volunteered is available in the offices of the college deans.

    Students considering an international internship may contact the Office of International Programs at 570-422-3527.

  • The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS)

    • During each semester of the academic year, East Stroudsburg University selects two undergraduate students to participate in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS), sponsored by the State System of Higher Education and administered by the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. Students selected are placed with policy makers in state government offices and agencies. Each THIS intern earns 15 semester hours: nine semester hours for the internship program, three semester hours for a research project, and three semester hours for participating in an academic seminar. A stipend covers tuition and living expenses. To be eligible to apply, a student must have maintained a 3.1 GPA in at least 60 semester hours.

      However, students with 90 or more semester hours are given priority. These internships are available to students from all majors who are interested in public policy aspects of their disciplines.

      For application materials or more information, contact the THIS campus coordinator, Glenn Gieser-Getz, at 570-422-3585, or www.esu.edu/~godich.

Law School Express Admissions Program

  • East Stroudsburg University has entered a partnership with Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg that allows graduates to apply to the law school under an Express Admissions Program.

    East Stroudsburg University graduates are guaranteed admission to the law school if they rank in the top 50 percent of their graduating class, score at or above the 50th percentile on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), submit a timely application, and meet the law school's character and fitness requirements. East Stroudsburg University graduates admitted under this program are also eligible for Dixon Scholarships that cover 30 percent of the law school's tuition.

    For further information contact Professor Kenneth Mash at 570-422-3273.

Marine Science Consortium

  • ihe university is a member of the Marine Science Consortium which provides students in Marine Science and related disciplines with access to a marine station for field trips, summer courses, and research. The Consortium's field station at Wallops Island, Va., is only a short distance from Chincoteague and Assateague islands, which are well-known for their abundant wildlife.

    For more information, see the Biological Sciences section in the Degree Programs and Course Descriptions portion of this catalog.

Research and Economic Development

  • The Research and Economic Development (RED) division offers students practical hands-on resume-building opportunities in the areas of entrepreneurship, workforce development, internships, grants, and sponsored research. For additional information, call 570-422-7920 or www.esu.edu/red.

  • Entrepreneurship

    • The ESU Business Accelerator is a unique vehicle for students to engage in entrepreneurship and provides support for start-up companies with business plan assistance, networking and funding opportunities, in addition to the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center. The Center sponsors numerous opportunities for student involvement and promotes entrepreneurship across the curriculum.

  • Workforce Development and Online Student Internship Coordination

    • Students interested in internships, externships and graduate assistantships can explore these opportunities through the Workforce Development Office and the university's Web-Based Internship Network (WIN) esu.edu/win. RED also provides client companies with many workforce development resources and customized training programs, including educational opportunities offered through the university.

  • Office of Sponsored Projects and Research

    • The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) provides support to faculty, students and staff in all phases of their externally funded grants and sponsored research opportunities. The OSPR works closely with the office the Provost in identifying, applying for, and receiving grants funds, and conducting research or other scholarly activities.

Summer Sessions

  • Summer at ESU is a time to choose from a number of special programs, including innovative and stimulating courses, workshops, and travel programs. Undergraduate students wishing to accelerate and complete the four-year college program in three calendar years may do so by completing summer sessions over a period of three years. Graduate and non-matriculated students have the opportunity to take varied courses to acquire academic credit and professional competencies.

    The official Summer Session bulletin, containing information on courses, expenses, and general regulations, may be obtained in late February by contacting the Summer Sessions Office at 570-422-2853.

Upward Bound

  • Upward Bound is a highly successful, college-based program of rigorous academic instruction, individualized tutoring and counseling for high school students who are the first generation in their families to consider post-secondary education.

    A federally funded TRIO program, Upward Bound is designed to motivate and prepare students to successfully graduate from high school, enter and graduate from college. During the six-week summer program, students live on campus and participate in an intensive academic program. During the academic year, students receive academic instruction, tutoring, counseling and SAT preparation on Saturdays at the university.

    For further information, call 570-422-3476.