East Stroudsburg University

200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999


Kenneth Long

Kenneth Long

ESU Named to First-Gen Forward Cohort

The Center for First-Generation Student Success has recognized East Stroudsburg University as one of 53 higher education institutions nationally to be named to its First-Gen Forward cohort for its “demonstrated commitment to advancing first-generation student success.” First-Gen Forward is the first national recognition program to acknowledge institutions of higher education for their commitment to first-generation student success.​​​


 Points of Pride

ESU joined the Autism Collaborative Centers for Excellence (ACCE) and its affiliates with the establishment of a Center for Autism Education, with funding from the All One Foundation. 

ESU was the first institution in the State System to commercialize a student/faculty research project in Lyme-Aid, a tick testing kit for people and pets. It has since been rebranded under the internationally-recognized CUTTER brand. Additionally, ESU’s PA Tick Research Lab has received two $500,000 state grants to provide free tick testing for PA residents. ​

ESU was one of 50 institutions nationwide to receive the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from Insight into Diversity magazine, for its Clear Path and ESportsU Foundation programs. 

ESU was named one of only 10 “Best of the Best Schools” finalists during the 2019 Pennsylvania National Guard Associations awards celebration. 

 Notable Alumni

​Melissa Shaw M’11- Co-founder of Lyme-Aid, a tick testing kit for people and pets. Lyme-Aid is the first student-faculty research project commercialized in the history of ESU

James Franklin ‘95 – Named Penn State’s 16th head coach in 2014

Dr. Sam Niedbala ’82  - Founder of OraSure Technologies, Inc. (and later OraQuick) in 1989, the first rapid HIV tests in the U.S. that were approved for use with blood and saliva.  Since then, Niedbala has been responsible for development of new products and technologies

Harrison Bailey Ed.D. ’21 ​ – Named Pennsylvania’s 2021 Secondary Principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Principals Association 

Len Lehman ’94 and Dan DiZio ’95 - Founding partners of Philly Pretzel Factory. DiZio was featured on CBS’s "Undercover Boss" in 2012 and served as ESU’s inaugural speaker for the president’s distinguished entrepreneur speaker series.

 University Rankings

Best of the Best Schools Finalists
Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS)

Top 50 Nationally
Insight Into Diversity

A Center of Excellence
All One Foundation