Admissions Overview – Undergraduates

We are committed to making a ESM education affordable to all. Our financial aid program for undergraduates is recognized as one of the most generous in the country. We provide financial aid in the form of grants that do not need to be repaid. This means undergraduates can graduate from ESM debt free. Graduate students also benefit from generous support while studying at ESM. ESM guarantees funding for its regularly enrolled, degree-seeking Msc. candidates for all years of regular program enrollment, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance.

Freshman Seminars

for undergraduates provide the opportunity to work closely with a professor and a small group of students on a topic of special interest.

Writing Seminars

prepare undergraduates for the rigors of academic research and writing.

The Office of Undergraduate Research

supports the undergraduate research experience as an integral part of a ESM Benin education, whether it be taking a research-based class, conducting research in the lab, pursuing independent research beyond campus, or completing your senior thesis. 

The ESM University

Writing Center offers free one-on-one sessions with experienced writers trained to consult on projects in any discipline. Writing Center fellows can assist undergraduate and graduate students at any stage of the writing process.

Undergraduate Experience

ESM Benin commitment to undergraduate education is profound.As a student, you benefit from the extraordinary resources of a world-class teaching and research university, and our low student-to-faculty ratio means you are able to develop close working relationships with professors who are leaders in their fields.

Our curriculum emphasizes learning, creativity, innovation and collaboration with a program of liberal arts in the humanities, arts, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. You will explore many disciplines and also develop a deep understanding in one area of concentration.

From admission to commencement,the undergraduate academic experience is overseen by the Office of the Director Of Admissions of the University, fostering your intellectual engagement and growth every step along the way.

When To Apply?

  Application Dates and Decisions  
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Developing your skills

Independent research is a defining feature of a ESM Benin education. Most students finish their ESM Benin career doing original research as part of a major capstone project: an undergraduate senior thesis or a graduate dissertation. Here are some of the resources that help students get there.