The history of RSU begins in winter of 1915 with the establishment of a teacher-training institute for women. Later in 1918 it was reorganized into a pedagogical institute gaining its status of a higher educational institution. Very soon the institute became the leading educational and cultural centre of Ryazan region.
In 1993 the institute was awarded the status of a pedagogical university. And thanks to the high standard of education, fundamental science, focus on cultivating ethical values in 2003, it became a classical state university.
Today, RSU named for S.Yesenin is an ever-growing higher educational institution possessing academic, scientific and information resources and combining modern educational technologies and upholding classical Russian high educational standards in the best traditions of Russian universities.
In 2009 Ryazan State University named for S.Yesenin underwent certification audits and was found to meet the international standards of quality education. The certification committee made a thorough examination of the University’s educational curricula and syllabi (for higher, graduate, post-graduate and supplementary education), as well as the scope and quality of research, and resolved to award the University with ISO 9001:2008 management quality certificate.