Fort Hays State University

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600 Park Street

Hays, KS 67601-4099

Phone: (785) 628-4000
2012-2013 Tuition
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Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Fort Hays State University is a public institution that was founded in 1902. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,457, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Fort Hays State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $4,320 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,680 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1902 on the plains of western Kansas, when just two faculty members and a 19-course curriculum greeted 34 students, the university has grown to a faculty of more than 500, a support staff of nearly 300 and a student body that exceeds 13,000, including more than 3,500 FHSU students at partner universities in China. The university now offers hundreds of courses in each of its four main colleges-Education and Technology, Arts and Sciences, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Health and Life Sciences-and in its Graduate School. The FHSU Virtual College provides many of the courses through various media to sites across Kansas, the nation and the world. The university sits on a campus of 4,160 acres that were once part of the historic Fort Hays frontier military post. With its stately limestone buildings and profuse flowers, trees and shrubs, the campus has often been called the prettiest in Kansas. The university's Sternberg Museum of Natural History is located off campus adjacent to Interstate 70 in northeast Hays. FHSU, though richly endowed by heritage and tradition, also offers students the modern advantages of an electronic living and learning environment on a wireless campus. Students come to FHSU for a multitude of reasons, but surveys show their overwhelming motivation is "the university's reputation for academic excellences and its caring faculty."

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1902
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Fort Hays State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 23. The application fee at Fort Hays State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 81 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 81.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 23

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Fort Hays State University is 18:1, and the school has 43.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 17%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Fort Hays State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,457, with a gender distribution of 42.3 percent male students and 57.7 percent female students. At this school, 10 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 90 percent of students live off campus. Fort Hays State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 13,310
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Fort Hays State University offers a number of student services including placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Fort Hays State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Fort Hays State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $4,320 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,680 (2012-13)
Room and board $7,038 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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