Kansas State University

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Anderson Hall

Manhattan, KS 66506

Phone: (785) 532-6011
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. National Universities

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Kansas State University is a public institution that was founded in 1863. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,853, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 664 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Kansas State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 135. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,585 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,530 (2013-14).

Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan, in the northeast region of the state. Students at K-State, as it is known, can choose from more than 250 undergraduate majors and more than 60 master’s degree programs, including those in the fields of business, engineering and education. K-State is home to the Biosecurity Research Institute, where students can train to research infectious diseases, and the Landon Lecture Series, which has hosted many prestigious speakers, including five former U.S. presidents.

K-State students can join more than 450 organizations, dozens of fraternities and sororities, and student government. It's also easy to stay busy on campus by visiting the school's golf course, insect museum, dairy bar and gardens. Student athletes at K-state can play at the recreational level or try out for one of the many K-State Wildcats varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference. Notable K-State alumni include actor Eric Stonestreet, who appears on the television show "Modern Family," and chief White House photographer Pete Souza.

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

Founded in 1863, Kansas State University was one of America's first land-grant colleges. K-State's Manhattan campus offers a classic collegiate experience in a classic college town. With three campuses across the state, it is now working to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. The university had a record year in 2010 for research funding. Projects include food safety and security, animal health, stem cells, basic cancer research and more. K-State has three CASE/Carnegie National Professors of the Year who teach undergraduates. The university's expertise and the Biosecurity Research Institute have drawn several prestigious federal labs to the area, including the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, making it a bioscience leader. K-State's School of Leadership Studies building is LEED Gold certified, and the university is included in the Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges. The university's proximity to Fort Riley and flexible program offerings for soldiers and their families have made K-State one of G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazine's most military-friendly schools in the nation for three of the last four years. K-State's Landon lecture series has drawn seven U.S. presidents, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and international leaders like Mikhail Gorbachev and Vicente Fox.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1863
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $328,430,000


When applying to Kansas State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Kansas State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 99 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 99.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Kansas State University is 20:1, and the school has 39.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Kansas State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; Social Sciences; Engineering; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 11%
Social Sciences 11%
Engineering 10%
Education 8%

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Student Life

Kansas State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,853, with a gender distribution of 52.4 percent male students and 47.6 percent female students. At this school, 25 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. Kansas State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 24,378
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 I

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Campus Info & Services

Kansas State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Kansas 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, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Kansas State University.

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

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Paying for School

At Kansas State University, 52.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,157.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,585 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $21,530 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,710 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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