Kansas State University (K-State)

Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS

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Kansas State University (K-State) is a public research university. K-State has three campuses in Kansas: Manhattan Campus, Salina Campus and Olathe Campus, and offers more than 250 undergraduate majors. The K-State Graduate School at the Olathe Campus offers 65 master's degrees, 45 doctoral degrees and 22 graduate certificates. 

K-State is working to become a top 50 public research university in the U.S. by the year 2025. It has strong science programs, and is home to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, and the Biosecurity Research Institute. The K-State "Landon Lectures" guest speakers have included international leaders like Mikhail Gorbachev and Vicente Fox, as well as seven U.S. presidents. High profile alumni include Erin Brockovich and Jordy Nelson, among others.


Kansas State University was founded in 1863 as one of the first land-grant colleges in the United States.


The academic calendar for Kansas State University follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer terms.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges, schools and divisions of Kansas State University are:

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Architecture, Planning and Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Technology and Aviation
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Division of Continuing Education
  • Graduate School
  • School of Leadership Studies

Student Life

K-State offers nearly 500 student clubs, groups and organizations for those seeking involvement. Student groups cover a broad range of interests from culture and politics to charity work or sports. There are many opportunities for community services or developing leadership skills through the School of Leadership Studies. The Hands On Kansas State program offers training for service on campus, in the community or abroad.

Greek Life is active on campus, and local chapters of fraternities and sororities offer more opportunities for charity work.

On campus housing is available, and a majority of K-State students live on campus their first year. Residence Halls include the Derby Complex, Kramer Complex and Strong Complex. A wide range of dining options is also available.


The Kansas State University school colors are purple and white. The school mascot is the "wildcats."


The K-State "Wildcats" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross County
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The main campus for Kansas State University is its Manhattan Campus, a 664-acre site in northeast Kansas. A second campus for K-State is its Salina Campus, a 149-acre site in central Kansas (and 70 miles from Manhattan, Kansas). A third campus for K-State is its Olathe Campus, which is located in the Kansas Bioscience Park.

Community Life

The city of Manhattan, Kansas has a population of 50,000, and is known as "The Little Apple."  It has an interesting history and offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, as well as fine dining and excellent shopping. The army fort, Fort Riley is nearby, and the area is surrounded by the scenic Flint Hills. The Kansas State University campus in Manhattan is considered one of the safest college campuses in the nation.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may provide a better idea of the applicants K-State accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Kansas State University has a total student population of about 24,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 15% enrolling as graduate students and 82% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $17,000. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $30 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State Tuition: $8,500-$10,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $23,000-$27,120
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $280-$340 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $750-$900 per credit unit
  • The average estimated cost for room and board is listed to be around $10,000, the price includes twenty meals each week

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid85%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships75%$5,697
Receiving Student Loans49%$6,421

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Kansas State University may offer services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

Kansas State University has an overall graduation rate which is close to 59%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years26%
Graduating in 5 Years27%
Graduating in 6 Years7%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Coordinated Dietetics Program (more info)
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Kansas State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Basketball (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Football (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Equestrian

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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