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Kansas State University

Kansas State University Rating: 4.3/5 (52 votes)

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Introduction

Kansas State University, known as K-State, is a public research university that serves nearly 25,000 students each year. The school’s main campus is located in Manhattan, Kansas and branch campuses can be found in Salina as well as Olathe. The oldest public university in the state, it currently awards bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. It is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The university defines its mission in part as one of “developing human potential, expanding knowledge, enriching cultural expression, and extending its expertise to individual, business, education, and government.” It is classified as a Carnegie high research university, and there is a heavy emphasis on quality teaching, research, and life-long learning through extension courses.

In addition to the numerous classroom, student housing, and administration buildings, K-State features an art museum, which focuses on the state of Kansas but includes art from other areas and has exhibit shows, and a series of gardens. There is also a small butterfly conservatory and insect zoo.

History

Founded in 1863 on the grounds of Bluemont Central College, the university was moved to its present-day location in 1875 where the main campus rests on 665 acres in the scenic Flint Hills. In 1991 K-State merged with the Kansas College of Technology along with its campus 70 miles from Manhattan.

Academics

The university is comprised of 65 academic departments within the following colleges:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Human Ecology
  • Technology and Aviation
  • Veterinary Medicine

In addition to the requirements of every student’s chosen major, general university education coursework is also necessary among all students. These core courses are intended to link students’ classwork and broaden their acquisition of knowledge while developing critical thinking skills. Core classes are spread over the entire course of a student’s time at the university rather than being taken in bulk or at the during the freshman and sophomore years.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including different fields of agriculture and horticulture, interior architecture, liberal arts and sciences, fisheries and wildlife biology, sociology, business, education, aviation, engineering, and technology. The College of Technology and Aviation offers associate degrees in aviation-related fields. A few certificate programs exist within each college except veterinary medicine. While no undergraduate degree is awarded in veterinary medicine, students may take courses with a pre-veterinary concentration through the College of Arts & Sciences. The College also offers other pre-professional programs on a non-degree basis.

Graduate Degrees

Master’s degrees are awarded largely in the sciences, with an emphasis in agriculture and agriculture-related sciences, and in engineering and technology. A few Master of Arts are offered in economics, English, environmental planning and management, geography, history, modern languages, political science, sociology, and speech.

The school offers around 50 doctoral degrees in fields such as education, the sciences, economics, and engineering. No doctoral degrees are awarded in English or other languages, philosophy, art, or related fields. Ph.D.’s are offered in history, mathematics, sociology, and geography, but the University’s focus is on the sciences, especially as related to agriculture and nutrition.

Library Resources

The K-State library system offers electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site. There are special libraries for architecture, engineering, math & physics, and veterinary medicine. The university main library has a special collection of rare books and the university archives and manuscripts, and also houses a bindery.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Department of Grain Science and Industry grants Bachelor of Science degrees in baking science, feed science, and milling science. Minors are also offered in these fields as well as in cereal science. The Department’s facilities include mills, storage facilities, and bakeries.

Admissions

The university has fairly liberal requirements for freshman admissions. Applicants can meet admissions requirements in one of three ways: First, they can score a 21 or better on the ACT or a 980 or better on the SAT. Second, they can rank in the top third of their class as determined by GPA. Finally, they can complete the Kansas pre-college curriculum with a GPA of 2.0 (out of state residents must achieve a 2.5 GPA). Approximately 10 percent of freshmen who are admitted gain admission under exceptions to these three rules.

Graduate students must provide the following for admissions to the graduate school: application, fee, and transcripts. Individual programs set their own requirements, and students should consult directly with the program for specific requirements.

Requirements may vary for transfer and international students.

Financial Aid

Eligible students may be entitled to financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or work study. The financial aid application process begins with submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award letters are issued that detail any institutional, state, or federal aid that an applicant is entitled to. The university’s financial aid department can offer assistance and advice for students and their families.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4207th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The Student Union describes itself as the “living room” for the campus community. It is home to events, food, shopping, and a number of recreational outlets including pinball, pool tables, and a full-service bowling alley, and facilities for the hundreds of student clubs and organizations. K-State is also home to a large number of Greek organizations.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Kansas State Wildcats compete in Division I-A of the NCAA in football, baseball, volleyball, rowing, and men’s and women’s basketball and golf, among others. Sports facilities include a coliseum, a football stadium, a baseball stadium, a field house, a golf course, and stables. Teams are supported by a marching band, a color guard, and a mascot.

Impressively, K-State won Big 12 conference titles in three sports during the 2012-13 academic year: baseball, basketball, and football.

Traditions

Willie the Wildcat is selected every year by a panel appointed by K-State’s cheerleading coach. While the Wildcat has been K-State’s mascot for years, originally they known as the Aggies and at one time known as the Farmers. A real, live wildcat known as “Touchdown” used to attend every K-State football game, but has since been rehoused at the local zoo.

Local Community

Manhattan, a college town with just over 52,000 residents, is located in central Kansas. In addition to being home to the university, it also cotains beautiful parks, the Sunset Zoo, and very friendly people. The city recently celebrated its 150th anniversary with a festival, bike tour, poetry contest, and many other festive events. The historic downtown, like many in the country, is going through some impressive renovations to bring it into the twenty first century.

Manhattan’s nickname is “the Little Apple,” a joke referring to Manhattan, New York being known as the Big Apple.

Information Summary

Ranks 8th in Kansas and 835th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Kansas and 111th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 12 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 22 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 25 0.10

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Manhattan, KS 66506
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population2,476 (2,476 urban / N/A rural)
Households12 (1.42 people per house)
Median Household IncomeN/A
Families2 (2.00 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2001

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1010th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,830 $7,830 $20,775
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $755 $755 $755
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $261 $261 $693
FT Graduate Tuition $8,402 $8,402 $18,962
FT Graduate Required Fees $755 $755 $755
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $350 $350 $790
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,331 $21,331 $34,276
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,015 $21,015 $33,960
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,239 $14,239 $27,184

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $20,496 $46,484
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $755 $755

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,657 $8,047 $7,657 $8,047 $19,123 $20,146
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,198 $7,450
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,674 $3,802
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,954 $7,198
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,674 $3,802
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,272 $4,422

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,839 (4,926 male / 4,913 female)
Admitted 9,437 (4,690 male / 4,747 female)
Admission rate 96%
First-time Enrollment 3,821 (1,894 male / 1,927 female)
FT Enrollment 3,755 (1,860 male / 1,895 female)
PT Enrollment 66 (34 male / 32 female)
Total Enrollment24,581

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big Twelve Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big Twelve Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big Twelve Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big Twelve Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,581
Meals per Week20
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 287 134 209 49 13 3,759 101 4,633
Accounting 22 3 3 2 109 2 141
Accounting and Business/Management 7 8
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 1 5 5 1 47 61
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 1 7 8
Agricultural Business and Management, General 2 3 63 68
Agricultural Communication/Journalism 1 12 15
Agricultural Economics 2 1 1 36 40
Agricultural Engineering 3 21 3 29
Agricultural Mechanization, General 1 18 19
Agricultural Public Services, Other
Agricultural Teacher Education 1 1 10 12
Agricultural and Food Products Processing 7 1 1 28 38
Agronomy and Crop Science 5 1 36 1 43
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 4 3 2 13 22
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 2 2 2 22 28
Animal Sciences, General 2 2 7 1 176 1 191
Anthropology 2 1 25 1 30
Apparel and Textiles, General 1 1 2 1 41 50
Architectural Engineering 2 1 2 57 2 64
Architecture 4 1 2 3 57 5 77
Art Teacher Education 8 8
Athletic Training/Trainer 19 19
Biochemistry 1 1 1 7 1 11
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 2 4 79 1 96
Business Administration and Management, General 26 2 6 105 6 146
Business/Commerce, General 1 1 22 24
Chemical Engineering 3 1 24 1 29
Chemistry, General 3 2 7 1 13
Child Development 1 14 15
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 4 4
Civil Engineering, General 15 3 2 1 50 3 74
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 2 2
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 3 22 25
Computer Engineering, General 2 1 10 13
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 3 4
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 2 2
Computer and Information Sciences, General 16 28 1 47
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 4 1 80 1 87
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 3 1 27 1 35
Curriculum and Instruction 2 2 2 1 32 1 40
Dietetics/Dietitian 2 5 1 56 3 67
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 25 1 26
Economics, General 9 1 28 1 39
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 6 27 33
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 11 4 2 2 36 55
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 3 12 1 1 139 3 165
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 1 1 2
Engineering Technology, General 45 45
Engineering/Industrial Management 2 1 1 2 39 3 48
English Language and Literature, General 2 3 7 50 62
Entomology
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2 1 22 25
Ethnic Studies 1 1
Family Resource Management Studies, General 2 2 1 17 1 23
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 14 15
Finance, General 26 1 2 2 70 103
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 4 1 1 64 2 76
Food Science 4 6 2 48 2 64
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 8 8
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 2 26 2 31
Genetics, General 1 1
Geography 3 34 1 38
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 2 16 1 20
Gerontology 4 4
History, General 2 28 1 31
Horticultural Science 3 1 35 2 41
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 5 5 47 2 60
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 12 11 1 182 5 217
Human Nutrition 4 33 1 38
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 4 5
Industrial Engineering 6 1 1 39 2 49
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 1
Information Science/Studies 1 5 6
Interior Architecture 1 1 26 1 29
Interior Design 2 1 23 27
International Relations and Affairs 2 2 1 9 14
Journalism 4 1 85 2 95
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 5 1 1 106 1 120
Landscape Architecture 1 17 1 19
Management Information Systems, General 1 3 3 24 2 33
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 18 2 5 101 1 128
Mathematics, General 5 2 14 21
Mechanical Engineering 9 1 1 3 98 3 116
Microbiology, General 2 15 18
Music Teacher Education 18 18
Music, General 2 1 36 40
Natural Resources Management and Policy 11 12
Natural Sciences 1 4 3 61 1 73
Nuclear Engineering 2 2
Operations Research 7 3 11
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 17 19
Philosophy 2 3 1 6
Physical Sciences 1 1 2
Physics, General 1 10 11
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Political Science and Government, General 1 5 2 43 3 54
Pre-Veterinary Studies 1 1 17 20
Psychology, General 2 5 9 1 77 4 100
Public Administration 1 1 6 1 9
Public Health, General 4 2 1 1 15 2 26
Secondary Education and Teaching 3 9 1 112 1 127
Social Sciences, General 2 21 11 1 100 1 143
Social Work 2 39 2 46
Sociology 10 7 1 56 2 79
Special Education and Teaching, General 5 1 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 30 32
Statistics, General 12 1 1 3 4 21
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other 1 4 4 66 76
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 5 1 1 10 1 18
Wildlife Biology 1 20 21
Women's Studies 1 2 1 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 804th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $78,673 ($85,859 male / $63,031 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,065 (643 male / 422 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,264
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $35,279,559
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