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About K-State

Kansas State University is recognized year after year by the Princeton Review as one of America's best colleges. Our historic roots as the nation's first operational land-grant university underpin our continued success as we work together to realize our vision of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.

Colleges: The university is comprised of nine academic colleges:

Graduate study: The Graduate School offers 73 master's degrees, 39 doctoral degrees, 4 educational doctoral programs, and 43 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines across campus.

Extension: K-State Research and Extension conducts practical research and delivers those results to all 105 Kansas counties to improve the lives of Kansans.

Students: Nearly 24,000 from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

Undergraduate Degrees: More than 250 undergraduate majors and options are available.

Organizations: More than 475 student organizations and nearly 30 club sports.

Sports: K-State Athletics boasts a total of 16 men's and women's sports in the Big 12 Conference.

Financial aid: More than $230 million in scholarships, grants, loans and work study is distributed each year through the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Locations: The main campus is located in Manhattan, Kan. The Little Apple is a classic college town with more than 56,000 residents. The university also has a campus in Olathe, the Polytechnic campus in Salina, and our Global campus for online/distance education.

Kansas State's College Portrait


Kansas State University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools since 1916.


Kansas State University is a national leader among public universities in the total number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall prestigious scholarship winners. The university is home to more national CASE/Carnegie Professors of the Year than any other public research university in America.


K-State got its start in 1858 when Bluemont Central College was founded and 53 students enrolled. Five years later K-State became the first fully operational land-grant college in America.