Office of Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-0102

800-432-8270 toll free

785-532-6393 fax

Campus life

Welcome home

Manhattan is a great environment to start a new chapter of your life. The city rates among the best classic college towns in the country — it's big enough to offer opportunities and adventures but small small enough to center on the university. We're ranked among the Top 20 college towns in the country by the American Institute for Economic Research.

Fast facts
  • Nickname: The Little Apple
  • City population: 52,000
  • Metro population: 113,000
  • Original name: New Boston
  • Founding: New York settlers ran their steamboat aground.
  • Wildcat pride: One of the best campuses in the nation for community relations, according to the Princeton Review's "The Best 373 Colleges."
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Arts and entertainment
Outdoors and recreation
  • Hike the Konza Prairie, one of North America's largest tallgrass prairies.
  • Water ski, fish, hunt, camp or hike at the sprawling Tuttle Creek State Park, one of the Midwest's largest man-made lakes. Go from campus to camping in 10 minutes!
  • Skate the ice rink, take a walk, go for a swim or listen to an outdoor concert at City Park in the heart of Manhattan.
  • Sunbathe on the rocks at Pillsbury Crossing, a limestone ledge over Deep Creek east of Manhattan.
  • Walk, jog or bike city trails, including the Linear Park Trail that circles Manhattan and follows the Kansas and Big Blue rivers.
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