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International Admissions and Recruiting

International Admissions & Recruiting

Kansas State University
203A Fairchild Hall
1601 Vattier Street
Manhattan, KS 66506-1111
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Common Questions

Where is Kansas State University?

Kansas State University is in the state of Kansas, located in the very middle of the United States.  The main campus is in the city of Manhattan, which has a population of approximately 53,000 people.  Find out more about Manhattan, Kansas 

Kansas State Polytechnic, which is home to our College of Technology and Aviation, is 70 miles west of Manhattan in the city of Salina. There are about 48,000 residents in this community.

Learn more about Salina, Kansas

What is the student profile at Kansas State University?

There are around 23,500 students enrolled at K-State.  More than 2,000 students from around the world, representing over 100 different countries make up the K-State family, as well as students from every state in the United States.  Nearly 85 percent of the student body is Kansas residents.

What is life like on campus?

K-State students know how to have fun as well as how to study and learn. Students can take part in more than 475 campus organizations and clubs. They can also enjoy a wide variety of women’s and men’s Big 12 sports including football, basketball, track, baseball, cross country, etc.  Many opportunities exist to explore and expand your interests in everything from skydiving to origami.

What is the academic system like in the United States?

Academic calendar
The academic year is based on two semesters, each 16 weeks long. The fall semester is from late August to mid-December. The spring semester is from mid-January to mid-May. There are also course options available during the summer semester.

The major holidays:

  • Thanksgiving: Fourth Thursday in November
  • Christmas/New Year: December 25-January 1
  • Spring Break: Late March
Important dates calendar


Most bachelor's degrees at K-State can be completed in four years. The length of time needed to complete a degree may be different if you need to take courses in the English Language Program. Explore the list of undergraduate degrees.

Academic credits
Credits are expressed in semester hours and are used to determine university standing and for transferring records to other institutions. One semester hour equals 50 minutes in class each week for one semester. Two or three hours in laboratory are considered the equivalent of one hour in class.

The quality of student performance is recorded on the student’s permanent record (transcript) in the Registrar’s Office at the end of the semester. The university grading system follows:

A = excellent work
B = good work
C = acceptable work
D = poor work
F = failure
I = incomplete
P = pass under the A-pass-F grading option
CR = credit for courses passed in which no letter grade is given
NC = no credit
NR = no grade reported
W = withdrawn


Most course work is conducted in lecture format.

All lectures are delivered in English.

Students must take careful notes and can expect to be tested over lecture material, as well as textbook and assigned reference books. Class attendance is strongly recommended, and some professors require regular attendance.

Most examinations are written. The frequency of examinations varies from class to class and from professor to professor. Final examinations are given at the end of each semester in each course.

What is the cost of attending Kansas State University?

Students will be responsible not only for tuition and fees, but room and board, books and supplies, and health insurance costs. View a breakdown of costs here.

What are the academic requirements for admission?

When it comes to academic requirements for admissions, we just need to see that you have completed high school and your grades! We are looking for a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. This is a B average or 80% average for all your high school level academic work.

There are some exceptions to this! These programs require a higher GPA:

Engineering: 3.0 GPA
Architecture: 3.0 GPA (Fall (August) admission only and application deadline of February 1st)
Interior Design: 3.0 GPA (Fall (August) admission only and application deadline of February 1st)

Admissions requirements vary by department and by program. It is important to review the information available on the websites specific to your program to determine admissions requirements.

Is a TOEFL score required for admission?

Undergraduate applicants can be admitted to K-State without a TOEFL score. However, if you choose to apply without submitting a TOEFL score or other form of English proficiency, you will be required to take the English Proficiency Test when you arrive on campus. The results of the EPT will determine whether you will need additional English classes or not. 

If you choose to submit proof of English proficiency prior to arrival on campus, we accept scores from TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English, and Eiken. View the complete English Proficiency Policy.

NOTE: All graduate programs have their own TOEFL/English proficiency requirements.  Applicants should check the requirements with the graduate program that they are applying to.

Can I apply as an undergraduate international Student, but also take English classes if needed?

Yes! Once you arrive, you will be required to take the English Proficiency Test. Your test score will be used to determine what level of English or university courses you will be placed in. Very rarely is a student allowed to take both university courses and English courses at the same time. If English classes are deemed necessary, a student is then required to complete the English Language Program prior to beginning university academic courses.

Is an SAT or ACT score required for undergraduate admission?

No. International students are not required to submit an SAT or ACT score in order to be admitted. However, if you have taken one of these tests, your score can be used as additional support for your application. Also, if you are applying for one of the more specialized programs, such as Architecture or Engineering, it is recommended that you submit one of these test scores. 

NOTE: To apply for departmental scholarships at K-State, an SAT or ACT score is required for the application.

I'm interested in graduate studies. Who should I contact?

All departments process their own graduate applications. If you are interested in applying for any of the graduate programs, you will need to contact the department that you wish to study in. View a list of available graduate programs.

Where can I learn more about Kansas State University?