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Kansas State University is on its way to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. Read about our visionary plan and progress.

The university was founded in 1863 as the country’s first operational land-grant university. Kansas State University has campuses in Manhattan, Salina and Olathe; Global Campus, which serves distance education students; and K-State Research and Extension has a presence throughout Kansas. Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report have recognized the university as one of the best in America.

More than 24,100 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries attend Kansas State University. Students can choose from more than 250 majors and options in nine colleges: Agriculture; Architecture, Planning & Design; Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; Education; Engineering; Human Ecology; Technology and Aviation; and Veterinary Medicine. The Graduate School offers more than 100 academic programs.

From the 8,600-acre Konza Prairie Biological Station to the Johnson Cancer Research Center, the university is home to more than 90 research centers. Kansas State University has developed more than 200 patents. The university’s prestigious Landon Lecture Series has drawn seven U.S. presidents, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and international leaders like Mikhail Gorbachev and Vicente Fox.

More than 200,000 alumni are proud to call Kansas State University their alma mater and have done extraordinary things like inventing the snooze alarm and discovering the weather phenomenon El Niño. Famous alumni include Hershey Co. CEO John Bilbrey, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Corp. President Carl Ice and actor Eric Stonestreet.

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* Current Kansas State University facts

* Kansas State University historical facts