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APPLYING TO K-STATE
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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
The Kansas State University 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.
There are approximately 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.
K-Staters 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.
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 many course options available during the summer semester.
The major holidays are summarized here:
- Thanksgiving: Last Thursday in November
- Christmas/New Year: December 25-January 1
- Spring break: Late March
Most bachelor’s degrees at K-State can be completed in four university study. The length of time needed to complete a degree may also vary depending on whether or not you need to take courses in the English Language Program.
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 examined 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.
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.
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:
Business: 2.75 GPA
Accounting: 3.0 GPA
Engineering: 2.75 GPA
Fine Arts: 2.75 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)
No. 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 upon your arrival 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. You can view the complete English Proficiency Policy at: http://www.k-state.edu/oip/intladmit/languageproficiency.html
NOTE: All Graduate programs have their own TOEFL/English proficiency requirements. Applicants should verify the requirements with the Graduate program that they are applying to.
Yes! Once you arrive, you will be required to take the English Proficiency Test and 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.
No. International student are not required to submit an SAT or ACT score in order to be admitted. However, if you have taken one of these tests, you 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.
*To apply for departmental scholarships at K-State, an SAT or ACT score is required for the application.
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. To view a list of available graduate programs, please visit the following website:
Applying to K-State
- KSU online International student application form: https://apply.ksu.edu/app/open/ChooseTerm_open.action
- Affidavit of Financial Support form and bank statement: http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/docs/aff_supp.pdf
- $80 application fee
- High school and university transcripts (any transcripts from U.S. universities must be sent directly from the Registrar's office at that university to the Office of Admissions at K-State.)
- A copy of your passport (the page including your photo and personal information)
Fall Semester (August) – deadline of May 1
The following programs have February 1st deadline and accept fall only:
- Interior Architecture
- Landscape Architecture
- Regional and Community Planning
- Athletic Training
- Interior Design
- Wildlife Outdoor Enterprise Management
Spring Semester (January) – deadline of October 1
Summer Semester (June) – deadline of March 1
*Deadlines vary if students are already studying in the US and do not plan to return to their country between academic terms.
Fall Semester (August) – deadline of January 1
Spring Semester (January) – deadline of August 1
The application fee can be paid by personal check, money order or credit card. We recommend that you pay online using a credit card when you submit your online application form. However, in certain situations, a credit card cannot be used. If this is the case, a money order is the best option for payment. Checks and money orders must be made out to Kansas State University. You can send your application fee to:
Kansas State University
Office of International Admissions
304 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
To pay by credit card over the phone, you may call 1-800-432-8270 (toll free) or 785-532-6250.
No. University policy states that the fee must be paid before the application can be processed.
You can send materials to the Office of International Admissions fax at: 785-532-4311.
If you have any trouble sending to that fax number, an alternate number is the Office of International Programs at: 785-532-6550
All undergraduate application materials should be sent directly to the Office of International Admissions at:
Office of International Admissions
Kansas State University
304 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan , KS 66506
You must submit a current copy of the scholarship letter from your government stating that you have been awarded a full scholarship. The letter must be dated within one year of the date that you wish to begin studying at K-State.
It takes approximately two weeks to process an application after ALL application materials are received.
Please let us know if you have difficulty submitting the online application form. Submitting the application online is the only option for applying, so you need to notify us right away if you have any problems, so we can quickly resolve them. You can contact our office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-7277
Admitted to K-State
You will be notified of your admission by FedEx. This notice will include your I-20/DS-2019along with an information packet, including information about how to apply for housing. We encourage students to visit our pre-arrival website below. International student pre-arrival instructions
No, you do not need to pay a deposit. No money is due to the university until after you have enrolled in classes, which you will not do until after your arrival on campus.
What is the visa process?
Applying for your visa involves many steps, so it is important for you to apply for your visa as early as possible. Each embassy or consular post has their own application procedures, so you should consult the office where you will be applying for specific details. Most offices have a website with this type of information.
All students must complete a visa application in order to schedule a visa interview.
If you are applying for an F-1 visa, please visit the Department of State website for student visas: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html.
If you are applying for a J-1 visa, please visit the Department of States website for Exchange Visitors: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1267.html.
In addition to the F-1/J-1 visa application, the Department of Homeland Security requires the submission of a SEVIS I-901 form and fee, which must be paid before the Embassy will issue your visa.
You will then need to take your I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) form, SEVIS I-901 payment receipt, your passport, evidence of financial support, and your admissions acceptance letter from school with you when you apply for the visa.
K-State is located in Manhattan, Kansas. You can fly directly to the Manhattan Regional Airport (Airport code MHK). This airport is conveniently located just a few miles away from the K-State campus. They offer a convenient flight option coming from the Dallas International Airport (DFW) or the Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD). If you are able to arrange your international flight to bring you through Dallas or Chicago, you can then connect directly to Manhattan.
You can find out further information about booking a flight directly to Manhattan Regional Airport at: http://www.flymhk.com/
K-State also provides a free airport shuttle from the Manhattan Regional Airport to the K-State campus. You can sign up for the shuttle in the "Travel" section of the Pre-Arrival website at: http://www.k-state.edu/oip/prearrival/travel.html
The Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is about 130 miles (208 km) from Manhattan. You can connect to MCI from your U.S. port-of-entry.
Options for transportation from the Kansas City International Airport to Manhattan can be found under the "Travel" section of the Pre-Arrival website at: http://www.k-state.edu/oip/prearrival/travel.html
You can choose to live in the residence halls or off campus. To learn more about the residence halls, please visit the Housing and Dining website at: http://www.housing.k-state.edu/
New students are not required to live on-campus, however, it is strongly encouraged. Residence halls have available space year round, including holidays and vacation periods. The costs for residence hall living include up to 3 meals per day.
For any specific questions about housing, you may contact the Housing and Dining department directly at:
Housing and Dining Services
104 Pittman Building
If you choose to live off campus, it will be your responsibility to find your own housing. You can begin your search by visiting the local newspaper apartment listing at: http://www.themercury.com
Once we have received your application and all required materials, your transcripts will be evaluated by the Office of International Admissions for general university transfer credits.
However, it is your academic department for your program that will determine whether or not all of these credits will count towards the specific requirements for your major. We are unable to give you an exact number of transfer credits that will be awarded by your department.
Students officially enroll in their classes two to four days prior to the start of the semester. This is part of your mandatory orientation program.
All new students whose primary (native) language is not English are required to take a proficiency assessment of written and spoken English before they can enroll. The purpose of this test is to ensure that students are fully prepared to be successful in an English-speaking classroom environment at K-State.
This test is part of the enrollment schedule, and you are registered to take the test based on information provided on your application to the university. If your results indicate that English courses are necessary, the English Language Program staff will assist you in enrolling in English classes.
Any evidence of English Proficiency (example: TOEFL score of 79 or higher) must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to the first day of the English Proficiency Test (EPT) at the beginning of the semester.* Evidence submitted after that time will not be considered.
*This should be prior to 5pm on the first day of orientation. The priority deadlines are:
***Score submission dates are NOT negotiable.***
Fall semester: August 1
Spring semester: January 1
Summer term: May 1