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About Kansas State University

Welcome to the next-generation land-grant university with a focus on the future.

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Quick Facts

  • Founded in 1863

  • Led by President Richard Linton

  • 19,000+ students

  • Nearly 4,000 full-time faculty and staff

  • 250+ undergraduate academic programs

  • Fight Song: Wildcat Victory

  • Mascot: Willie the Wildcat

  • School Color: Royal Purple

  • Big 12 athletic conference

When you join the K-State family, you are part of a connected community of difference-makers, dream-chasers and problem-solvers. K-Staters pursue the good. Expand expectations. And demand the most from ourselves and our lives. We are the open-minded. The adaptive. The communicators, explorers and intellectual adventurers who never shy away from change, knowing that in the right hands, change can lead to something better.

Students walking on campus during the fall



Our Campuses

Our campuses are rich with history and each provide a unique college experience to our students. Kansas State University offers three physical campuses in addition to our online offerings via K-State Online. Each campus has its own strengths and specialties, but we are all connected by our shared values and land-grant mission of teaching, research and service.


Our flagship campus established in 1863, rooted in the land-grant mission of educational access and opportunity.


Centered around the student experience emphasizing innovative learning, real-world experiences and industry connections.


Expanding potential through education, research and engagement in the Greater Kansas City area.


Students on Manhattan campus

The Purple and the White

From Wabashing in the stands while supporting our student athletes to eating Call Hall ice cream year round, we hold tight to the traditions that built us.

Explore our traditions


History of the land-grant university



K-State is in the Big 12 Conference of collegiate athletics. The conference is made up of 14 institutions, sponsors 21 sports, and encompasses eight states in its geographical footprint.
K-State is governed by the Kansas Board of Regents, a nine-member body that governs the six state universities, in addition to serving as the statewide coordinating board for Kansas' six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges and six technical colleges.
Kansas State University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1916.