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About K-State

Around Manhattan

Welcome home

Manhattan is a great atmosphere to explore new possibilities in a welcoming environment. In fact, the city was ranked Top 10 college town in the nation by the American Institute of Economic Research in 2017. Students love Manhattan because it's big enough to offer opportunities and adventures but small enough to center on the university. 

Fast fact
  • Nickname: The Little Apple
  • City population: 56,000+
  • Metro population: 113,000
  • Original name: New Boston
  • Founding: New York settlers ran their steamboat aground.
  • Wildcat pride: Ranked No. 2 in the nation for town-gown relations, according to the Princeton Review's 2020 edition of "The Best 385 Colleges."
Discover the Little Apple 
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 Trail that circles Manhattan and follows the Kansas and Big Blue rivers.
Need more ideas? 

Visit the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau.