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About K-State


We live by the purple rule: Family comes first. For K-Staters, that means a firmly held dedication to fostering an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere in which everyone feels supported and empowered to take intellectual risks. We've had plenty of practice — as the nation's first operational land-grant university, we've been putting service and compassion into action since 1863. 

The past

Kansas State University was founded in 1858 as Bluemont Central College with 53 enrolled students. Five years later, the name changed to Kansas State Agricultural College and attained land-grant status. The university was only the second public institution of higher learning in the U.S. to admit women and men equally. As the years have gone by, we have remained committed to creating a level playing field where all can succeed and overcoming any challenges in our path. Whether it be raging fires, devastating tornados or man-made obstacles, K-Staters have always remained composed, caring and ready to step in and get the job done.  

The present

The numbers are in, and students love K-State. The Princeton Review recently ranked the university among the best in the nation for quality of life, happiest students, community relations and more. Additionally, Glassdoor named K-State as one of the nation's top universities for employment. All this love and recognition is due to K-State's focus on maintaining a positive community in which everyone feels safe and heard. From our Principles of Community and focus on diversity and inclusion to student-led philanthropies like K-State Proud, we have a clear vision of our top priority — people.  

The future

While it would be easy to bask in today's success, we know tomorrow will bring challenges at home and far away. In 2022, K-State began a new strategic planning initiative — NextGen K-State. Through the initiative, a clear vision, values and path forward are being defined to carry the institution in to the future.

Core values
  • Connection
  • Courage
  • Impact
  • Learner-Focused
  • People-Centered
  • Stewardship

Learn more about our vision for the future