Happy — and they show it: K-State college experience ranks among best in nation
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020
Kansas State University students rate their college experience as one of the best in the nation according to the latest annual rankings from the Princeton Review. | Download this photo.
MANHATTAN — A national survey finds Kansas State University students are the happiest in the nation and love being Wildcats. The survey also finds K-State offers some of the best student services and quality of life among institutions of higher learning.
Per the 2021 edition of the Princeton Review's "The Best 386 Colleges," K-State is No. 1 for happiest students, No. 2 in the nation for students who love their college, No. 3 nationally for best quality of life and best health services, and No. 4 for town-gown relations are great. K-State also finishes in the Top 10 for best counseling services at No. 7, No. 9 for best athletic facilities and No. 10 for best career services.
The Princeton Review's list is based on surveys of 143,000 college students from across the country. The survey ranks colleges in 62 categories to come up with its list of the Top 20 schools in each category. In the latest edition, K-State is the only Big 12 school to earn a No. 1 ranking.
"In these challenging times, it is so very gratifying to see just how much Kansas State University students truly value their university and its commitment to their pursuit of educational excellence, personal well-being and lifelong learning," said Thomas Lane, vice president for student life and dean of students. "These rankings show our student-centered approach creates an atmosphere where students can thrive."
Other rankings of note earned by the university include No. 11 for best-run colleges, No. 13 for best campus food, No. 17 for most active student government and No. 20 for best campus dorms.
"These highly rated student services help K-State students get the most out of their college experience and set the stage for their career and life success," Lane said.