Military and families

Military-connected students like you have been a cornerstone of our campus for more than 150 years. With our land-grant mission, strong connections to forts Riley and Leavenworth, and strong military-based programs and resources, it's no surprise K-State is home to the state's largest number of military-connected students. Come join us!

President Linton

Welcome from President Linton

Welcome to K-State!

One of the central tenets of our land-grant university's original mission statement from 1863 is a pledge to teach military tactics. That pledge has held fast for more than 150 years, and today Kansas State University is home to the state’s largest military population in higher education.

Our goal for this website is to show you what K-State has to offer military-connected students, including the many offices dedicated to helping you navigate college life, in one convenient place.

Our commitment to serving those who serve is made clear through our military research, active connections with military partners and alumni, and service and outreach programs with Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. We’re proud to claim the Military Affairs Innovation Center, the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families and several notable degree programs, and to offer important support services that help military-connected students and their families find success.

Please reach out to any of the dedicated people you’ll find contact information for here, and we hope you’ll join the Wildcat Family!

Richard Linton, president

~ 2,000 military-connected students
Nicknamed "The Silicon Valley of Biodefense"
Job placement rate of 97%
No. 1 friendliest students (Princeton Review, 2024)

Military-inclusive community

Time and again, military-connected students tell us K-State “feels like home.” We strive to make military students and families feel welcome — on and off campus.


As part of the military community, some things are just out of our control. Our lives are different from traditional students', and K-State goes out of its way to accommodate that.
Mike von Soosten, retired Army and junior in political science
I was surprised to see the range of competitive programs K-State has to offer — the security studies program is one of the nation’s best.
Thomas Worstell, Air National Guard and sophomore in architecture

Popular academic programs

K-State has a diverse academic catalog, with several on-campus and online programs that are popular among military-connected students.




Financial aid and scholarships

Calculating the cost of a degree at K-State can get complicated when there are multiple financial aid and military benefit factors to consider. Our staff is here to help you navigate the process and turn the focus back to your education.

Current and prospective students can have their K-State tuition assistance questions answered by visiting offices located at Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley as well.

Learn about financial assistance