Why K-State?

The university experience of a military-connected student is quite different from that of a traditional student. K-State and its surrounding communities work to eliminate educational barriers by addressing the unique needs and challenges of military students and their families.

Richard Myers

The many reasons to choose K-State

Military-connected students can enroll at Kansas State University knowing they selected a place to study among faculty and staff — many of whom are veterans and spouses themselves — who have the knowledge and tools necessary to support military students.

K-State attracts students from all walks of life with its broad selection of academic programs, among them the highly respected security studies program and the Institute for Military History and 20th Century Studies. We're home to one of the oldest Army ROTC programs in the nation, also known as the Department of Military Science, and our Air Force ROTC helped shape our university's 14th president: decorated U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers.

Our Office of Military Affairs works to develop positive relationships among the university, community and military populations, serving as an advisor to the university's president and working closely with faculty and staff in program development. For more than a decade, the office has maintained a strong partnership with the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division at Fort Riley.

You'll also find:

  • Numerous university-wide efforts to assist military-affiliated students with orientation and connect them to resources.
  • The flexibility of on-campus, online and even hybrid programs, so your education doesn't have to stop due to deployment, PCS or other moves.
  • A military-friendly credit transfer process.
  • Several memorial sites to honor those who have served and those who have fallen.
  • Additional efforts to support military populations, such as the College of Education's classroom initiatives to support the veteran, the family and the educator.

We're a community dedicated to helping military students and families thrive. Why K-State? Because we want you here, and it shows!

K-State feels like home. I feel comfortable and welcome here as a military spouse, and the professors are understanding and flexible with you.
Kayleigh Magahan, active duty spouse and junior in social work
I was stationed at Fort Riley, and choosing K-State meant I’d get a great education without having to uproot my family.
Scott Hutchison, active duty Army and doctoral student in computer science


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The Wildcat welcome

The Wildcat welcome extends well beyond campus borders. K-State is part of a military-inclusive community that many return to permanently upon re-entering civilian life.

In addition to the great amenities traditionally found in college towns, K-State offers:

  • A safe, family-friendly region to settle into with great schools.
  • Indoor and outdoor sports programs galore, plus an equal number of arts and sciences activities.
  • The outdoor recreation utopia that is the Flint Hills Region. Boating, hiking, fishing and more.
  • A young professionals group that helps spouses get employed, settled and connected, along with an overall business and community priority to welcome soldiers and their families.
  • Close proximity to the resources provided by Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.


Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families

Addressing the impact of wartime service on the well-being of current and former military personnel and their families through research, outreach, and academic and clinical service programs.

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Research programs and resources combined to provide positive learning experiences and leadership development for military-connected youth.

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