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Office of International Programs

Office of International Programs
304 Fairchild Hall
1601 Vattier Street
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506 

785-532-6550 fax

QS Stars Rating System

Kansas State University recently earned a five star rating in the QS Stars, or Quacquarelli Symonds, world rating analysis. According to QS, universities that display exceptional performance and quality standards are awarded five star rating. QS awarded K-State five out of five stars overall and in each category after reviewing all of our evidence.


QS Stars ratings - Five stars overall

In addition to the overall rating, K-State earned the highest five star rating in several other areas.

Core areas


QS Stars teaching

Example measures
  • Student satisfaction with teaching
  • Overall student satisfaction
  • Further study

QS stars Employability

Example measures
  • Graduate employment rate
  • Campus employer presence
  • Employer reputation

QS Stars Facilities

Example measures
  • IT
  • Medical care
  • Investment in Libraries
  • Sport courts, stadiums and gyms
  • Housing
  • Student Societies

QS stars research

Example measures
  • Academic reputation
  • Citations per paper
  • Citations per faculty

QS Stars Rating System - 5 stars Internalization

Example measures
  • International diversity of students
  • International faculty
  • International religious facilities

Advanced criteria areas


QS Stars Innovation

Example measures
  • Patents
  • Industrial research projects
  • Spin-off companies
Arts and Culture

qs stars arts and culture

Example measures
  • Art exhibitions
  • Concerts and other cultural events
  • purpose built museum, theaters and concert halls

Specialist criteria areas

Agriculture and Forestry

QS Stars Ag and Forestry

Example measures
  • K-State also ranked in the top 50 in the world for agriculture and forestry.

Download the five star badges.