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Kansas State University: A Diverse and Student-Centered Community of Scholars

A Diverse and Student-Centered Community of Scholars

More than 24,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries (including more than 4,500 graduate students) pursue degrees in 250-plus undergraduate majors and options or pursue graduate education in 71 master's degrees, 43 doctoral degrees, and 39 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines across campus. The university's nine academic colleges are:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture, Planning & Design
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Human Ecology
  • Technology and Aviation
  • Veterinary Medicine

The university is the No. 1 choice among Kansas high school graduating seniors. Small class sizes, the excellent caliber of teaching faculty, and an intensely student-centered learning environment are valuable keys to the university's success in recruiting and retaining students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The majority of classes — 87 percent — have fewer than 50 students, which leads to an average student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1.

Students participate in more than 475 student organizations and nearly 30 club sports.

The Student Governing Association (SGA), representing students in every college, engages with the administration, faculty, staff and community on a regular basis. The SGA is also entrusted with allocating more than $16.1 million in student fees each year. Students play an integral role in setting tuition rates, universitywide initiatives and budgetary priorities.

More than $230 million in scholarships, grants, loans and work-study is distributed each year, and freshmen-to-sophomore retention is at a record high of 81 percent. The average ACT score for incoming freshmen is 24.9, also a university record.

Kansas State University received 2014 and 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) awards from Insight Into Diversity magazine. Domestic multicultural students account for 15 percent of the student population, a record high and continuing trend.


The university is committed to advancing creative scholarship across all disciplines, ranking No. 1 among public universities and colleges in the overall number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholarships earned during the past 25 years. The university also ranks first in the nation among 500 state universities and sixth overall in producing Truman Scholars since the program began in 1977. With three national and eight state Carnegie/CASE Professor of the Year winners, Kansas State University ranks in the Top 10 of all public and private universities.

With close proximity to Fort Riley, home of the legendary 1st Infantry Division, the institution is perennially named one of the top military-inclusive universities in the nation.

More than 200,000 alumni proudly call Kansas State University their alma mater, and they have done extraordinary things — from leading major government, corporate and nonprofit institutions to making path-breaking scientific discoveries to winning acclaim for achievements in art and sport. With more than 44,000 active members, the K-State Alumni Association ranks among the top five associations in the national Power Five conferences for the percentage of graduates who are members. 

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