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Kansas State University Overview

Located in Manhattan, Kansas, Kansas State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Kansas State University Known For?

4,260 Undergraduate Awards
$33,082 Avg Cost After Aid
94% Acceptance Rate
  • The 5% student loan default rate at K -State is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at K -State.
  • In 2017-2018, 89% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from K -State with a bachelor's degree make about $45,600 a year. That's 12% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Kansas State University Rankings

We have ranked K -State as #255 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 29 schools in Kansas.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

K -State has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#82 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#114 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#118 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at K -State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Food Processing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Transportation & Materials Moving Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Food Science Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Agricultural Economics & Business Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Agriculture & Agriculture Operations Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards K -State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Agriculture & Agriculture Operations College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Family, Consumer & Human Sciences College Factual
#40 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#45 Best Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is Kansas State University?

Location of Kansas State University

Contact details for K -State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 919 Mid-Campus Drive, Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-6011
Website: www.k-state.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KState
Twitter: http://twitter.com/KState

How Do I Get Into K -State?

You can apply to K -State online at: https://apply.k-state.edu/app/open/ChooseTerm_open.action

Admission Requirements for K -State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into K -State?

94% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 94%, K -State is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 94%, and the acceptance rate for women is 94%.

Can I Afford Kansas State University?

$33,082 Net Price
48% Take Out Loans
4.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of K -State is $33,082. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At K -State, approximately 48% of students took out student loans averaging $6,583 a year. That adds up to $26,332 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at K -State is 4.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Kansas State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,230 Full-Time Undergraduates
47% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 17,869 undergraduate students at K -State, with 16,230 being full-time and 1,639 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  K -State

There are also 4,352 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,230 full-time undergraduates at K -State, 53% are male and 47% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  K -State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Kansas State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of K -State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 263
Black or African American 495
Hispanic or Latino 1,187
White 12,689
International Students 759
Other Races/Ethnicities 837

Geographic Diversity

Kansas students aren't the only ones who study at Kansas State University. At this time, 41 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 108 countries are represented at K -State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at Kansas State University

2,070 Took All Classes Online
5,634 Took At Least One Class Online
-0.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 13 bachelor’s degree and 26 master’s degree programs available online at K -State. In 2017-2018, 5,634 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at K -State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in Kansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of K -State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Kansas State University was -0.4%. This is the #2,232 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at K -State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of K -State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agricultural Public Services 22%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 0%
Architecture (Other) 50%
Business Administration & Management 2%
Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Chemical Engineering 18%
Civil Engineering 1%
Computer & Information Sciences 9%
Computer Programming 60%
Dispute Resolution 26%
Education 2%
Educational Administration 29%
Electrical Engineering 6%
Engineering 5%
Food Science Technology 12%
Health Professions 3%
History 19%
History 19%
Hospitality Management 13%
International Relations & National Security 20%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 13%
Liberal Arts General Studies 13%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 72%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 10%
Operations Research 55%
Plant Sciences 7%
Urban & Regional Planning 40%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at K -State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at K -State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Landscape Architecture #2
Agricultural Engineering #3
Food Science Technology #4
Dispute Resolution #4
Operations Research #5
Agricultural Public Services #5
Textile & Apparel Studies #6
Family & Consumer Economics #6
Nuclear Engineering #7
Plant Sciences #11
Statistics #12
Architecture & Related Services #13
Sustainability Science #14
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #16
Chemical Engineering #16
International Relations & National Security #18
Multilingual Education #19
Industrial Engineering #23
Gerontology #28
Mechanical Engineering #33
Civil Engineering #33
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #38
Electrical Engineering #41
General Social Sciences #44
Engineering-Related Fields #48
Teaching English or French #51
Student Counseling #52
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #54
Mathematics & Statistics #54
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #57
History #65
History #65
Finance & Financial Management #75
Public Administration #93
Engineering #109
Curriculum & Instruction #131
Human Development & Family Studies #141
Engineering Technologies #164
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #168
General Business/Commerce #178
Social Sciences #195
Public Administration & Social Service #208
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #212
Teacher Education Grade Specific #271

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Kansas State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 252 11 180 2 445
Business Administration & Management 0 0 183 0 56 0 239
Animal Science 4 0 204 0 12 4 224
Finance & Financial Management 15 0 154 0 24 11 204
Marketing 3 0 183 0 0 0 186
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 165 0 6 3 174
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 120 0 39 10 169
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 137 2 30 0 169
Accounting 0 11 100 0 50 0 161
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 138 0 10 7 155
Student Counseling 0 0 0 35 96 7 138
Computer Information Systems 0 0 97 0 15 2 114
Journalism 0 0 105 0 6 0 111
Plant Sciences 0 0 77 0 16 14 107
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 107 107
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 85 0 14 6 105
Food Science Technology 0 0 51 1 39 11 102
General Social Sciences 0 0 89 0 0 0 89
Educational Administration 0 0 0 9 69 9 87
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 0 0 80 0 80
Industrial Engineering 0 0 64 0 15 1 80
Natural Sciences 0 0 80 0 0 0 80
Chemical Engineering 0 0 65 0 5 9 79
Civil Engineering 0 0 59 0 12 8 79
Sociology 0 0 72 0 3 3 78
General Biology 0 0 65 0 9 2 76
General Sales & Marketing 71 0 2 0 0 0 73
Architectural Engineering 0 0 64 0 6 0 70
Electrical Engineering 0 0 49 0 15 6 70
Nutrition Science 0 0 56 0 11 3 70
Construction Engineering Technology 0 0 60 0 0 0 60
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 57 0 3 0 60
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 57 0 0 0 57
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 55 0 0 0 55
Economics 0 0 48 0 6 1 55
Hospitality Management 0 0 54 0 0 0 54
Social Work 0 0 53 0 0 0 53
General English Literature 0 0 29 1 21 0 51
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 38 0 7 5 50
Political Science & Government 0 0 49 0 0 0 49
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 39 0 8 0 47
Mathematics 0 0 34 0 7 6 47
Air Transportation 0 0 45 1 0 0 46
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 43 0 2 0 45
Management Information Systems 0 0 44 0 0 0 44
Food Processing 0 0 42 0 0 0 42
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 32 0 2 3 37
Communication Sciences 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Recreation Administration 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
History 0 0 27 0 7 2 36
Statistics 0 0 9 13 8 5 35
Interior Architecture 0 0 0 0 33 0 33
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 24 9 33
General Engineering Technology 0 6 27 0 0 0 33
Geography & Cartography 8 0 11 6 3 5 33
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 27 0 5 0 32
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 30 0 0 1 31
Zoology 0 0 24 0 2 5 31
Dispute Resolution 29 0 0 2 0 0 31
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 30 0 0 0 30
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 13 0 0 17 30
Chemistry 0 0 15 0 2 12 29
Agricultural Public Services 0 0 18 0 9 0 27
Music 0 0 17 0 10 0 27
Public Health 0 0 0 6 20 0 26
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 0 25 0 0 25
Physics 0 0 14 0 6 5 25
Anthropology 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
General Business/Commerce 0 0 20 2 0 0 22
Allied Health Professions 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Agricultural Mechanization 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 19 0 19
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 0 0 19 0 0 0 19
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 15 0 0 3 0 0 18
Computer Engineering 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 2 13 1 16
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 9 0 7 0 16
Liberal Arts General Studies 12 0 3 0 0 0 15
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 7 0 8 0 15
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0 13 2 15
Information Science 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Special Education 0 0 0 0 11 3 14
Philosophy 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Insurance 12 0 0 0 0 0 12
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 7 5 0 12
Operations Research 0 0 0 0 11 0 11
General Physical Sciences 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Public Administration 0 0 0 1 9 0 10
Industrial Production Technology 9 0 0 0 0 0 9
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Agricultural Production 6 0 0 0 0 0 6
Architecture (Other) 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
International Business 6 0 0 0 0 0 6
Ethnic Studies 0 0 3 3 0 0 6
Sustainability Science 2 0 0 0 4 0 6
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 1 4 0 5
Computer Programming 0 0 0 0 5 0 5
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Genetics 0 0 0 0 1 3 4
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
Biotechnology 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Dance 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
General Education 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Environmental Design 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Architecture 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Landscape Architecture 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 195 17 4,048 146 1,135 314 5,855

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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