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Kansas State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Kansas State University

In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked Kansas State University number 73 among the nation's top public schools and number 143 among the best national universities. The 4-year, public school is located on 664 acres of land in Manhattan, KS, about 58 miles west of Topeka. It's accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Kansas State University operates several schools and colleges focusing on areas such as veterinary medicine, business administration, technology and aviation, human ecology, engineering, education, the arts and sciences, planning and design, agriculture and architecture. It also has a graduate school.

Undergraduate students can choose from more than 250 majors or fields of study. The university also offers master's degree, graduate certificate, doctoral and education doctoral programs.

In addition to on-campus programs, the school provides numerous online opportunities. In total, it offers nine bachelor's degree completion programs, 23 master's degree programs, one Doctor of Philosophy program, four minor programs of study and 23 certificate programs entirely online. Students also can study abroad in locations such as Finland, Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Ireland.


Applications for undergraduate and graduation admission to Kansas State University should be submitted online. Undergraduate applications are accepted anywhere from 15 months to seven days before the start of classes for the semester in which enrollment is sought. Applications made less than seven days before the start of classes may incur a late fee. Admissions notifications are sent on a rolling basis.

In the fall of 2011, the school had a student population of about 19,000 undergraduate and 4,800 graduate students. Students came from all fifty states and 90 foreign countries. In fall 2010, the majority of all undergraduate students attended classes on a full-time basis.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Kansas State University charges different tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. During the 2012-2013 school year, in-state freshman students taking 14 credit hours paid $6,829 per year in tuition. At the same time, out-of-state students taking 14 credit hours paid $18,122 per year in tuition. Housing fees ranged from $3,000 to $7,450 per year.

According to the school, more than $200 million in grants, scholarships and loans are disbursed to students each year. The school participates in a federal work-study program, but also provides part-time on-campus jobs to students who do not meet federal program requirements. Merit-based scholarships are available.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's and bachelor's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, master's and doctoral degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Remote town**
Student Body Approximately 19,000 undergraduate and 4,800 graduate students (fall 2011)**
Student Housing Nine housing options are available**
Schools and Programs 11 schools, more than 250 undergraduate fields of study, 69 master's degree programs, 37 graduate certificate programs, 38 doctoral degree programs and four education doctoral programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20:1 (fall 2011)**
Most Popular Fields of Study Based on Degrees Awarded in Spring 2011 Associate's: Engineering technology and related fields (29); Bachelor's: Business, management, marketing and related fields (526); Master's: Education (233); Doctoral: Health professions and related programs (107)**
Overall Graduation Rates 56% of students who began studies in fall 2005 graduated in normal completion time**
Admissions Rate 99% (fall 2011)**
Entering Class Size 3,561 (fall 2011, first-time, degree- or certificate-seeking students)**
First Year Retention Rates 82% of first-year, full-time students who began studies in fall 2010**
Application Due Date 15 months to seven days before beginning of classes*
Decision Notification Date Rolling admission*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition $3,415 per semester for in-state and $9,061 for out-of-state students per semester (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available Federal grants, 26%; Pell grants, 26%; other federal grants, 12%; state/local government grants or scholarships, 12%; school grants or scholarships, 64%; loans, 55% (fall 2011)**
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 84% (fall 2011)**

Sources: *Kansas State University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Main Address: 119 Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-0102
  • Phone: 785-532-6250
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