Academics

Location
Manhattan, KS
Undergrads
17,245
Tuition (in-state)
$20,146 ($8,047)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Especially if you are here for agriculture, veterinary medicine, or grain science, K-State is the best!!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my college and the faculty and staff are very helpful. The curriculum is very easy to follow and the requirements are well known.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: If you work hard to find your academic niche, K-State will work well for you.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The university has a great amount of academics to choose from along with the option to attend class with a student, which allows the visitor to feel as if they already attend there. In addition, the university is gaining popularity as one of the top 50 public universities in the USA.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Has the major I want and I enjoy all classes.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 15th
    Best Course Variety
  • 19th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 20th
    Best Registration Process
  • 24th
    Best Online Course Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Academics at Kansas State are a decidedly ominous grab bag. Depending on your major, the academic experience can prove either top-of-the-line or bottom-of-the-barrel. Though the years have dimmed its identity as a cow college considerably, K-State continues to preen its technical disciplines with far greater care than its liberal arts programs. Devotees of the humanities need not throw in the towel but must cling to it with inflexible resolve. There is no shortage of standout faculty, but students sharing similar interests are in short supply, and class offerings can be anorexically slim.

As for instructors, it's your classic tripartisanship: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Faculty here enjoy a reputation for no-sweat accessibility, and it's a distinction that's almost universally deserved. Professors (and, for that matter, teaching assistants) are exceptionally accommodating when it comes to out-of-class assistance. The number of upper-level courses taught by teaching assistants is respectably low—which is more than can be said of other institutions—but the absence of a full professor is virtually guaranteed in lab or lower-level foreign-language courses. The bottom line: Consider before you commit.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
20:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
975
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
179
Total FT Faculty
1,275
Faculty with Terminal Degree
84%
Average Faculty Salary
$73,829
Full-Time Retention Rate
80%
Part-Time Retention Rate
45%
Transfer-Out Rate
10%
Graduation Rate
58%
Programs/Majors Offered
113
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 50%
  • 20 to 49 students: 39%
  • 50 or more students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Architecture, Planning, and Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Ecology
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Animal Sciences: 2%
  • Elementary Education: 2%
  • Human Development: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Human diversity
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
Best Places to Study
Bluestem Bistro, Hale Library (depopulated regions like the juvenile literature room and the couch cluster of the Multicultural Resource Center in particular), Fiedler Engineering Library, Fiedler Hall's second floor, Union Station
Tips to Succeed
  • Accept Tim McGraw as a fact of life.
  • Hire a professional photographer to shoot your Facebook picture.
  • Pursue polysyllabic conversations with your academic adviser. If you're not sure what to take, talk to him or her about it. And if you think are, a few minutes of pre-committal consultation never hurts.
  • Realize that your professors exist outside of the classroom. If you're struggling with a course, drop by during office hours—they're almost invariably happy to help.
  • Renounce all pretensions toward vegetarianism.
Did You Know?
Nuclear winter (and summer, spring, and fall)? Kansas State is one of only 25 universities in the country to boast a fully-functional nuclear reactor on campus.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 92 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 17% Erin Brockovich - lawyer, environmental activist
  • 17% Kirstie Alley - actress
  • 17% Eric Stonestreet - actor
  • 17% Erik Kynard- Olympic medalist, track and field
  • 10% Marlin Fitzwater - former White House press secretary
  • 10% Steve Grogan - former NFL quarterback
  • 7% Herb Dimond - inventor of the snooze alarm
  • 3% Bernard Rogers - former supreme Allied Commander of NATO
  • 3% Thane Baker - Olympic medalist, track and field
  • 0% Jerry Wexler - music producer
  • 0% Connie Ramos - TV personality

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 91 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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