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17,798
Tuition (in-state)
$21,530 ($8,585)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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5 College Senior

Academics: Engineering is wonderful at K-State. In one more year, they will be opening a wonderful new facility. The professors and teaching assistants want to see you succeed. You are not just a number. There are a lot of tutors, which are paid for by the college. So, there is no reason for you to fail a class if you put in the effort. They have a good program for those wanting to find a job or internship. I applied with four companies and got four job offers. Because they have provided plenty of meet and great events during their week-long career fairs. They also have people on hand to assist you with resumes and interview techniques.

4 College Senior

Academics: I believe we have very caring professors. They want to see students excel while learning. Most are very accessible. Sometimes their courses are difficult but with the free tutors and teaching assistants, there is no reason for failure.

4 College Senior

Academics: Kansas State has a lot of different programs, an array of internship/job opportunities, and has great facilities and curriculum in the JMC school.

4 College Senior

Academics: The JMC school has great programs and the staff are super supportive, encouraging and helpful.

4 College Senior

Academics: I am in the theatre department and I really enjoy the program. There are many opportunities to get involved, even for an underclassman. With that said, the department is what you make it.

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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
115
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
  • Animal Sciences: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 92 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 17% Kirstie Alley - actress
  • 17% Eric Stonestreet - actor
  • 17% Erik Kynard- Olympic medalist, track and field
  • 14% Erin Brockovich - lawyer, environmental activist
  • 11% Steve Grogan - former NFL quarterback
  • 9% Marlin Fitzwater - former White House press secretary
  • 9% 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 91 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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