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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are understanding and curriculum is pretty average on workload, but depends on class and major. Huge study spots are Hale, the coffee shops, and dorm lobbies. I recommend taking an afternoon when it is nice out and study in the quad- BYOB (bring your own blanket!)

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3 College Freshman

Academics: This depends on the major that you are pursuing. There are some who are not in the same difficulty level of others. If you're looking for a place to study, I would suggest 1st floor of Hale. It does tend to be less loud than the 2nd floor.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There's a class for almost anything at KSU but if there isn't enough draw for a class it doesn't get scheduled for a semester, however it's relatively easy to find a professor to teach it a semester or two down the road.

3 College Freshman

Academics: You can study wherever you feel comfortable.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics offered at my school are great in every way.

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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 179 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 103 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 102 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 57% This was one of my top choices.
  • 5% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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