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.