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Fort Hays State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Fort Hays State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Fort Hays State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Fort Hays State University was awarded 45 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked FHSU as #1,175 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

FHSU is also ranked #13 out of 28 schools in Kansas.

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Is It Hard to Get Into FHSU?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 89%, some consider FHSU to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

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Fort Hays State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Fort Hays State University is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Fort Hays State University is 54%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  54 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Fort Hays State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Fort Hays State University is 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at FHSU is 19%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  19 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at FHSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,128 undergraduates at FHSU with 5,726 being full-time and 7,402 being part-time.

FHSU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for FHSU is 65.07 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  65.07 out of 100
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How Much Does Fort Hays State University Cost?

The overall average net price of FHSU is $12,340. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for FHSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,980 $10,310 $12,327 $14,771 $15,076

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of FHSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At FHSU, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $5,498 a year. That adds up to $21,992 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at FHSU is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do FHSU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from FHSU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $38,200 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University is a public institution located in Hays, Kansas. Hays is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Location of Fort Hays State University

Contact details for FHSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 Park St, Hays, KS 67601-4099
Phone: 785-628-4000

Fort Hays State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 51 majors graduated from Fort Hays State University. Of these students, 2,980 received undergraduate degrees and 787 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 565 $37,600
Other Business, Management & Marketing 465 $36,000
Liberal Arts General Studies 283 $36,700
Teacher Education Grade Specific 191 $35,100
Nursing 158 $57,700
Economics 147 NA
General Psychology 143 $27,800
Teacher Education Subject Specific 136 $35,500
Public Relations & Advertising 81 NA
Information Science 65 $48,000

Learn more about the majors offered at Fort Hays State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at FHSU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 12,876 students took at least one online class at Fort Hays State University. This is an increase from the 12,264 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 12,876 11,012
2016-2017 12,264 10,452
2015-2016 11,746 9,946
2014-2015 10,950 9,447
2013-2014 10,393 9,025

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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