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Fort Hays State University Data & Information Overview

439 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
90% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Fort Hays State University Ranked?

#588 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in KS
Business Administration & Management Highest Ranked Major
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2024 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 439 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration & management.

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Overall Quality

FHSU landed the #588 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when FHSU held the #974 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

FHSU is also ranked #4 out of 47 schools in Kansas.

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Is It Hard to Get Into FHSU?

90% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 90%, 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.

Learn more about Fort Hays State University admissions.

Fort Hays State University Faculty

15 to 1 Student to Faculty
51% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Fort Hays State University, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

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 51%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  51 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Fort Hays State University

73% Freshmen Retention
23% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 73% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Fort Hays State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 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 23%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  23 out of 100

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Fort Hays State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,580 Full-Time Undergraduates
19.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 12,211 undergraduates at FHSU with 5,580 being full-time and 6,631 being part-time.

How Much Does Fort Hays State University Cost?

$13,189 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
$21,852 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of FHSU is $13,189. 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 +
$9,774 $10,847 $13,208 $15,894 $16,083

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At FHSU, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $5,463 a year. That adds up to $21,852 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at FHSU is 5.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do FHSU Graduates Make?

$42,518 Avg Salary of Grads
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The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from FHSU make about $42,518 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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Location of Fort Hays State University

Kansas State
5,580 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Fort Hays State University is a public institution situated in Hays, Kansas. Hays is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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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

51 Majors With Completions
3,340 Undergraduate Degrees
1,584 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 51 majors graduated from Fort Hays State University. Of these students, 3,340 received undergraduate degrees and 1,584 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 1,018 $39,768
Liberal Arts General Studies 257 $36,246
Finance & Financial Management 194 $44,719
Teacher Education Grade Specific 178 $34,689
Computer Programming 154 NA
Economics 152 NA
General Psychology 146 $33,806
Nursing 134 $56,873
Teacher Education Subject Specific 104 $35,684
Other Health Professions 101 NA

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

57% Take At Least One Class Online
47% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 7,985 students took at least one online class at Fort Hays State University. This is a decrease from the 8,553 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 7,985 6,600
2019-2020 8,553 6,708
2018-2019 8,759 6,864
2017-2018 12,876 11,012
2016-2017 12,264 10,452

Learn more about online learning at Fort Hays State University.

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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