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Get the facts about Kansas 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 Kansas State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Kansas State University was awarded 130 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is agriculture and agriculture operations.

Overall Quality

K - State landed the #310 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when K - State held the #353 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

K - State also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Kansas ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into K - State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Kansas State University is 94%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into K - State is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Learn more about Kansas State University admissions.

Kansas State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Kansas 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

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Kansas State University is 89%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  89 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Kansas State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Kansas State University has a freshmen retention rate of 84%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At K - State this rate is 29%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  29 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at K - State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 18,488 undergraduates at K - State with 16,770 being full-time and 1,718 being part-time.

K - State 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 K - State is 77.45 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  77.45 out of 100
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How Much Does Kansas State University Cost?

The overall average net price of K - State is $18,450. 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 K - State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,281 $14,900 $17,246 $19,938 $21,235

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 K - State, 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 K - State, approximately 48% of students took out student loans averaging $6,583 a year. That adds up to $26,332 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at K - State is 4.7%. 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 K - State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from K - State make about $45,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future K - State graduates since it is 15% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Kansas State University make the most money.

Location of Kansas State University

Kansas State University is a public institution located in Manhattan, Kansas. The city atmosphere of Manhattan makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of Kansas State University

Contact details for K - State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 919 Mid-Campus Drive, Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-6011

Kansas State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 124 majors graduated from Kansas State University. Of these students, 4,065 received undergraduate degrees and 1,449 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
Teacher Education Grade Specific 252 $36,500
Animal Science 204 $32,800
Business Administration & Management 183 $42,300
Marketing 183 $43,600
Mechanical Engineering 165 $63,300
Finance & Financial Management 154 $45,700
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 138 NA
Human Development & Family Studies 137 $30,700
Agricultural Economics & Business 120 $51,700
Journalism 105 $31,200

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

Online Learning at K - State

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 2017-2018, 5,634 students took at least one online class at Kansas State University. This is an increase from the 5,457 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 5,634 2,070
2016-2017 5,457 1,946
2015-2016 5,271 1,956
2014-2015 4,894 1,978
2013-2014 4,834 2,115

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