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Kansas State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Kansas State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Kansas State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, 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.

Out of the 28 colleges in Kansas, K -State is ranked at #2.

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Is It Hard to Get Into K -State?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 94%, K -State has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

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Kansas State University Faculty

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 Kansas State University, this ratio is 18 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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much 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

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from K -State have a four-year graduation rate of 29%. This is comparable to the national average 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 17,210 undergraduates at K -State with 15,548 being full-time and 1,662 being part-time.

K -State Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for K -State is 77.46 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  77.46 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

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 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from K -State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,600 in their early years. 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.


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Location of Kansas State University

Kansas State University is a public institution located in Manhattan, Kansas. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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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 107 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
Marketing 183 $43,600
Business Administration & Management 183 $42,300
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 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, 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

Learn more about online learning at Kansas 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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