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Kansas State University Data & Information Overview

780 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
94% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on Kansas State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and 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?

#231 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in KS
Agricultural Business Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 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 780 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is agricultural business.

Overall Quality

K -State landed the #231 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when K -State held the #341 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

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

See all of the rankings for Kansas State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into K -State?

94% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women

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.

Learn more about Kansas State University admissions.

Kansas State University Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
90% 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 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 90%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  90 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Kansas State University

87% Freshmen Retention
34% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Kansas State University has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. 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  87 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 34%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  34 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Kansas State University.

Kansas State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,497 Full-Time Undergraduates
16.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
48.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 16,257 undergraduates at K -State with 14,497 being full-time and 1,760 being part-time.

How Much Does Kansas State University Cost?

$18,433 Net Price
45% Take Out Loans
$27,396 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of K -State is $18,433. 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 +
$13,436 $14,653 $16,868 $20,156 $21,390

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 45% of students took out student loans averaging $6,849 a year. That adds up to $27,396 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at K -State is 3.7%. 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?

$51,608 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from K -State make around $51,608 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future K -State graduates since it is 21% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of Kansas State University

Kansas State
14,497 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
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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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

106 Majors With Completions
3,964 Undergraduate Degrees
1,329 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 106 majors graduated from Kansas State University. Of these students, 3,964 received undergraduate degrees and 1,329 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
Animal Science 225 $33,928
Teacher Education Grade Specific 209 $37,947
Business Administration & Management 192 $46,241
Marketing 184 $44,778
Mechanical Engineering 175 $65,670
Finance & Financial Management 150 $48,232
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 141 $25,485
Computer Information Systems 112 $67,854
Human Development & Family Studies 111 $28,101
Accounting 107 $51,995

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

66% Take At Least One Class Online
14% Take All Classes Online

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 2019-2020, 13,737 students took at least one online class at Kansas State University. This is an increase from the 5,850 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 13,737 2,979
2018-2019 5,850 2,386
2017-2018 5,634 2,070
2016-2017 5,457 1,946
2015-2016 5,271 1,956

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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