Kansas State University

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Kansas State University is a public, 4-year school located in Manhattan, KS, 50 miles west of Topeka. The school, founded as Kansas State Agricultural College in 1863, was the first public institution of higher education in Kansas which had been admitted to the United States just 2 years prior. It was founded as a co-educational school and was only the second public college in the country to admit women. The school’s name was changed to Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science in 1931; in 1959, the legislature changed the name of the school again to Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science, which is its official name. The 650+ acre campus features many buildings constructed before 1910; many buildings use the native limestone in their materials. The architectural style shows the transition from historic through modern and contemporary designs.

Academic Programs

Kansas State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s degrees and Doctorates in over 100 fields of study. Noted for Veterinary Medicine, Healthcare fields, Art & Design and Education, the largest programs on campus are in Agriculture and Business. The University is comprised of nine colleges: College of Agriculture; College of Architecture, Planning and Design; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business Administration; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Human Ecology; Kansas State Polytechnic (Salina campus); and College of Veterinary Medicine. Per the Mission Statement, “The mission of Kansas State University is to foster excellent teaching, research, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. The university embraces diversity, encourages engagement and is committed to the discovery of knowledge, the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and improvement in the quality of life and standard of living of those we serve.”

Student Life

There are nearly 20,000 undergraduate student enrolled in Kansas State University, many of whom live on campus among the 11 residence halls, living communities and apartments. The University sponsors over 400 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the royal purple Wildcats, led by Wille the Wildcat, field teams in 9 sports and participate in NCAA Division I competition. The school is also noted for its distinguished Lecture Series with high-profile speakers. Students are held to a Code of Conduct which is described in their Statement of Community: Our collective mission is best accomplished when every member of the university community acknowledges and practices the following principles: the dignity and value of every person and maintain respect; the value of human diversity for community; the right of free expression in a spirit of civility and decency; the value of honesty and integrity; awareness of multiple communities, and the obligation to be engaged in a positive way with our civic partners; We recognize our individual obligations to the university community. We will each strive to contribute to a positive spirit that affirms learning and growth for all members of the community.

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