38 SCHOOLS in KANSAS
One of the most pivotal states in the years leading up to the Civil War, Kansas’ history has been marked by some of the very best American characteristics – fearless exploration, cooperation, a deep love of democracy, and a strong work ethic – even among unbelievable challenges and dangers. In its earliest years as a frontier territory, Kansas was a bone of contention between abolitionists and pro-slavery forces, entering the union as a free state. After the long and horrific Civil War, more settlers, including many European immigrants, brought healing to the region, along with agriculture and industry. For decades, Kansas was one of the nation’s highest producers of agricultural products, and a major producer of oil and natural gas.
In recent years, economic troubles have prompted Kansans to reconsider their careers, and driven Kansas’ major industries to reach out into new forms of revenue, from aerospace and aviation to technology and commerce. The Kansas higher education system is reacting as well, leading the charge to diversify the job market and provide for the state’s government, business, education, and healthcare needs. The best colleges in Kansas combine the hardy, self-motivated gumption that shaped Kansas’ character, with modern educational delivery (like online degree programs) and experiential learning. Together, the top colleges and universities in Kansas are leading Kansans into the future.