Where Wildcats lead, success is sure to follow
Pick a member of the Kansas State University community at random and ask them what it means to be a Wildcat. It’s a safe bet that you will get some version of a one-word answer:family. That’s because K-Staters consider themselves one big, purple family, and that tradition shines through our contributions to the world. As the nation’s first operational land-grant university, K-State has been putting service and compassion into action since 1863.
Above all else, the K-State family is firmly dedicated to fostering a welcoming atmosphere where everyone feels supported and empowered to tackle whatever challenges come their way. In fact, K-State was only the second public institution of higher education in the US to admit men and women equally, fostering a foundation of diversity and inclusion that we proudly maintain today. Our Principles of Community lay the guidelines in ensuring everyone feels safe and heard, and student philanthropies like K-State Proud provide millions of dollars to those in need.
Our mission of service and excellence is global. The K-State family is working hard to meet our goal of becoming a top 50 public research university by 2025. We’re well on our way—our expert, world-renowned researchers pull double duty as all-star professors, guiding students asthey work together to invent solutions that could save lives across the globe. Additionally, K-State was ranked #12 nationally for improving students’ critical-thinking skills by The Wall Street Journal, due in part to our 250+ majors and options that allow students to personalize their education.
Many of our programs are nationally ranked, and the University as a whole has been named one of U.S. News & World Report’s best national universities for many years running.
K-State is home to nearly 23,000 students and more than 1,000 instructional faculty who overwhelmingly love their big, purple family. K-Staters are the #6 happiest students in the nation, according to The Princeton Review, and enjoy the #3 best quality of life.
It’s not all work and no play though. In fact, stop by Bill Snyder Family Stadium on a fall Saturday and you’re likely to hear the roar of ESPN’s fifth- happiest fan base in the nation participating in the #1 pregame tradition in the Big 12 Conference. K-State also has 475+ student clubs and organizations ranging from paintball to politics and everything in between. You can take your pick or start your own!
We have a four-campus system, including K-State Olathe in Olathe, Kansas; Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina, Kansas; K-State Global Campus, which offers online degrees and programs; and our main campus in Manhattan, Kansas. Known as “The Little Apple,” Manhattan’s vibrant atmosphere led to it being named the #8 college town in the nation by the American Institute for Economic Research in 2017. Amidst exciting nightlife, local shopping, and delectable dining, Manhattan and K-State students enjoy a great partnership. In fact, The Princeton Review ranked K-State #1 in the nation for great campus-community relations.
K-State’s top priority is people, both on campus and around the world. Our family values are often referred to as the Wildcat Way, and we invite you to join us. Explore K-State by requesting a personalized packet at k-state.edu/admissions/achieve. Or let us roll out the purple carpet—visit k-state.edu/admissions/visit to schedule a personalized on-campus visit.
Like what you hear? Apply for admission and scholarships at k-state.edu/admissions/apply. We can’t wait for you to join the Wildcat family!
Purple by the Numbers
We’re proud of what K-State students, with the help of dedicated faculty and staff, have accomplished in their quests to better themselves and the world around them—all while enjoying one of the nation’s best undergraduate experiences.
• Nine academic colleges, 250+ majors and options
• #1 most beautiful college campus in Kansas (Travel + Leisure, 2017)
• 19:1 student-faculty ratio
• #1 pregame tradition in the Big 12 (ESPN, 2016)
• 94% of recent bachelor’s grads surveyed were employed or continuing their education
• $36 million in scholarships awarded annually
• $230 million in financial aid awarded each year
• #2 most active large public research university in the nation (American Kinesiology Association, 2016)
• #2 best athletic facilities (The Princeton Review, 2018)
• #3 best quality of life (The Princeton Review, 2018)
• #16 best career services (The Princeton Review, 2018)