Kansas State University

Kansas State University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, is the flagship campus of the Kansas State University system. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at KSU.

Is Kansas State University the School for You?

Located in Manhattan, Kansas, Kansas State University is a 4-year public university offering more than 250 undergraduate degree options, 65 master's programs, and 45 doctorate programs, as well as 22 graduate certificates. KSU houses regional campuses in Salina and Olathe, Kansas. The Little Apple, as Manhattan is nicknamed, has a population of 52,000 people. Read the information below to find out if KSU is the right school for you.


  • Has nationally ranked individual programs
  • Acceptance rate is 35.2 percentage points higher than the national average
  • High number of academic programs
  • Student debt following graduation is $1,513 lower than the national average
  • Accepts AP and dual credits


  • Total cost is $2,539 higher for in-state and $2,037 higher for out-of-state students than the national average for a public, 4-year university
  • Graduation rate is 17 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 20:1, which is four higher than the national average
  • High number of TAs teaching classes

Rankings & School Analysis

Founded in 1863 and situated upon 664 acres, KSU has 10 colleges and enrolled approximately 24,000 students in 2011. The Technology and Aviation College is home to degree programs in aviation and airport maintenance and management, as well as professional pilot and air traffic control management degrees. The atomic, molecular, and optical physics program at KSU was ranked #13 nationally by U.S. News and World Report in 2010. Likewise, KSU has a strong veterinary medicine program, which was ranked #19 nationally in 2011. The Biosecurity Research Institute specializes in farm-to-fork food safety concerns and animal, human, and plant infectious disease research programs.

The total cost to attend KSU for the 2012-2013 school year was $20,399 for in-state and $32,498 for out-of-state students, as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). While these figures are higher than the national average, student debt following graduation was lower than the national average of $26,660, as computed by the Project on Student Debt. The College Board reports that the average amount of debt for a KSU graduate was $25,147 as of 2013.

The NCES reports that KSU had a student-faculty ratio of 20:1 in 2011, which was higher than the national average of 16:1. Likewise, you may have more teaching assistants leading the classroom than at other universities - roughly 34% of instructors were TAs in 2011. As reported by the NCES in the same year, 23% of undergraduates earned a bachelor's degree within four years and 56% earned a degree within six years. Of full-time, first-time students enrolled in the fall of 2011, 82% returned for a second year of studies at the university.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Kansas State University

You can apply to KSU either online or by submitting a paper application. You'll be granted admission to KSU if you meet at least one of the following requirements: hold a 2.0 GPA or higher as an in-state student or a 2.5 GPA if you're an out-of-state student, rank in the top third of your graduating class, or earn a 21 composite ACT score or a 980 composite SAT score. Certain programs require additional minimum GPA and test score admission criteria. U.S. News and World Report notes that KSU had a 99% acceptance rate in 2011. KSU does not have a hard application deadline and operates on a rolling admission policy. The exception is for international students, who must apply by June 1.

Various financial aid options are available, and the average need-based scholarship or grant awarded by the university was $4,192 in 2011, according to U.S. News & World Report. During that year, about 52% of full-time undergraduate students received some form of need-based aid. The priority deadline for institutional scholarships was November 1 as of 2013.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2011) Rolling admissions****
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1***
Application Fee (2012-2013) $30**
Acceptance Rate (2012) 99%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $20,399 for residents, $32,498 for non-residents**
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2013) $11,289***
% of Undergraduates with Need Met (2013) 14%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2013) $25,147***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 4.5%**

Student Life at Kansas State University

As a student at KSU, you can live in one of nine residence halls located on campus. However, due to the growing number of freshmen at the school, on-campus housing options for sophomores and upperclassmen are competitive. According to U.S. News and World Report, 17% of undergraduate men participated in a fraternity in 2011, and 24% of undergraduate women joined a sorority. Manhattan has various entertainment options, including a zoo, botanical gardens, art museum, walking and biking trails, and Tuttle Creek State Park.

There are more than 450 student clubs and organizations located on campus. Volunteer and leadership opportunities are also available, like HandsOn Kansas State. KSU has 16 varsity sports that compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Town
Student Population (2011) 19,385 undergraduate and 4,478 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 52% to 48%**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 89%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 81%**
% of International Students (2011) 3%**
Retention Rate (2011) 82% for full-time and 45% for part-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 24%****
Number of Libraries 6*
Extracurricular Activities More than 450*
Noteworthy Konza Prairie Biological Station is North America's largest tallgrass prairie preserve

Article Sources: *Kansas State University, **NCES College Navigator, ***The College Board, ****U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Kansas State University, 119 Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506
  • Phone: (785) 532-6250