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Fort Hays State University

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Fort Hays State University (FHSU) is the fourth-largest of the six public universities governed by the state of Kansas. The main FHSU campus, which is roughly 200 acres, is located in the city of Hays. The school serves approximately 11,000 total students — undergraduate, graduate, and online — each year.


FHSU offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a select few specialized degrees. The university is comprised of four colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Leadership
  • College of Education and Technology
  • College of Health and Life Sciences

The colleges consist of more than 30 academic departments which offer over 70 majors. Fort Hays is an accredited member of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges’ Higher Learning Commission, and individual programs have also received accreditation from various agencies, including:

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; the Kansas State Board of Nursing; the National Association of Schools of Music; the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education; the Kansas State Board of Education; the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology; the Council on Social Work Education; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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The school began with a heavy agricultural focus and continues to be a leader in agricultural research and studies in Kansas and across the United States. FHSU is one of few schools to offer Agriculture as a major, with either a scientific or a business focus. The prestige of this academic department is backed up by the fact that the school has its own farm where a variety of livestock species are housed and crops grown for research and educational purposes.

Virtual College

The university has had much success with its Virtual College, an online distance learning platform that provides students with the ability to pursue associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in several areas of study as well as certain professional certificates through online classes.

All degrees obtained via the Virtual College program are accredited by the same authorities as their corresponding learning programs on campus, and in almost all cases the same instructors teach courses online as well as in person if the classes are offered in both formats.


Prospective freshmen applicants who attended a high school in the state of Kansas must meet the following requirements to qualify as a degree-seeking student at FHSU:

  • Composite ACT score of 21 or higher, or equivalent SAT score
  • Rank in the top third of their graduating high school class


  • Complete the pre-college high school curriculum created by the Kansas Board of Regents, earning a minimum GPA of 2.0

Minimum requirements vary for high school graduates who attended school in other states, homeschooled students, GED recipients, transfer students, and new college students who are over the age of 21. The FHSU office of admissions can supply more information to all interested students.

Financial Aid

Fort Hays State University prides itself on being an affordable way for students to pursue further education, but financial aid is available for students who qualify. The Financial Assistance Office can provide students with information about scholarships, grants, loans, and benefits for students who are veterans.

To determine eligibility for financial aid, students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. The FAFSA must be completed each academic year.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4472nd for the average student loan amount.
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The Center for Student Involvement points out that college students who get involved on campus are more satisfied with college life in general, and Fort Hays students have hundreds of co-curricular opportunities and organizations at their disposal. Recognized student organizations and clubs include campus-wide groups, departmental groups associated with a particular academic department, honor societies, religious and/or spiritual organizations, groups that are comprised of students who live in a particular residence hall, and Greek fraternities and sororities.

FHSU’s Kelly Support Services offers a variety of services for students as well as faculty and staff. Many students can benefit from free and confidential alcohol and drug counseling sessions, personal counseling for other life- and college-related issues such as stress management, dealing with the numerous changes and transitions that are a normal part of the college experience, family or personal problems, and more. Academic support and tutoring sessions are also offered.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The university’s athletic teams are known as the Fort Hays State University Tigers. The Tigers are an NCAA Division II member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Men’s sports include:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Wrestling
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Golf

Women’s sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Tennis
  • Golf

The Tigers also have a cheerleading squad and dance team. Athletics facilities on campus include the Gross Memorial Coliseum, Schmidt-Bickle Indoor Training Facility, multiple stadiums, tennis courts, and a track.

Local Community

Home to FHSU, Hays is the largest city in Northwestern Kansas with a population of roughly 20,000 residents. The city has an outstanding medical facility, the Hays Medical Center, ranked as one of the best rural care centers in the country. The local airport gives residents frequent services to nearby metropolitan areas such as Denver and Kansas City, keeping the city plugged in with other, larger communities.

In addition to the outstanding Center for Health Improvement and other fitness and sports centers like the Smoky Hill Country Club and the Hays Municipal Golf Course, the natural surroundings are ideal for running and biking; furthermore, two major lakes are within less than an hour’s drive from the campus, providing boating, fishing and swimming activities.

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Ranks 10th in Kansas and 981st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Kansas and 103rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 21 0.16
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 53 0.26
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 13 0.06
Robbery 4 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 72 0.35
Larceny 455 2.20
Vehicle theft 26 0.13

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Hays, KS 67601-4099
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population23,052 (20,499 urban / 2,553 rural)
Households9,367 (2.34 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,482
Families5,513 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2001

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1606th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,360 $3,360 $11,823
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $998 $998 $998
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $145 $145 $427
FT Graduate Tuition $3,013 $3,013 $8,582
FT Graduate Required Fees $599 $599 $599
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $201 $201 $510
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,410 $16,410 $24,873
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,410 $16,410 $24,873
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,280 $7,280 $15,743

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,082 $4,320 $4,082 $4,320 $12,357 $13,680
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $920(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,837 $7,038
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,928 $3,976
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,837 $7,038
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,928 $3,976
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,928 $3,976

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,511 (1,103 male / 1,408 female)
Admitted 2,239 (967 male / 1,272 female)
Admission rate 89%
First-time Enrollment 1,063 (474 male / 589 female)
FT Enrollment 981 (429 male / 552 female)
PT Enrollment 82 (45 male / 37 female)
Total Enrollment13,441

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc

ACT Test Admission

827th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,633
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,510
Board Fee$3,620

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 1,608 64 97 20 8 1,460 57 3,344
Accounting 1 29 1 32
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Agricultural Business and Management, General 20 1 22
Agriculture, General 24 24
Art Teacher Education 2 2
Art/Art Studies, General 3 3
Athletic Training/Trainer 5 5
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 1 7 10
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 20 2 25
Business Administration and Management, General 978 4 1 73 9 1,067
Business Teacher Education 12 12
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 312 1 2 31 1 348
Business/Corporate Communications 9 9
Chemistry, General 7 7
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 9 1 11
Computer and Information Sciences, General 5 5
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 17 18
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 7 7 1 1 58 1 77
Developmental and Child Psychology 1 9 10
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 41 1 44
Education, General 4 1 46 1 52
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 1 27 1 30
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 1 13 16
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 1 2 100 2 108
English Language and Literature, General 2 16 1 19
Finance, General 4 1 9 14
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1 3 4
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 4 1 37 1 44
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 4 2 2 8
Geography 1 7 1 9
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 10 2 13
History, General 1 9 1 11
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 3 4
Industrial Engineering 4 4
Information Science/Studies 57 1 1 43 3 109
International Economics 1 1 1 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 160 32 25 11 3 282 16 539
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 19 19
Mathematics, General 3 9 12
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 29 30
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 5 9
Music Teacher Education 3 3
Music, General 3 3 6
Nursing Science 1 1 25 1 29
Philosophy 1 1 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1 5 61 68
Physical Sciences 1 1
Physics, General 1 6 7
Political Science and Government, General 65 1 2 14 82
Psychology, General 1 1 2 36 40
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 5 7 2 81 96
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 31 1 34
Social Work 2 14 16
Sociology 3 5 1 24 4 39
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 2 1 48 1 54
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 15 2 9 28
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 31 33
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 1 17 18

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2137th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,475 ($64,362 male / $52,532 female)
Number of FT Faculty 303 (167 male / 136 female)
Number of PT Faculty 352
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $7,290,214

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