Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University is a public, co-educational university located in Hays, Kansas. It was established in the year 1902. It is the fourth largest of the six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. FHSU enrolls more than 9,000 students annually. The main campus of the university is spread across an area of 200 of the 4,160 acres, owned by the state and deeded to the university

FHSU offers more than 60 academic majors for undergraduates and over 15 for graduates, through four colleges which include:

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

The official mascot of FHSU is the Tiger. The athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) conference.

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Fort Hays State University
600 Park St
Hays , KS 67601-4099
General Phone: (785) 628-4000

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Fort Hays State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts963foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and sciences, geography, political science, sociology, history
Education and Teaching277education, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, business teaching, ...
Business and Management189business management, accounting, business communications, finance, MIS, marketing, business and related services
Medical Support and Technology92speech pathology, radiation therapist, sonography and ultrasound tech
Nursing and Emergency Medicine74registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling60psychology, school psychology
Science56biology, biological and physical sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Media46communication studies
Agricultural Science and Management43agriculture, agricultural management
Computer Science and Engineering39computer and info science, computer programming, information science
Fine Arts39fine arts, fine arts studies
Security and Law Enforcement38criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work15social work
Engineering8industrial engineering
Office and Administration6administrative assistant
Art Studies4art studies
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy3athletic trainer

Number of programs and degrees for Fort Hays State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,64646
Master's degree26319
Associate's degree593
Post-master's certificate61

Fort Hays State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Fort Hays State had a total enrollment of 9,588 students (6,397 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 78%
Graduate 22%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 67%
Black 2%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 22%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 18%
20-21 28%
22-24 20%
25-29 11%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Fort Hays State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 69 %

Fort Hays State Room and Board (2007)

Fort Hays State offers campus housing for 1,246 of its 6,397 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Hays, Kansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kansas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Fort Hays State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrecommended
College Prep Programrecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Fort Hays State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,832
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,900
Room and board $ 6,252
Books and supplies $ 840
Other expenses $ 2,850

Financial Aid:
Fort Hays State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 191500)

Fort Hays State Faculty

Fort Hays State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3636
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3427

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year9$95,4635$85,795
Associate professorcalendar year11$84,4485$70,339
Assistant professorcalendar year5$61,2647$63,338
Instructorcalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year27$81,50319$69,310

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$73,8537$65,401
Associate professoracademic year38$61,19219$54,575
Assistant professoracademic year38$50,59431$51,542
Instructoracademic year32$34,31930$38,882
All faculty totalacademic year134$54,22687$48,954

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Fort Hays State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports445498

Fort Hays State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agriculture, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Corporate Communications
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Industrial Engineering

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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Top 19%Fort Hays State % of freshmen enrolled part-time

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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