Kansas Colleges Summary

Kansas may be famous for its farming, but the state grows more than crops; it cultivates higher education through a system of public and private colleges. The state's public postsecondary system includes 19 community colleges and 6 technical colleges, as well as 7 public universities in the Kansas State University system. The University of Kansas (KU) is a large public university with academic programs that consistently earn high rankings. KU is well known for its degree programs in special education, social welfare, speech-language pathology, rural medicine, clinical child psychology, nursing, occupational therapy and city management.

Students will also find about 34 private colleges and universities in Kansas. One of the most notable is Benedictine College, a private Catholic, co-ed school that was named one of the best regional colleges in the Midwest 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.

Additionally, Kansas is home to dozens of private trade and technical schools where students can prepare for careers in health care, technology, trades, and culinary arts and other fields.

Online Education Opportunities in Kansas

Kansas participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which sets national standards for distance education, making it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in other states.

Kansas Education Initiatives

The Get Ahead in Kansas initiative is designed to streamline the path for adults with some college education to complete their degrees in Kansas colleges. Also active in Kansas are postsecondary initiatives in engineering, nursing, and teacher education.

For more information on the Kansas Board of Regents, see https://www.kansasregents.org/


  • Kansas Board of Regents, see https://www.kansasregents.org/
  • The University of Kansas, Accessed March 2018, https://www.ku.edu/about/
  • Benedictine College, Accessed March 2018, https://www.benedictine.edu/about/heritage/index
  • Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report, Accessed March 2018, https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/benedictine-college-10256

Education Institutes in Kansas
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Kansas
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
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Colleges and Universities in Kansas
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of KansasLawrence27,625Four or more years$10,824340
Kansas State UniversityManhattan22,795Four or more years$10,135266
Johnson County Community CollegeOverland Park18,638At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,300101
Fort Hays State UniversityHays15,100Four or more years$5,00975
Wichita State UniversityWichita15,075Four or more years$8,432142
Grantham UniversityLenexa9,303Four or more years$6,54045
Butler Community CollegeEl Dorado8,828At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,270108
Pittsburg State UniversityPittsburg6,907Four or more years$7,10094
Washburn UniversityTopeka6,691Four or more years$7,978105
Hutchinson Community CollegeHutchinson5,854At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,39274
Kansas City Kansas Community CollegeKansas City5,825At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,24878
Emporia State UniversityEmporia5,732Four or more years$6,34582
Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and TechnologyWichita4,267At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,32376
Barton County Community CollegeGreat Bend4,228At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,456113
Newman UniversityWichita3,378Four or more years$29,20045