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.
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.
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/
|School||City||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence||27,690||Four or more years||$11,148||360|
|Kansas State University||Manhattan||22,221||Four or more years||$10,383||272|
|Johnson County Community College||Overland Park||18,373||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,300||98|
|Wichita State University||Wichita||15,778||Four or more years||$8,270||179|
|Fort Hays State University||Hays||15,523||Four or more years||$5,130||77|
|Butler Community College||El Dorado||8,374||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,510||109|
|Grantham University||Lenexa||8,059||Four or more years||$6,540||46|
|Pittsburg State University||Pittsburg||6,625||Four or more years||$7,298||99|
|Washburn University||Topeka||6,571||Four or more years||$8,312||109|
|Kansas City Kansas Community College||Kansas City||5,885||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,300||79|
|Emporia State University||Emporia||5,796||Four or more years||$6,758||86|
|Hutchinson Community College||Hutchinson||5,574||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,520||77|
|Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology||Wichita||4,596||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$6,037||86|
|Barton County Community College||Great Bend||4,237||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$3,584||117|
|Newman University||Wichita||3,373||Four or more years||$30,750||50|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/