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

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Kansas
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of KansasLawrence27,690Four or more years$11,148360
Kansas State UniversityManhattan22,221Four or more years$10,383272
Johnson County Community CollegeOverland Park18,373At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,30098
Wichita State UniversityWichita15,778Four or more years$8,270179
Fort Hays State UniversityHays15,523Four or more years$5,13077
Butler Community CollegeEl Dorado8,374At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,510109
Grantham UniversityLenexa8,059Four or more years$6,54046
Pittsburg State UniversityPittsburg6,625Four or more years$7,29899
Washburn UniversityTopeka6,571Four or more years$8,312109
Kansas City Kansas Community CollegeKansas City5,885At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,30079
Emporia State UniversityEmporia5,796Four or more years$6,75886
Hutchinson Community CollegeHutchinson5,574At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,52077
Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and TechnologyWichita4,596At least 2 but less than 4 years$6,03786
Barton County Community CollegeGreat Bend4,237At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,584117
Newman UniversityWichita3,373Four or more years$30,75050

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/