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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Fort Hays State is an above-average public university located in Hays, Kansas. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,863 undergraduate students. The Fort Hays State acceptance rate is 92%. Popular majors include Business Support Services, Business, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 44% of students, Fort Hays State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,000.
600 Park St
Hays, KS 67601
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

Fort Hays State University Rankings

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Fort Hays State Admissions

Acceptance Rate
92%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$12,420/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,760/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.40 responses
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.46 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
22
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
2
Online Bachelor's Programs
20
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    14%
  • On Campus
    19%
  • Online
    67%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,863Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
6,917
Undergrads Over 25
24%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 32 responses
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  • Community Involved
    41%
  • Busy
    34%
  • Self involved
    13%
  • Welcoming
    9%
  • Outgoing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.64 responses
Poll
44%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.72 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
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  • Awesome
    29%
  • Flexable
    27%
  • Accommodating! Love the virtual college!
    15%
  • Small
    10%
  • Liberal
    5%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Mentoring
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses
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Fort Hays State University if a great college to go to! They make you feel like you are part of the tiger family. FHSU has the lowest tuition in the state of Kansas and is ranked fairly high on the national level. You are assigned an advisor which corresponds to your major. Your advisor will become your best friend. They help you decide on your future. Advisors are there to help you with any questions you have relating to your major or just general college or life questions. They are very one-on-one/personal. As so are the instructors at FHSU. Class sizing are relatively small (20-30 students in each class).

Fort Hays is growing every year if it isn't by student population it's by buildings. Every year it seems like there is a new and improved building in the works. Lastly, the campus is beautiful. The quad has so many trees which it makes it so pretty in the spring and the fall.
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Fort Hays has been my home for the past two years and it truly has became my favorite place. My family has always had a long tradition of attending FHSU, and when I was in 6th grade, I knew I was going to keep that tradition alive and attend as well. Fast forward to now and I can see how truly amazing this place is - the community and people are friendly, the athletics are really good for our region and D2 school, the opportunities available for students to get involved are outstanding from Greek life to intramurals to major-specific clubs. There is something for everyone to participate in at FHSU whether that be hanging with friends, being involved in SGA, or walking around campus. Fort Hays State University might not get 5 stars in all the categories below, but my experience and education have truly been 5 stars. Roll Tiges!
I am about to start my third at Fort Hays State University. So far my experience has been amazing. I am a student-athlete at FHSU. With that being said, I travel many weekends during the fall semester. One thing that has impressed me the most is the understanding and support I get from the professors. They all are very flexible with my schedule and are open to using office hours to help me catch up on the topics covered in class. That is just one of many things that are impressive in this institution.