Fort Hays State University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Kansas


Fort Hays State University is a mid-sized public university located in Hays, Kansas, the largest city in northwestern Kansas. Wichita and Topeka are each about three hours away. The 200-acre campus features limestone buildings, a creek, and extensive athletic and fitness facilities. The campus is also home to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, a worthwhile destination for those interested in the region's history including prehistoric life. Just south of the FHSU campus is the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center. Undergraduates at FHSU can choose from over 70 majors. Professional fields such as business, education and nursing are most popular, and in general the university has a practical and career-focused approach to education. Academics are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Many students attend classes online or part-time, and the university has a large commuter population. 10% of all students live on campus. Nevertheless, campus life is active with over 100 clubs and organizations including several fraternities and sororities. The Fort Hays State Tigers compete in the NCAA Division II Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The university fields eight men's and eight women's intercollegiate sports.

Most Popular Majors

Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, General Studies, Information Science, Management, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 10107
Total Grad Students: Not available
Undergraduate Students: 10317
Faculty: 267

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 38:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 39:1

Percent Male: 42%
Percent Female: 58%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 20%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 40%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

600 Park St
Hays Kansas 67601


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Main Phone: 785-628-4000

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
The minimum GPA required for transfer admission consideration is 2.0 for in state students, and 2.5 for out-of-state students.

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Credits (Min/Max):
Please see the Transfer Credit Policy document below for detailed transfer credit requirements.

Test Scores for Applying:
Transfer students under the age of 21 who have not completed at least 24 credit hours with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must submit official standardized test scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
FHSU does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
FHSU does not publish a requirement for the submission of an essay or personal statement.

Application Fee:
There is a $30 nonrefundable application fee ($50 for international applicants).

Other Requirements:
For more specific admission requirements visit the Admissions website at

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 18 25
English 17 24
Math 17 25
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading

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Transfer Statistics

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 68%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -68%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 920

Other Expenses: 3928

Room and Board: 6837

Tuition and Fees: 12357

Total Cost: 24042

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 4082

Total Cost – In-State: 15767

Note on Costs:
Visit the FHSU Scholarship & Tuition Calculator

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Each year we award and deliver over $45 million of loans, grants, scholarships and employment funding from university, federal, state and private sources.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5342

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 94%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 62%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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