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Fort Hays State University - ACT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Fort Hays State University Description:

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.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 13,310 (11,457 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 47% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $4,358 (in-state); $12,821 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $920 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,166
  • Other Expenses: $3,966
  • Total Cost: $16,410 (in-state); $24,873 (out-of-state)

Fort Hays State University Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,258
    • Loans: $5,195

Scholarships for Fort Hays State (powered by Cappex.com)

Most Popular Majors:

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

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 68%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 17%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 41%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Fort Hays State University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.fhsu.edu/mission/

"Fort Hays State University, a regional university principally serving western Kansas, is dedicated to providing instruction within a computerized environment in the arts and sciences, business, education, the health and life sciences, and agriculture. The university's primary emphasis is undergraduate liberal education, which includes the humanities, the fine arts, the social/behavioral sciences, and the natural/physical sciences. These disciplines serve as the foundation of all programs. Graduates are provided a foundation for entry into graduate school, for employment requiring well-developed analytical and communication skills, and for lives of ethical and civic responsibility to better understand global complexities and an American society of increasing diversity.

Natural outgrowths of the university's primary emphasis include pre-professional, professional, master's, and education specialist programs. A statewide strategic focus of the university is the integration of computer and telecommunications technology with the educational environment and the work place.

Scholarship at FHSU is supported because it stimulates faculty and students, provides new knowledge, connects the disciplines, and builds bridges between teaching and learning while linking theory with practice to address the needs of a diverse society.

The university is responsible for providing public service to the community, the region, and the state of Kansas. Programs consistent with the university's academic and research activities emphasize the importance of FHSU as the cultural center of western Kansas."

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