Kansas is located in the Midwestern region of the United States and is named after the Kansas River, which in turn is named after the Kansa (or Kaw) nation of Native Americans. Right before the Civil War, Kansas was the hotbed of issues regarding slavery. The issue of whether the Kansas Territory would become a free state or a slave state erupted into several violent confrontations, sometimes called “Bleeding Kansas,” between abolitionists and those who supported slavery. Today, Kansas is one of the nation’s highest producers of many agricultural products like wheat and sunflowers. Kansas also is the proud home of many colleges and universities.

Kansas State University

Kansas State University, located in Manhattan, Kansas, has been named one of the top 75 public universities in the U.S. Smaller campuses are also located in the towns of Olathe and Salina. Kansas State, as the university is often called, serves nearly 23,000  students with more than 250 undergraduate majors and minors. Master’s and doctorate degrees are also available, if you are interested in graduate school. Don’t worry about paying for tuition out of your own pocket, as more than $200 million in student grants, scholarships, work study, and loans were given to Kansas State students last year. More than 20 athletic programs are offered to male and female students. If you’re looking for something fun besides sports, Kansas State student organizations number over 475. If you’re looking for a degree in anything from agriculture to engineering, look no further than Kansas State University. Find them at k-state.edu

University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a public university laid out on the beautiful landscape of Lawrence, Kansas. If you’re a sports fan, you might already know that the man who developed basketball as we are familiar with it coached at KU for several years, helping to shape the now-popular college basketball. If science is more your forte, maybe you’d like to know that the scientist who discovered vitamins D and A studied at KU. Poet Walt Whitman gazed out from his viewpoint atop a hill at the very heart of the KU campus. Nearly 200 undergraduate majors are available to students at KU. The school also has dozens of outstanding graduate programs for those in the advanced levels of learning, including the #1 Special Education Master’s program in the nation. KU’s campus is home to several museums and countless student organizations, so that each and every student can feel at home and engaged. Interested? Go to ku.edu

Wichita State University

Wichita State University is home to more than 15,000 students and can be found in Kansas’ largest city: Wichita. WSU offers an urban setting with which very few other Kansas educational institutions can compete. At this university, you will be at the center of Kansas’ cultural and financial world. WSU, besides its awesome location, has many options available for quick and affordable degree-granting programs, all of which combine classroom learning with real world experience that will help you land an excellent job in your career. At Wichita you can study Aerospace Engineering, Education, Dental Hygiene, Business Administration, Women’s Studies, Theater and more. Over 40 graduate-level degree-granting programs in various fields are available to WSU students, as well as a number of certificate-granting programs.  If you’re looking for community involvement or entertainment of any kind, WSU is the best place in Kansas to find it. Look into applying at wichita.edu

Fort Hays State University

Located about midway between Kansas City and Denver, Colorado in the city of Hays, Fort Hays University is one of the leading public universities in the state of Kansas. With over 12,000 students and nearly 30 academic departments, FHSU offers one of the best educational experiences in the Midwest. Their amazing faculty members serve a huge online student community, as well as the larger student body on campus, providing instruction in hundreds of different majors and specializations. FHSU’s various colleges, including an honors college, and their graduate programs shape students into  practical and outstanding working professionals. FHSU has all the student activities, organized clubs and sports teams that the larger universities offer within a more tightly knit community. If you’re ready to become an FHSU tiger, go to fhsu.edu

Pittsburgh State University

More than 7,000 students are enrolled at Pittsburgh State University, attending classes on its campus in Pittsburgh, Kansas. The school offers over 100 different academic programs, all of which are taught within modern classrooms at Pitt State, where the student to faculty ratio is around 19:1. At Pitt State, you will find state-of-the-art student health and recreation centers, new student housing complexes, and the leading research teams on grain science. To discover more about this school visit pittstate.edu



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