8 Most Popular Colleges in Kansas

Kansas has several large colleges located throughout the state.

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Although Kansas has only a handful of colleges and universities that are “large” by American standards, these schools are popular for a reason. Whether it’s affordable tuition rates, great sports teams or excellent academic programs, each of these popular colleges in Kansas has something unique to offer. Learn more about these schools and their tuition costs.

8. Washburn University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 6,901

Cost: $5,636 (in-state), $12,686 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health-related professions – 26 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Washburn University is located on a 160-acre campus in Topeka, the capital of Kansas.

7. Pittsburg State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 7,087

Cost: $4,060 (in-state), $11,866 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Elementary education and nursing – 17 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Almost 90 percent of Pittsburgh State graduates find employment or continue their studies within six months of graduation.

6. Butler Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 8,096

Cost: $2,312 (in-state), $3,784 (out-of-state)

Best Program: Nursing

Fun Fact: In addition to the main campus in El Dorado, Butler Community College has five branch campuses throughout the area.

5. Fort Hays State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 9,588

Cost: $2,685 (in-state), $8,435 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health sciences and business-related professions

Fun Fact: Fort Hays State University has several partner universities in China.

4. Wichita State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 14,226

Cost: $4,804 (in-state), $12,151 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services – 23 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Athletic teams at Wichita State are called Shockers because students at the school used to earn money by harvesting or “shocking” wheat.

3. Johnson County Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 18,897

Cost: $2,340 (in-state), $4,320 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business and education

Fun Fact: The average student age at JCCC is 25.9 years old.

=2. Kansas State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 23,332

Cost: $6,235 (in-state), $15,970 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services – 16 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Kansas State University has a popular Greek system – 17 percent of men are in a fraternity and 24 percent of women are in a sorority at KSU.

1. University of Kansas

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 28,569

Cost: $6,600 (in-state), $16,107 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health professions, business, management, marketing and related support services – 24 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: At the University of Kansas, 92.7 percent of students who apply are accepted.

Quick Facts

  • Kansas has 19 community colleges located throughout the state.
  • According to Education Portal, nursing is the fastest-growing career opportunity in Kansas.

Stats source: CollegeStats.

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