Fort Hays State University Reviews and Ranking Awards

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Fort Hays State University is a four-year public institution in Kansas. The undergraduate student body is just over 13,000 and they offer degrees that span from an associate to a full doctoral degree. FHSU also offers over 200 online degree programs for associate, bachelor's, certificates, and doctoral degrees. The bulk of their online degrees are at the bachelor's level and include accounting, finance, medical imaging, and hospitality management, among others.

Overview of Fort Hays State University

For on-campus students, the opportunities don't end at the classroom door. FHSU campus offers many clubs and organizations, Greek life, on-campus housing, and student government opportunities. Students can engage in clubs that focus on academic or career interests such as Accounting Club, Premedical Club, or the Criminal Justice Club. There are also clubs that focus on recreational activities and intramural sports. Students can find fun and fellowship playing disc golf, competing in the foosball League, or interacting via electronic media in the Madden Tournament or Virtual Roller Coaster Night.

Residential students will love FHSU's ample housing options that include traditional college dorms, suites, and modern apartments. Campus also offers dining options including late-night pizza for exam-cramming sessions, Starbucks coffee to fuel weekday classes, and a Sub shop for tasty deli treats.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 18:1
Graduation Rate 44%
Year Founded 1902

Student Enrollment

Total Students15,523


Undergraduate Student

Male 5,240
Female 7,540

Graduate Student

Male 1,125
Female 1,618

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Male 881
Female 1,175


Male 802
Female 1,081

Acceptance Rate91%

Male 91%
Female 92%

Enrollment 992

Male 422
Female 570
Application Fee $30
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Recommended
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline December 15
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Fort Hays State University is a public university that affords lower costs for Kansas residents and higher prices for out-of-state scholars. For in-state students, a full year of tuition, books, and supplies can run a bit more than $6,000. Out-of-state students pay more than $16,000. When living costs are tallied, in-state students pay around $19,000 to live either on or off-campus and out-of-state students pay nearly $29,000. However, these are gross costs, FHSU's average net costs are different story.

In fact, FHSU's students are able to take advantage of terrific financial aid packages and thereby reduce their educational expenses. The average net price at FHSU (the cost after financial aid is applied) is $12,000, which presents a stellar value for a top-notch academic background. Low-income students pay a lower net price of $9,500 and the top income bracket pays around $14,000 for a year at FHSU. This is due in no small part to the fact that 89% of FHSU students receive scholarships or grants that average over $5,000.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $12,420
Average Total Aid $4,760
Students Receiving Financial Aid 98%
Room & Board $8,210

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $5,280
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $15,360
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $8,210
  • Other - $4,246


Fort Hays State University is primarily a four-year institution that caters to students who seek bachelor's degrees. While there are many institutions like FHSU, few post the sort of terrific academic numbers that they do. For starters, FHSU boats a 74% retention rate for their first-time, full-time students. This indicates that first-year students are generally satisfied, if not impressed, with what they find on campus. They thus return for more learning among their very cohesive cohort. Equally impressive is the retention rate for part-time students, which FHSU reports as 69%, an excellent rate compared to many others.

When it comes to long-term retention, the school delivers on that as well. FHSU reports a 43% graduation rate and a 29% transfer-out rate. Since those transferred students are presumably continuing and completing their degrees at other institutions, it's clear that FHSU prepares students for success.

That preparation is due in no small part to FHSU's dedication to maintaining a favorable student-to-faculty ratio. Since there are 18 students to every one faculty member, FHSU students are likely to receive close attention from their professors. While students might find larger introductory classes, those numbers rapidly decline as they enter courses in their major field.

Student Population Total

Student Population 15,523

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 1,125 Total Graduates / 39%
Operations Management and Supervision 564 Graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 465 Graduates
Accounting 29 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 24 Graduates
Finance, General 17 Graduates
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 17 Graduates
All Education Majors 322 Total Graduates / 11%
Elementary Education and Teaching 164 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 82 Graduates
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 33 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 22 Graduates
Business Teacher Education 14 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 283 Total Graduates / 10%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 283 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 241 Total Graduates / 8%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 158 Graduates
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 58 Graduates
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 14 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 7 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 4 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 219 Total Graduates / 8%
International Economics 147 Graduates
Sociology 47 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 25 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 24%

Outcome & Salary

Fort Hays State University presents an excellent value in higher education. Their academics are top-notch, campus life is vibrant, and graduates report excellent outcomes in the real world. Though it's impossible to put a monetary value on the deep impact an education has on one's life, it may still be useful to look at entry-level salaries for FHSU alumni. When assessing the top-earning degrees from FHSU, registered nursing comes out on top. Their entry-level salaries are over $57,000 before bonuses and benefits. At the lower end are the criminal justice graduates who begin their careers earning a respectable $35,000. In the middle of the top ten earning graduates are those who studied industrial production technologies who earn approximately $42,000 to start and their wages increase from there.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $39,800
College Grads Average Salary $64,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $61,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $640,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,256,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $49,680
10 Year Projected ROI $590,320
20 Year Projected ROI $1,206,320
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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