Top Kansas Colleges and Universities

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Kansas is located in the heart of the American Midwest in what is often referred to as the Great Plains Region. Among the public institutions serving thousands of students, the five described below provide a world class education within a community atmosphere.
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Top Five Schools in Kansas

University of Kansas

The University of Kansas was founded in 1865 in Lawrence, which lies in the northeastern portion of the state. It is a large public university with 20,822 undergraduate students enrolled and a large array of graduate programs. Peterson's Guide to Competitive Colleges ranks KU as 'one of America's premier universities'. The college offers a world class education in the heart of the American Plains region, with a renowned computing department that was the developer of the seminal Lynx text based web browser. It is currently ranked #85 on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's Best Colleges.

Kansas State University

Kansas State University, often shortened to the term K-State, was founded in 1863 in Manhattan, Kansas. The institution enrolls 18,761 students, making it the second-largest college in the state of Kansas. Since 1986, Kansas State has had more total Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall Scholars than any other state university in the country. KSU is ranked #124 by U.S. News and World Report. Among its many excellent academic programs is an agricultural department that focuses on the native Great Plains plant and animal wildlife. K-State researchers were also the inventors of the equipment necessary for LASIK eye surgery.

Wichita State University

Almost 90 percent of the students at Wichita State University reside within the state of Kansas, a legacy that demonstrates this institution's commitment to a world-class education at a local site. The university was founded in 1895 and is one of six universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. Currently, there are 10,929 undergraduate students enrolled at Wichita State University. The college's baseball team has been the winningest team in college baseball for 31 years and is a favorite place for students and faculty to unwind after class.

Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University is a public institution that was founded in 1902 in Hays, a small college town located in the central part of Kansas. The 7,864 undergraduates on campus chose from over 60 major fields of study, including a selection of associate degrees. Fort Hays has long been committed to a 'high-tech', 'high-touch' vision, which means a drive to integrate technology with human needs. The result is almost complete wireless access on campus and an array of online courses.

Washburn University

Founded in 1865 in Topeka, Kansas, Washburn University is a thriving public institution in the heart of the Midwest today. Washburn is ranked sixth in the Midwest among U.S. News and World Report master's level universities. There are currently 6,297 undergraduates enrolled at Washburn enjoying the small class sizes and intimate setting available at this institution. The university offers more than 200 academic programs ranging from certificates to professional degrees in business, law and nursing.

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    1. South College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS Nursing
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physical Therapy
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science - Pre-Physician Assistant
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Concentration in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Concentration in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
      • Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a Concentration in Radiography
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
      • Associate of Science in Health Science
      • Associate of Science in Health Science - Pre-Nursing
      • Associate of Science in Health Science - Pre-Pharmacy
      • Associate of Science in Radiography
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Medical Assisting
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
      • B.S. in Finance
      • B.S. in Management / Entrepreneurship
      • B.S. in Management / International Management
      • B.S. in Marketing
      • B.S. in Marketing / International Marketing
    Associate's
      • A.S. in Criminal Justice
      • A.S. in Legal Studies
      • A.S. in Marketing
  • Online Programs Available
    3. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
      • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
      • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
      • Masters in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
    Bachelor's
      • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
      • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • BSHS in Biomedical Informatics
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
      • M.S. - Public Relations
      • M.S. - Internet Marketing
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
    Certificate
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
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    5. CDI College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Diploma in Business Administration Management
      • Diploma in Business Management
      • Diploma in Legal Assistant
      • Diploma in Accounting and Payroll Administration
      • Diploma in Accounting and Payroll Administrator
      • Diploma in Assistance in Health Care Facilities - Assistance la Personne en tablissement de Sant
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    6. Universal Technical Institute

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Collision Repair and Refinish Technology
      • Marine Technician Specialist
      • Diesel Technology
      • Motorcycle Technician Specialist
      • Automotive Technology
      • NASCAR Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Saint John's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
      • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Master of Science in Taxation
      • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
      • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Science in Applied Economics
      • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Bioinformatics
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Ecclesial Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Entrepreneurial Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Individualized
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Global Consulting
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Government - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Journalism
      • Master of Arts in Law - Business
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Communication
      • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies - Criminal Justice
      • Bachelor of Science in Business

Featured Schools

South College

  • BS Nursing
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
  • Certificate in Medical Assisting

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Post University

  • B.S. in Business Administration / Accounting
  • B.S. in Finance
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.S. in Legal Studies

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The George Washington University

  • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
  • BSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management
  • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology

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CDI College

  • Diploma in Business Administration Management
  • Diploma in Business Management
  • Diploma in Legal Assistant

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Universal Technical Institute

  • Collision Repair and Refinish Technology
  • Marine Technician Specialist
  • Diesel Technology

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Saint John's University

  • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
  • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
  • Master of Science in Accounting

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