This information represents the 2014-2015 academic year.

Enrollment: 13,825
On-campus headcount: 4,800
Virtual College headcount: 5,860
China program headcount: 3,165

Total number of Kansans served by FHSU: 7,141, compared to 6,900 a year ago, which is an increase of 241 in-state students.

Hispanic enrollment on campus: 401, up more than 400 percent over the past 12 years

Graduates: 3,347 in the 2013-2014 academic year (summer 2013, fall 2013, spring 2014). The number of graduates was an increase of 255.5 percent over the past 10 years, from 1,310 graduates in 2004.

Placement rate: 95 percent (2012-2013 academic year — most recent final statistics available). The percentage includes students accepted into programs of advanced study.

Budget (Fiscal Year 2014-15): $138.4 million

  • State Appropriations: $34 million
  • Student Tuition: $39.7 million
  • Restricted Fees: $23.6 million
  • Federal Funds: $15.3 million
  • Auxiliary Enterprises: $8.7 million
  • Parking Fees: $0.5 million
  • Debt Service: $0.4 million
  • Other Funds, Transfers, & Reserves: $16.2 million

Budget by Program (Fiscal Year 2014-15): $138.4 million
Does not include debt service or capital.

  • Education and General: $108.8 million
    • Instruction: $44.7 million
    • Research: $0.2 million
    • Public Service: $2.8 million
    • Academic Support: $13.9 million
    • Student Service: $8.1 million
    • Institutional Support: $7.3 million
    • Physical Plant: $8.3 million
    • Capital Improvements/Debt Service: $23.5 million
  • Other: $29.6 million
    • Student Grants and Loans: $19.2 million
    • Auxiliary Enterprises, Service Clearing and Local Agencies: $10.4 million

Budgeted Full-Time Equivalent Staff: 851

  • Faculty: 381
  • Unclassified Professional Staff: 190
  • University Support Staff: 280


  • $148.95 per credit hour for undergraduate resident students
  • $206.45 per credit hour for undergraduate contiguous-state students
  • $438.61 per credit hour for undergraduate non-resident students
  • $205.83 per credit hour for graduate resident students
  • $291.77 per credit hour for graduate contiguous-state students
  • $523.48 per credit hour for graduate non-resident students
  • $186.50 per credit hour for undergraduate virtual students
  • $251.38 per credit hour for graduate virtual students
  • $400.00 per credit hour for graduate MBA virtual students

FHSU has the lowest tuition rate of any Regents university and has one of the lowest tuition rates among four-year institutions nationally, according to a comprehensive report issued annually by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Destination of Choice

Fort Hays State University is the Destination of Choice for prospective students through its Programs of Distinction and its People of Excellence. The collective efforts of the many individuals at FHSU greatly improve the quality of life for Kansans.

By the end of this decade, two out of every three jobs available in our nation will require more than a high school education. That number is even higher in Kansas, at 71 percent. A college education is essential to the successes of the men and women on our campus. Their futures, and the future of our state, depend on our skills and our commitment. FHSU fulfills its pivotal role by using 21st century technologies to educate workers for careers in a new and expanding economy, which will lead to higher incomes and general prosperity for the future. 

Education in Action

A team of FHSU students placed second in the nation and received a $20,000 award in November at the Be U Hackathon in Redmond, Wash. Teams were assembled from 25 universities across the nation, and the FHSU team was one of 12 chosen to compete in the finals. The Hackathon, sponsored by the United Athletes Foundation and Microsoft, was a competition for app development with the goal of promoting diversity in the field of computer programming.

Elementary and secondary education programs at FHSU were given Top Rank status in the 2014 report of the National Council on Teacher Quality, an organization that uses the most stringent and extensive data collection routines in its mission of “ensuring that every child has an effective teacher.” In assessing 2,400 educational programs in more than 1,100 institutions, FHSU’s secondary education program was ranked third in the nation for quality, and elementary education programs collectively were No. 12. Only 12 other institutions in the country had multiple programs with Top Rank status.

FHSU’s Virtual College is consistently ranked among the top online programs in the nation for quality and affordability by organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, GetEducated.com, OnlineU.org, TheBestSchools. org and others. At FHSU, 27 bachelor’s degree programs and 14 master’s degree programs are offered online through the Virtual College. The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, established in 2006 by the Kansas Legislature, is located on the FHSU campus. KAMS is the state’s premier early-entry-to-college program for high school juniors and seniors. With most of its graduates opting to continue their education at in-state universities, the program has been highly effective at slowing the “brain drain” from Kansas.

FHSU is the sponsoring agency for the Kansas Small Business Development Center, a network of eight regional and nine outreach centers across the state.

The latest study of FHSU’s economic impact on Ellis County,
from December 2014, put the total value of the university to the county’s economy at $242,462,000 for fiscal year 2013, the most recent period for which full information was available.

FHSU has begun harvesting electricity from the Kansas wind with two 2-megawatt wind turbines that are projected to produce additional annual savings in the range of $600,000 to $1 million while also offering the opportunity for hands-on education in green energy.

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