This information represents the 2015-2016 academic year.

President: Dr. Mirta M. Martin

Enrollment: 14,210

On-Campus Headcount: 4,763 (56,355 credit hours)

Virtual College Headcount: 6,323 (56,115 credit hours)China Program Headcount: 3,124 (16,095 credit hours)

Total Kansans Served by FHSU: 7,317, compared to 7,216 a year ago

Hispanic Enrollment: 876 – up by 383 students, or 77.7 percent, over the past five years

Graduates: 3,209 in the 2014-2015 academic year (summer 2014, fall 2014, spring 2015)– an increase of 233.6 percent over the past 10 years, from 1,374 graduates in 2005

Placement Rate: 95 percent (2014-2015 academic year – most recent final statistics available). The percentage includes students accepted into programs of advanced study.

Budget (Fiscal Year 2015-16): $155.5 million

  • State Appropriations: $33.5 million
  • Student Tuition: $44.2 million
  • Restricted Fees: $27.2 million
  • Federal Funds: $17.1 million
  • Auxiliary Enterprises: $9.0 million
  • Parking Fees: $0.4 million
  • Debt Service: $0.4 million
  • Other Funds, Transfers, & Reserves: $23.6 million

Budget by Program (Fiscal Year 2015-16): $155.5 million
Does not include debt service or capital.

  • Education and General: $127.2 million
    • Instruction: $46.0 million
    • Research: $0.6 million
    • Public Service: $3.0 million
    • Academic Support: $14.7 million
    • Student Service: $8.5 million
    • Institutional Support: $8.3 million
    • Physical Plant: $7.6 million
    • Capital Improvements/Debt Service: $38.5 million
  • Other: $28.3 million
    • Student Grants and Loans: $19.8 million
    • Auxiliary Enterprises, Service Clearing and Local Agencies: $8.5 million

Budgeted Full-Time Equivalent Staff: 900.45

  • Faculty: 390.6
  • Professional and Support Staff: 509.85


  • $155.14 per credit hour for undergraduate resident students
  • $214.71 per credit hour for undergraduate contiguous-state students
  • $455.23 per credit hour for undergraduate non-resident students
  • $214.07 per credit hour for graduate resident students
  • $303.11 per credit hour for graduate contiguous-state students
  • $543.15 per credit hour for graduate non-resident students
  • $194.14 per credit hour for undergraduate virtual students
  • $253.07 per credit hour for graduate virtual students
  • $400.00 per credit hour for graduate MBA virtual students

FHSU has the second-lowest tuition in the nation among four-year, masters-level public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. (Fall 2014)

Destination of Choice

Fort Hays State University is the Destination of Choice for students through its Programs of Distinction and its People of Excellence. The collective efforts of the many individuals at Fort Hays State greatly improve the quality of life for Kansans. By the end of this decade, 71 percent of the jobs available in Kansas will  require more than a high school education.

Honors College

With the goal of making the university the destination of choice for academically gifted and ambitious students from around the state, nation and world, Fort Hays State created an Honors College in spring 2015. The Honors College offers a challenging curriculum across the range of academic programs and gathers students into a dedicated living and study pace. Students who qualify for the Honors College receive enhanced scholarships, ranging up to full tuition and fees, complete room and board costs, and $450 per semester for books. Even though it was late in the recruiting cycle when the Honors College was launched, an ambitious goal of eight freshmen was surpassed by enrolling 16 in the first class, with an average GPA of 3.90 and an average ACT score of 30.4.

Hispanic College Institute

The inaugural Hispanic College Institute is set for the summer of 2016. Designed to attract the fastest growing minority in Kansas to Fort Hays State, this four-day, three-night residential program will introduce first generation Hispanics to a university environment. It will teach them how to navigate the American educational system and how to enroll in and graduate from college.


Beginning with a grassroots effort to collect honest opinions and creative input, Fort Hays State identified several areas for improvement. For example, President Mirta M. Martin called upon faculty and staff to shift from a culture of access to a culture of completion, working to ensure that students cross the finish line by graduating and entering successful careers. Also, the College of Arts and Sciences has been divided into two new colleges – the College of Science, Technology and Mathematics and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Capital Projects

 With continuing growth and a commitment to academic excellence, several capital projects are on the near horizon to enhance the exceptional living and learning environment at Fort Hays State. 

Project Cost Start Date Completion Date
Hansen Scholarship Hall $4.061 million Under Construction August 2016
Applied Technology Parking lot $1.1 million Under Construction December 2015
Wiest Hall Parking lot $1.8 million January 2016 October 2016
Wiest Hall/Themed Housing $33.9 million January 2016 July 2017
Track and Field Facility $3 million February 2016 August 2016
Applied Technology Building $15.4 million Spring 2016 July 2017
Art Building and Museum $13.85 million January 2018 Summer 2019

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