FAQs about the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science
What will the program cost?
Tuition, fees, and textbooks are provided by KAMS for up to 18 credit hours per semester for students currently attending a public school in Kansas. This is provided through state funding and state appropriations. Housing at FHSU for the 2014/15 year is $7,280 for a double room, $7,820 for a single room (this includes an unlimited meal plan that students may use at the McMindes Hall cafeteria and $450 dining dollars per semester to be used at the Memorial Union). KAMS provides a computer to use during the academic year.
Will I be able to apply to KAMS if I currently attend a private school in Kansas?
Yes, students currently attending private schools in Kansas may apply to KAMS. If they are accepted, costs will not be defrayed by the State of Kansas. Parents of Kansas private school students and parents of students outside of Kansas are responsible for all costs associated with attending KAMS.
If I'm not a resident of the state of Kansas, will I be able to apply to KAMS?
Yes, a limited number of non-residents may be selected to attend KAMS. This student group is made up of national and international students and will be responsible for all costs of attending KAMS. Additionally, out-of-state students will have a surcharge to defray additional costs that the state of Kansas provides on behalf of Kansas students.
What will the students' day look like?
Students will have a regular college schedule. Typically, classes meet on either a Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule. The majority of classes are scheduled between 8am and 3pm. Here's a list of classes that most KAMS students take. Check out the course schedule on TigerTracks to get a sense of class times. While 18 hours per week in the classroom may not seem like a lot, please keep in mind that the rule of thumb is that every 1 hour in the classroom will require 2-3 hours of study outside of class. So, an 18-hour class schedule is a full college-level class load.
Will KAMS students take regular college courses?
Yes, KAMS students will take college courses with other students from FHSU. We believe that having KAMS students work alongside regular FHSU students will benefit both KAMS students and the current FHSU student body. Other academies also have found that integrating their academy students in class with regular college students is the most successful model rather than segregating the academy students into their own sections.
Will KAMS students be able to do research projects?
Yes! One of the most exciting opportunities that KAMS has to offer is the ability of students to work with PhD faculty on research projects. Students are required to conduct a certain level of research prior to the completion of their senior year. Students will be able to work on projects both internally at FHSU and externally. Also, students will be able to take part in internship opportunities with Kansas businesses.
Will credit earned at KAMS be transferable to other universities?
In general, yes, credit will be transferable. Of course, there are hundreds of universities in the United States and the staff at KAMS is unable to determine transferability of credits in advance for every university. Students will need to work closely with the Academic Counselor in determining whether or not credits will transfer to the university they plan on attending to complete their bachelor’s degree.
What college majors or career paths will attendance at KAMS benefit most?
It is our belief that attendance at KAMS will benefit students no matter their ultimate major or career. Students at similar programs in other states have received bachelor’s degrees in a number of subjects ranging from biology, finance, music, philosophy, engineering, mathematics, education, physics, and beyond. Students at similar programs have also attended, and earned degrees from, a variety of graduate and professional programs, including: law school, business school, medical school, pharmacy school, and PhD-level graduate programs in almost every discipline. Alumni from similar programs are doctors, lawyers, teachers, professional musicians, engineers, business professionals, professors, research scientists, and military officers to name only a few professions.
Where will the KAMS students be living?
KAMS students live in Custer Hall on the FHSU campus. Custer Hall was renovated specifically for KAMS. This renovation included space for the KAMS offices and also includes special security measures for access to the KAMS residential floors. There are separate wings for male and female students with restricted access to both and shared common areas. Each room is shared by two students.
Will KAMS students be supervised?
Yes, unlike a typical college student, KAMS students have many layers of supervision. In addition to the KAMS Director, a number of staff members will supervise the students. There will be a Resident Assistant for each wing of KAMS students and a live-in Hall Director supervising life in Custer Hall during the school year. There is also an Academic Counselor to help students with their academic needs and to ensure that students do not fall behind when placed in this challenging academic environment. Finally, FHSU's Kelly Center offers help with the typical challenges faced by students new to college: homesickness, stress, etc.
What safety precautions are being taken for KAMS students?
The safety of KAMS students is a top priority for everyone at KAMS and FHSU. Access to the building is limited during the evenings and all day on weekends. Access to the residential floor in Custer is restricted. Access to the different wings is also restricted with no males allowed on the female side and vice versa. Students have curfews and are required to check in and out when leaving campus. Additionally, the campus police station is located in the basement of Custer Hall.
Are KAMS students allowed to have cars on campus?
Yes, if parents want their student to have a vehicle on campus that is allowed. Although they may have cars, students do not have unrestricted access to their vehicles. They are required to inform the KAMS staff when they leave campus and when they return. They must have permission to transport other KAMS students. Students are also required to follow curfew rules. If a student has problems, academically or otherwise, KAMS staff may ask parents to remove their student’s vehicle from campus.
Can KAMS students participate in extracurricular activities & sports teams?
KAMS understands the integral role of student organizations and activities in student life. Students are able to form their own clubs and join FHSU student organizations. There are over 110 of these clubs and organizations on the FHSU campus. KAMS students are not permitted to join sororities or fraternities. Regarding sports, KAMS students will also be able to participate in the wide variety of FHSU intramural activities. KAMS students will not be permitted to participate in state sanctioned high school athletics. KAMS is an approved school so competitions below the regional and state levels are possible in activities such as debate, forensics, etc. National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) regulations do not permit KAMS students to join FHSU athletic teams.
Can KAMS student have a part-time job?
Academics are the top priority at KAMS. Due to this priority, students are not allowed to have a part-time job while in residence at KAMS unless they maintain the appropriate GPA (this excludes winter and summer breaks). Since students are taking up to an 18 hour/semester college load, this requires significant time both in and outside of the classroom. Students who are approved to work must maintain their 3.0 GPA.
What churches are available for KAMS students to attend?
There are many places of worship available in Hays, including: Assembly of God, Baha’i Faith, Baptist, Catholic, Charismatic, Church of Christ, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Episcopal, Evangelical, Jehovah’s Witness, Lutheran, Mennonite, Messianic, Methodist, Nazarene, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Sabbath, and several Non-Denominational choices. If you do not see your religious preference listed, please contact KAMS. FHSU and KAMS respect and value diversity and will work to accommodate your religious preference. Additionally, there are several campus organizations with a religious focus. Several of the KAMS students are very active with various religious groups and organizations.