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FHSU Profile Overview

Girl with globeFort Hays State University is a regional comprehensive university with 13,441 students and 361 faculty. The University has three divisions: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Administration and Finance. Students can pursue majors in 28 academic departments in four colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the College of Education and Technology, the College of Health and Life Sciences – and the Graduate School.

Fort Hays State is known for its innovation and entrepreneurship. Among the universities in the Kansas Board of Regents system, it has the unique role to integrate computer and telecommunications technology into the educational environment and the work place. Fort Hays State is a national leader in delivering education at a distance through its Virtual College.

The University has three teaching modalities: on-campus, with an enrollment of 4,767; the Virtual College, with an enrollment of 5,380 that includes Kansas, nearly all 50 states and U.S. Armed Services personnel internationally; and in China, with 3,294 students at partner universities.

With the lowest tuition in the region, Fort Hays State offers its students hands-on learning with close attention from a faculty that prepares them with a global perspective, professional skills and confidence to pursue successful careers.

The University is located in Hays, Kan., which has been recognized by the geography website as the third-best college town in America among small cities.

In August, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Fort Hays State was the third-fastest-growing university in the United States from 2001 to 2011, the most recent 10-year period for which data were available. Over that time, Fort Hays State grew from an enrollment of 5,626 in fall 2001 to 12,802 in fall 2011, an increase of 127.6 percent.

The website recently ranked the Fort Hays State campus as the safest in the state of Kansas. The ranking was based on a formula that accounts for the severity of a crime as well as the frequency of crime.


Fort Hays State University provides accessible quality education to Kansas, the nation, and the world through an innovative community of teacher-scholars and professionals to develop engaged global citizen-leaders.

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