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Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 as the western branch of the Kansas Normal School. The school's mission was to serve early settlers' needs for educational facilities. The first classes were held on the grounds of the abandoned Fort Hays military post just southwest of Hays. The first building of the current campus, Picken Hall, was completed in 1904, and the University moved to its present location in Hays.Today, FHSU offers over 5,000 students an outstanding on-campus experience. We continue to fulfill the mission of our earliest years by delivering opportunities for higher education to the 66 counties of western Kansas through certificate, associate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition, FHSU serves another 8,100 students in greater Kansas and around the world through its award-winning Virtual College.FHSU students, whether on campus or online, have access to a wide range of student services including personalized advising, tutoring and technical support so that they can have every opportunity for success. Fort Hays State University students benefit from the university's culture of innovation, student service, and its deep commitment to student success.FHSU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Many programs have acquired special accreditation through professional organizations in their disciplines.