Fort Hays State University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Sheridan Hall at Fort Hays State University
Sheridan Hall at Fort Hays State University. Sesamehoneytart / Wikimedia Commons

Fort Hays State University Admissions Overview:

Fort Hays State University is test-optional, meaning that students are not required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT as part of their applications. Students do need to submit an application form (online) and high school transcripts. With an acceptance rate of 91%, the school is accessible to the great majority of applicants.

Admissions Data (2016):

Fort Hays State University Description:

Fort Hays State University is a mid-sized public university located in Hays, Kansas, the largest city in northwestern Kansas. Wichita and Topeka are each about three hours away. The 200-acre campus features limestone buildings, a creek, and extensive athletic and fitness facilities. The campus is also home to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, a worthwhile destination for those interested in the region's history including prehistoric life. Just south of the FHSU campus is the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center. Undergraduates at FHSU can choose from over 70 majors. Professional fields such as business, education and nursing are most popular, and in general the university has a practical and career-focused approach to education. Academics are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Many students attend classes online or part-time, and the university has a large commuter population. 10% of all students live on campus. Nevertheless, campus life is active with over 100 clubs and organizations including several fraternities and sororities. The Fort Hays State Tigers compete in the NCAA Division II Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The university fields eight men's and eight women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 14,658 (12,045 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 48% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $4,884 (in-state); $14,426 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,080 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,710
  • Other Expenses: $3,836
  • Total Cost: $17,510 (in-state); $27,052 (out-of-state)

Fort Hays State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 88%
    • Loans: 61%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,212
    • Loans: $5,356

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, General Studies, Information Science, Management, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 33%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 18%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 35%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Wrestling, Baseball, Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Golf, Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball

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