Kansas State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Kansas State University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 96%. Located on a 668-acre campus in the town of Manhattan, Kansas, Kansas State was the first land-grant university in the country. The university takes pride in its high number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars. With over 250 undergraduate majors and options, students can choose from an impressive breadth of academic programs. Academics are supported by an 18-to-1 student / faculty ratio. In athletics, the Kansas State Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

Considering applying to Kansas State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Kansas State University had an acceptance rate of 96%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 96 students were admitted, making Kansas State's admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 8,140
Percent Admitted 96%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 41%

SAT and ACT Scores and Requirements

Kansas State University requires that most applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. The vast majority of students submit ACT scores, and the school does not provide SAT data. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 92% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 29
Math 21 27
Composite 22 28

This admissions data tells us that most of Kansas State's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Kansas State scored between 22 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 22.


Note that Kansas State does not superscore SAT or ACT results; your highest composite score will be considered. Kansas State does not require the SAT or ACT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that some applicants may meet the minimum admission criteria without submitting standardized test scores.


In 2019, the average high school GPA of Kansas State University's incoming freshmen class was 3.58, and over 66% had average GPAs of 3.5 or higher. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Kansas State have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Kansas State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Kansas State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Kansas State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Kansas State University, which accepts over 90% of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Kansas State is looking for students who have completed a challenging college preparatory curriculum in addition to students with good grades.

Kansas State has fixed admissions requirements, and students with a 2.0 GPA in a college preparatory curriculum (Kansas residents), or 2.5 GPA for non-residents, as well as one of the following will be eligible for admission: a 21 or higher on the ACT, 1060 or higher on the SAT (ERW+M), or a class rank in the top third of their graduating class.

Note that applicants to Architecture, Planning and Design, Engineering, Interior Design, Wildlife and Outdoor Management, Music and Music Education, Business, and Pre-Health programs are held to higher standards than applicants to other Kansas State programs.

In the graph above, you can see that the majority of applicants to Kansas State University were admitted. The blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher, an ACT composite of 18 or higher, and a high school average of a "B-" or better.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Kansas State University Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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