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Fort Hays State University In USA

Fort Hays State University In USA

Fort Hays State University Overview

FHSU is the leading forward-thinking, entrepreneurial university of the Midwest. We have an enrollment of more than 15,000 students and offer certificate and degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels through 31 academic departments (we also offer a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree). We attract goal-oriented students who want premier learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom combined with extraordinary one-to-one attention and support.

Our professors are outstanding mentor-teachers who motivate students to develop their unique talents. Our students not only graduate with a deep appreciation of knowledge, professional skills, and confidence, but they also have a competitive edge upon graduation – over 95% of FHSU students find a job or placement in graduate school after graduation.

Fort Hays State’s cozy, tree-filled campus is located in Hays, Kansas (on I-70, halfway between Kansas City and Denver). FHSU is a welcoming community in the heart of historic Hays, a community that celebrates its frontier roots and its modern sensibility – coffee shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, shopping, and a vibrant arts scene.

Fort Hays State University QuickFACTS 2016-17


FHSU President: Dr. Tisa Mason
Founded: 1902
Campus: 200 acres
University Farm: 3,825 acres
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Mascot: Victor E. Tiger
Athletics: NCAA Division II, Mid-America Intercollegiate, Athletics Association (MIAA)

Enrollment: 15,100
On-Campus Headcount: 4,648
Virtual College Headcount: 6,882
China Program Headcount: 3,570
Kansans Served by FHSU: 8,904
Hispanic Enrollment: 1,090
Graduates: 3,372 in 2016-17 academic year (SU2017, FA2016, SP2017)
Placement Rate: 95% job placement

Budget (Fiscal Year 2018): $137.6 million

  • State Appropriations: $32.8 million
  • Student Tuition: $44.7 million
  • Restricted Fees: $27 million
  • Federal Funds: $15.9 million
  • Auxiliary Enterprises: $12.3 million
  • Parking Fees: $0.4 million
  • Other Funds, Transfers, & Reserves: $4.5 million

Budget by Program (Fiscal Year 2018): $137.6 million

Education and General: $108.9 million

  • Instruction: $48.3 million
  • Research: $0.5 million
  • Public Service: $2.1 million
  • Academic Support: $17.5 million
  • Student Service: $8.4 million
  • Institutional Support: $8.5 million
  • Physical Plant: $7.6 million
  • Capital Improvements/Debt Service: $16 million

Other: $28.7 million

  • Student Grants and Loans: $19.9 million
  • Auxiliary Enterprises, Service Clearing and Local Agencies: $8.8 million

Budgeted Full-Time Equivalent Staff: 943.75

  • Faculty: 422
  • Professional and Support Staff: 532


Hispanic College Institute
FHSU’s Hispanic College Institute (HCI) is a residential program that prepares high school Hispanic and Latino students in Kansas to enter and succeed in higher education. Held on the FHSU campus, HCI is based on research and input from Hispanic educators and community leaders, and much of the content is delivered by Hispanics who can relate to the students’ experiences and challenges.

Honors College
Enrollment in the FHSU Honors College is up by 57% over the previous year (from 27 students to 45) and over 18% of the new incoming class comes from diverse student populations. The Honors College retains exceptional students (with an average ACT score of 30) at an outstanding rate: No student that has come to the FHSU Honors College has left the university, and 81% of those accepted last year chose to attend FHSU.

The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) continues to be Kansas’ premier academic high school program for the state’s best and brightest high school students. KAMS is a unique residential learning experience that provides exceptional high school juniors and seniors a potent blend of college-level instruction by Ph.D. faculty, a high school diploma, and 68 hours of college credit.

Fort Hays State University In USA

Doctorate in Nursing Practice
The new Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) is the first doctoral program in the university’s history. DNP graduates are trained to work in a variety of health care settings as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), and prepared to assume key leadership roles in health care.

The Robbins Banking Institute
Fort Hays State University has established the Robbins Banking Institute to serve the banking community of Kansas by expanding the professional workforce available to Kansas banks. The Institute will recruit traditional age on-campus students into Kansas’ most complete banking curriculum and then place them in banking internships to prepare them for employment in professional roles. It will also offer distance learning coursework and credentials to place work-bound banking employees.

The Center for Entrepreneurship
The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is Fort Hays State University’s hub to promote interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives. CFE creates innovative, successful student enterprises through specialized curricula, experiential activities and unique resources, including the Dane G. Hansen Scholarship Hall, a unique live/work space for creative, entrepreneurial students in all areas of study. Enrollment in FHSU Entrepreneurship courses has increased from 11 (in academic year 2013-2014) to 181 (academic years 2016-2017), making it one of the fastest growing areas of study at FHSU.


Werth College of Science, Technology and Mathematics

  • Chemistry, Biology, and Physics graduates have a near 100 percent acceptance rate to dental, medical, pharmacy, physical therapy and optometry schools.
  • 100% accepted into pharmacy schools
  • 100% accepted into schools of dentistry
  • 100% accepted into schools of optometry
  • 90% accepted into medical schools
  • 100% accepted into Physical Therapy and Chiropractic schools
  • 100% pass rate, Science Secondary Education, PRAXIS to licensure exam

The College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Fort Hays State University In USA

  • 100% pass rate on SLP PRAXIS certification examination for Speech-Language Pathology graduates
  • 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Spring 2016 Traditional BSN nursing graduates
  • 100% pass rate for Family Nurse Practitioners on the national certification exam

The College of Education

  • 94% pass rate on the Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (Spring 2016)
  • 95% of our teaching graduates were employed (as of most recent 2014-15 graduate survey); the other 5% did not choose to enter the teaching field.
  • 100% of graduates going into teaching pass the two required certification tests – Principals of Learning and Teaching and Content Area Specific Tests.

Robbins College of Business & Entrepreneurship

  • A recent FHSU Accounting graduate earned the top score on the CPA exam in Kansas in 2015 for the period in which he completed his final exam.
  • This is the third time in five years that a FHSU Accounting graduate has commanded the top score in the state. Two recent FHSU Accounting graduates earned Elijah Watt Sells national awards for scoring in the top 10 scores in the country out of the more than 120,000 annual applicants.
  • 2nd Place Finish in the Microsoft Hackathon Mobile Application Development Competition
  • Six 1st Place and two 2nd Place Awards at the Kansas Association of Broadcasters 2015 Competition (Kansas’ Best)
  • 2nd Place Finish in the Kansas Venture Challenge held by Kansas State University

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

  • The Criminal Justice Club continued FHSU’s proud tradition of building partnerships within our community, and they were awarded the Civic Engagement Award/Volunteer Organization of the Year for providing over 500 hours community service.
  • The Department of Art and Design continues its unrivaled relationship with one of the leaders in the world of advertising. The Senior Vice President of Leo Burnett Company of Chicago recently flew to Hays in order to do portfolio reviews and to award $10,000 in scholarships, and Leo Burnett recently hired another FHSU graduate.

History of Fort Hays State University

The first students at the school that would become known as Fort Hays State University couldn’t have envisioned how a prairie dog town would be transferred into a sprawling campus 100 years later.

In fact, the first building ever inhabited by the school wasn’t even located on the present-day campus.

The infirmary at Fort Hays, a former army post that had been abandoned in 1889, was where 57 students paid a tuition fee of $5 for the first summer courses in 1902. The stone guardhouse down the path at what is now Historic Fort Hays served as the gymnasium.

The school’s first leader, William S. Picken, actually was in favor of keeping the college on the site of Fort Hays. But a group of townspeople, spurred by real estate interests, wanted to move the college closer to the city of Hays.

And so the move began in 1904, but not before a prairie dog town had to be removed from the land where the college’s first building on that site, Picken Hall, was under construction.

The construction (and subsequent renovation) of numerous buildings, both academic and residential, followed over the next 100 years, and today FHSU remains the heart of Hays.

FHSU went through a variety of name changes during its first 75 years, from a branch of a normal (teacher training) school to university status:

Fort Hays State University In USA

1902 – Western Branch of the Kansas Normal School
1914 – Fort Hays Kansas State Normal School
1923 – Kansas State Teachers College of Hays
1931 – Fort Hays Kansas State College
1977 – Fort Hays State University

FHSU has grown into a regional comprehensive university with over 15,000 on-campus, Virtual College (online), graduate, and international students. And while tuition costs have risen from that meager $5 amount over a century ago, FHSU still has the lowest tuition rates in the Kansas Board of Regents system, and provides one of the best educational values in the nation.

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