Kansas State University (KSU), commonly shortened to Kansas State or K-State, is a public research university with its main campus in Manhattan, Kansas, United States. Kansas State was opened as the state's land-grant college in 1863 and was the first public institution of higher learning in the state of Kansas. It had a record high enrollment of 24,766 students for the Fall 2014 semester.
The university is classified as one of 115 research universities with highest research activity (R1) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Kansas State's academic offerings are administered through nine colleges, including the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Technology and Aviation in Salina. Graduate degrees offered include 65 master's degree programs and 45 doctoral degrees.
Kansas State University offers graduate degrees and certificates on all three campuses: Manhattan, Polytechnic and Olathe. Students earn degrees on campus, online or through a combination of the two.
The Graduate School provides strategic leadership in the development of innovative graduate programs — both disciplinary and interdisciplinary — and programs that produce professionals with advanced degrees who occupy strategic roles in higher education, industry and public service. In its pursuit of excellence, the Graduate School promotes diversity among students and faculty; programs that serve the needs of individuals, families and society; the use of forward-thinking instructional technology for program delivery on campus and beyond; and research that confronts some of the world’s most pressing problems.