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Founded in 1902, Fort Hays State University. is a Public college. Located in Kansas, which is a city setting in Kansas, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 12,045 full time undergraduate students, and 2,613 full time graduate students.
The Fort Hays State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 340 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Fort Hays State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at FHSU are considered Less Selective, with ,21% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 46 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
63% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 29% were in the top quarter, and 10% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Fort Hays State University.
44 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.
37 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
48 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated local services 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
52 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.
35 Students rated Fort Hays State University
It's a nice little college with a couple different things you can get involved in with a wide variety of people to meet. I'd say it's mostly safe but people seem to be on a kick of barking at you so be warned. Professors are nice and actually seem to care about you too. All the buildings are nice but the food is something to be desired, regular school food tasting I guess you could say.
I love it there. The professors are understanding and really want you to learn the coursework. The advisers actually help you to figure out what you should do next. The other students are there to learn and are very good at helping you out if you get stuck. I have attended a few colleges (as I am an adult learner) and this has to be my favorite out of them.
FHSU is a really affordable school that gives you a great education for your dollar. All the staff are capable and helpful, the tech support in particular is extremely prompt. There's a great community of students both online and on campus. If you're looking for a school where you can earn your degree for an affordable price, study with lots of support and assistance, and experience a beautiful campus in a great town, FHSU is a sild choice.
I have had very bad teachers at Fort Hays. I am an all online student and rely so much on my teachers to have good communication and they are awful! Many teachers don’t respond to emails at all or in a timely manner. I basically have to be my own teacher at FHSU.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Fort Hays State University is 90%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Knowing what I know today about college life and making the transition, what advice I would give myself is to enjoy the experience. Make a schedule for your studies and make sure academics are completed to the best of your abilities. Start term papers immediately and not wait until the last minute. Do no be afraid to take a lighter class load to make the good grades because the grades are important to get into graduate school. After you have your academics in place, then have fun and make new friends. In college you will meet so many people from diverse backgrounds that will help you in any field you get into. Have an experience that you can look back on in your fifties and know that you did well academically but you had fun.
Fort Hays was an excellent student community. Although a small school, we had many exchange students and students from other areas of the country. We had a diverse student body and there were many activities to get involved in. I loved being a part of FHSU's student body. My classmates were fun people who also enjoyed their school.
I like the fact that the university is not overly large. It really gives you a chance to get to know your classmates and also your teachers. Being in a smaller community, you have a lot more personal connections with people who are there to support you.
I would have to say the worst thing about my school is the activites that students can get involved in on campus. There are not very many activities that actually involve all students together. There is also a great deal of focus on the "drinking" social life. Often times, Hays is seen as a party town, where a great deal of drinking happens.
That is took so long to get my financial aid situated so I could enroll in this next semester.
Honestly, our school is best known for the drinking amongst all of the students. It is also known for being very cheap when it comes to tuition.
How small the Greek life is.
Fort Hays State University, so bluntly put, is your basic liberal arts college which provides both specialty graduate and undergraduate programs as well as a comprehensive base of both scientific and liberal arts coursework to prospering students of not only prospective and current students of the United States of America, but also to overseas programs while at the same time being able to offer education at an affordable rate compared with other 4 year universities.
I love the diverseness of the class offerings, and the ability to complete courses on line. I was nervous about distance learning and of the reviews some schools received as to the quality of the education. The undergraduate degree courses at Fort Hays are tough, using real textbooks, taking real exams and really working hard you can achieve your goals. This requires just as much if not more dedication that physical attendance. The staff is truly wonderful and supportive too. I don't feel lost in the crowd. I could not have picked a better school to attend.
Those who seek affordability.
Fort Hays State is linked with a college over in China, therefore there are alot of Asians around Campus. If you are someone that does not like Asians then this school would not be a good fit, because you would always run into them and unless you have your own house or pay extra to have your own dorm then you run the risk of getting an Asian as a roommate.
Well, I would say the class sizes, they are perfect around 30 less or more of course, but not to large.
Most people think we are just an agriculture based school and while we do have a lot of agricultural students, we have a really great business school. We are also stereotyped as a drinking school and that is false, there are people who drink but you'll find that at any college.
Oktoberfest is a big event that many of the students take place in. I would say some people party quite a bit at least 2-3 nights a week. There are other activities you can do that do not involve drinking such as go to the movies, play putt-putt golf, frisbee golf, or go to the famous Sternberg museum. Throughout the year there is what is called the Encore series and they usually take place on a weeknight and they vary from acrobats to comedians to musical events. They usually have pretty good shows. One year Ruby Studdard, a former American Idol singer, came and performed.
Fort Hays offers many different activities to be involved in. One nice thing is that students get into all athletic events for free(volleyball, football,basketball,etc.)! I think the school is just right in size. Some of the general education classes might have up to 100 or so students but most of the classes have anywhere to 10 to 30 students, therefore the teacher to student ratio is better. The teachers are all willing to help as much as possible. We have had a few rape incidents but overall I feel like our campus is pretty safe. Most of the people will smile and say Hi as you walk by them and I feel like this is because it is a smaller school than for instance, WSU, KSU, or KU.
I would say that most teachers to learn the students by name. I would say class attendance requirement is about half and half. With general education classes some students will have in class quizzes so you should probably attend class, some classes take attendance, and some classes don't. Once you get into a program here I would say attendance is required. I am in Radiology and it is a tough program here at Fort Hays but well worth it! We spend a lot of time with our professors. The only downfall to this program is it has a little harder grading scale, it is a 6 point grading scale instead of a 10 point. Fort Hays tries hard in every program to help you find a job once you finish school.
My classes currently go all day for 3 days. A lot of study time is required to obtain good grades. With my program we have to pass with a 78% or above which is a C because we are one a 6 point grading scale instead of a 10 point.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
97% of students
attending Fort Hays State University receive some sort of financial aid.
41% were awarded federal grants.
While 61% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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Room and Board
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