Fort Hays State University: Narrative Description

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600 Park St.
Hays, KS 67601-4099
Tel: (785)628-4000
Free: 800-628-FHSU
Admissions: (785)628-5666
Fax: (785)628-4014
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Kansas Board of Regents. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1902. Setting: 200-acre small town campus. Endowment: $27.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $47,638. Educational spending 2003-04: $5102 per student. Total enrollment: 7,373. Faculty: 291 (253 full-time, 38 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 1,938 applied, 94% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 31% from top quarter, 65% from top half. Full-time: 4,126 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 1,794 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 15 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 16% international, 18% 25 or older, 20% live on campus, 21% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, ACT, SAT or ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $2585 full-time, $96.70 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8709 full-time, $300.85 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $632 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and location. College room and board: $5061. College room only: $2572. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 105 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, University Activities Board, Residence Hall Association, International Student Union, Block and Bridle. Major annual events: homecoming, Back to School Picnic, Oktoberfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,250 college housing spaces available; 1,000 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Forsyth Library with 624,637 books, 404,433 microform titles, 1,689 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.9 million. 813 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Fort Hays, a military post on the old frontier, gave this railroad town its name of Hays. Known as an agricultural, educational, and regional medical center Hays has vast interests in oil and livestock as well. Ellis county, the county in which Hays is located, is the largest oil producing county in the State of Kansas. Fort Hays Experiment Station, one of the largest dryland experiment stations in the world, is located here.

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