Founded in 1863 as Kansas State Agricultural College, the Kansas State University is a public doctoral university with its main campus in Manhattan, Kansas, United States. It is the first operational land-grant university in the USA. The university has branch campuses in Salina and Olathe. The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in Salina hosts the College of Technology and Aviation. At Olathe Innovation Campus graduate students participate in research in bio-energy, animal health, plant science and food safety and security.
The university comprises of various schools and colleges: College of Agriculture; College of Architecture, Planning & Design; College of Arts & Sciences; College of Business Administration; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Human Ecology; Kansas State Polytechnic Campus; College of Veterinary Medicine; the Graduate School and Staley School of Leadership. The most popular majors at Kansas State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; Engineering; Social Sciences; and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences.
The total student population at the university is more than 21,600 of which over 18,600 are enrolled in the undergraduate courses. The student to faculty ratio at the university is 19:1 and the acceptance rate is 85%.
Each year Kansas State University awards more than $230 million in financial aid and more than $36 million in scholarships to students. The university conducts multidisciplinary research in its biosecurity Research Institute that includes vaccine development, pathogen-detection and food safety. The university's extensive list of research facilities includes the James R. Macdonald Laboratory for research in atomic, molecular and optical physics and the NASA Center for Gravitational Studies in Cellular and Developmental Biology. The excimer laser, which made LASIK eye surgery possible, is a technology developed by Kansas State researchers.
Notable Alumni: Kirstie Louise Alley (American actress, comedian and spokesmodel), Sam Brownback (American lawyer, politician and diplomat serving as the 46th Governor of Kansas)
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