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Fort Hays State University

Hays, KS 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate91%
Acceptance Rate91%

About Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University Overview

Fort Hays State University is a public, state school in the small town setting of Hays, Kansas. Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 and enrolls around 15,033 students a year, including 12,211 undergrad students. Fort Hays State University offers on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

Student Involvement at Fort Hays State University

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Fort Hays State University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? Fort Hays State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Fort Hays State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Fort Hays State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 91%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.4
In-State Tuition $4,140
Out-of-State $14,580
Percent of Need Met 50.08%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $7,132

Is Fort Hays State University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better idea of what Fort Hays State University offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Fort Hays State University

The university admitted 91% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 1,920 applications received in 2022, 1,754 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Fort Hays State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Fort Hays State University, around 78% are still enrolled the next year. Fort Hays State Universityhas a six year graduation rate of 46 for undergrads. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Fort Hays State University Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Fort Hays State University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Fort Hays State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Fort Hays State University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Fort Hays State University meets 50.08% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $7,132 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $24,867 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Fort Hays State University.

Based on this information, how does Fort Hays State University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Fort Hays State University a good school for you?

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Where is Fort Hays State University Located?

Fort Hays State University is located in the small town setting of Hays, Kansas.

If you want to see Fort Hays State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate-70 to Hays, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Hays Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Fort Hays State University and Hays are like without leaving home.

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College Info

600 Park Street Hays, KS 67601-4099

Campus Setting: Small Town

Fort Hays State University Application Deadline

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Fort Hays State University ACT Scores


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17 - 29

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Fort Hays State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Fort Hays State University is like? There are approximately 15,033 students enrolled at Fort Hays State University, including 12,211 undergraduate students and 2,822 graduate students. 46% percent of students attend school full-time, 71% percent are from KS and 29% percent of students are from other states.


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