Why K-State Online?

Quality Courses and Experienced Instructors
Online courses at K-State are taught by the same experienced instructors who teach our on-campus courses, so you’ll receive a quality education regardless of your location. That means your course materials, assignments and projects will be very similar to those you would receive if you were taking a class on campus.

While your educational experience may take place outside the lecture hall, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with your instructors, classmates and advisors, allowing you to build a strong network even when you live hundreds or thousands of miles apart.

K-State Online is committed to providing you with the best possible online experience. With the help of an on-site quality course coordinator, we are constantly striving to incorporate new and better technologies and online teaching strategies that will enhance your learning experience and set you up for success.

Different Path, Same Diploma
Whether you earn a degree online or on campus, you’ll receive the same diploma when you graduate, with no indication of how your courses were delivered. Signed by the university president and provost and stamped with the university seal, your diploma is more than just a piece of paper – it’s a symbol of your hard work and persistence.

Nationally Recognized
Kansas State University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, or HLC, of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1916. This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations and all programs provided via distance education.

Why is accreditation important? Reputable, trusted accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole, offering evaluated measurements of everything, including academic offerings, governance, administration, mission, finances and resources.

Family Values
At K-State, purple isn’t just a color, it’s a way of life. Purple means family, support and the freedom to pursue your passions. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere that allows everyone to feel supported and empowered to take intellectual risks. As the nation’s first operational land-grant university, we take our commitment to putting service and compassion into action seriously and have been since 1863.

Land-Grant Roots
Kansas State University was founded in 1858 as Bluemont Central College with 53 enrolled students. The name changed in 1863 to Kansas State Agricultural College and attained land-grant status. The university was only the second public institution of higher learning in the U.S. to admit women and men equally. Today, we hold firm to our time-honored tradition of access and inclusion where K-Staters can succeed and overcome any challenges in their way.

A Community for All
From our Principles of Community and focus on diversity and inclusion to student-led philanthropies like K-State Proud, we have a clear vision of our top priority – people. Students love K-State and it shows – Princeton Review recently ranked the university among the best in the nation for quality of life, happiest students, community relations and more. K-State was also named one of the nation’s top universities for employment by Glassdoor.

Advancing Together
K-Staters are always looking for ways to innovate and tackle complex challenges at home and far away. The university has established a strategic initiative, K-State 2025, which affirms our commitment to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025. This visionary plan builds off our collective history as a public land-grant institution and lays out clear measurable goals for innovative research, top-notch facilities and attracting and retaining expert faculty, while ensuring our resources are being used most effectively.

Alumni Association
Since 1874, the K-State Alumni Association has been serving the university’s alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff and students who make up the Wildcat community. The association is a self-governed, dues-based organization that is run by a 29-member board of directors and a professional staff of 35.

Located in the Alumni Center, the association oversees K-State Homecoming traditions, the Student Ambassadors program, the Traveling Wildcats, Student Alumni Board, Multicultural Alumni Council, Alumni Fellows, several scholarship programs, and a newsletter that reaches more than 90,000 Wildcats around the world.