Fort Hays State University
600 Park St, Hays, KS 67601
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-3478
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Fort Hays State University is a four-year public institution in Hays, Kan. The university, founded in 1902, was recognized for the quality of its online education programs by the U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranked the university sixth for student engagement and accreditation and 10th for student services and technology of the top online bachelor’s programs Fort Hays State University has a student population of 12,802 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Programs Offered

Fort Hays State University offers certificate and associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs through 28 departments. Undergraduate programs are available in art and design, chemistry, communication studies, English, history, justice studies, philosophy, informatics, economics, business administration, teacher education, technology studies, agriculture, allied health, biological studies, and nursing. Students can also enroll in the university’s graduate programs, which include fine arts, history, communication, geosciences, psychology, education, nursing, and biology. Online undergraduate degrees are available in business education, education, information networking and telecommunications, justice studies, management, nursing, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. Online master’s degrees are available in counseling, health and human performance, nursing administration, education, special education, and school psychology.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Fort Hays State University since 1915.


The university requires Kansas high school graduates to have an ACT composite score of 21 or higher, an equivalent score on the SAT, rank in the top one third of their graduating class, or graduate with a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale (non-residents must submit a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale). Transfer students must submit college transcripts to be considered for admission. ACT or SAT scores are due August 23. FHSU accepts applications on a rolling deadline. According to the U.S. News & World Report, FHSU had a 67.7% acceptance rate in fall 2011.


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