For more than 20 years, Fort Hays State University has strived to help students fit education into their already hectic schedules. Founded in 1902, it wasn’t until 1999 that this institution was able to establish a Virtual College, thanks to advances in technology that opened the doors to online education. Today, it has a virtual student body of more than 80,000 and offers around 600 courses each semester that are fully accredited and taught by the same faculty as on-campus programs. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked FHSU in the top tier nationally for quality online education, and it was one of only 40 to make its way on an honor roll for universities that offer online education. It also received recognition for its master’s degree programs in business, education, and nursing as well as the quality of teaching practices, faculty, technology, and student engagement and services in its bachelor’s degree programs.
FHSU Virtual College offers online programs for undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree seeking students. There are more than 20 bachelor’s degree programs and 11 master’s programs are available online. Some of the programs come be completed 100% online, while others may require the student to put in some hours on campus. There is also an Associate of General Studies program for those who have yet to decide on a specific career path. Those who wish to apply for District Leadership licensure in Kansas can prepare through the graduate program that leads to a Specialist in Education Degree.
In addition, FHSU Virtual College is committed to providing opportunities for lifelong education, personal enrichment, and career advancement. Professionals can target their skills and receive the training they need to get ahead by earning an online certificate. FHSU Virtual College offers 47 programs in the areas such as of health, technology, business, social work, and leadership. Endorsement programs are also offered for the same purpose; eight different programs are available in areas related to education, counseling, literacy, and leadership. And anyone can quickly expand their knowledge through over 50 non-credit/CEU courses, which typically last four to six weeks.
This institution is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Some of Fort Hays’s programs have specialized accreditation from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, and the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation.
Prospective undergraduates who wish to study online at FHSU Virtual College must complete an application for admission and submit an official transcript from all school previously attended. Those over the age of 21 are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores. Those who wish to apply to the graduate school must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in their last 60 hours of undergraduate credit. They must complete an application and submit a personal statement and professional letters of recommendation. Official undergraduate transcripts will be obtained by the graduate school. Depending on field of study, the applicant may have to provide entrance examination results, personal letter, professional resume, or a teaching certificate.
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600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601