K-STATE: WHERE FAMILY COMES FIRST
Focused on service
On Feb. 16, 1863, Kansas State University became the nation’s first operational land-grant institution. It’s gone through several name changes — beginning with Kansas State Agricultural College during the Civil War — but its land-grant traditions of service, accessible education and beneficial research remain unchanged.
K-State’s mission is to teach tomorrow’s leaders, develop life-changing solutions, and better the lives of Kansans and the world. Sure, we love wearing purple, cheering on the Wildcats and enjoying our beautiful campus, but it goes far deeper. K-Staters believe they are more than just a community; they’re a family, and family always comes first.
As a visitor to campus, this includes you! Whatever brings you here, we’re thrilled to meet you and show you why we’re so proud to be purple.
Four campuses, one family
Manhattan: Our main campus is the student hub, with more than 475 student organizations, 90-plus research facilities and centers, and the K-State Student Union, which has undergone a $31 million renovation to better serve the K-State family into the future.
Olathe: This campus brings K-State research, education and outreach programs to the Greater Kansas City area.
Polytechnic: Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus at Salina is an hour west of Manhattan and is home to the university’s College of Technology and Aviation.
Global: Our distance-based campus provides educational opportunities through online degree programs, professional development workshops and enrichment programs.