About K-State

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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.

Discover our roots.

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.


Map with KState locations

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