Kansas State University Reviews
Kansas State University is an amazing college, but the Park Management and Conservation degree program was not beneficial to my future. Jobs in the field are limited. The prospect of a future career in parks and recreation is glorified while in school, but the only real opportunities after college are typically in the maintenance field. Id recommend a wildlife biology degree instead to those interested in the outdoor field.
The second I stepped foot on campus at Kansas State University, I instantly knew that I wanted to attend and pursue my education here--it just felt like home. At Kansas State you will hear a lot about how we are "family" and it is hard to understand until you actually are immersed in it. Being a university with around 24,000 students, it seems small and feels like a community. The campus is all within close proximity and you can get from one side of campus to the other within 10 minutes. Placed in the heart of Kansas, you get all it has to offer--four different season, rolling hills, flat land, city life, and the list goes on an on. At Kansas State we are also extremely proud and supportive of our sports teams. We are nationally recognized for one of the top pre-game traditions (Wabash Cannonball), have record sell-outs, and are currently ranked #1 for college towns. Striving to become one of the top 50 public research institutions by the year 2025, K-State is always building and bettering the campus. Soon, Manhattan will be home to the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility. With all of these astonishing things about Manhattan and it's university, Manhattan is also home to an additional college and technical college. Graduating with my bachelor's degree in December of 2017 I obtained an abundance of knowledge within my three and half years there. I got my undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, secondary major in Gerontology, and minor in Human Development and Family Science. With a range of degrees and class sizes, I got to experience a wide range of professors who all undisputedly cared for their students. My undergraduate programs were rigorous, but structured enough to where I still had time outside of class to enjoy the city I was living in. At Kansas State University I felt comfortable reaching out to professors for guidance when needed and even dropping by their office ours to chat. Pursuing a degree at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas was one of the best decisions I have made thus far in my life. With all of that being said, I can sincerely say that you will not regret choosing an academic path at Kansas State University.
Like most large state universities, general education classes and introductory classes for your major of choice tend to take place in large lecture halls and little to no one-on-one attention. Kansas State University is no different. However, the teachers of these classes try to mediate this issue with recitations which give you a much better experience. From there, when you get into your major-specific classes, the experience is greatly improves. This is where I believe Kansas State University shines. Not only are class sizes typically less than 30 people, professors will bend over backwards in order to help you understand the course material which is especially helpful in upper level classes. If you like a more personal experience for your major specific classes, with friendly teachers and professors, as well as a great campus and fun town such as Manhattan, Kansas, you should put Kansas State University on your short list.
I graduated from Kansas State University in 2017 with a double major, a double minor, and I graduated with honors. I also studied abroad three times. I was able to do so much in four years because of the excellent staff of professors and advisers. K-State is very cost efficient and the faculty genuinely care about each individual's success during and after graduation. Many of my advisors kept in contact with me even after I moved out of state.
Kansas State University Academic Advising Graduate Certificate: I completed this 15 credit program online from Jan 2015 - Dec 2015. I was already working in higher education in registration and enrollments but wanted to advance my career and move into academic advising. Because my educational journey for both my bachelors and masters had not yet included academic advising or education related classes, I felt this Kstate program would be ideal to provide me with the right concentration of knowledge to be an excellent academic advisor. I also felt that this program combined with my education and employment history would make my resume stand out over other candidates applying for academic advisor positionsand it did as I did get an academic advising position while completing my first term of classes! Although I am no longer employed as an academic advisor (military life), I still work in an advisor capacity but now for a federal organization. The program itself is a lot of work. I took it as a 2-1-2 format. Two classes in the spring, one class in the summer and two classes in the fall. With all classes online, you have to schedule dedicated time for all the readings, time to craft written responses to instructors lessons and time to craft responses to classmate responses. It is a challenge when some classes have more activities than just posting online material. For example, EDCEP 829 - Learning Principles & EDCEP 851 - Multicultural Aspects of Academic Advising have very interesting projects in additional to normal online postings. EDCEP 829 had lot of weekly projects that added up to a personal learning portfolio and EDCEP 851 had a fun (and stressful) group project to create a syllabus from an advising perspective. With so much of the program materials coming from NACADA I was surprised that there werent more opportunities in the program to partner up with the organization. It is sometimes difficult to feel included in an educational community when you are an online student and this would have been a nice touch. I probably could have sought this out on my own, but I was close to my limit with school, work and family needs. I paid for this program out of pocket and setup a payment plan each term to make the program costs fit into my monthly budget.
I absolutely loved attending Kansas State University, and particularly the Department of Psychology. This school has prepared me to begin a clinical psychology master's program in the Fall. Many classes are rigorous, but it is well worth it in the end. The knowledge and experiences I've gained from Kansas State University are truly irreplaceable. As well as receiving a bachelor's in psychology, I will also be receiving a degree in criminology. This university made it so easy and enjoyable to complete two degrees simultaneously. Kansas State University does its best to work with you and tailor your schedule to your interests. I am hesitant to leave this school, but they do not offer a graduate program in Clinical Psychology. If they did, I would never leave!
Kansas State is certainly an awesome school, I registered for classes when I found out my husband would be stationed at Fort Riley. The admission guidance counselor quickly set me up with the requirements I needed to complete my degree. When I started classes I felt as though the professors were really passionate about their research and teaching me. The coursework was certainly time consuming and rigorous but it was time well spent. After I graduated I received a pet-time job with the school as a Research Assistant and I couldn't be happier. Now I am working towards my masters degree while working for my alumni university. So thrilled to be making positive connections and steps in the right direction.
I transferred to K-State as a junior in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. I went right into my junior sequence and immediately started CSD classes. At first, I was overwhelmed and stressed about all of the worrying comments I had previously heard about the junior sequence. However, all of the teachers were very helpful and did their best to make sure we all understood what was being taught. The teachers are there for you when you need help with school, or in any other area. I would recommend students look into the program and deeply consider going to K-State. They offer many opportunities to learn outside of the class room, such are research and KSSSLHA.
Kansas State University is a family. It is a community of respect and full of purple everywhere you look. While it is most commonly known for its agricultural and engineering degrees, I pursued a degree in History. The History Department was full of very experienced and diligent professors and instructors who honestly cared for the success of their students. The smaller class sizes allowed for more efficient learning and closer bonds between the students and many of my peers in those classes remain very good friends.
During my college search, I visited nine schools in the Midwest. However, one visit to Kansas State wouldnt suffice. After three trips for assurance sake, I left my hometown and embarked on the best journey life has offered me thus far. Upon my arrival at K-State, I knew two people: one was a family friend who was influential in my decision to attend KSU and continued to make a positive impact at the University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant after receiving an undergraduate degree. The other was a good friend who joined me on this college endeavor. Since then, I have been humbled by the number of genuine friendships, academic, personal, and professional connections that have become some of the most important parts of my life, all thanks to Kansas State. Simply put, the K-State Family business is no joke.