K-State ranks on best value list

By The Mercury

Kansas State University was among the highest-rated schools in the region to make a national website’s list of best value colleges in the Midwest.

K-State ranked above other schools in the state. At No. 14, it also ranked higher than other schools in the region, including Ohio State University, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, University of Missouri and University of Oklahoma.

K-State had to score highly on eight quality indicators, from graduation rate to student-to-faculty ratio and affordability. 

Pat Bosco, K-State’s vice president for student life and dean of students, said in a K-State report that the university ranks highly because of its more than 250 majors and options, 475-plus student organizations, a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1 and a focus on programs to help students succeed from their first year at the university.

The website, greatvaluecolleges.net, gave K-State high marks for its involvement in educational initiatives, including a multimillion dollar grant from the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program, which helps underrepresented students at the university earn bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and then go on to graduate study programs.

The university is also is recognized for its aviation program; award-winning sustainability efforts like the Environmental Protection Agency’s Campus Rainworks Challenge; and top-rated student organizations including K-State’s Black Student Union.

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