Founded in 1863, Kansas State University was one of America's first land-grant colleges. More than 23,000 students are enrolled at K-State's campuses in Manhattan and Salina. K-State's new Olathe Innovation Campus will anchor the Kansas Bioscience Authority's Kansas Bioscience Park, bringing research, education, and outreach offerings to meet the area's rapidly growing needs in the biological sciences.
K-State ranks first nationally among state universities in its total of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars since 1986.
K-State students have won more than $2 million in those competitions.
K-State also is a national leader in Carnegie/CASE professors of the year competition. In 2007, both the Kansas winner and the national winner at a research/doctoral university were K-State professors.
K-State produces about $3 billion in economic benefit for the state of Kansas each year. External research funding is $114 million. Research projects include food safety and security; animal health; stem cells and more.
K-State is in the top 4 percent of schools in the nation for research activity. According to the latest rankings of America's colleges and universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, K-State now ranks in the top tier of the three subcategories for the 278 doctorate-granting institutions evaluated in the Carnegie Foundation's study.
Research conducted in the new $54 million Biosecurity Research Institute in Pat Roberts Hall protects our nation's food supply, which is vital to America's national security interests. K-State is one of five finalists for the NBAF, or National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, a national institute for animal health.