Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Kansas.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Kansas. These agencies, however, only issue institution-wide accreditation; program-specific accreditation is a separate process. For information on particular programs in higher education, see our subject pages.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
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For more information on higher education or educational regulations in Kansas, see the department of education or state’s board of education below. The agencies listed can also provide general information about accredited institutions in the state.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Kansas has a variety of strong public universities. Continue reading to learn about some of the state’s best schools.
University of Kansas
The largest public university in the state, the University of Kansas enrolled 27,135 students during the fall of 2013. The school boasts 190 different undergraduate majors and some exceptional research facilities. Among those are the University of Kansas Cancer Center, which is the state’s only cancer research facility.
Kansas State University
Kansas State University housed 24,378 students during the 2013-2014 school year, and it offers those students a whopping 250 majors from which to choose. Satisfaction at the school is high: according to Forbes, 97% of recent graduates would recommend the school to friends. In addition, KSU’s Landon Lecture series brings some high-profile figures to campus, including five former U.S. presidents.
Wichita State University
With a slightly smaller campus than the previous two schools, Wichita State still had a sizeable student population of 14,716 for the 2013-2014 school year. It has an especially strong cooperative education program, which gives students work experience while studying. The school is also located in Kansas’s biggest city, so students have plenty of options for off-campus entertainment. For pizza lovers, the school is especially attractive: Pizza Hut’s creators, Frank and Dan Carney, are alumni, and the original store stands on campus.
Kansas also plays host to some exceptional private schools, including a number of religiously-affiliated institutions. See some of those schools below.
As Kansas’s largest private university, Baker enrolled 3,211 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The school’s most popular majors include business, marketing, and management, but it offers students a wide range of undergraduate study programs. Alumni of Baker include Walt A. Anderson, the founder of White Castle.
To experience a truly personalized education, head to Bethel College. With only 472 students enrolled during the fall of 2013, the school is able to maintain a 9 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Bethel is also associated with the Mennonite Church. In addition, the institution is unusual in offering students a four-year graduation guarantee: for any student who meets the criteria but doesn’t graduate after four years, the rest of the courses needed for graduation are free.
Newman is the second largest private institution in Kansas, with 3,108 students in the fall of 2013. The school was founded as a Christian institution in 1933, and today it focuses on helping students develop academically, socially, and spiritually. Newman’s mission is for graduates to help transform society for the better. The student-to-faculty ratio is a low 13 to 1, ensuring that students get plenty of face time with their professors.