2022 best colleges in Kansas best-colleges

The higher education scene in Kansas is a healthy mix of large public universities and small special-interest institutions. The state’s oldest and flagship university, Kansas State University, is renowned just as much for its research as it is for its parties and sports teams, which have won several Big 12 championships. Kansas is also home to the longest continuously operating federal tribal university in the United States, Haskell Indian Nations University. Although small, Barclay College offers a unique opportunity – all full-time students who pay to live on-campus receive a full-tuition scholarship.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Kansas

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $18,918

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $56,386

Vs. state average: + $7,291

Economic score: 2.32

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#2 in Kansas

Newman University

Wichita, Kansas

Admission rate: 84%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $16,497

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $49,787

Vs. state average: + $692

Economic score: 2.88

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#3 in Kansas

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas

Admission rate: 95%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $18,285

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $51,608

Vs. state average: + $2,513

Economic score: 2.99

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#4 in Kansas

Baker University

Baldwin City, Kansas

Admission rate: 94%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $22,879

Payback: 3.7 Years

Earnings: $56,804

Vs. state average: + $7,709

Economic score: 3.17

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#5 in Kansas

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, Kansas

Admission rate: 91%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $14,436

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $45,937

Vs. state average: - $3,158

Economic score: 3.22

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#6 in Kansas

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $14,382

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $47,524

Vs. state average: - $1,571

Economic score: 3.24

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#7 in Kansas

Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kansas

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $12,053

Payback: 3.3 Years

Earnings: $42,518

Vs. state average: - $6,577

Economic score: 3.78

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#8 in Kansas

University of Saint Mary

Leavenworth, Kansas

Admission rate: 60%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $21,000

Payback: 4.3 Years

Earnings: $50,006

Vs. state average: + $911

Economic score: 4.20

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#9 in Kansas

Friends University

Wichita, Kansas

Admission rate: 58%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $20,686

Payback: 4.5 Years

Earnings: $48,343

Vs. state average: - $752

Economic score: 4.59

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#10 in Kansas

Southwestern College

Winfield, Kansas

Admission rate: 57%

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $23,507

Payback: 4.8 Years

Earnings: $50,205

Vs. state average: + $1,110

Economic score: 4.65

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#11 in Kansas

Ottawa University-Ottawa

Ottawa, Kansas

Admission rate: 71%

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $24,585

Payback: 4.9 Years

Earnings: $47,355

Vs. state average: - $1,740

Economic score: 5.06

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#12 in Kansas

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Olathe, Kansas

Admission rate: 64%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $26,222

Payback: 5.3 Years

Earnings: $50,243

Vs. state average: + $1,148

Economic score: 5.18

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#13 in Kansas

Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas

Admission rate: 87%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $14,822

Payback: 4.3 Years

Earnings: $40,772

Vs. state average: - $8,323

Economic score: 5.21

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#14 in Kansas

Benedictine College

Atchison, Kansas

Admission rate: 97%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $23,011

Payback: 5.2 Years

Earnings: $47,772

Vs. state average: - $1,323

Economic score: 5.30

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#15 in Kansas

Bethel College-North Newton

North Newton, Kansas

Admission rate: 62%

Grad rate: 48%

Net cost: $21,646

Payback: 5.2 Years

Earnings: $46,099

Vs. state average: - $2,996

Economic score: 5.57

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#16 in Kansas

Sterling College

Sterling, Kansas

Admission rate: 37%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $20,090

Payback: 5.1 Years

Earnings: $41,497

Vs. state average: - $7,598

Economic score: 6.06

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#17 in Kansas

Tabor College

Hillsboro, Kansas

Admission rate: 47%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $24,221

Payback: 6.4 Years

Earnings: $44,228

Vs. state average: - $4,867

Economic score: 7.13

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#18 in Kansas

McPherson College

McPherson, Kansas

Admission rate: 53%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $23,667

Payback: 7.0 Years

Earnings: $42,168

Vs. state average: - $6,927

Economic score: 8.19

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#19 in Kansas

Manhattan Christian College

Manhattan, Kansas

Admission rate: 49%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $25,199

Payback: 7.3 Years

Earnings: $42,609

Vs. state average: - $6,486

Economic score: 8.41

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#20 in Kansas

Bethany College

Lindsborg, Kansas

Admission rate: 69%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $23,343

Payback: 7.2 Years

Earnings: $41,604

Vs. state average: - $7,491

Economic score: 8.46

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