Kansas State University

The Kansas State University (also known as K -State) is a state university in Manhattan in the northeast of the U.S. state of Kansas. It is the oldest public university in Kansas and with 23 182 enrolled students, the second largest after the University of Kansas. In addition to the main campus in Manhattan, there is the College of Technology and Aviation in Salina.


The University was founded on 16 February 1863 as the Kansas State Agricultural College. Since 1875 it is located on its present campus in Manhattan. In 1927 it was renamed into the current name. President of the university since 2009, the chemical engineer Kirk Herman Schulz.

On 11 June 2008, a tornado devastated several buildings on campus; The damage amounted to more than U.S. $ 20 million.


Among the most important research areas of the K- State include the atomic, molecular and optical physics, and gravity studies in the field of cell and developmental biology. One of the most important inventions at the university was the excimer laser.


The sports team from Kansas State University, the Kansas State Wildcats. The University is a member of the Big 12 Conference.

Known graduates

  • Kirstie Alley - Actress
  • Erin Brockovich - activist ( no degree)
  • Richard B. Myers - Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Pat Roberts - U.S. Senator
  • Jerry Wexler - Music Producer
  • Michael Beasley - Basketball Player