Kansas’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities of 2021

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Kansas. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

Kansas’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Kansas

Beyond the 23 community and technical colleges, Kansas also has nine public universities, the largest being the University of Kansas (KU) with over 28,000 students. The school’s main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, but there are four other locations where students can attend KU classes: Overland Park, Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. Kansas is also home to 22 private higher education institutions, with tuition ranging from $7,000 to $31,000.

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In addition, students can choose from one of 18 religiously affiliated schools, including Newman University, Wichita — a Catholic liberal arts university serving the state’s largest private school student population at just over 2,000. Just under the national tuition average at $9,230, Kansas is also an affordable state in which to earn your degree. The state awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in common fields of study, like economics, nursing, business, and education. Specialized degrees include aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas and agribusiness from Kansas State University. Those in the medical and health fields can check out loan forgiveness programs, such as the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, which awards up to $50,000, tax free, for those who serve two years at an approved site.

Arguably, it was the 1939 cinema classic, The Wizard of Oz, that put Kansas on the map. But The Sunflower State is also known for its mouth-watering barbecue, open plains, and vast sunflower fields. Prospective students can also choose from 50 colleges and universities across this Midwestern state.

See what Kansas has to offer by checking out the top programs and career paths available.


What are Kansas’s Colleges & Universities?

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How do we determine Kansas's most affordable colleges and universities?

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

We’ve identified 9 affordable colleges and universities in Kansas, all of which satisfies the following conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees
  3. It must have stated tuition and fees under $16,000/year.

Most Affordable Colleges & Universities in Kansas

  1. #1

    Fort Hays State University

    #2464 institution's historical influence
    #1261 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    10K

    Hays, KS

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    What is Fort Hays State University known for?

    Fort Hays State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Education
    • Biology
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Engineering
  2. #2

    Grantham University

    #2799 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    5K

    Lenexa, KS

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    What is Grantham University known for?

    Grantham University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    Emporia State University

    #1572 institution's historical influence
    #1371 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1002/22

    Emporia, KS

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    What is Emporia State University known for?

    Emporia State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Biology
    • History
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Physics
  4. #4

    Pittsburg State University

    #1963 institution's historical influence
    #1370 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/21

    Pittsburg, KS

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    What is Pittsburg State University known for?

    Pittsburg State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Literature
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
  5. #5

    Donnelly College

    #8062 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    13%

    Student body

    <1K

    Kansas City, KS

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    What is Donnelly College known for?

    Donnelly College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Wichita State University

    #929 institution's historical influence
    #407 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    12K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/23

    Wichita, KS

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    What is Wichita State University known for?

    Wichita State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Washburn University

    #755 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    4K

    Topeka, KS

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    What is Washburn University known for?

    Washburn University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
  8. #8

    Kansas State University

    #349 institution's historical influence
    #1154 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    18K

    Manhattan, KS

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    What is Kansas State University known for?

    Kansas State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Medical
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #9

    University of Kansas

    #122 institution's historical influence
    #620 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    23K

    Lawrence, KS

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    What is University of Kansas known for?

    University of Kansas’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • History
    • Literature
    • Law
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

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