Kansas State University

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Kansas State University, commonly shortened to K-State, is an institution of higher learning located in Manhattan, Kansas, in the United States. The university saw a record high enrollment of 23,588 students for the Fall 2010 semester.[3]

A branch campus is located in Salina, Kansas, housing the College of Technology and Aviation. Another branch campus, known as the Olathe Innovation Campus, is presently under construction in Olathe, Kansas. When completed, the Olathe facility will be the academic research presence within the Kansas Bioscience Park, and will research bioenergy, animal health, plant science and food safety and security.[4]

The university is classified as a research university with very high research (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.



Kansas State University, originally named Kansas State Agricultural College, was founded on February 16, 1863, during the American Civil War, as a land-grant institution under the Morrill Act.[5] The school was the first land-grant college newly created under the Morrill Act, although several other universities claim to be the oldest land-grant school.[5] K-State is the fourth-oldest school in the Big 12 Conference and the oldest public university in the state of Kansas.

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