About Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University is a liberal arts, state-assisted institution in western Kansas with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students. It has four colleges — Arts and Sciences, Education and Technology, Business and Leadership, and Health and Life Sciences — and a Graduate School. It also has a Virtual College that delivers courses electronically throughout Kansas and beyond. Students at FHSU can select a major field of study from 30 departments and study in an electronic environment throughout the campus. They can obtain associate degrees in office technology and radiologic technology; do their preprofessional study at FHSU then transfer to a medical or law school; obtain bachelor's and master's degrees; and in some areas of the curriculum, can earn specialist's degrees.
The university is fully accredited by several national agencies. We invite that type of inspection to prove that we are providing our students the kind of education that we promise them. FHSU is one of six state-assisted institutions of higher education and is governed by a Board of Regents appointed by the governor of the state of Kansas.
Driving Directions to our Campus
- Coming from 183 South, turn left at 8th Street and go straight (west) to the FHSU campus
- Coming from 183 North, (option 1) turn right at 27th Street, take 27th St. to Hall St., turn south (left) and go to the FHSU campus
- Coming from 183 North, (option 2) Take Vine St. south to 8th St., turn right and go straight (west) to the FHSU campus.
- Coming from Interstate 70 East or West, turn south at US 183 Bypass (exit 157) and go straight to the FHSU campus.
The Hays Community
Hays began as a wild frontier town and has grown into a progressive community of just over 20,000 people, serving as a regional center for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture and recreation for a population of nearly 400,000 in the western half of Kansas.
The old and new blend beautifully to form a city that is small enough to be comfortable yet large enough to provide abundant cultural, commercial and entertainment opportunities. The community has award winning public and private schools. Hays Medical Center employs more than 1,000 people, is home to the DeBakey Heart Institute of Kansas and is one of the top rural medical centers in the United States. Community assets include the Chestnut Street District in Historic Downtown Hays with unique shopping, galleries and eateries. The Hays Arts Council is the oldest local arts agency in Kansas and has successfully fostered a unique and nationally notable arts community.
The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University campus is home to the Encore Series, the Hays Symphony, and university and other national and world caliber performances. Fort Hays State University athletic events provide NCAA Division II athletic entertainment. Hays boasts excellent recreational facilities including the comprehensive Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, an extensive recreational program, and excellent opportunities for biking and running. Hays is within 45 minutes of two large lakes providing boating, fishing, and camping. The Hays Regional Airport provides connecting service to both Kansas City and Denver with several flights in each direction daily. Hays has multiple high-speed Internet service providers and has consistently been a national leader in connectivity.
The community of Hays has been recognized nationally as an exceptional place to live. Hays was selected by the National Civic League as an All-America City in 1996 for its success in galvanizing the efforts of government, business, educational institutions and private citizens to recruit businesses, attract doctors to its regional medical center, and implement broad water conservation and recycling practices. A study conducted by BizJournals, a division of American City Business Journals, named Hays in 2006 as one of the top small communities in the country in which to live. Hays ranked third in the Journal’s list of ten leading micropolitan areas in the Midwest region and ranked 14th overall with a quality of life score based on 12 separate indicators. Previously, the Web site ePodunk, which specializes in the nation's communities, parks, museums, historic sites, colleges and schools, selected Hays as the No. 3 best college town in America in the "Small Cities" category. No other college towns in Kansas made the list