Fort Hays State University
Hays, KS, USA

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Fort Hays State University
4.09 Average Rating

Taylor from Hays, KS

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
My classes are great! I have so much fun in them and learn a lot. Everyone has had those teachers that say they care but they really could care less about you or your grade. That is far from the case at FHSU the teachers really do care about your grades and are willing to help you on anything they possibly can no matter how long it might take.
Am enjoying being here
The people are great very nice, helpful and fun to be around. I was new to the campus and to Hays in January and now it seems like I grew up around here it's great! I grew up in a big city and I was worried about the transition to a smaller town but it wasn't so different, which was a big relief for me.
Bang for the buck
FHSU has the least expensive tuition out of the Universities in Kansas. Even though FHSU is the cheapest on tuition rates they don't cut back on any of their resources to the students or class materials.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure which ever school you go to is prefect for you and only you! If you choose a school for some other reason like thats where your parents want you to go or where your friends are going to go, the best advice I can give is DON'T DO IT! I've been in those shoes currently I live 14 hours from my home town but I love it at FHSU, yes I miss my family and friends but if I wouldn't have left to come here I wouldn't have ever met some of the amazing people that I have in my life today. Yes my parents were heart broken when I told them I was going so far away instead of the school an hour and 30 minutes away, but they really did support me and eventually got over it.

I suggest you visit the campus of where ever you are thinking about going because if you don't and just look at it online you don't get to see the people and have face to face experience with them or the campus.

Talk to your academic adviser a few times and make sure everything is in order, don't just assume they know who you are if you are new or a returning student. They have many students to look out for and help all at the same time so give them some slack if they get you confused with someone else a few times.

Most of all make sure it is the school for you and no one else!!
Great for these types of students
FHSU is great for just about any kind of person they have all sorts of activities and groups to join.

Yes it is a party school but on the other hand what College isn't? It really depends on who you hang out with.
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Michael from Oklahoma City, OK

accepted here and planning to attend soon
3 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
I believe that I will learn a lot at FHSU. So far my major professors have been in contact with me and have been very helpful.
Will enjoy being here
I went to pre enroll and met some of the students in the department. Everyone was friendly.
Bang for the buck
I decided on this school because of the cost. I get a discount because I am from Oklahoma. The other schools I was considering were at least $7000 more a year to attend.
Tips for prospective students
I you like a small college town you will like FHSU.
Great for these types of students
I am a tech geek and they have a lot of technology at this school.
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Melanie from Fort Scott, KS

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors demonstrate expertise in field knowledge and the ability to effectively communicate that knowledge with students.
Am enjoying being here
Everyone has been very friendly and helpful. They help students become aware of opportunities to reach their dreams.
Tips for prospective students
Ask questions and explore the website. There is at Fort Hays than you first may realize.
Great for these types of students
Everyone
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Kyler from Riverdale, UT

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
I attend the Fort Hays Virtual College campus. This school is amazing and is always there to help you. This school will help you build for your future.
Tips for prospective students
Attend the virtual campus as you can complete it on your own time and get the same degree that you would on campus.
Always ask for assistance as Fort Hays always wants to help you.
Be proud of Fort Hays University as it is one of the best colleges you can attend.
Academic Rigor
I feel like the academic rigor is very challenging, but success is achievable. Fort Hays challenges you to work hard to achieve your dreams. The classes they have you do are great for success in all of the areas of your life.
Dorm Life
I am attending the virtual college which really makes dorm life great. You can study in your pajama's if you choose to. It also makes it easier to have a job to help pay for college as you can complete it on your own time.
Food and Dining
Food and dining on Fort Hays Virtual College is also amazing as you can eat as you are in class. Virtual College is the best as it helps you do things the way that fits you best.
What to do for fun
There is a lot to do for fun if you attend Fort Hays Virtual College. by attending the Virtual College you can complete school as you travel. You can also have fun when you choose and do school when you get home rather than having a set schedule.
Bang for the buck
This school is very reasonable in price. The college that is by my home in Ogden, Utah is more expensive for me as a in-state student. Fort Hays has the best bang for your buck in my opinion as you learn things to help you be very successful in life for a good price. The bookstore is also much cheaper than many others I have seen.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
I do not attend on campus.
Great for these types of students
This is great for students who want to reach their ultimate success and have people helping you along the way. It is also an accredited online college; which most online schools are not. It is a great university that you can have your choice whether you want online, on-campus, or both. It is also great for students who want to receive a great education for a good price.
Clubs and Activities
There are many clubs and activities on-campus and also within the virtual campus. I am currently in the National Society of Leadership and Success within the virtual campus and I love it. The society helps you to get on your career path and be successful.
Greek Life
I am not sure about the Greek life as I do not attend on-campus.
Campus Safety
Even though I am a virtual student, I receive emails regarding the safety issues of the schools. There are always emails sent out regarding any incident so you know how to protect yourself adequately.
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Jessica from Austin, TX

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
i am enjoying classes at fort hays state very much. i have had wonderful communication with my instructors and administrative offices. they have made my journey start out without any trouble or complications.
Tips for prospective students
turn in your homework on time, every time. work hard and pay attention to what you are doing.
Academic Rigor
the instructors are very concerned with what the students are learning. the quality of education is very high.
Dorm Life
i do not live in a dorm.
Food and Dining
i do not eat at this campus.
Bang for the buck
i am getting an incredible education for a lower cost than most universities that i have found.
Great for these types of students
online distance learners have a huge advantage of taking classes here. we are earning a degree that has a state accreditation and has instructors that are very concerned with their student's progress even without seeing them face to face.
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KaiCee from Agar, SD

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
this school has an amazing virtual student program and an even better staff! the price is nothing short of amazing, one of the most affordable programs out there!
Tips for prospective students
if you can, avoid the buyback program from fhsu bookstore, they may change thier minds on the amount to pay you for your books between the time you ship and when they send you money. just because you are taking classes online does not mean you procrastinate! do you work!
Academic Rigor
if you put effort into your classes you will learn a lot and feel good about your education. some of the classes truly are difficult!
Dorm Life
i am a virtual student, therefore i have no experience with the dorm life.
Food and Dining
i am a virtual student, therefore i have no experience with the dorm life.
Bang for the buck
i do not think there is any other accredited brick and motor school with real teachers that offers complete online degrees for a better price!
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Adia from San Diego, CA

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
FHSU is the best! Friendly, organized, and uncomplicated. i chose this school because the education is top quality- but doesn't have all the extra layers that students get lost in and have to pay for!
Tips for prospective students
Apply by mid-February every year in order to be eligible for scholarships.
Academic Rigor
State school- but education is what you make of it. Throw yourself into it and it doesn't matter where you go.
What to do for fun
Go to Kansas City or Denver
Bang for the buck
2nd lowest tuition in the country and 18/1 student/professor ratio.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Oktoberfest!
Great for these types of students
Distance learning. Leaving home for first time freshmen
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Daniel from Alameda, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
I am currently on a one semester break from the virtual college at Fort Hays State University. The on line options and the affordability of the school are amazing and the teaching staff, even though we are thousands of miles apart, do care about your development as a student and want you to succeed.
Tips for prospective students
I can only speak for online students -

Make sure you are disciplined enough to read through the text, read the lectures, and complete all the assignments before the deadline and you will succeed.
Academic Rigor
The teaching is very professional, just as anyone would imagine an accredited four year institution.
Dorm Life
I can't speak to that.
Food and Dining
I don't live in the area.
What to do for fun
I don't live in the area.
Bang for the buck
The out of state tuition cost less than in state tuition for students in California, where I live.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
I have never been on campus.
Great for these types of students
Great for disciplined online students.
Clubs and Activities
I can't speak to that.
Greek Life
I can't speak to that.
Campus Safety
I can't speak to that.
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Cheryl from Hays, KS

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
Categories Comments
In three sentences
Unique upper level opportunity for a cutting edge education.
Tips for prospective students
If you are not interested in going to class and are looking for a university to party at....FHSU will fit into that category. The drinking is out of control. I am here to learn, and graduate summa cum laude. People can still pass, by not caring...but, your future depends on what you put in to your education.
Academic Rigor
I find the classes challenging. To get an A you must work for it. Once you are in the upper level classes, the academic rigor obviously increases. If you want to learn, come to FHSU.
Dorm Life
I live at home, as I am 49 years old. My young friends who do not like to party and are at school to learn and get good grades, do not like the dorms. The people who live to party, love the dorms.
Food and Dining
I do not dine at FHSU. I'm told the food is great. They have a Starbucks in the dining area.
What to do for fun
This is a small college town. Many students get drunk alot. Other healthy things to do for fun are: friz bee golf, golf, there is a gym on campus, a pool on campus, movies, shopping, we have amazing parks, pic-nicking, tennis, great shops down town, Semolinos is amazing. Hays has a roller hockey rink, and a aquatic park.
Bang for the buck
Fort Hays State is truly the most value for your dollar. The level of education is superior. The cost is the lowest I know of.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
I love the campus because is an amazing mix of cultures. People are friendly and courteous, even to a 50 year old.
Great for these types of students
Ag students, nursing students, radiology students, psych students, English students. We have a strong foreign language dept. FHSU is a great match for all students. Students interested in studying abroad, this is the school for you. There are numerous opportunities.
Clubs and Activities
I couldn't possibly list them all. If you have an interest, we have a club.
I am only a member of the National Collegiate Scholars, and the FHSU Honor's Society. I have friends in music, rodeo, agriculture, pre-med. foreign language. I love FHSU.
Greek Life
I'm not involved, but it has a strong presence at FHSU.
Campus Safety
I have lived in Hays 20 years. Prior, I lived in Los Angeles. There is little to no violent crime in Hays. There have been two rapes on campus this year. Which is the first, that I know of. The President has taken it very seriously and has offered self defense classes. Hays is a safe and cozy place to live and go to college. I'm grateful for the opportunity. Fort Hays State has their own police, not security, police.
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Nakeisha from Garden City, KS

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Great experience. So many of the professors go above and beyond to make sure that you not only learn everything that you need to know but that you apply it to the best of your ability. Even with being a DII university, the class sizes allow for the needed support.
Tips for prospective students
Campus visits are great as it allows for you to see the different buildings and what all the campus has to offer. This keeps you from feeling overwhelmed when first going to the university. Also, take the opportunity to get out and experience all that FHSU has to offer: attended the different presentations, performances, athletics, etc. Take full advantage of the fun and exciting things FHSU has to offer.
Academic Rigor
Good. If you put forth all of your effort and go to the professors for support and show that you really want to achieve at the highest level, you can get there, and you will. If you don't give your all, don't expect the professors to hold your hand and spoon feed you. It is a big step from secondary academics and you will be expected to go out of your comfort zone at times, but it will all be for your good and to benefit you to the best ability. If you want it, you'll do all you can and need to and your professors will back you up!
Dorm Life
I am in my second semester of graduate school, but I lived in the dorms my freshman year. I met so amazing people and still have relationship with very many of them. It allows for a lasting friendship with people you can carry with you forever. I will also say that dorm life was always exciting in many aspects; I loved my floor, McMindes Hall 2West, because we always did everything together, whether it was going out or going to football games or going to the talent shows together. Even though we have all gone our separate ways and have gotten engaged, married, having children or are expecting, we always remember the great times we had together when we do happen to see each other.
Food and Dining
Great access to good food and dining whether at the dorms or the Union as they continue to upgrade and improve overall access. Great restaurant choices and often times professors invite the students in their major over for meals. I absolutely LOVE the English department, which was one of my degree majors as an undergrad. They always had some get together where we went to someones place to eat or talk, but to always have fun.
What to do for fun
While at FHSU I went out with my friends, went and watched sports games, played tennis and basketball, worked out at the Wellness Center, went running. I tried to give myself a break from school work and take advantage of the fun that surrounded me. Now, as a grad student, I've outgrown the high life of FHSU and look forward to what I'll gain and experience when I move to Austin Texas in May, but I will always carry all of the fun I had at FHSU with me for the rest of my life.
Bang for the buck
The slogan used to be affordable success. It is affordable and they make available many scholarships to help with the extra expenses in college, which is really great. It gets pretty competitive at times, but they do what they can to ensure you are taken care of and get the most out of your academic experience. Plus, with many job opportunities on and off campus, you can earn extra on the side to help out as well.
Great for these types of students
Any student who is looking for that classroom environment where they are more a student than a number, a place that is close to home, but yet far enough for a sense of independence, or for anyone who just wants a great educational experience and opportunity, FHSU is the place for you. Give it a chance.
Clubs and Activities
Many athletics are offered and for those who don't do sports for the university can do intramurals. Plus several clubs are offered that allow you to be involved on the campus and out in the community. There are no limitations to what you can do and accomplish.
Greek Life
I don't know a whole lot about the fraternities and sororities, but I do know that they do alot on campus and in the community as well. If you are looking for a lasting friendship in this way, greek life on FHSU is a great way to experience this.
Campus Safety
Like with any other university or college, there are unexpected circumstances and situations which come up. The university works with the campus police and the city police to ensure that all precautions are taken to ensure the overall safety of the FHSU community and every member. If a situation comes up, they make sure to inform everyone so that their safety and well being.
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