Kansas Education Facts

The state's education system is one of the best in the nation ad a powerful factor contributing to the success of many businesses. 

  • The high school graduation rate and percentage of the population with a bachelor's degree are both well above the national average.
  • A progressive business climate, coupled with a top-notch education system, has resulted in an adept, well-skilled and highly trainable workforce. 
  • A study by the Kansas Board of Regents shows tuition and fees at the state's six universities compare favorably with colleges in five neighboring states, falling as much as 23 percent below the regional average.

Education Comparisons

State

Percent of Adults with
High School Diploma
(National Ranking)

Percent of Adults with
College Degree
(National Ranking)

State and Local Education
Spending as a percent of
general spending
(National Ranking)

Kansas

90.2 (17)

30.4 (17)

31.4 (24)

California

81.5 (50)

30.9 (15)

26.0 (46)

New York

85.3 (37)

33.4 (10)

27.2 (45)

Illinois

87.6 (31)

31.6 (13)

30.8 (25)

Missouri

88.0 (29)

26.4 (33)

30.3 (27)

Oklahoma

86.7 (33)

23.8 (43)

32.5 (17)

U.S. Average

86.4

29.1

30.0

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2012; 2011 State & Local Government Finances.

Kansas Higher Education Chart