Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has declared the week of April 16-22 as Kansas Private College Week throughout the state. This proclamation urges “all citizens to join in this observance by recognizing the important contributions of private college in the state.”
The 18 member institutions of the Kansas Independent College Association: Friends University and Newman University (both in Wichita); Bethel College and Hesston College (both in Harvey County); Tabor College (Hillsboro); Central Christian College and McPherson College (both in McPherson); Baker University (Baldwin City); Benedictine College (Atchison); Bethany College (Lindsborg); Donnelly College (Kansas City); Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina); Manhattan Christian College; MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe); Ottawa University; Southwestern College (Winfield); Sterling College; and University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth).
About 22,000 students from across the nation enroll each year for undergraduate or graduate study at one of Kansas’ private colleges, which award 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees and 29 percent of master’s degrees in the state.
These institutions support their students through generous financial aid, awarding more than $120 million annually in institutional grants and scholarships to supplement grants and scholarships from the federal and state governments.
Kansas’s private colleges have more than 200,000 living alumni, half of whom live and work in Kansas – among them some of the state’s most important civic, business and cultural leaders.