1701 S Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
p. 620-231-7000
w. www.pittstate.edu

Pittsburg State University

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Pittsburg State University is a public university with over 7,000 students In Pittsburg, Kansas on a 223 acre campus. Home to a state of the art technology program and with a student to teacher ratio of 19:1, PSU enjoys a strong reputation as an academic leader.


The university was first founded in 1903 as the Auxiliary Manual Training Normal School. It was rebranded as a teachers college a decade later, then graduated to the status of a general university in the postwar boom of the 1950’s. today, the university enjoys an international reputation and has global affiliations, including a sister university in Taiwan.


Colleges and Departments

The College of Arts & Sciences includes fourteen departments that offer a variety of BA, BS, and BSEd degrees among them, including Family and Consumer Sciences, Military Science, International Studies, the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing, Phsics, and Women’s Studies.

The Kelce College of Business offers a unique program in Endorsed Internal Auditing and is certified in Information Systems Security by the Committee on National Security Systems. Departments include Accounting & Computer Information Systems; Economics, Finance & Banking; and Management & Marketing.

The College of Education offers such programs of study such as technology integration specialist, school and district leadership, school media specialist, and English as a second language instruction. Departments include Health, Human Performance & Recreation; Psychology & Counseling; Teaching & Leadership; and Teacher Education.

The College of Technology is highly competitive in its field, and is well represented in national student technology competitions. Departments include Automotive Technology, School of Construction, Engineering Technology, Graphics & Imaging Technologies, and Technology and Workforce Learning.

The Graduate School provides all advanced academic degree work.

International Students

The International Programs & Services Office welcomes 400 students from 50 countries across the world. Likewise, Study Abroad opportunities are available for current PSU students that consist of several weeks to as much as one year of international study.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Family and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences not only includes majors in early childhood development and individual and family management, fashion merchandising but also interior design. Minors are available in early childhood development, human ecology, fashion merchandising, and interior design.

Support for Business

The Business and Technology Institute exists to further the cause of local commerce and industry. It includes individual projects and departments developed for that purpose, including the Small Business Development Center, the Kansas Polymer Research Center, and the Alliance for Technology Commercialization.


Incoming freshman applicants are required to submit a non-refundable application fee, along with official copies of ACT scores, a high school transcript, and the Medical History Form, available on the University’s website or by contacting the office of admissions.

Admissions are competitive. Applicants are required to have a composite ACT score of 21 or greater, or rank in the top one third of their high school graduating class, or complete a pre-college curriculum with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher for state residents and 2.5 for out-of-state students. The pre-college curriculum consists of four units of English, three units of natural science, three units of mathematics, three units of social science, and one unit of computer technology.

The admissions office provides applicants with online practice exams for both the ACT and the GED. Applicants who submit a GED must have scored at least 50 overall on the GED exam and have an ACT score of 21 or more. Home schooled students are held to the same requirements, but must also submit a portfolio to the Director of Admission.

Financial Aid

Through the FAFSA, the financial aid office supports students’ acquisition of federal and state loans, grants, and work study opportunities. There are also a variety of scholarships available to students of all origins, both merit-based and need-based. In addition to scholarships for students of the Honors College and general university scholarships for all purposes, there are more than 30 department and specialized scholarships for study in a particular field. Students are encouraged to contact their department of study and inquire about any such opportunities for which they might qualify.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4495th for the average student loan amount.
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The campus is home to dozens of student clubs and organizations with all kinds of interests from accounting to yoga and everything in between. There are honor societies, cultural organizations, fraternities, sororities, broadcast organizations, and social groups that just gather to play games and have fun. In addition, students have access to the diversions and attractions of Pittsburg, Kansas and the local outdoors.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Sports teams compete in the NCAA Division II and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Teas are known as the Gorillas. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and track & field. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, softball, track & field, and volleyball.

The athletic department has developed what it calls an Academic Enhancement Plan for all student athletes, which provides them with academic advising, study sessions, a life skills program, tutoring, and a curriculum of required courses that acclimate them to the university setting. Due in part to this program, the university continues to produce numerous Academic All-Americans.


Pittsburg State is the only university in the country with the gorilla as its mascot. Students organized in 1920, dissatisfied with the current state of school spirit, and identified themselves as “the Gorillas.” After some successful pep rallies and other spirit-oriented events, the Gorilla was adopted as the school’s official mascot.

Local Community

Pittsburg is located in the far southeast corner of the state of Kansas. The town has a population of just over 19,000, and the University adds to its population numbers greatly during the school year.

One of the most celebrated events in Pittsburg is “Little Balkans Day,” a day when the citizens celebrate their ethnic heritage, which is linked to the eastern Europeans who settled the town originally. The celebration is held during the Labor Day holiday.


Notable alumni include:

  • Douglas Youvan Biophysicist
  • Gary Busey, actor
  • Eugene Maxwell Frank, Bishop in the United Methodist Church
  • Jim Press, Vice Chairman and President of Chrysler *H. Lee Scott former CEO and President of Walmart
  • NFL players Brian Moorman, Ronald Moore, Kendall Gammon, Ralph Earhart, and Eldon Danenhauer

Information Summary

Ranks 7th in Kansas and 664th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Kansas and 333rd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.08
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Pittsburg, KS 66762
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population24,078 (18,909 urban / 5,169 rural)
Households9,816 (2.31 people per house)
Median Household Income$27,318
Families5,587 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2002

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1472nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,710 $4,710 $14,590
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,196 $1,196 $1,196
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $209 $209 $539
FT Graduate Tuition $5,430 $5,430 $14,590
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,196 $1,196 $1,196
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $279 $279 $660
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,296 $17,296 $27,176
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,530 $17,530 $27,410
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,831 $10,831 $20,711

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,162 $5,494 $5,162 $5,494 $14,166 $15,050
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,288 $6,540
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,268 $3,393
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,395 $6,587
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,689 $3,857
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,689 $3,857

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,073 (1,518 male / 1,555 female)
Admitted 2,427 (1,163 male / 1,264 female)
Admission rate 79%
First-time Enrollment 1,144 (577 male / 567 female)
FT Enrollment 1,128 (569 male / 559 female)
PT Enrollment 16 (8 male / 8 female)
Total Enrollment7,400

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc

ACT Test Admission

818th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,306
Meals per Week21
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 125 43 64 5 22 1,282 5 1,589
Accounting 3 1 3 1 36 45
Art Teacher Education 1 4 6
Art/Art Studies, General 1 12 13
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 12 13
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 1 1 31 37
Biology Teacher Education 1 6 8
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 3 58 66
Business Administration and Management, General 26 1 1 21 49
Business/Commerce, General 5 2 2 1 49 59
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 4 1 11 17
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 4 1 16 21
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 2 4
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 15 16
Construction Management 2 1 48 51
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 10 11
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 1 27 30
Economics, General 1 3 4
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 3 1 1 16 21
Educational/Instructional Technology 3 32 1 36
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 1 8 12
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 1 16 1 20
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 4 4 1 2 124 136
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other
Engineering Technology, General 19 19 1 40
Engineering/Industrial Management 2 3
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 18 20
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 7 7
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 4 4
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 6 2 24 34
Finance, General 6 13 19
French Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 1 1
Geography 1 8 9
Graphic Design 1 18 20
History Teacher Education 10 11
History, General 1 19 22
Human Resources Development 17 1 2 8 28
Industrial Technology/Technician 10 2 1 1 40 56
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 1 6 11
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 5 2 35 1 49
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 10 10
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 1 26 29
Mathematics Teacher Education 10 10
Mathematics, General 2 8 11
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 3 1 19 24
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 2 3
Music Performance, General 1 1 8 11
Music Teacher Education 1 8 9
Nursing Science 1 18 19
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 1 2 14 17
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 3 2 43 52
Physics Teacher Education 1 1
Physics, General 2 4 6
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician 2 1 15 19
Political Science and Government, General 1 6 7
Printing Management 9 9
Psychology Teacher Education 1 1
Psychology, General 1 4 1 65 73
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 1 4 1 72 87
School Psychology 1 9 10
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Work 4 26 31
Sociology 3 1 6 10
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 1
Spanish Language and Literature 4 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 23 1 26
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 1 4 54 65
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 3 3
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 1 1 21 24

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1765th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,856 ($67,393 male / $55,880 female)
Number of FT Faculty 305 (187 male / 118 female)
Number of PT Faculty 405
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $7,279,647

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