K-State’s been called one of the happiest campuses. Where did it rank this year?

Students battle it out at the pillow fight on Aug. 25, 2016 on the quad. (File photo by Nathan Jones | The Collegian)

In multiple national publications, Kansas State is ranked as one of the top universities in the country, according to K-State’s Department of Communications and Marketing.

“The Best 384 Colleges,” a survey of over 135,000 college students completed by the Princeton Review, lists K-State as the number four school for “Best Quality of Life” and number eight for “Happiest Students.” Additionally, the survey listed K-State as number six in “Best Athletic Facilities” and number seven “Best Health Services.”

In SmartAsset’s 2018, “Best College Value” report released in May, K-State was listed as highest in the state of Kansas for the fourth consecutive year. The site, which factors in a plethora of variables to make its rating, also provides information on the average starting salary of graduates from 10 schools in the state. The average starting salary for a K-State graduate is reportedly $50,000, which is higher than the national average as reported by Money Magazine in May 2017.

Money Magazine also listed K-State as the highest education value in the state and as number 301 in the country in their 2018 rankings. K-State boasts of its top ranking for the third chronological year in a row.

My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the ex-managing editor and audience engagement manager of the Collegian. Previously, I've been the editor-in-chief and the news editor. In the past, I have also contributed to the Royal Purple Yearbook and KKSU-TV. Off-campus, you can find my bylines in the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT News. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a senior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third-generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage.