Arts & Sciences

Supporting the College of Arts and Sciences through the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign

Encompassing the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and fine arts, the college teaches a majority of the foundational studies courses and 65 percent of all credit hours taught at the university. Kansas State University’s goal is to be a top 50 public research university by 2025. The College of Arts and Sciences plays a vital role in reaching this ambitious goal. The college has internationally recognized scholars, building top academic programs in many disciplinary areas. Students learn from and work with distinguished scholars on exciting projects in energy, sustainability, numerical analysis, cancer research, biology, sociology, theater, music, communications and more.


Funding priorities: $100 million

Through the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign, we will raise $100 million for the College of Arts and Sciences in support of our 2025 goals and to further benefit five areas: student success, faculty development, programmatic support, facility enhancement and excellence funding to support emerging needs.

Student success: $30 million

Scholarship support, both for immediate use and for endowment, is one of the highest priorities for the college and is a key benchmark for reaching out 2025 goals. A quality education extends beyond the classroom, and scholarships will help students participate in professional organizations, meetings, conferences and study abroad that will ultimately enhance their ability to make a difference, which is a hallmark of a top 50 public research university.

Faculty development: $15 million

Faculty are the heart of our college. They are caring mentors, deeply committed to the success of undergraduate and graduate students. They are acclaimed scholars who are known for interdisciplinary research contributions to their fields. They are internationally known artists and performers. They are determined and creative problem solvers taking on critical issues and applying practical solutions that improve lives on a global scale. They are leading K-State toward being a top 50 public research university by 2025. Your contributions will substantially strengthen our ability to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and will give them the tools they need to thrive.

Programmatic support: $10 million

The College of Arts and Sciences prepares students for careers in a rapidly changing workplace and for their roles as engaged citizens. Learning occurs not only in the classroom, but through special programming that supports focused career planning, enhances diversity and inclusion, supports our faculty-mentored starter-grant program and brings faculty and students together across disciplines to focus on larger, societal problems such as cancer research, the Konza Prairie, energy and the environment, and public health and infectious diseases. Your gifts are vital for new programming development or enhancement to advance teaching, research and outreach through these and other emerging programs,helping us reach our 2025 goals.

Facility enhancement: $25 million

The K-State campus is being reshaped for the 21st century, which will set the stage for learning and will attract talented students and world-class faculty. Our new and remodeled facilities inspire learning, enable discovery, encourage collaboration and invite community involvement. They will give students and faculty access to the latest software and information, training equipment and high-tech classrooms that bring the world to Manhattan.

Excellence funds: $20 million

Excellence dollars allow the dean to advance teaching, research and outreach. Your gifts provide the resources to launch new fields of study and leverage the research strengths developed already. Excellence funds bring outstanding guest speakers and artists to campus and support our students and faculty going abroad to broaden not only their perspectives, but the perspectives of the world about Kansas. The flexibility to fund needs as they arise will help deans and department heads support the goals driving K-State to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. 

Give now

Make an online gift to the College of Arts & Sciences, or support your favorite area of the college by contacting Sheila Walker, senior director of development, at 785-532-7511 or sheilaw@found.ksu.edu.

Creating opportunities

A gift from Greg and Mamie Case is helping tomorrow's risk management leaders.

A gift of music

A gift from Cheryl Mellenthin and the late Mark Chapman allows K-State to be named All-Steinway School.

Paying it forward

K-State alumna creates scholarship in Arts and Sciences.