Kansas high school graduates wilder about K-State than KU

8/23/2013

By DARCY GRAY

By DARCY GRAY

Special to The Telegram

Kansas State University has again edged out the University of Kansas as the first-choice college among Kansas high school graduates who took the ACT test, while Hutchinson Community College came in third place among the state's 25 community and technical colleges.

Of the 24,268 Kansas high school graduates who took the 2013 ACT test, 2,951 marked down K-State as their first-choice college and 2,631 chose KU, according to ACT data released Wednesday.

The data also shows that 1,158 graduates chose Wichita State University as their first-choice college, while 615 picked Pittsburg State University, 580 picked Fort Hays State University and 491 chose Washburn University as their top schools.

Last year, the majority of graduates also picked K-State as their first-choice college.

HCC was the first-choice college for 300 high school graduates who took the 2013 ACT test, and the local college also ranked in 10th place — among both two- and four-year institutions — as the top school for Kansas test-takers.

HCC ranked third behind first-place Johnson County Community College and second-place Butler County Community College as the school of choice among community and technical colleges in the state.

The ACT data also revealed that the majority of 2013 Kansas high school graduates who obtained the highest scores on the ACT — scoring between 33 and 36 on a 1-to-36 scale — selected out-of-state universities as their top schools.

Ten of the highest-performing Kansas graduates picked in-state schools, including K-State, KU, Wichita State, Baker University, Newman University, Benedictine College and Kansas City Community College.

Meanwhile, 15 of the highest-performing graduates chose Oklahoma State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Arkansas, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and the University of Oklahoma, which got the most with four of Kansas' highest-performing graduates.

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