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McPherson, Kansas (KS) Colleges and Universities

There are 13 colleges and universities within a 32-mile radius of McPherson, KS. Read about the schools closest to McPherson, schools with the lowest net price, the largest schools and those with the highest graduation rates, to find the learning institution for you in this area.

To help local readers make an informed education decision, we look at schools in several categories and provide options for each with data taken from the National Center for Education Statistics

Closest Schools to McPherson, Kansas

McPherson, Kansas, and its neighboring towns are home to very few postsecondary institutions. In this section, we train our sights on private non-profit colleges within roughly 25 miles of McPherson. Closest schools to McPherson by miles include:

  • Central Christian College of Kansas (0 miles)
  • McPherson College (0 miles)
  • Bethany College (14 miles)
  • Hesston College (20.5 miles)
  • Tabor College (24.7 miles)

Largest Schools Near McPherson, Kansas

Larger schools may offer students more choice in educational programs, more diversity in extra curricular activities and more flexibility in school schedules, but they could also have larger class sizes. See which school in this area offers the largest student body enrollment, and then see the next closest schools, which offer much lower enrollment numbers:

  • Hutchinson Community College (5,718 students)
  • Central Christian College of Kansas (1,165 students)
  • Tabor College (766 students)
  • Sterling College (720 students)
  • Bethany College (717 students)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES figures out the net price for the following schools by taking the total attendance cost on average and subtracting the average amount of financial aid awarded to full-time beginning undergraduate students from that. Aside from two 2-year public schools, the 2014-2015 net prices for the colleges and universities in the McPherson area tend to be on the high end since they are all private not-for-profit, per NCES data.

  • Salina Area Technical College ($5,283)
  • Hutchinson Community College ($7,635)
  • Central Christian College of Kansas ($14,814)
  • Brown Mackie College - Salina ($17,863)
  • Bethany College ($19,827)

Highest Graduation Rates

To determine the graduation rate for a school, the NCES looks at a 6-year period for 4-year schools and a 3-year period for 2-year schools to determine the percentage of full-time undergraduates who graduated within 150% of normal time for their programs. Near McPherson, graduation rates averaged about 60%. The schools with the highest graduation rates for 2015 are shown below:

  • Salina Area Technical College (77%)
  • Bethel College - North Newton (68%)
  • McPherson College (65%)
  • Hesston College (48%)
  • Bethany College (43%)

McPherson offers limited options for postsecondary education, however, you definitely have some choices that aren't too far away and are reasonably priced.


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