Salina, Kansas (KS) Colleges and Universities

There are roughly 4 schools in Salina, and then an additional 5 schools in the surrounding 50-mile area. Find out about the schools with highest graduation rates and lowest costs to find the school for you.

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There are several postsecondary options for aspiring college students right in Salina, including a beauty school, a for-profit university, a non-profit university and a technical college. We focus on comparing traditional schools in the categories below to help students determine if any meet their educational needs, citing data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Salina, Kansas

Some students may desire to attend school near home or a place of work. For the Salina area, there are mostly 4-year schools to choose from. Several of these schools provide graduate level degree programs.

  • Brown Mackie College-Salina (located downtown)
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (located downtown)
  • Salina Area Technical College (located downtown)
  • Bethany College (17.7 miles from downtown)
  • Central Christian College of Kansas (31.5 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Salina, Kansas

The largest schools near Salina are almost entirely private institutions. The Salina area offers a range of student populations between about 50 and 1,000 students.

  • Central Christian College of Kansas (1,165 students)
  • Tabor College (766 students)
  • Bethany College (717 students)
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (710 students)
  • McPherson College (659 students)

Lowest Net Price

Individuals looking for the most affordable Salina-area school can compare net prices. The NCES calculates this figure by taking the total cost of attendance for full-time, first-time, in-state or in-district undergraduate students and subtracting the average amount of institutional or governmental scholarship or grant aid. The traditional schools had 2014-2015 net prices between about $5,000 and $22,100, per the NCES.

  • Salina Area Technical College ($5,283)
  • Central Christian College of Kansas ($14,814)
  • Brown Mackie College-Salina ($17,863)
  • Bethany College ($19,827)
  • McPherson College ($20,345)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES gathers data on a school's overall graduation rate by calculating how many full-time undergraduate students complete their programs within 150% of 'normal' time (e.g. 3 years for an associate's program or 6 years for a bachelor's program). For the Salina-area schools, fairly moderate overall graduation rates were reported for 2015, with most being greater than 40%.

  • Salina Area Technical College (77% graduation rate)
  • McPherson College (65% graduation rate)
  • Hesston College (48% graduation rate)
  • Bethany College (43% graduation rate)
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (41% graduation rate)

The Salina, Kansas, area offers mostly private institutions that range in location, size, price, and graduation rates to help students make the right choice for them.

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