Academic, professional development, community offerings available from K-State Olathe

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Kansas State University's Olathe campus is continuing with many of its academic and professional offerings despite limited operations.

"K-State is a land-grant institution, which means that we serve residents in Kansas, Missouri and beyond, in the best of times and in the worst," said Jackie Spears, interim dean and CEO of K-State's Olathe campus. "The same is true for the Olathe campus. I'm proud that we can continue to have academic, professional development and community offerings during this time."


Summer 2020 classes will move online versus in-person. All of these classes will be at in-state tuition rates – regardless of where a student lives – and with the standardized, significantly reduced fee of $70 per student credit hour. Currently, these changes only apply to summer 2020 courses.

This summer, K-State Olathe also will offer its free, noncredit One Health Summer Online course for high school juniors and seniors. The online course looks at the complex interrelationships between humans, animals and the environment, and is designed to give students a taste of what is required when taking online college-level courses. Registration for the course closes on May 15.

The campus also is actively recruiting for the fall 2020 semester during this time.

Several lunchtime webinars about individual academic programs are being conducted over the coming months. Each webinar is roughly 30 minutes and consist a short video that provides an in-depth look at the program and time for questions with recruiters and the professor who oversees the program. May 6 features the M.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis in Urban Food Systems program. May 12 looks at the Master of Agribusiness – animal health cohort program.

A virtual information session will be from 4-5 p.m. on May 7. Prospective students are encouraged to video conference to share their career goals and learn more about the campus' academic programs and which program can help them achieve these goals.

Those who attend either a webinar or the virtual information session will receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School, which is valued at $65. The webinar schedule and registration is at

Community events

Looking for educational entertainment? The Olathe campus has you covered.

From 3;30-4:30 p.m. on May 20, a free veterinary medicine lecture will look at emerging zoonotic diseases. The webinar, which will be streamed on Zoom, are geared for students, parents, educators and community members who are interested in the world of veterinary medicine. Attendees are asked to register for the webinar.

Public health

At the Manhattan campus, several K-State faculty members are working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to help with COVID-19 testing at the department's laboratory in Topeka.

Learn more about the university's efforts.