When it comes to social justice and progressive thinking, Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, should be proud: upon its founding in 1863, it was one of the first two institutions in the United States to admit women and men in equal numbers (26 each.) Serving 24,000 students today, it maintains the precedent it set back then via a dedicated Office of Diversity and membership in the federally-funded TRIO tutoring program. K-State offers more than 250 majors across nine distinct colleges, and encourages role-modeling and a pioneering spirit via its unique minor emphasis in Leadership Studies. In addition, from the Cyber Defense club to the Percussive Arts Society and much more, K-State’s huge cache of 475 student organizations helps keep the Wildcats engaged and well-rounded. Former Kansas governor John Carlin and environmental activist Erin Brockovich even jumpstarted their way to notoriety here! Day after day, year after year, KSU makes it mark among Midwestern universities as a dynamic and rewarding place to achieve one’s educational goals.