Independent Postsecondary Institutions

In 1978 the responsibility for authorizing non-public educational institutions to confer degrees in Kansas was transferred from the State Board of Education to the Board of Regents.

At that time, a number of private institutions were exempted from the scope of the legislation. In 1980, Barclay College was added to the list. In 2004, the Legislature granted a statutory exemption for Kansas Christian College. These institutions are not under the authority of the Kansas Board of Regents. Each school has its own governing Board, and any questions or concerns should be directed to the institution.

1. *Baker University – Baldwin City
2. Barclay College – Haviland
3. *Benedictine College – Atchison
4. *Bethany College – Lindsborg
5. *Bethel College – North Newton
6. Central Baptist Theological Seminary – Kansas City
7. *Central Christian College – McPherson
8. *Donnelly College – Kansas City
9. *Friends University – Wichita
10. *Hesston College – Hesston
11. Kansas Christian College – Overland Park
12. *Kansas Wesleyan University – Salina
13. *Manhattan Christian College – Manhattan
14. Marymount College – Salina (closed)
15. *McPherson College – McPherson
16. *MidAmerica Nazarene University – Olathe
17. *Newman University – Wichita
18. *Ottawa University – Ottawa
19. St. John's College – Winfield (closed)
20. St. Mary of the Plains College – Dodge City (closed)
21. *Southwestern College – Winfield
22. *Sterling College – Sterling
23. *Tabor College – Hillsboro
24. *University of Saint Mary – Leavenworth

*For more information regarding these Independent Colleges please contact:

Kansas Independent College Association
President: Matthew Lindsey
700 SW Kansas Avenue, Suite 622
Topeka, KS 66603-3823
785.235.9877
FAX: 785.235.1437
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