Manhattan ranked 12th on the list.
Two other Big 12 colleges ranked above K-State: Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa ranked 11th and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma ranked 8th. Lawrence ranked 44th on the list.
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