Washburn University

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midwest Regional
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Washburn University (WU) is located in Topeka, Kansas.  This public university has over 550 faculty members, 6,500 undergraduate students, and about 1,000 graduate students.  The school also has a $152 million endowment. 

Founded in 1865 as Lincoln College, the University was renamed “Washburn” in 1868 as a thanks to Ichabod Washburn who donated a large sum of money to the institution. The University’s mascots are likewise known as the ‘Ichabods’ as an homage to Mr. Washburn and his generosity.

Academic Colleges, Programs, and Rankings

Washburn, or WU as it is commonly referred to, is a liberal arts college and as such offers over 200 programs in that discipline. These programs are administered through the University’s five academic colleges.

Of the academic colleges, three-the Schools of Law, Business, and Nursing-are devoted to professional education. The University’s School of Law is one of the first in the country to offer a legal clinic through which students can practice law in a supervised setting; a privilege that is granted by the Kansas Supreme Court. The school has several prestigious societies such as the NONOSO for women and the Sagamore Society for men.

WU was rated 7th by the U.S. News and World Report for public Masters level universities in the Midwest. The school is consistently ranked high among midwestern universities.


Known as the Ichabods (men’s teams) and Lady Blues (women’s teams), Washburn’s teams play as members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. Men’s sports are basketball, baseball, golf, football and tennis; women’s sports are soccer, volleyball, softball, tennis and basketball.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The University boasts an annual student financial aid average of $54 million. The University likewise boasts competitive, in-state, undergraduate tuition rates at less than $300 per credit hour.

Library System

The Washburn University Libraries’ stated mission is to act as teaching libraries, dedicating themselves to student success as well as the development of a learning community that uses modern-day information.

Student Housing

There are five on-campus housing faciliites: the Living Learning Center, Washburn Village, Kuehne and West Halls, and the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity House.

General Information

Admission Office
1700 SW College Avenue, Morgan 114
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1030
(800) 332-0291
Fax: (785) 670-1113
[email protected]
Contact: Kirk Haskins
Director of Admissions
Main Address
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1010
Total undergrads: 5,702
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 830
Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,396
Graduate enrollment: 414

Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and Fees $5,636 $5,996 $6,116 $6,296 +2.94%
Books and Supplies $1,462 $1,400 $1,400 $1,500 +7.14%
Living Arrangement – On Campus

Room and Board $5,281 $5,602 $5,792 $5,937 +2.50%
Other $3,895 $5,044 $5,045 $5,096 +1.01%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus

Room and Board $7,993 $8,578 $8,942 $9,074 +1.48%
Other $4,918 $5,044 $5,045 $5,096 +1.01%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $16,274 $18,042 $18,353 $18,829 +2.59%
In-state Off Campus $20,009 $21,018 $21,503 $21,966 +2.15%
In-state with Family $7,098 $7,396 $7,516 $7,796 +3.73%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $5,130
In-state Student Fees $86
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $10,476
Out-of-state Fees $86

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 617 85%

Grant or scholarship aid 477 66% $2,054,231 $4,307
– Federal grants 231 32% $909,583 $3,938
– Pell grants 226 31% $780,908 $3,455
– Other federal grants 112 15% $128,675 $1,149
State/local government grant or scholarships 98 13% $152,498 $1,556
Institutional grants or scholarships 317 44% $992,150 $3,130
Student loan aid 422 58% $3,131,786 $7,421
– Federal student loans 416 57% $2,257,395 $5,426
– Other student loans 107 15% $874,391 $8,172

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 868 115 139 88 123
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 19
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 19
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 226 25 3 2
Accounting 44
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Programs 3
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management 65 25
Business/Commerce 9
Business/Managerial Economics 6
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2
Finance 52
Marketing/Marketing Management 50
Non-profit/Public/Organizational Management
Communication and Journalism Programs 50
Mass Communication/Media Studies 31
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 19
Computing and Information Sciences 13 2
Computer and Information Sciences 9
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 4 2
Education 45 22 4
Art Teacher Education 3
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction 4
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 4
Educational Leadership and Administration 12
Elementary Education and Teaching 29
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education 1
History Teacher Education 5
Mathematics Teacher Education 1
Music Teacher Education 4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2
Reading Teacher Education 1
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching 5
Engineering Technology 14
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician
Engineering/Industrial Management 14
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 26
English Language and Literature 26
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature 2
Spanish Language and Literature 6
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 191 9 49 116
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 6
Athletic Training/Trainer 4
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 2
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 15 21
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 30
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 11 1
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiation Therapist 69
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 17 8 1
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 21
Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiographer 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 123 9
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 9
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 13
Surgical Technology/Technologist
History 19
History 19
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 86 9 4
Corrections 28
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 53 9 4
Forensic Science and Technology 1
Securities Services Administration/Management 4
Human Services 25 46 3
Public Administration
Social Work 25 46
Social Work, Other 3
Legal and Law Studies 9 139 8 2
Law 139
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 9 8 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 4
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Mathematics and Statistics 8
Mathematics 8
Mechanics and Repairers 6
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 9 2
Biological and Physical Sciences
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 9
Natural Sciences 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 19
Health and Physical Education/Titness 19
Personal and Culinary Services
Institutional Food Workers
Physical Sciences 6
Chemistry 3
Physical Sciences
Physics 3
Psychology 23 4
Psychology 23 4
Social Sciences 51
Anthropology 13
Political Science and Government 21
Sociology 17
Visual and Performing Arts 21 6
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1
Art/art Studies 14
Design and Applied Arts, Other 6
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts 3
Music Performance 2
Music 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $20
Online application fee: $20
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 100%
Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 63%

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Design and applied arts A,B
Drama/TheaterArts B
Fine/StudioArts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Administrative/SecretarialServices A,C
Banking/FinancialServices A
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/ManagerialEconomics B
EntrepreneurialStudies C
InformationProcessing/Data Entry A
MarketingManagement B
Office Clerical Services A,C
Office Management A,C

Communications & Journalism
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Systems Analysis A,B
Computer/InformationSciences – General B

Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
ChemistryTeacher Education B
Early Childhood Education A,B
Education – General B
ElementaryEducation B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
MathematicsEducation B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
SecondaryEducation B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B

Engineering Technologies
Civil Engineering/Technology A
ElectricalEngineering Technologies A

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/RhetoricalStudies B

Foreign Language & Literature
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical/MedicalLaboratory Technology B
DiagnosticMedical Sonography B
Health Services – General A,B,C
Medical Administrative Assistance A
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Medical Records Technology A,C
Nursing (RN) B
Physical Therapy Assistance A
PreveterinaryMedicine B
RadiologicTechnology/Medical Imaging A
RespiratoryTherapy A
SubstanceAbuse Counseling A,B
Surgical Technology A

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Legal Administrative Assistance A,C
Paralegal/LegalAssistance A,B,C
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics– General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Mechanic and repair technologies A

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Natural Sciences A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Health/PhysicalFitness B
Sport/FitnessAdministration B

Philosophy & Religion
Religion/ReligiousStudies B

Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B

Psychology– General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Administration B,C
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies A,B
Forensic Technologies B
Law Enforcement Administration A,B
Police Science B
Security/LossPrevention B

Social Sciences
PoliticalScience/Government B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma
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