Washburn University

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TOP
50
Overall
In-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

TOP
20
midwest Regional
In-State Tuition
A-List Ranking

TOP
50
Overall
Out-of-State Tuition
A-List Ranking


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.

Athletics

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
www.washburn.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 5,702
First-time degree-seeking
freshmen: 830
Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,396
Graduate enrollment: 414

Setting
Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees
offered:

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
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
Economics
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/Theater

Arts B
Fine/Studio

Arts B
Music –
General B
Music –
General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical
Sciences

Biochemistry

B
Biology
B

Business, Management, &
Marketing

Accounting

B
Administrative/Secretarial

Services A,C
Banking/Financial

Services A
Business
– General B
Business
Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial

Economics B
Entrepreneurial

Studies C
Finance/Banking

B
Information

Processing/Data Entry A
Marketing

Management B
Office
Clerical Services A,C
Office
Management A,C

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric

B
Mass
Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information
Sciences

Computer
Systems Analysis A,B
Computer/Information

Sciences – General B

Education
Art
Teacher Education B
Biology
Teacher Education B
Chemistry

Teacher Education B
Early
Childhood Education A,B
Education –
General B
Elementary

Education B
English
Teacher Education B
French
Teacher Education B
German
Teacher Education B
History
Teacher Education B
Mathematics

Education B
Music
Teacher Education B
Physical
Education B
Science
Teacher Education B
Secondary

Education B
Spanish
Language Teacher Education B

Engineering Technologies
Civil
Engineering/Technology A
Electrical

Engineering Technologies A

English Language &
Literature

English
Language & Literature –
General B
Speech/Rhetorical

Studies B

Foreign Language &
Literature

French B
German B
Spanish
B

Health Professions &
Clinical Sciences

Athletic
Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical/Medical

Laboratory Technology B
Diagnostic

Medical 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
Predentistry

B
Premedicine

B
Prepharmacy

B
Preveterinary

Medicine B
Radiologic

Technology/Medical Imaging A
Respiratory

Therapy A
Substance

Abuse Counseling A,B
Surgical
Technology A

History
History
– General B

Law & Legal Studies
Legal
Administrative Assistance A,C
Paralegal/Legal

Assistance A,B,C
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities

A
Liberal
Arts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics
Mathematics

– General B

Mechanic & Repair
Technologies

Mechanic
and repair technologies A

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Gerontology

A,B
Natural
Sciences A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise
Sciences B
Health/Physical

Fitness B
Sport/Fitness

Administration B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy

B
Religion/Religious

Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry

B
Physical
Sciences – General B
Physics
B

Psychology
Psychology

– General B

Public Administration &
Services

Public
Administration B,C
Social
Work B

Security & Protective
Services

Corrections

B
Criminal
Justice Studies A,B
Forensic
Technologies B
Law
Enforcement Administration A,B
Police
Science B
Security/Loss

Prevention B

Social Sciences
Anthropology

B
Economics

B
Political

Science/Government B
Sociology

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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