Wichita State University

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Witchita State University, also known as WSU, is a public university in Wichita, Kansas, the third largest of the six state universities under the umbrella of the Kansas Board of Regents.  The other two are University of Kansas and Kansas State.

Offering more than 60 undergraduate degree programs in more than 200 areas of study in six colleges (Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health Professions and Liberal Arts and Sciences), Wichita State also has a graduate school that offers 44 master’s degrees in more than 100 areas and a specialist in education degree, as well as doctoral degrees in applied mathematics; audiology; chemistry; communicative disorders and sciences; nursing practice; physical therapy; psychology; educational administration; aerospace, industrial and mechanical engineering; and electrical engineering and computer science.  While an estimated 87 percent of the student body is from Kansas, students represent nearly all U.S. states and 110 foreign countries.

The school is ranked in the Tier 2 National Universities in the U.S., and has been ranked No. 88 as of 2009 in terms of all engineering research and development expenditures.  It is accredited by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Athletics

An NCAA Division I school, Wichita State’s teams are known as the Shockers.  The school offers teams in cross-country, basketball, tennis, track, baseball and golf, among others.  The men’s baseball team is particularly strong, having been the predominant team amongst college baseball for more than 30 years.  The baseball team plays at Eck Stadium.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

More than $100 million is disbursed annually in grants, loans and scholarships in order to help students defray the cost of attendance.  Also offered are U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resources as well as Bureau of Indian Services grants.  All applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Library System

Wichita State has three libraries available to students and the surrounding community: Ablah Library (main branch); McKinley Chemistry Library and Thurlow Lieurance Memorial Music Library.  The Special Collections and University Archives department offers such diverse resources as the A.A. Hyde Collection of William S. Soule Photographs, Civil War Sanitary Fairs and Kansas Maps of Craig Miner.

Student Housing

An estimated 1,000 students live in on-campus residence halls, including both traditional dorm rooms and apartments with a view.  The Wichita State University Housing and Residence Life office manages three on-campus living facilities:  Fairmount Towers, Brennan Hall and Wheatshocker Apartments. In Fall 2014, Brennan and Wheatshocker will be replaced with the new living community of Shocker Hall.

General Information

Admission Office
1845 Fairmount Box 124
Wichita, KS 67260-0124
(316) 978-3085
(800) 362-2594
Fax: (316) 978-3174

Contact: Bobby Gandu
Director of Admissions
Main Address
1845 Fairmount Street
Wichita, KS 67260-0124
(316) 978-3456
www.wichita.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 11,600
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,420
Degree-seeking undergrads: 10,590
Graduate enrollment: 3,012

Setting
Urban setting
Large city (250,000 – 499,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
Associate
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $30
Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 86%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 72%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Ethnic Studies – General B
Geography B
International studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B
Musical theater B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Education
Art Teacher Education B
Athletic training B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
School psychology B
Secondary Education B

Engineering
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Manufacturing Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature
French B
Latin B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Communication Disorders B
Dental Hygiene A,B
Health System Administration B
Medical Staff Services Technology B
Nursing Science B
Physician Assistance B

History
History – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B

Mathematics
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biochemistry B
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Gerontology B
Religion B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B,C

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

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Wichita State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(316) 978-3456
Website:www.wichita.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:webs.wichita.edu/?u=apply&p=/OnlineApplicationGateway
Address:1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0124
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:14,166
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):46%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:6,293 (44% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,895
Out-of-state Tuition:$16,634
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:91%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,397

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Wichita State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Wichita State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences21
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services93
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs11
Education3361
Engineering2864
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters22
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics211
Health Professions and Related Programs2531
History21
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2121
Mathematics and Statistics211
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies22
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences311
Psychology1113
Public Administration and Social Service Professions212
Social Sciences32
Visual and Performing Arts198
Grand total151634511

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Wichita State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences11
Health Professions and Related Programs121
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Psychology1
Social Sciences11
Grand total11105

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Wichita State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$7,895
Out-of-state$16,634
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$6,078
Out-of-state$13,609

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,15691%
Grant or scholarship aid1,15591%$4,397
Student loan aid70255%$8,273

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid6,63458%$4,668
Federal student loans5,84851%$7,619

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Wichita State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Wichita State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants6,3053,1243,181
Percent admitted100%81%92%
Percent admitted who enrolled26%24%28%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Wichita State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment14,166
Undergraduate enrollment11,585
Graduate enrollment2,581

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Wichita State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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