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.


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
Total undergrads: 11,600
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,420
Degree-seeking undergrads: 10,590
Graduate enrollment: 3,012

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

Degrees offered:

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

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

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 – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B

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 – 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.

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