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.

Wichita State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (316) 978-3456
Website: www.wichita.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: https://wsu-info.org/go/split.htm
Address: 1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0124
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 15,342
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 47%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 7,546 (49% 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: $8,298
Out-of-state Tuition: $17,480
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 89%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,165

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Wichita State University Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 12
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 132
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 283
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 122
Education 31561
Engineering 2754
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 22
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 321
Health Professions and Related Programs 1731
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2121
Mathematics and Statistics 211
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 341
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 321
Psychology 1133
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 212
Social Sciences 142
Visual and Performing Arts 31213
Grand total 271875611

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,298
Out-of-state $17,480
Books and supplies $1,250

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,932
Out-of-state $14,845

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,490 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,338 80% $6,165
Student loan aid 877 52% $7,997

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,956 64% $4,880
Federal student loans 5,591 45% $7,511

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 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 6,238 2,797 3,441
Percent admitted 100% 93% 91%
Percent admitted who enrolled 27% 28% 26%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
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 2020

Total Enrollment 15,342
Undergraduate enrollment 12,623
Graduate enrollment 2,719

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 Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
    • Post Doctoral - Advanced dental education programs (advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residency)
  • 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
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*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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