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1845 N. Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0124
p. 316-978-3456
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Wichita State University

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History

Wichita State University is an urban university located in Wichita, Kansas. The school was founded in 1895 as a Congregational college and received university status in 1926. Wichita State University now awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Wichita State University defines its mission in part: “through teaching, scholarship, and public service, the University seeks to equip both students and the larger community with the educational and cultural tools they need to thrive in a complex world, and to achieve both individual responsibility in their own lives and effective citizenship in the local, national, and global community.”

Wichita State was founded from the previous Fairmount College, which had been established a decade earlier by Rev. Joseph Homer Parker. The University’s mascot, the “Wheatshocker,” traces its origins as far back as 1905. Wichita State managed to emerge from difficult times in the Depression, World War II, and the Vietnam War.

Academics

The University is composed of a number of different schools and colleges: the Barton School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Health Professions, and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in addition to the Graduate School.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including accounting, aerospace engineering, English, geology, mathematics, physics, women’s studies, bioengineering, engineering, education, business administration, nursing, fine arts, biology, communication, and dental hygiene, among others. The liberal arts and sciences are well represented and the university offers modern degrees tailored to employment in a global environment.

Master’s degrees are awarded in over forty fields, including accounting, anthropology, business administration (MBA), counseling, creative writing, education, liberal studies, music, nursing (MSN), public administration (MPA), social work (MSW), special education, and studio art. The educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) is awarded in school psychology.

The school awards nearly fifteen doctoral degrees as well as almost thirty graduate certificate programs, in such areas as aerospace engineering, audiology, educational leadership, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, physical therapy, and psychology.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

There are graduate certificate programs in a few fields in the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Health Professions, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Wichita State offers majors in such unique areas as communication disorders and sciences, dental hygiene, decision sciences, and social work. The area of Intensive English prepares graduates to teach English as a second language (ESL) classes.

Admissions

In addition to the application form and fee, students must provide official high school transcripts with class rank if available and ACT or SAT scores. Applications can be submitted on-line.

Undergraduate admissions criteria are the same for both Kansas residents and non-residents. The college grants admittance to students with either minimum test scores, GPA’s or class ranks. All students that meet one of these three criteria are admitted as long as they have also completed the required high school coursework which includes four units of English, three units of natural science, three units of mathematics and three units of social sciences.

All potential graduate students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Graduate students must provide the following for admissions to the graduate school: application and fee, transcripts, and any materials required by the department. Applicants to doctoral programs must also submit appropriate graduate school admission test scores. As admission to each program is managed by the individual program, it is best for potential students to work with the graduate coordinator of the program of interest.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is offered in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs for undergraduate students and in the form of scholarships, work-study programs, loans and fellowships for graduate students. The first step to applying for financial aid is to complete the FAFSA which is available online starting in January. The university also has a financial aid department available to assist students with finding every avenue possible to make an education affordable.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4785th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Kansas.

Students

Wichita State University has a public observatory, a museum of anthropology, and an art museum. There are a number of institutions and centers as part of the University, including the National Institute for Aviation Research and the Kansas Small Business Development Center.

The Wichita State University Library offers electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site or available through inter-library loan. There are special libraries for music and chemistry. The special collections include maps, rare books, local history, government documents, and the University archives.

Wichita State is home to over 15,000 students, including students from nearly every state in the nation and over 100 countries around the world. The 330-acre campus is located in an urban setting and decorated by dozens of sculptures by world-renowned artists. There are over 120 student organizations and more than twenty Greek organizations on the Wichita State campus. WS also offers recreational sports in the form of both intramural and club sports as well as having an intercollegiate athletics organization.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Wichita State University is an NCAA Division I school, which the university eligible for athletic scholarships. Sports offered include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, tennis, bowling and track & field for men; and basketball, cross-country, golf, softball, tennis, track & field, bowling and volleyball for women. The team’s nickname is the Shockers. WSU plays in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The most renowned teams are men’s and women’s bowling, as both have won national championships. Several other WSU teams also boast such victories as national titles and trips to the Final Four. Athletic facilities include Cessna Stadium, Eck Stadium, the Coleman Tennis Complex, Charles Koch Arena, and the C. Howard Wilkins Softball Facility.

Local Community

The city of Wichita is home to museums, gardens, a zoo, and a convention center. It is located in southern central Kansas and has a population of approximately 344,000.

Wichita is Kansas’ largest city and home to the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center, one of Wichita State’s leading industry partners that makes the University such a boon to the community. Local attractions include an annual jazz festival, barefoot water skiing, and some of the best art and children’s museums in the country.

Bibliography

  • WSU Wichita State University. Wichita State University. 2011. Web. 25 June 2011.
  • “Wichita State University.” The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review. 2011. 25 June 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 4th in Kansas and 545th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Kansas and 131st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.03
Arrest 6 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,197 0.57
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 25 0.01
Forcible Rape 238 0.06
Robbery 490 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,005 1.04
Larceny 13,550 3.52
Vehicle theft 1,901 0.49

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, humanities/social sciences dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2004

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1568th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,622 $5,622 $13,656
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,304 $1,304 $1,304
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $187 $187 $455
FT Graduate Tuition $4,554 $4,554 $11,478
FT Graduate Required Fees $795 $795 $795
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $253 $253 $637
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,397 $17,397 $25,431
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,317 $21,317 $29,351
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,976 $11,976 $20,010

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,155 $6,442 $6,155 $6,442 $14,190 $14,476
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $975(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,600 $5,730
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,436 $3,450
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,078 $9,100
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,142 $4,175
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,436 $3,450

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,492 (1,737 male / 1,755 female)
Admitted 3,344 (1,666 male / 1,678 female)
Admission rate 96%
First-time Enrollment 1,412 (727 male / 685 female)
FT Enrollment 1,348 (689 male / 659 female)
PT Enrollment 64 (38 male / 26 female)
Total Enrollment14,386

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Missouri Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

453rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 86%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

402nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 6%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 477 / 622
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 937 / 1212

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,300
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 293 160 162 159 32 1,933 134 2,928
Accounting 4 2 5 12 1 71 4 100
Adult Development and Aging 1 6 3 6 1 17
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 20 2 1 5 39 1 68
Anthropology 1 2 18 1 22
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other 2 2 4
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 2 3 1 7
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7 3 8 1 32 3 55
Business Administration and Management, General 9 7 9 7 4 117 10 167
Business/Managerial Economics 12 1 15 3 31
Chemistry, General 7 4 8 17 1 37
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 2 2 6 20 1 32
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 3 2 2 48 3 58
Communication, General 3 3 2 2 1 51 5 71
Community Psychology 1 1
Computer Engineering, General 7 2 1 1 11 1 23
Computer Hardware Engineering 42 1 1 3 1 48
Computer Science 1 2
Computer Software Engineering 9 1 3 12 4 29
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 3 2 2 21 29
Creative Writing 1 7 1 9
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 9 8 77 4 98
Curriculum and Instruction 1 6 10 2 3 184 7 215
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 5 2 28 36
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 6
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 12 1 15
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 60 3 4 9 1 11 3 91
Engineering, Other 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 2 1 20 2 27
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1 12 15
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 1
Finance, General 7 1 2 4 33 2 51
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1 3 1 9 14
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 2 2 1 12 1 19
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 1 4 1 15 1 24
Forensic Science and Technology 8 2 10
General Studies 22 5 6 4 105 9 152
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 11 12
Graphic Design 1 1 19 1 22
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 5 3 9 46 1 66
History, General 1 1 24 27
History, Other 1 3 1 3 1 10
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 1 14 16
Industrial Engineering 27 3 2 7 14 54
International Business/Trade/Commerce 4 2 2 2 5 2 17
Keyboard Instruments 1 1 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 5 3 1 2 64 1 78
Learning Sciences 1 7 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 7 4 3 3 36 3 58
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 2 1 6 2 12
Management Information Systems, General 1 1 12 1 16
Manufacturing Engineering 1 1
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 1 2 5 1 36 3 53
Mathematics, General 3 1 1 2 9 1 17
Mechanical Engineering 25 2 6 15 33 1 84
Music Performance, General 1 1 14 16
Music Teacher Education 1 24 3 28
Music, General 2 2
Music, Other 2 2
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1 6 1 8
Nursing Science 3 2 25 6 37
Philosophy 1 4 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 14 1 17
Physician Assistant 1 4 37 4 47
Physics, General 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 1 3 3 1 10 21
Psychology, General 2 9 6 5 66 2 97
Public Administration 3 4 26 2 35
Public Health, General 1 4 5
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10 9 9 9 127 15 183
Social Work 17 11 2 1 97 6 138
Sociology 1 1 1 21 1 28
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 2 20 1 24
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 3 4 5 47 1 61
Statistics, General 1 1
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 1 1 1 15 19
Voice and Opera 1 2 2 5
Women's Studies 2 2 1 2 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1241st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $71,442 ($79,682 male / $60,464 female)
Number of FT Faculty 525 (296 male / 229 female)
Number of PT Faculty 525
FT Faculty Ratio 1 : 1
Total Benefits $12,682,166

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