Wichita State University

About Wichita State University

Wichita State University is a research university located on a 330-acre campus in the large city of Wichita. In addition to the main campus, the university offers four satellite campuses in Wichita and Derby. The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


The university operates seven colleges and schools: the College of Engineering, College of Education, College of Fine Arts, Fairmont College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, W. Frank Barton School of Business and Graduate School. Through these schools, it offers degree programs in about 200 fields of study.

At the associate's degree level, the school offers a degree in general studies/liberal studies. The school also offers four degree completion programs for students who have earned an associate's degree from a different school. Wichita State offers about 65 undergraduate degree programs, 41 master's degree programs and 12 doctoral degree programs, and the most popular major is business, management and marketing related degrees. The school advocates experience-based learning through internships, cooperative experiences and workforce training.

The school's campus houses three libraries, including ones dedicated to music and chemistry. It also operates 29 research centers and institutes that focus on a variety of fields of study, including real estate, women's studies, aging and community support.


Undergraduate students may apply for admission online; graduate students may apply for admission by mail. Undergraduate students seeking admission in the spring 2013 semester must submit their applications no later than January 15, 2013.

In the fall of 2011, the school enrolled a total of about 15,000 students, around 12,000 of which were undergraduates. In 2011, the school received 3,304 undergraduate applications, of which it admitted 94%. The school boasts that, at that same time, it enrolled approximately 1,800 international students from more than 100 countries.

Tuition and Financial Aid

During the 2012-2013 school year, resident undergraduate students of Kansas paid $173.50 and graduate resident students paid $234.30 per credit hour. Non-resident undergraduate students paid $441.30, while grad students paid $618.95 per credit hour. The student fee for resident and non-residents at both the graduate and undergraduate level is $35.35. Additional fees are accessed based on the college and program materials. Housing is dependent on the type of room and can range from $6060 in Fairmount Towers to $445 a month in the Wheatshocker Apartments as of 2009-2010.

In addition to loans, undergraduate students may pay tuition with grants or scholarships. Both undergraduate and graduate students can participate in federal work-study programs.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body About 12,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 3 on-campus residences are available*
Schools and Programs 7 schools; nearly 200 degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1 **
Most Popular Fields of Study In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences (32)
Bachelor's: Business, Management, Marketing (430)
Master's: Engineering (204)
Doctoral: Health Professions (43) **
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 20% in four years
43% in six years**
Admissions Rate 94% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 1,453 in 2011**
First Year Retention Rates 73% for full-time undergraduates in 2011**
Average SAT/ACT Score of Admitted Students 50th percentile range for ACT composite 21-26; 50th percentile range for ACT critical reading: 445-620 and ACT math: 480-620 in 2011**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; for 2013 applications due in January*
Decision Notification Date 2 weeks after Office of Admissions receives all necessary information*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition $6,155 per year for residents; $14,190 per year for non-residents (tuition and fees for 2011-2012)**
Financial Aid Sources Available Loans, grants, scholarships, work-study*
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 90% of undergraduate students in 2011**

Sources: *Wichita State University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1845 Fairmount St., Box 124, Wichita, KS 67260
  • Phone: (316) 978-3085
  • Website: www.wichita.edu

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