Wright State University in Dayton, OH

About Wright State University

Established in 1964, Wright State University is a 4-year public university with a main campus located about 15 minutes away from Dayton, Ohio, in Fairborn. A second location, called Lake Campus, is located in Celina, Ohio. As of 2012, the Princeton Review listed Wright State University as one of the best Midwestern colleges.


Wright State offers over 180 undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates or certificates. The university operates three schools and eight colleges, including the Raj Soin College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate School, the College of Nursing and Health, and the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Up to 25 honors classes are offered each term, and about 1,000 students participate in the honors program every year. Wright State offers Web-only and Web-enhanced classes; several degree programs can be completed entirely online. In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school number one in faculty credentials and training for top online graduate education programs.


Wright State has an open admissions policy. However, in order to be considered for unconditional admission, freshmen applicants must have GPA scores of at least 2.0. Standardized test scores of at least 18 on the ACT composite or 840 on the SAT critical reading and math exams are also required. For out-of-state students to be considered for unconditional admission, they must have GPA scores of 2.5 or above and ACT composite scores of at least 20, or SAT critical reading and math scores of at least 960.

Students can submit an online application or a paper application. Freshmen applications must include SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts and a $30 application fee. Wright State accepts AP and dual credits. Depending on their intended program, graduate and professional applicants apply directly to the Graduate School, the Boonshoft School of Medicine or the School of Professional Psychology.

The student body at Wright State is made up of students from 47 states and 64 countries. In Fall 2011, the majority of undergraduate and graduate students attended on a full-time basis. Nearly 80% of the undergraduates attending Wright State were 24 years of age or younger.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of Fall 2012, in-state undergraduates paid an estimated $8,354.00 per year, while out-of-state undergraduates paid an estimated $16,182.00 per year. During the same time, the estimated expenses for in-state undergraduate students living on campus were $9,964.50 per semester. This estimate includes housing, meals, activity and telecommunications fees, books and supplies.

Wright State offers a variety of scholarships to beginning freshmen, including academic performance scholarships, competitive honors scholarships, College of Liberal Arts talent scholarships and ROTC scholarships. Students who want to secure federal or local funds need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. A tuition payment plan is available as well.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 14,408 undergraduate students and 3,896 graduate students in Fall 2011**
Student Housing Residential halls and apartment communities*
Schools and Programs Eight colleges and three schools; 186 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 24 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (266)
Master's: Business/Commerce (184)
Doctorate: Medicine (100)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 18% in four years
40% in six years**
Admission Rate Open admission policy**
Entering Class Size 2,713 as of 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates 62% for full-time students
30% for part-time students**
Middle 50% SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students 18-24 on ACT and 880-1100 on SAT (math and critical reading)*
Application Due Date December 31, 2012 for Spring semester; April 26, 2013 for Summer semester; August 19, 2013 for Fall semester*
Decision Notification Date 2-3 weeks after application is received*
Tuition Estimated at $18,318.50 per year for in-state undergraduate students living on campus (Fall 2012, includes tuition, living expenses, books and supplies)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (48%), state and local grants (37%), institutional scholarships (53%), federal loans (70%)**
Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Aid 89% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Wright State University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Wright State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, OH 45435
  • Phone: (937) 775-5700
  • Website: www.wright.edu

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