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Wichita State University

Wichita, KS

Wichita State University is a public, comprehensive university. Founded in 1895 as a private college, it joined the state system of higher education in 1964. It is located on a beautiful 330-acre campus in Wichita, the largest city in Kansas. Students have fantastic educational, economic and entertainment opportunities. While obtaining a degree, students can get valuable work experience at companies like Boeing, Raytheon Aircraft, Cessna Aircraft, Coleman, Bank of America, Bombadier Aerospace Learjet, Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Wesley Medical Center and Koch Industries. After attending class and studying, students enjoy going to the largest collection of malls, shops, restaurants, clubs, golf courses, amusement parks and movie theatres in the state.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students11,823
   Women6,317 (53.4%)
   Men5,506 (46.6%)
Graduate Students2,651


Entrance DifficultyNoncompetitive
Overall Admission Rate96% of 6,306 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineRolling
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.42
SAT Math470-605 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading445-615 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite24 average
21-27 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $14,607
Out-of-state: $23,346
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,895
Out-of-state: $16,634
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met52%
Average Freshman Award$7,347
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 23% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 22% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes


Wichita Population386,552
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 42% of freshmen, 9% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities1% of women participate
Fraternities 1% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.6% Asian
6.1% Black/African-American
11.9% Hispanic/Latino
4.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.3% White
3.0% Unknown
International Students7.8% from 97 countries
First-Year Students Returning72.4%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.67 3.79     26
Low 3.00 3.30     21
High 4.00 4.31     31
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Freshmen at Wichita State once traditionally threw their green beanies and hair ribbons, which they were required to wear for their first three months, into a bonfire on the evening before Thanksgiving.

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