Washburn University

Washburn University

Washburn University, or WU, is a co-educational, public institution of higher learning located in Topeka, Kansas, United States. It was established in the year 1865. WU offers many undergraduate and graduate programs as well as professional programs in law and business. Washburn University enrolls more 5,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students every year. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Applied Studies
  • School of Business
  • School of Law
  • School of Nursing

Washburn University's athletics department fields various men's and women's sports teams. They are nicknamed the Washburn Ichabods and the Lady Blues. They compete in the NCAA Division II sports.

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Washburn University
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka , KS 66621-0001
General Phone: (785) 670-1010

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Washburn University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Law188legal studies, law, legal secretary, legal assistant
Business and Management175business, business management, purchasing and contract management, non-profit management, accounting, managerial economics, entrepreneurship, finance, banking, ...
Medical Support and Technology148medical coding, radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, surgical tech, sonography and ultrasound tech, radiographer
Nursing and Emergency Medicine136registered nursing, various nursing
Therapy and Counseling116psychology, physical therapist assistant, substance abuse counseling, mental and social health services
Security and Law Enforcement109corrections, criminal justice and administration, forensic science, security and loss prevention, security services management
Liberal Arts96German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, economics, ...
Education and Teaching89curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, art education, business teaching, English teaching, math teaching, ...
Family and Social Work82human services, public administration, social work, social work courses
Media51communication studies, mass communication
Medical Administration46health care facilities management, medical records tech, health and medical administrative
Science34biology, biological and physical sciences, natural sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Computer Science and Engineering22computer and info science, systems analyst
Mechanics and Repair18mechanic and repair
Engineering15engineering management
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy15health and physical education, athletic trainer
Art Studies12art studies
Design12design and applied arts
Music10music, music performance
Office and Administration7office management, administrative assistant
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy, religion
Engineering Technician0engineering technology, drafting
Fine Arts0art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts0drama
Cooking and Culinary Arts0institutional food workers

Number of programs and degrees for Washburn University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree81665
Associate's degree14325
Master's degree14410
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years12220
Doctor's degree - professional practice1601

Washburn University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Washburn University had a total enrollment of 6,901 students (5,586 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 87%
Part-Time 13%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 38%
Black 3%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 54%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 17%
20-21 21%
22-24 23%
25-29 16%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown1%
(International Students)1%

Washburn University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %
Part-Time 42 %

Washburn University Room and Board (2007)

Washburn University offers campus housing for 674 of its 5,586 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Topeka, Kansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kansas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Washburn University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1825
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT81%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Washburn University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,996
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,496
Room and board $ 5,602
Room charge $ 3,177
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,425
Books and supplies $ 1,400
Other expenses $ 5,044

Financial Aid:
Washburn University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 194900)

Washburn University Faculty

Washburn University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2345
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2733

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Associate professorcalendar year0*4$90,513
Assistant professorcalendar year0*2*
Instructorcalendar year3$66,7750*
Lecturercalendar year3$53,3983$57,314
All faculty totalcalendar year7$65,23410$77,084

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year42$104,20519$91,651
Associate professoracademic year40$71,03031$75,424
Assistant professoracademic year20$54,46243$52,999
Instructoracademic year2*1*
Lectureracademic year22$41,70028$44,629
All faculty totalacademic year126$73,863122$62,775

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Washburn University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports204666

Washburn University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Institutional Food Workers

Design and Applied Arts, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering/Industrial Management

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Social Work
Social Work, Other

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Office Management and Supervision

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Natural Sciences
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Forensic Science and Technology
Securities Services Administration/Management
Security and Loss Prevention Services

Therapy And Counseling
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Physical Therapist Assistant
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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