Wichita State University

Wichita State University

Wichita State University, or WSU, is a state-supported university located in the city of Wichita, Kansas, United States. It was founded in 1985. WSU is one of the state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate degree programs in more than 200 areas of study, and over 40 master degrees in more than 100 areas of study. It is organized into several academic divisions which include:

  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health Professions
  • Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • W. Frank Barton School of Business

Wichita State University's sports teams are nicknamed the Shockers. The university is a member of the NCAA Division I.

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Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita , KS 67260-0124
General Phone: (316) 978-3456

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Wichita State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management463business management, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, international business, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts380women's studies, minority and gender studies, foreign language and literature, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Engineering329aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, engineering management
Education and Teaching236curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, music teaching, physical education teaching ...
Therapy and Counseling213psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, communication disorders, physical therapist assistant, physical therapy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine161EMT paramedic, nursing science
Family and Social Work134public administration, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy110sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Medical Support and Technology109audiology and speech pathology, dental hygienist, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Security and Law Enforcement94criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Media86communication studies, communication and journalism
Science84biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Computer Science and Engineering59computer and info science, computer engineering
Art Studies34visual and performing arts, art studies
Photography and Commercial Art21commercial art
Medical Administration12health care administration
Drama and Performing Arts12drama, various performing arts
Conservation and Resource Management6natural resources management
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy
Medicine3gerontology, public health
Fine Arts1art history and criticism
Engineering Technician0electronics tech, industrial tech
Law0legal assistant

Number of programs and degrees for Wichita State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree75346
Bachelor's degree1,69261
Postbaccalaureate certificate206
Doctor's degree6010
Associate's degree756
Award of less than 1 academic year96
Post-master's certificate42

Wichita State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Wichita State had a total enrollment of 14,226 students (10,947 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 93%
Part-Time 7%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 78%
Graduate 22%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 5%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 16%
20-21 20%
22-24 23%
25-29 17%
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)

(International Students)3%

Wichita State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 37 %

Wichita State Room and Board (2007)

Wichita State offers campus housing for 1,266 of its 10,947 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Wichita State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470620
SAT Math495650
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrecommended
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT7%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT90%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Wichita State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,085
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,761
Room and board $ 5,240
Books and supplies $ 945
Other expenses $ 3,205

Financial Aid:
Wichita State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 195000)

Wichita State Faculty

Wichita State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6350
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3557

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year14$126,6293$101,945
Associate professorcalendar year5$97,7798$96,485
Assistant professorcalendar year0*3$77,056
No academic rankcalendar year6$61,3494$58,961
All faculty totalcalendar year25$105,19218$85,818

*: 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 year86$96,13222$83,416
Associate professoracademic year80$72,19947$64,349
Assistant professoracademic year69$65,25653$54,884
Instructoracademic year10$39,39423$40,512
No academic rankacademic year12$48,57627$44,492
All faculty totalacademic year257$75,964172$57,567

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

Wichita State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Missouri Valley Conference
Baseball Missouri Valley Conference
Track Missouri Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports174865

Wichita State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources Management and Policy

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

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Physician Assistant

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Educational Psychology
Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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