Wright State University Main Campus

Wright State University Main Campus

Founded in 1967, Wright State University ,or WSU, is a public university in Ohio, United States. WSU uses Dayton as its postal address but the main campus is situated within the city limits of Fairborn. The university offers more than 150 degree programs including over 40 graduate and professional programs. WSU is organized into the following schools and colleges:

  • Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • College of Education & Human Services
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Nursing & Health
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • Raj Soin College of Business
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of Professional Psychology
  • University College
  • Wright State University Lake Campus

WSU's sports teams are nicknamed the Raiders. The Raiders' men's basketball team won the 1983 Division II national championship and made it to the NCAA Division I Tournament (1993 and 2007).

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Wright State University-Main Campus
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton , OH 45435-0001
General Phone: (937) 775-3333

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Wright State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management909business, business management, purchasing and contract management, logistics, operations management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, human resources, ...
Education and Teaching729curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational supervision, higher education administration, gifted and talended education, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, education of disabled, education of learning disabled, ...
Liberal Arts362African-American studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, German language, modern Greek language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, Latin language, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine331registered nursing, nursing administration, adult health nursing, nursing science, community nurse, various nursing
Engineering261engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, engineering science, materials engineering, mechanical engineering
Therapy and Counseling238psychology, clinical psychology, community psychology, counseling psychology, organizational psychology, substance abuse counseling, marriage and family therapy, mental and social health services
Science197biology, biochemistry, anatomy, bacteriology, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, ...
Media105communication studies, mass communication, public relations
Medicine92medicine, public health, health professions
Family and Social Work91public administration, social work
Computer Science and Engineering85computer and info science, computer engineering
Security and Law Enforcement49criminology
Art Studies39art studies
Drama and Performing Arts36dance, drama, theatre design, acting, various performing arts
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy33health and physical education, chiropractic, vocational counseling
Mathematics29mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, systems science and theory
Music13music, music history and theory, music performance
Photography and Commercial Art10film studies
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy, religion
Medical Support and Technology7clinical lab tech
Medical Administration4health care administration, environmental health
Fine Arts3art history and criticism
Office and Administration1administrative assistant

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,28784
Master's degree1,19991
Post-master's certificate11
Doctor's degree556
Associate's degree06
First-professional degree912

Wright State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Wright State had a total enrollment of 16,151 students (14,021 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 71%
Graduate 27%
First Professional 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 11%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 23%
20-21 22%
22-24 22%
25-29 14%
30-34 6%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

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

(International Students)1%

Wright State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %
Part-Time 27 %

Wright State Room and Board (2007)

Wright State offers campus housing for 2,987 of its 14,021 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Wright State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,018
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,744
Room and board $ 7,335
Room charge $ 4,770
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,565
Books and supplies $ 1,764
Other expenses $ 2,748

Financial Aid:
Wright State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 307800)

Wright State Faculty

Wright State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7970
Non-tenured and not on tenure track159165

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year40$124,6157$107,382
Associate professorcalendar year16$87,9339$90,568
Assistant professorcalendar year3$59,3323$52,158
Instructorcalendar year1*4$35,844
Lecturercalendar year2*5$63,775
No academic rankcalendar year2*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year64$107,82728$78,054

*: 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 year108$99,48428$92,471
Associate professoracademic year89$73,97771$68,401
Assistant professoracademic year74$63,27879$60,655
Instructoracademic year16$41,23351$42,623
Lectureracademic year18$48,20327$46,206
No academic rankacademic year3$36,7899$45,468
All faculty totalacademic year308$76,781265$60,634

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

Wright State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Horizon League
Baseball Horizon League
Track Horizon League

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5283135

Wright State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management

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

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Sales & Marketing Oper/Marketing & Distribution Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Technical Teacher Education

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Modern Greek Language and Literature
Political Science and Government, General
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Medicine (MD)
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Chiropractic (DC)
Health and Physical Education, General
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Physiology, General

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Community Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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