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Wichita Colleges and Schools

Known as the Air Capital of the World, Wichita has a long history of being a leader in aviation manufacturing. Even though this is a dominant industry in the city, students who pursue higher education are likely to find plenty of career opportunities in a variety of fields, including healthcare, education, and business.

Thousands of students choose Wichita colleges as the place to begin their educational journey each year. And when they're ready for a break from their studies, they can enjoy the city's surrounding wide open spaces, 225 average days of sunshine, more than 100 miles of bicycle paths and dozens of museums, golf courses, art galleries and event centers.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Wichita

A few great options include Wichita Technical Institute, home to programs in computer technology, medical assisting, pharmacy technician and more. WSUTech offers dozens of programs in aviation, healthcare, manufacturing, business, law enforcement and design.

Smaller private trade colleges in Wichita prepare students for very specific careers. Examples include Crave Beauty Academy, Old Town Barber College and the Eric Fisher Academy, all of which allow students to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to move into career in hair styling or cosmetology.

Fun Facts about Wichita Colleges and Universities

Situated on a beautiful 330 acres with an incredible view of Wichita, Wichita State University is home to the Shockers — named for the once-popular job of "wheat shocking," or harvesting, that early students would often take on to make extra money. The school offers hundreds of majors and minors, including online programs. WSUTech has an agreement with WSU that allows students to move seamlessly from their associate to their bachelor's program.

Other colleges in Wichita include Friends University, where students enjoy a 10-1 student-teacher ratio, and Newman University, where most classrooms are filled with 20 students or less.

Graduate Schools in Wichita

Wichita State University has more than 100 graduate-level programs, including master's or doctoral programs in areas such as aerospace engineering, special education, nursing and music. Their Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation offers a program that combines arts courses with those in the sciences and technology — one that culminates in a Master of Innovation Design (MID).

Other universities in Wichita that offer advanced degree programs are the faith-based institutions, Friends University and Newman University. Friends' master's programs include family therapy, cybersecurity, health care leadership, and two types of MBA. At Newman, students can earn a master's degree in theology, social work, education, or a joint MSW/MBA.

To learn more about postsecondary education in Kansas, view our Kansas colleges page.

Sources:

  • Friends University, Majors, Accessed December 2018, https://www.friends.edu/majors/
  • Newman University, Academics, Accessed December 2018, https://newmanu.edu/academics
  • Visit Wichita, Wichita Facts, Accessed December 2018, https://www.visitwichita.com/visitor-info/wichita-history/facts/
  • Wichita State University, Degree Programs, Accessed December 2018, https://www.wichita.edu/academics/majors/index.php
  • Wichita Technical Institute, Accessed December 2018, https://www.wti.edu/
  • WSUTech, Programs of Study, Accessed December 2018, https://wsutech.edu/

Education Institutes in Wichita
Total Number of Educational Institutes
13
Total Enrollment in all institutes
26,073
Number of Public Educational Institutes
2
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
9
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
2
Graduation Rate
10.27%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
752
On Campus and Online Programs in Wichita
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
2
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
1
Number of Institutes Offering both
10
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Wichita
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Friends University1,628Four or more years$27,56557
Newman University3,378Four or more years$29,20045
Old Town Barber College-Wichita52Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology4,267At least 2 but less than 4 years$7,32376
Wichita State University15,075Four or more years$8,432142
Paul Mitchell the School-Wichita158Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Crave Beauty Academy140Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
ITT Technical Institute-WichitaN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Wichita Technical Institute938At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A7
Vatterott College-Wichita46At least 2 but less than 4 years$11,2376
National American University-Wichita130Four or more years$15,00021
Eric Fisher Academy171Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
National American University-Wichita West90Four or more years$15,00022
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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