Kansas Wesleyan University

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100 E. Claflin Avenue

Salina, KS 67401

Phone: (785) 827-5541
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#58 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Kansas Wesleyan University is a private institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 711, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 24 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Kansas Wesleyan University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 58. Its tuition and fees are $23,800 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Kansas Wesleyan University is a liberal arts institution located in Salina, Kansas. Founded in 1886, it maintains a covenant relationship with the United Methodist Church and is supported by the Kansas West Conference. Salina is the sixth largest city in the state and is a major arts and cultural community. Kansas Wesleyan University boasts many qualities that make the campus and educational experience unique for our students, faculty, and staff. Class sizes are small, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1, allowing students to build relationships with their professors and receive the best possible instruction for their coursework. The Student Success Center allows student to receive one-on-one attention from a group of peer tutors. Placement rates for our graduates are near 100 percent on a yearly basis and 100 percent of our graduating nurses are placed in jobs. During the 2012-13 academic year, the debate team won a national championship, KWU's athletic teams boasted an average grade point average of 3.25, and they competed on a national level on both the men's and women's sides. Kansas Wesleyan offers a faith-based environment with opportunities for worship and fellowship several times per week and we work closely with our community churches to ensure that our students can practice their faith. Our community of 50,000 offers big city opportunity with a small-town feel, and students are heavily involved in volunteering; KWU students, faculty, and staff volunteer at hundreds of local organizations and raise funds for important groups like the Liberian Widows Initiative and the American Heart Association. More than 50 students received academic honors this year; including All-American status, and many students have been accepted into prestigious graduate schools including Boston College, Northwestern University, and Naropa University.

The mission of Kansas Wesleyan University is to promote and integrate academic excellence, spiritual development, personal well-being, and social responsibility. The parts of our University that make us unique are what make us the strongest; the low teacher to student ratio, our faith, and an excellent educational experience. KWU is divided into six academic divisions offering 25 degree programs and a Masters of Business Administration. We currently offer the only Emergency Management Bachelor's Degree Program in the State of Kansas and our nursing program continues to be one of the strongest in the state, with an NCLEX pass rate of 93.5 percent. KW students have the opportunity to continue their athletic careers, sing on stage, or participate in groups and events on a national level; they are focused, engaged, and involved. Kansas Wesleyan University has just come under new leadership and the environment is positive and energetic. Campus is buzzing with excitement, and the Salina community is extremely supportive of our efforts. The two entities collaborate in many ways including partnerships with several schools and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Our local, national, and international alumni base is a supportive one with increasingly larger alumni chapters proving that our graduates continue to invest in the University long after they leave campus.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1886
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $17,859,423


When applying to Kansas Wesleyan University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 20. The application fee at Kansas Wesleyan University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 47.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 47.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 20

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Kansas Wesleyan University is 12:1, and the school has 65.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Kansas Wesleyan University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Secondary Education and Teaching; Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; and Sport and Fitness Administration/Management. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 55.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 19%
Business Administration and Management, General 9%
Secondary Education and Teaching 9%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 7%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 4%

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Student Life

Kansas Wesleyan University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 711, with a gender distribution of 42.2 percent male students and 57.8 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41 percent of students live off campus. Kansas Wesleyan University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 745
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Kansas Wesleyan University offers a number of student services including health insurance. Kansas Wesleyan University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Kansas Wesleyan University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Kansas Wesleyan University, 75.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,207.

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Tuition and fees $23,800 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,600 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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