Washburn University

2014 Quick Stats
1700 S.W. College

Topeka, KS 66621

Phone: (785) 670-1010
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#77 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Washburn University is a public institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,389, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 160 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Washburn University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 77. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,774 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $12,926 (2013-14).

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

Located on a 160-acre campus in the center of Topeka, the capital of Kansas, Washburn University provides excellent liberal arts and professional education to over 7,000 students. Founded in 1865, Washburn skillfully combines the most effective modes of educating: accomplished faculty, small class sizes, state of the art technology, modern learning techniques and unique opportunities available through an interactive campus and community relationship. The university offers more than 200 programs leading to certification, associate, bachelor, master's and juris doctor degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Applied Studies, Business, Law and Nursing.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1865
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $143,747,262


When applying to Washburn University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Washburn University is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 95.5 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 95.5%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Washburn University is 15:1, and the school has 41 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Washburn University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 12%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 28%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Education 8%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

Washburn University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,389, with a gender distribution of 40.9 percent male students and 59.1 percent female students. At this school, 14 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 86 percent of students live off campus. Washburn University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,204
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 NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Washburn University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Washburn University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Washburn University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Washburn University, 63.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,884.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,774 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $12,926 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,391 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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