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Wichita State University is a public institution that was founded in 1895. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,192, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 330 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wichita State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,927 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,961 (2013-14).
Wichita State University is located in the southern part of Kansas, in the largest city in the state. Students at Wichita State can choose from numerous undergraduate degrees in six academic colleges, and graduate students can earn degrees in the W. Frank Barton School of Business and in the schools of education and engineering, among other fields. WSU students and athletic teams are called the Shockers because Wichita students used to earn money by harvesting or "shocking" wheat. The university also used to be called WU, for Wichita University, and now the school’s mascot is a bundle of wheat named WuShock.
The Wichita State Shockers varsity sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference. Besides athletics, students at WSU can get involved in more than 150 campus organizations, Greek life and community service. Notable WSU alumni include Frank and Dan Carney, founders of Pizza Hut, and Gary Burrell, co-founder of GPS maker Garmin.
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Wichita State's location in the largest city in Kansas enhances the traditional classroom experience by providing students greater opportunities in resources, contacts with business and government leaders, employment, and internships. Wichita State has an excellent cooperative education program, which gives students real-world work experience. Students also take advantage of hundreds of campus activities, plus they enjoy the largest selection of malls, shops, restaurants, clubs, golf courses, amusement parks, and movie theaters in the entire state.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Wichita State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Wichita State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 95.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||95.2%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Wichita State University is 20:1, and the school has 45 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Wichita State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Engineering; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70.8 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||17%|
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Wichita State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,192, with a gender distribution of 46.1 percent male students and 53.9 percent female students. At this school, 9 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 92 percent of students live off campus. Wichita State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Wichita State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Wichita State 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 permitted for students of legal age at Wichita State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Wichita State University, 52.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,136.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$6,927 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$14,961 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$7,084 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data