Wright State University

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3640 Colonel Glenn Highway

Dayton, OH 45435

Phone: (937) 775-3333
2013-2014 Tuition
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Aug. 19
application deadline

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Wright State University is a public institution that was founded in 1964. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,143, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 557 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wright State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,542 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,546 (2013-14).

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

Named after the Wright brothers, Wright State has built a national reputation as an urban research university steeped in a culture of innovation. Wright State is designated by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity and ranks fourth among Ohio's public universities in federal research expenditures. Wright State is also a national leader in serving students with disabilities. Its strong links to business and community organizations offer unique educational opportunities to a diverse student body of nearly 20,000. Boasting two campuses, the university offers 110 undergraduate and 76 Ph.D., master's and professional degrees spread over 11 schools and colleges. The Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine is affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals and more than 20 other health-care institutions. Wright State's 630 international students represent 65 different countries. For 34 consecutive years, Wright State has brought home top honors from the annual National Model United Nations conference, a record unmatched by any other four-year college or university in the country. Wright State was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (for the past three years), the highest federal recognition a university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1964
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $101,755,731


When applying to Wright State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 19. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 19. The application fee at Wright State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.7 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 68.7%
Application deadline August 19
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 19

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Wright State University is 22:1, and the school has 31.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Wright State University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Psychology, General; Accounting; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 19%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 12%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 12%
Psychology, General 7%
Accounting 5%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5%

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Student Life

Wright State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,143, with a gender distribution of 47.7 percent male students and 52.3 percent female students. At this school, 19 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 81 percent of students live off campus. Wright State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 16,780
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 I

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Campus Info & Services

Wright State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Wright 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). Of the students at Wright State University, 81 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Wright State University.

Students who have cars on campus 81%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Wright State University, 68.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,995.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,542 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,546 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,797 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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