#5 Best Private Colleges in Kansas

Friends University

Wichita, Kansas

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Friends University overview
Location Wichita, Kansas
Online friends.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Friends University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Founded in 1898, Friends University is a private non-denominational Christian institution located in Wichita, Kansas, offering a blend of traditional liberal arts education and professional programs. Situated on a picturesque campus marked by Gothic Revival architecture, notably the historic Davis Administration Building, Friends University provides a scenic environment that contrasts with its urban setting. The campus embodies a small-college atmosphere in the state?s largest city, at the heart of the Midwest. Well-known for its strong programs in Business, Education, and the Fine Arts, Friends University attracts students interested in these fields, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. While selective in its admissions process, the university maintains an inclusive approach to student acceptance. On-campus living is accommodated through a variety of housing options, enhancing the collegiate experience. Friends University does not emphasize its athletic program in the realm of intercollegiate sports fame, focusing instead on the academic and personal growth of its students.

In the most recent statistical year 1,620 prospective students applied, and 1,025 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 265 enrolled in the school.  1,067 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 657 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $31,172 plus fees of $640. Friends University is ranked 723 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Friends University is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Friends University overview
SAT 950/1181
ACT 19/26
GPA 3.4

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Friends University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$640
Room and Board $8,326
Budget for Other Expenses$4,174
Total One Year Cost$45,812

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

27% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Friends University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 62%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 6%
Education 6%
Computer and Information Sciences 4%
Visual and Performing Arts 4%

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