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Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

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Wichita State University overview
Location Wichita, Kansas
Online wichita.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
Wichita State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Wichita State University is a public research university located in Wichita, Kansas. Established in 1895 as Fairmount College, it became a state institution in 1964 and is now the third-largest university in Kansas. The university boasts an urban setting, with a campus that highlights 20th-century architectural elements and modern facilities, including on-campus housing options for its student body. Wichita State University is known for its innovation campus, which fosters partnerships with businesses and industries in the applied learning and research fields. Academically, the university is recognized for its programs in engineering, business, education, and fine arts, with aerospace engineering being particularly esteemed due to the university's proximity to numerous aviation companies. While the school maintains a moderate level of application selectivity, it provides diverse academic offerings through its six undergraduate colleges. In terms of athletics, Wichita State, branded as the Shockers, has gained recognition for its men?s basketball program, although this is not the sole focus of the institution?s identity.

In the most recent statistical year 8,899 prospective students applied, and 8,441 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,847 enrolled in the school.  10,738 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,478 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $6,848 plus fees of $2,018. WSU is ranked 700 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












WSU is rated within the lower 44% 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

Wichita State University overview
SAT 953/1260
ACT 19/26
GPA 3.48

Applications Accepted

Wichita State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend

Kansas Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Wichita State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,250
Other Fees$2,018
Room and Board $12,610
Budget for Other Expenses$3,400
Total One Year Cost$26,126

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Wichita State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,250
Other Fees$2,018
Room and Board $12,610
Budget for Other Expenses$3,400
Total One Year Cost$35,486

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$43,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

43% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Wichita State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Health Professions 14%
Education 11%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 9%
Engineering 9%

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