About Wichita State University

Founded in 1895, Wichita State University. is a Public college. Located in Kansas, which is a city setting in Kansas, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 11,585 full time undergraduate students, and 2,581 full time graduate students.

The Wichita State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 523 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Wichita State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate86%
Application Deadline
Application Fee30
SAT Range915-1220
ACT Range21-27

Admissions at WSU are considered Less Selective, with ,66% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 26 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

79% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 48% were in the top quarter, and 23% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Wichita State University.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
28%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
23%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
18%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
13%
“I only go out in groups”
55%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
31%
“I feel extremely safe”
4%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
16%
“We bought the gear”
80%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
55%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
26%
“We”re a very artistic group”
5%
“Haven”t met them”
1%
“Available in class”
73%
“They keep regular office hours”
21%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
24%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
68%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
8%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
40%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
38%
“We only party on weekends”
14%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
13%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
71%
“There might be people who do”
15%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
28%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
23%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
18%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
13%
“I only go out in groups”
55%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
31%
“I feel extremely safe”
4%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
16%
“We bought the gear”
80%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
55%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
26%
“We”re a very artistic group”
5%
“Haven”t met them”
1%
“Available in class”
73%
“They keep regular office hours”
21%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
24%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
68%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
8%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
40%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
38%
“We only party on weekends”
14%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
13%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
71%
“There might be people who do”
15%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
1%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    148 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    130 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    198 Students rated campus food 3.8 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    210 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    212 Students rated class size 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    207 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    207 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    211 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

Wichita State University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Wichita State University?

98 Students rated Wichita State University

Elyzabeth - 08/25/2023

I think it's a great campus with even better opportunities.

KeAdre - 05/30/2023

Wichita State University is relatively small school with not much to do on campus and the surrounding area. However, you come accross people that overtime become lifelong friends and family that makes the college experience so rewarding. There aren't a lot of events and activities that are considered lively to our generation, but if you keep an open mind and branch out in doing different things, WSU is definitely an atmosphere where you can make it happen.

Teagan - 02/28/2022

Wichita State University seemed great when I first visited the college prior to covid but my experience since enrolling in the fall of 2020 has had ups and downs. I felt like there was never a lot going on around campus and I didn’t get to make many friends my first year with hardly anything being in person but now that all the restrictions are gone things seem to be starting back up again. Campus housing isn’t great but if you’re wanting to get more involved on campus and be really active then I’d recommend living in the campus housing or joining a fraternity/sorority to help you meet people.

Brooke - 01/12/2022

It's a great school and makes the most of things due to the lack of excitement Wichita offers. There are many opportunities for students on and off campus, and everyone gets involved with activities supported by staff such as, the Clash of the Colleges. I participated this year and my school, the School of Fine Arts, won! Great time all around.

Wichita State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Wichita State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Wichita State University is 86%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself to save money! Every little bit helps, even if it is the spare change in your pocket. I would also encourage myself to take the time to figure out what I want to do and to use as much time as I need to prepare for it. College straight out of high school works for some people, but for people like me, it is a much more valuable experience if you aren't rushed through the process.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Parking and majority of international students.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    WSU is a culturally and academically diverse university that cares about it's students and their level of readiness to help improve the community.

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Neither of my parents received college degrees, and I attended a small private high school. Consequently, I lacked the resources for proper college preparation. Having been accepted to more prestigious schools, I settled for Wichita State because of financial concerns. Would I have possessed some scholarship savvy, I might have acquired the funds to afford a more rigorous education.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    People. This institution serves as a superb example of what it means to treat an individual like just that, an individual. Most other institutions place students on scales and refer to them as little more than a number. At Wichita State University the faculty, staff, and alumni genuinely strive to get to know the students on a more personal level. This university allows one to form significant bonds. Also, the cooperative education program and National Student Exchange program offer students opportnities seldom seen on other campuses. The real world experience and metropolitan advantage offered by this university is unparalleled.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The kind of person that should attend this and any college should be one that is sure what they want and expect out of their school. It's a lot easier to get the most out of your education experience if you know what you general path for your future schooling is.

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  8. Describe the students at your school.

    My class mates are very passionate about school and always willing to help others do well. They are very friendly and welcoming.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I love the opportunites to get involved in a variety of activities that WSU presents. I also love a program called Coop in which students are able to gain experiences from a work environment.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Wichtia State Universtiy is best known for it's engineering schools!

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    many classes tend to be offered at the same time as other classes you need. depending on semester, not much classes to choose from that are off campus. Depending on major, most classes if not all are on campus instead of being able to be done online or on other campuses

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Great location in a smaller city setting with strong community ties and outstanding academic areas.

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  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I don't think anyone should NOT attend this school. There is something for everyone here. There is a great melting pot of people here, along with great support for the disabled and an amazing groups for students with other faiths and beliefs. This is an outstanding university that goes out of its way to make you feel at home. Unfortunately, there is not a football team, or a marching band, so if that is what you are looking for then this school is probably not for you.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    You're gonna find great professors and awful ones, although I've found a lot more good than bad. In my own major, the education department is a joke. The only project for my intro to education class was e-mailing and web-camming with Vietnamese students to gain "cultural diversity." I am not going to be teaching in Vietnam. I'm going to be teaching in America. Nice as they were, getting to know Vietnamese college students didn't really further my knowledge of how to become an educator. Waste of time. The English department, on the other hand, is wonderful. Those were some of the first classes I've ever come out of knowing other students' names because my professors actually used them! I've learned critical thinking skills and writing skills (so please ignore any grammatical mistakes! haha). We had interesting discussions daily, and the professors were always very respectful of their students as they aimed us in the right direction.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I think there are enough students, there can't be one stereotype to rule them all (I may be a nerd, I am not ashamed). I have friends who are frat guys, jocks, sorority sisters, partiers and nerds. Wichita State has something for eveyone.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I don't really spend any time on campus outside of class time--in fact, it took me a year to figure out where the student center was. I felt very much on my own to try to figure it out. Wichita State is quite a commuter college, as many of its students are folks who are returning to finish their degrees. If you're living in the dorms or in a fraternity or sorority there's a little more to do, but if you're living at home you're really not going to have a college experience at all. It's just school, and that's exactly how most of the students feel. As Wichita goes, it's a great city. I love living here! It's no New York City. Heck--it's not even an Austin. But traffic is easy, and there are some good hang out spots if you're willing to find them. Old Town, for example, is a great part of the city. You've got shopping, a coffee house, restaurants, an art gallery, and a movie theatre right in one little block. Century II puts on Broadway-caliber musicals in the summer, and there's always the bar and nightclub scene for legal students. It's a diverse city and a very diverse campus (watch out for non-English speaking professors in the engineering, science, and math departments). It's a good place to be, but again, it's not much of a "college life" per se.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    They're all commuters and there's not much of a campus life.

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  18. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Again, Christian Challege is a great social/church group, which I highly recommend. Shocker basketball games are fun to attend, but they're not really the best team. You're not going to get a huge sense of school spirit at WSU. Hippodrome (a sort of a talent show) happens every year, and people get kind of excited about that (and by excited I mean that there's usually a facebook invitation sent out). Student Activities Council (SAC) plans events for students, but honestly, they're not really ever a big enough deal for most students to know about.

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  19. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    You betcha

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Student Body

Students

53%

female

47%

male

11,585

Total Undergrad Enrollment

2,581

Total Grad Students

15%

Out-Of-State

78%

In-State

7%

International

Organizations

125

Student Organizations

7

Fraternities

7

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

9%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
7%
% Black or African-American
6%
% Hispanic/Latino
11%
% White or Caucasian
61%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

91% of students attending Wichita State University receive some sort of financial aid. 35% were awarded federal grants. While 55% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$16,634

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$9,853

Room and Board

27,487

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$17,636
$30 - $48K
$18,233
$48 - $75K
N/A
$75 - $110K
$18,646
$110K & UP
N/A

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