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Wichita State University Overview

Wichita State University is a public institution located in Wichita, Kansas. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Wichita State University Known For?

2,363 Undergraduate Awards
$29,167 Avg Cost After Aid
94% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at WSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 98% of the faculty were full-time.

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Wichita State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

WSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#137 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Online Dental Support Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Online Public Administration Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Most Popular Online Public Administration & Social Service Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Most Popular Online Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Wichita State University?

Location of Wichita State University

Contact details for WSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0124
Phone: 316-978-3456
Website: www.wichita.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wichita.state
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wichitastate

How Do I Get Into WSU?

You can apply to WSU online at: https://wsu-info.org/go/split.htm

Admission Requirements for WSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WSU?

94% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
6% Submit SAT Scores
Since WSU has an acceptance rate of 94%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 93%, and the acceptance rate for women is 95%.

Average Test Scores

About 6% of students accepted to WSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 625. Math scores were between 500 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wichita State University  ( 500 to 625 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Wichita State University  ( 500 to 650 )
200
800
WSU received ACT scores from 88% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Wichita State University  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Wichita State University  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Wichita State University  ( 20 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Wichita State University?

$29,167 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
8.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WSU is $29,167. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WSU, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $8,159 a year. That adds up to $32,636 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WSU is 8.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Wichita State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,855 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,006 undergraduate students at WSU, with 8,855 being full-time and 4,151 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WSU

There are also 2,772 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,855 full-time undergraduates at WSU, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Wichita State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 611
Black or African American 507
Hispanic or Latino 1,123
White 5,251
International Students 697
Other Races/Ethnicities 666

Geographic Diversity

Kansas students aren't the only ones who study at Wichita State University. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 101 countries are represented at WSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Saudi Arabia, and Sri Lanka.

Online Learning at Wichita State University

2,588 Took All Classes Online
9,705 Took At Least One Class Online
39.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 10 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at WSU. In 2017-2018, 9,705 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 6th most popular in Kansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Wichita State University was 39.6%. This is the #570 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 18%
Business, Management & Marketing 10%
Curriculum & Instruction 36%
Dental Support Services 4%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 37%
Human Development & Family Studies 37%
Human Resource Management 41%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 5%
Liberal Arts General Studies 5%
Public Administration 33%
Public Administration & Social Service 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #2
Ethnic Studies #2
Business/Managerial Economics #2
Anthropology #2
Political Science & Government #4
Sociology #5
Dental Support Services #6
Human Development & Family Studies #14
Curriculum & Instruction #15
Religious Studies #16
Philosophy & Religious Studies #17
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #18
Social Sciences #21
Special Education #26
General Psychology #27
Psychology #39
Liberal Arts General Studies #59
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #59
Criminal Justice & Corrections #63
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #68
Nursing #90
Education #111
Business Administration & Management #149
Health Professions #159
Business, Management & Marketing #188

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Wichita State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 93 131 0 1 0 225
Business Administration & Management 0 0 140 14 65 0 219
Nursing 0 0 178 0 4 29 211
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 109 0 20 3 132
Industrial Engineering 0 0 21 56 46 3 126
General Psychology 11 0 104 0 8 0 123
Social Work 11 0 54 0 57 0 122
Accounting 0 0 102 0 19 0 121
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 96 0 0 0 96
Health & Physical Education 0 0 58 0 31 0 89
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 72 0 11 0 83
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 62 0 19 0 81
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 65 0 11 0 76
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 74 0 0 0 74
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 0 45 0 26 2 73
General Biology 0 0 66 0 6 0 72
Electrical Engineering 0 0 44 0 19 9 72
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 60 0 6 0 66
Communication Sciences 0 0 30 0 28 8 66
Marketing 0 0 58 0 0 0 58
Computer Science 0 0 38 0 19 0 57
Allied Health Professions 0 0 8 0 49 0 57
Public Administration 0 0 0 33 24 0 57
Dental Support Services 0 0 52 0 0 0 52
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 27 0 10 0 37
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 33 0 2 0 35
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0 35 35
Human Resource Management 0 0 34 0 0 0 34
Computer Information Systems 1 0 33 0 0 0 34
Music 0 0 15 3 16 0 34
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 1 32 0 33
Educational Administration 0 0 0 19 6 7 32
Student Counseling 0 0 0 3 29 0 32
General Engineering Technology 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
General English Literature 0 0 23 0 8 0 31
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 17 14 31
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 20 0 8 0 28
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 25 0 2 0 27
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 0 0 26 0 26
Anthropology 0 0 15 2 9 0 26
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Chemistry 0 0 16 0 4 1 21
Computer Engineering 0 0 20 0 0 0 20
Mathematics 0 0 12 0 8 0 20
Special Education 0 0 0 0 19 0 19
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 1 0 18 0 19
General Visual & Performing Arts 1 0 18 0 0 0 19
International Business 0 0 18 0 0 0 18
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Political Science & Government 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Writing Studies 0 0 11 0 5 0 16
History 0 0 14 0 2 0 16
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 13 0 13
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Sociology 0 0 7 0 4 0 11
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 8 0 8
Physics 0 0 5 0 3 0 8
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 8 0 0 0 0 0 8
Journalism 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Romance Languages 4 0 1 0 1 0 6
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Public Health 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
International Studies 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Philosophy 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
Ethnic Studies 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Statistics 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
Economics 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 39 93 2,231 145 719 115 3,342

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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