Washburn University: Narrative Description

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1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
Tel: (785)231-1010
Fax: (785)231-1089
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.washburn.edu/


City-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1865. Setting: 160-acre urban campus with easy access to Kansas City. Endowment: $108 million. Research spending 2003-04: $126,561. Educational spending 2003-04: $4600 per student. Total enrollment: 7,002. Faculty: 497 (255 full-time, 242 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,705 applied, 100% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top quarter, 80% from top half. 25 valedictorians. Students come from 49 states and territories, 45 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 35% 25 or older, 13% live on campus. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Johnson County Community College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing program. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $4500 full-time, $150 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,170 full-time, $339 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $62 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $4972. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 8% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Washburn Student Association, Campus Activities Board, Student Alumni Association, Learning in the Community, Washburn Education Association. Major annual events: homecoming, WU Stock, dance marathon. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 474 college housing spaces available; 464 were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Mabee Library plus 2 others with 1.5 million books, 14,000 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.3 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Topeka, the state capital of Kansas, is situated on the edge of the wheat belt approximately 60 miles from Kansas City. The leading industries are meat packing, tire manufacturing, grain milling, printing and publishing, and the manufacture of steel products. Excellent community facilities include libraries, museums, many churches, and outstanding medical facilities. The Topeka Civic Theatre and Topeka Community Concert group provide the citizens with unusual cultural activities. Lake Shawnee is a popular recreation spot; Gage Park is a beautiful park within the city that has the finest facilities for picnicking and swimming, as well as lovely rose gardens. All major forms of commercial transportation are available. The Menninger Clinic located here is one of the world's largest psychiatric research and training centers.

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