Wichita State University: Narrative Description

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1845 North Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260
Tel: (316)978-3456
Free: 800-362-2594
Admissions: (316)978-3085
Fax: (316)978-3795
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wichita.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Part of Kansas Board of Regents. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1895. Setting: 335-acre urban campus. Endowment: $129.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $17.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $1835 per student. Total enrollment: 14,297. Faculty: 522 (469 full-time, 53 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,780 applied, 82% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 76% from top half. Full-time: 7,217 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 3,982 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 77 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 7% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 34% 25 or older, 7% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange, Midwest Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission for state residents who graduated from a Kansas high school before May 2001. Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $3150 full-time, $105 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,362 full-time, $353.45 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $758 full-time, $24.15 per credit hour part-time, $17. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $4900. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 99 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 20% of eligible men and 16% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Association of Malaysian Students, Organization of Pakistani Students, Psychology Club, nursing students organization, Institute of Aeronautics. Major annual events: Shocktoberfest, Hippodrome, Welcomefest. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, bicycle patrols by campus security. 1,453 college housing spaces available; 757 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Ablah Library plus 2 others with 1.6 million books, 1.1 million microform titles, 15,169 serials, 47,558 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.3 million. 1,500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Wichita, population 300,000, is the largest city in Kansas. It is located 161 miles southeast of the center of the U.S. Primary economic factors contributing to the growth and development of the city have been aircraft manufacturing, oil and natural gas, air conditioners, heating and lighting units, as well as camping equipment and agriculture. It is the Aviation Center of the World. WSU is an important resource to the Wichita area business community. The university supports research and development through programs such as the Center for Productivity Enhancement and the National Institute for Aviation Research. The corporate community utilizes programs offered by the University's Center for Management for continuing professional development. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management encourages development of small businesses, while the Hugo Wall Center for Urban Studies supports local and state government facilities for canoeing, boating, and water skiing. Several theater groups stage productions throughout the year and the Wichita Symphony has provided more than 30 years of professional music. The city's civic and cultural complex offers an outstanding library in addition to a modern convention and performing arts center.

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