Wichita State University

1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260
Wichita, KS 67260
(316) 978-3085
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Wichita State University is a four-year public institution in Wichita, Kan., that was established in 1895 as Fairmount College, a small Christian institution associated with the Congregational Church. The name was changed to the Municipal University of Wichita in 1926, when the university became publicly owned. Wichita State University has a student population of 14,909 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1. The university operates a satellite campus in Derby, Kan., a west campus, a downtown center, and the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

Programs Offered

Wichita State University offers academic programs through its College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Health Professions, the Fairmont College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the W. Frank Barton School of Business. These six colleges offer majors in several areas, including accountancy, aerospace engineering, anthropology, communication, computer engineering, computer science, creative writing, criminal justice, dental hygiene, English, geology, management, medical laboratory sciences, music education, and philosophy. Wichita State offers pre-professional programs in chiropractic, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. Wichita State offers online noncredit career training programs in health care, business, Internet, design, and technical, Networking and CompTIA certification, Microsoft certification, construction/automotive technology, and video game design and development.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Wichita State University since 1934.


Wichita State University requires prospective students to submit a completed application with a $30 application fee. Freshman residents of Kansas are required to submit an ACT composite score at or above 21, or a combined SAT score of 980, or a rank in the top one-third of the high school graduating class, or a 2.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale (2.5 for non-residents). Wichita State University accepts applications on a rolling deadline; SAT/ACT scores are required by August 1. According to the U.S. News, Wichita State University had an acceptance rate of 93.9% in 2011.


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