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Washburn University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Washburn University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Washburn University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Washburn University was awarded 31 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other design and applied arts.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Washburn University is ranked #1,536 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Washburn University also holds the #22 spot on the Best Colleges in Kansas ranking.

See all of the rankings for Washburn University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Washburn University?

Acceptance Rate

If you are worried about getting into Washburn University, don't be. The school has a liberal open admissions policy, which means you only need to meet basic requirements in order to be admitted. Still, be sure to submit a complete application and provide any other requested materials.

Learn more about Washburn University admissions.

Washburn University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Washburn University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Washburn University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Washburn University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Washburn University is 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 16% for first-time, full-time students at Washburn University, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  16 out of 100

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Washburn University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,472 undergraduates at Washburn University with 3,597 being full-time and 1,875 being part-time.

How Much Does Washburn University Cost?

The overall average net price of Washburn University is $14,481. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Washburn University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,054 $12,850 $15,492 $16,782 $17,138

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Washburn University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Washburn University, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $5,729 a year. That adds up to $22,916 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Washburn University is 9.4%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Washburn University Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Washburn University make around $40,300 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Washburn University make the most money.

Location of Washburn University

Located in Topeka, Kansas, Washburn University is a public institution. Topeka is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Washburn University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1700 Sw College Avenue, Topeka, KS 66621-0001
Phone: 785-670-1010

Washburn University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 61 majors graduated from Washburn University. Of these students, 1,160 received undergraduate degrees and 272 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 149 $54,300
Health & Medical Administrative Services 76 $41,900
Communication & Media Studies 56 $29,300
Marketing 44 NA
Finance & Financial Management 39 NA
General Psychology 39 $28,000
Health & Physical Education 37 $28,800
Allied Health Professions 37 $50,400
Social Work 37 NA
Accounting 33 $44,800

Learn more about the majors offered at Washburn University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Washburn University

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 2,385 students took at least one online class at Washburn University. This is a decrease from the 2,427 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,385 673
2017-2018 2,427 756
2016-2017 2,238 682
2015-2016 2,135 709
2013-2014 2,014 599

Learn more about online learning at Washburn University.

Notes and 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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