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Wichita State University Data & Information Overview

390 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
80% Acceptance Rate
Find out more about how Wichita State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. 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 Wichita State University Ranked?

#735 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in KS
General Studies Highest Ranked Major

2023 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.

Wichita State University was awarded 390 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general studies.

Overall Quality

WSU is ranked #735 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when WSU held the #1,367 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 46 colleges in Kansas, WSU is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into WSU?

80% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Wichita State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 80%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 9% 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 510 and 620. Math scores were between 510 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wichita State University  ( 510 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Wichita State University  ( 510 to 630 )
WSU received ACT scores from 83% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Wichita State University  ( 20 to 27 )

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Wichita State University Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
98% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, Wichita State 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 Wichita State University is 98%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  98 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wichita State University

71% Freshmen Retention
21% On-Time Graduation Rate

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 Wichita State University is 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at WSU is 21%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  21 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Wichita State University.

Wichita State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,586 Full-Time Undergraduates
33.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
55.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,946 undergraduates at WSU with 8,586 being full-time and 3,360 being part-time.

How Much Does Wichita State University Cost?

$14,859 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
$33,060 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of WSU is $14,859. 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 WSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,687 $12,272 $14,581 $17,903 $18,129

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 WSU, 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 WSU, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $8,265 a year. That adds up to $33,060 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WSU is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do WSU Graduates Make?

$47,524 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from WSU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $47,524 in their early years. That's great news for WSU students since it is 12% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Wichita State University make the most money.

Location of Wichita State University

Kansas State
8,586 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Located in Wichita, Kansas, Wichita State University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for WSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0124
Phone: 316-978-3456

Wichita State University Majors

76 Majors With Completions
2,444 Undergraduate Degrees
888 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 76 majors graduated from Wichita State University. Of these students, 2,444 received undergraduate degrees and 888 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
Teacher Education Grade Specific 279 NA
Nursing 175 $50,805
Business Administration & Management 164 $42,790
General Psychology 136 $29,371
Mechanical Engineering 86 $63,455
Computer Science 79 NA
Accounting 76 $47,084
Criminal Justice & Corrections 74 $35,274
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 72 $63,979
Finance & Financial Management 70 $42,878

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

Online Learning at WSU

53% Take At Least One Class Online
21% Take All Classes Online

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 2019-2020, 7,939 students took at least one online class at Wichita State University. This is an increase from the 7,796 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 7,939 3,081
2018-2019 7,796 2,904
2017-2018 9,705 2,588
2016-2017 8,821 1,780
2015-2016 7,873 1,006

Learn more about online learning at Wichita State University.

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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.


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