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Wichita State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Wichita State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and 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 Wichita State 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.

Wichita State University was awarded 120 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is allied health professions.

Overall Quality

WSU landed the #1,367 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

WSU also holds the #19 spot on the Best Colleges in Kansas ranking.

See all of the rankings for Wichita State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into WSU?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 94%, WSU has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 6% 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 500 and 625. Math scores were between 500 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Wichita State University  ( 500 to 625 )

SAT Math Scores for Wichita State University  ( 500 to 650 )
WSU received ACT scores from 88% 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 )

Learn more about Wichita State University admissions.

Wichita State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Wichita State University, this rate is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

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

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 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 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 18%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  18 out of 100

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

Wichita State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 12,623 undergraduates at WSU with 8,994 being full-time and 3,629 being part-time.

How Much Does Wichita State University Cost?

The overall average net price of WSU is $14,382. 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 +
$11,642 $12,543 $14,386 $16,620 $17,634

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 53% of students took out student loans averaging $8,159 a year. That adds up to $32,636 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WSU is 7.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Get more details about paying for Wichita State University.

How Much Money Do WSU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from WSU make around $40,400 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 Wichita State University make the most money.

Location of Wichita State University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 74 majors graduated from Wichita State University. Of these students, 2,493 received undergraduate degrees and 799 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 196 NA
Nursing 148 $49,700
Business Administration & Management 123 $40,000
General Psychology 109 $26,400
Mechanical Engineering 96 $63,300
Liberal Arts General Studies 89 NA
Accounting 88 $52,300
Criminal Justice & Corrections 84 $30,800
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 78 NA
Social Work 75 $27,900

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

Online Learning at WSU

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, 7,796 students took at least one online class at Wichita State University. This is a decrease from the 9,705 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 7,796 2,904
2017-2018 9,705 2,588
2016-2017 8,821 1,780
2015-2016 7,873 1,006
2013-2014 6,781 770

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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