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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. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Wichita State University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Wichita State University was awarded 40 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

WSU landed the #850 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

WSU is also ranked #5 out of 27 schools in Kansas.

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 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Wichita State University is 97%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  97 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wichita State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 73% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Wichita State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 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 18% for first-time, full-time students at WSU, which is 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.

Good Overall Diversity at WSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 12,398 undergraduates at WSU with 8,749 being full-time and 3,649 being part-time.

WSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for WSU is 81.82 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  81.82 out of 100
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How Much Does Wichita State University Cost?

The overall average net price of WSU is $14,113. 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 +
$11,233 $12,022 $14,588 $16,463 $17,297

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WSU, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $8,072 a year. That adds up to $32,288 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WSU is 7.4%. 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.

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How Much Money Do WSU Graduates Make?

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 $40,400 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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

Location of Wichita State University

Wichita State University is a public institution located in Wichita, Kansas. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Wichita State University

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 79 majors graduated from Wichita State University. Of these students, 2,341 received undergraduate degrees and 840 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 188 $49,700
Teacher Education Grade Specific 130 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 130 NA
Business Administration & Management 116 $40,000
Mechanical Engineering 113 $63,300
Accounting 103 $52,300
General Psychology 103 $26,400
Criminal Justice & Corrections 78 $30,800
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 74 NA
Finance & Financial Management 70 $39,200

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 9,705 students took at least one online class at Wichita State University. This is an increase from the 8,821 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 9,705 2,588
2016-2017 8,821 1,780
2015-2016 7,873 1,006
2014-2015 7,483 682
2013-2014 6,781 770

Learn more about online learning at Wichita State University.

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