2012 Wichita State University Info Sheet
Brief rundown of Wichita State University and its six academic colleges as well as information about financial aid, cooperative education and athletics.
Want to find out more? BIG MONEY • The $7.5 million Klose endowment provides scholarships for math and science education majors. • WSU offers three of the largest annual undergraduate scholarships in Kansas— two $48,000 Harry S. Gore Memorial Scholarships and the $44,000 Craig Barton Scholarship in business. • More than 95 percent of eligible incoming scholarship applicants are offered awards. • Last year, WSU provided more than $100 million in financial aid. CASH, CREDIT AND A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE • Through WSU’s Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning program, students gain real-world experience in hundreds of internships throughout the state and around the country. • WSU’s cooperative education program • • is larger than all the other state schools combined. The program coordinated 1,060 student placements during the 2010-11 academic year. The average wage earned by a WSU co-op student was $13.50 per hour. • WSU students earned more than $4 million in wages—in addition to college credit. WICHITA STATE ATHLETICS • The Shocker men’s baseball team won the national championship in 1989 and were runners-up in 1982, 1991 and 1993. | wichita.edu | • • • The WSU volleyball team ranks ninth in the nation in fan attendance. The Shocker bowling program has captured 19 national championships. In the last nine seasons WSU Track and Field has produced eight conference championships, 14 All-Americans and 48 NCAA qualifiers. • Men’s tennis has won 23 team titles and is the MVC’s all-time winningest program. • Shocker men’s basketball sells out every home game with more than 10,000 in attendance. They reached the Final Four in 1964, the Elite Eight in 1981, the Sweet Sixteen in 2006 and NIT champions in 2011. • Awards more than $250,000 in annual scholarships. • Places the largest number of co-op and internship students in Kansas. • Offers the widest range of business degrees in Kansas. SIX UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGES— A TON OF DEGREE OPTIONS: • 60 undergraduate degree programs in more than 200 areas of study. • 54 master’s degree programs. COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING • The Engineer of 2020 program gives students hands-on experience through undergraduate research, global learning and leadership training. • Features the world’s only campusbased CISCO Technical Research Center, providing experience-based learning and undergraduate research opportunities. • Through the Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning program, more than 200 WSU engineering students each year have gained real-world experience everywhere from NASA to IBM. • The industrial engineering program is one of the largest in the Midwest and one of • 11 doctoral degree programs. • 26 graduate certificate programs. BARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS • The James P. Schwartz Memorial Lecture Series brings top business professionals to the WSU campus. Previous lecturers include CEOs, presidents and senior vice presidents of Fortune 500 companies. • In the top 12 percent of all U.S. business schools thanks to AACSB-International accreditation. • The Barton School’s Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked in the top 25 in the U.S. by Entrepreneur Magazine in their October/November 2007 issue. only two programs in the state of Kansas. • Great Expectations: Engineering Kansas Scholars (GEEKS) is a free tutoring program for engineering students to help them reach their goals in math and science courses. • Annually awards more than half a million dollars in scholarships. • Ranked second by the National Science Foundation among all U.S. universities in money spent on aerospace research and development. • The College of Engineering Open House is open to students, parents and the community and highlights student projects, research and facilities. Continued on back COLLEGE OF EDUCATION • Qualified students agreeing to teach high-need subjects in schools serving low-income populations may be awarded Federal TEACH grants worth up to $16,000. More than $600,000 in scholarships is awarded to College of Education students annually. • Exercise Science students gain practical experience working with a wide range of people—from Olympic hopefuls to older adults—using the latest technology in the human-performance laboratory, a community-serving research-andservice unit. • Sport Management students prepare for careers in managing sport entertainment, participation and sporting goods organizations. Graduates are employed by professional clubs like the Kansas City Royals, Houston Rockets/Comets and the Professional Bowlers Association. • Athletic Training students gain the classroom and real-world clinical experience needed to become certified professional athletic trainers. FAIRMOUNT COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES • Is home to four Kansas Professors of the year, a distinction awarded by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. • The Center for Women’s Studies is one of the longest-running degree-granting centers in the U.S. • The Elliott School of Communication produces the only student-run-anddeveloped news broadcast in Kansas. • Fairmount College faculty are awarded approximately $6 million annually in grant funding. • Students may assist with research studies at the WSU field station complex, on-site in Belize or China, or in laboratories on campus and present their findings at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum held each spring. SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS • The state’s only comprehensive fine-arts college. • Offers the only nationally accredited dance program in Kansas and is a member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). • Its musical theatre program is the only program of its kind in the state. • 85 percent of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra consists of WSU faulty, alumni and students. • Since 1975, the theatre department has sponsored a national playwriting competition—with the winning play being produced the next academic year. • Wichita’s art galleries, theatres and music halls give students virtually limitless opportunities to learn, exhibit and perform—plus access to the state’s largest ready-made audience. COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS • WSU’s School of Nursing offers an Early Admission Option for freshmen students declaring a major in nursing. • Students in the 2009 graduating dental hygiene class had a 100 percent pass rate on both the written and clinical licensing examinations. • Medical Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Dental Hygiene graduates have excellent employment opportunities upon graduation. • Being located in the medical hub of Kansas provides unrivaled opportunities for student employment in areas of health care, clinical experience for CHP students and the teaching expertise of some of the best health care professionals in Kansas. • Has awarded more than $188,500 in scholarships and fellowships to students admitted to CHP professional programs for the 2009-2010 academic year. • Founded the College of Health Professions Leadership Academy, a year-long program designed to foster the development of future leaders in the college and the health care community in Wichita and the surrounding region. AROUND CAMPUS • The on-campus sculpture collection is comprised of more than 70 priceless pieces and is one of the largest and most renowned of its kind. • There are more than 350 annual on-campus events. • WSU has Kansas’ most-diverse student body with students from 110 countries. ALUMNI • Alumna Joyce DiDonato won a Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo in 2012. • More WSU graduates are employed at Koch Industries—the country’s second largest privately held company—than from any other college. • There are more than 36,000 WSU alumni living and working in Sedgwick County. • Garmin Ltd., makers of GPS systems, was co-founded by WSU graduate Gary Burrell in 1989. • Alumni Dan and Frank Carney founded Pizza Hut, and the original Pizza Hut building now resides on WSU’s campus. To schedule a campus visit, call (316) 978-3085 or (800) 362-2594 • | wichita.edu/admissions |