Wichita State University Parent's Guide
A parent's step-by-step guide on how to assist their student in selecting a college.
A PARENT's guide | to wichita state university | Dear Parent: Greetings from Wichita State University! You and your student are about to embark on a significant journey. Helping your student choose the right college is an important and often overwhelming process. I hope you find the enclosed information helpful as you work together in making this important decision. I also hope WSU is among the higher education options your student is considering. A few important things to do as you begin the college search process: encourage your student to visit the universities he or she is most interested in; apply early for admission and scholarships; research each choice (visit us at wichita.edu/admissions) and talk with current students from each school. These steps will help in making the all-important decision of which school fits best. We are passionate about the strength of our academic programs, unmatched opportunities for experience-based learning and thriving campus life. I encourage you to schedule an official campus visit; Iâ€™m confident you will be impressed with what WSU offers. Wichita State has been the choice of education for famous leaders, including the co-founders of Pizza Hut, Dan and Frank Carney; and Super Bowl-winning NFL head coach, Bill Parcells. The president of GameStop, Tony Bartel; and CEO and co-founder of Garmin International, Gary Burrell, are also graduates of WSU. Today, more and more students are choosing to join the ranks of these esteemed alumni. From our recent journey to the NCAA Final Four to the groundbreaking research of our faculty and students, today is an exciting day to be a Shocker. We look forward to welcoming you on campus soon! Sincerely, Bobby Gandu Director of Admissions Wichita State University Explore your student’s future at Wichita State Founded in 1895 as a congregational institution, Wichita State provides students with outstanding academic opportunities, a vibrant campus life and unparalleled access to industry professionals thanks to its status as Kansas’ only research institution in an urban setting. With an enrollment of about 15,000, Wichita State prides itself on specialized attention to each student, made possible through a student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1. Respected faculty members are dedicated to teaching, scholarship, research and public service. And with virtually unlimited social and special-interest clubs, students can find their place within our diverse campus community. visiting campus You can read about schools, review their websites and talk to admissions representatives at college fairs. But nothing can replace the experience of visiting a college campus to see it for yourself——to see its facilities, to talk to its students and faculty members and visit its residence halls. At Wichita State, we invite you and your student to come to campus to see firsthand the special experience of being a Shocker. Personalized campus visits are scheduled weekly (with at least two weeks’ notice), and special program visit days are offered annually. To find out what kind of visit best suits your needs and schedule, visit wichita.edu/admissionsevents. Making the best college choice requires a lot of work. Here are some of the major milestones you should celebrate as your student progresses through the process: • Take the ACT Exam • Visit Campus Schedule an official visit to each school that interests your student. wichita.edu/campusvisit Encourage your student to take the ACT exam in April or June of their junior year, or as soon as possible in their senior year. • Make a Calendar and Begin Researching Schools Compile a list of admission, financial aid and scholarship deadlines. Think about what your student is looking for in a college: majors, class sizes, internship opportunities, location, costs and activities. Remind them that where they choose to attend will be their home for the next four or five years, so they should seriously consider the many aspects of each school. • Speak with an Admissions Representative These representatives will serve as valuable resources to you and your student. • Get Admitted and Apply for Scholarships Encourage your student to get admitted and apply for general scholarships during the summer before their senior year. Many colleges/universities (including WSU) award scholarships in the fall for the following year. Apply online for admission at wichita.edu/apply. Visit wichita.edu/scholarships to learn more. • Apply for Federal Financial Aid Apply for federal financial aid by the March 1 priority date of your student’s senior year in high school to ensure full consideration for all awards. fafsa.ed.gov Learn more at wichita.edu Admissions To be admitted to Wichita State University, students from accredited high schools must meet one of the following criteria:* • • • Earn an ACT score of at least 21 or an SAT score of 980 (verbal and math tests), OR Rank in the top one-third of his or her graduating class, OR Have at least a 2.00 grade point average in approved pre-college curriculum courses; non-residents of Kansas must have at least a 2.50 grade point average* *The pre-college curriculum has been prescribed by the Kansas Board of Regents. To view the curriculum, visit kansasregents.org. *These requirements apply to students entering WSU during the 2014-2015 academic year. They will change for students entering WSU in the 2015-2016 academic year. For more information, visit kansasregents.org/qualified_admissions_rules_regulations NOTE: Kansas residents from non-accredited schools or home schools must achieve a qualifying ACT or GED score. Non-residents from non-accredited schools are considered on a case-by-case basis. See our website for more information on admission requirements. The admission process requires submission of an admission application, a $30 application fee, official transcipts and ACT scores. Visit wichita.edu/apply. ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES A valuable resource for you and your student, admissions representatives are there to answer your questions and to help you learn more about a school. Here are some questions you may want to ask Wichita State’s representatives: • • • • What can you offer my student that other schools cannot? What are the strongest academic majors offered at WSU? How does my student apply for admission and scholarships? How does my student get enrolled in his/her classes? WSU’s admissions representatives are assigned based on high schools. Give us a call or visit wichita.edu/admissions to find more information about your admissions representative. Applying for scholarships Each year, Wichita State awards more than $100 million in scholarships and other forms of financial aid. In fact, more than 95 percent of all eligible applicants receive at least one scholarship from Wichita State. Among the scholarships available at WSU are those awarded through the Distinguished Scholarship Invitational (DSI), which includes two $52,000 Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships——two of the largest undergraduate awards of their kind in Kansas. Any high school senior who is admitted to WSU by Oct. 15, has at least a 3.50 GPA and has earned a 24 or higher composite score on the ACT (1090 SAT) is eligible to participate. Learn more about this scholarship competition and many other departmental scholarships by visiting wichita.edu/dsi. High school seniors from Kansas graduating in the spring may be eligible to receive scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 over two years of attendance at WSU. Students interested in applying for new student scholarships should meet the criteria listed below. • • • • Achieve a minimum 3.50 high school grade point average, AND Achieve a minimum 24 ACT composite score (980 SAT combined verbal and math scores) AND Be admitted to WSU, AND Complete and submit the online scholarship application at wichita.edu/scholarshipapp (available Aug. 1). Applicants will be required to create and submit an essay and activities chart. Non-residents of Kansas must be admitted to WSU and are evaluated individually for scholarships based on scholarship application, GPA and ACT. Academic scholarship awards for nonresidents range from $1,000-$5,000, with additional consideration for on-campus housing scholarships. Non-residents with a 3.50 GPA who achieve a 24 ACT (980 SAT) will be given first priority for non-resident scholarships. Numerous scholarship opportunities, including highly competitive four-year renewable scholarships, are available from Wichita State for select students who apply for scholarships by Nov. 1. Please visit wichita.edu/scholarships for additional information. Beyond university scholarships, we encourage you and your student to pursue all other local, state, regional and national scholarship opportunities by visiting wichita.edu/outsidescholarships. Applying for federal financial aid • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1. Students and parents are encouraged to file online at fafsa.ed.gov. • If chosen for verification, students may need to submit additional documentation, including copies of tax returns. Contact the office of financial aid for more information. These documents will be requested from you only if your FAFSA is selected for verification. • First-time borrowers at Wichita State University must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and loan entrance counseling online. Both can be done at studentloans.gov. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form your student will submit to be considered for need-based aid. Your family will be expected to provide past year income, asset and household information as a part of the FAFSA. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA after the Jan. 1 start date but before the March 1 priority date. Students may file after March 1, but eligibility for federal campus-based programs will be limited. When filing the FAFSA, students should include Wichita State University’s federal school code, 001950. Doing so ensures the FAFSA results will be sent to WSU. types of financial aid WSU awards several types of federal financial aid, including: Grants: Funds based on financial need that do not need to be repaid. Loans: Low-interest funds that must be repaid. Work Study: Funds students earn through employment at WSU. To be considered for any of these types of aid, you must complete the FAFSA and indicate that the results be sent to WSU by listing our federal school code, 001950. Since some programs have limited funds, students are encouraged to apply early. TYPES OF LOAN PROGRAMS Stafford Loans Stafford Loans represent the largest portion of federal student aid. The annual amount a student can borrow is determined by the studentâ€™s grade level in college. There are two types of Stafford Loans: subsidized (need-based) and unsubsidized (non need-based). Perkins Loans Students with financial need may qualify for the Perkins Loan. This loan carries a low, fixed interest rate, and the government pays the interest on the loans while the student is in school and during the nine-month grace period. PLUS Loans The Federal Parent Loan (PLUS) program enables parents with a good credit history to borrow to meet the educational expenses of each child who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time. For more information and to apply online go to wichita.edu/financialaid. OPTIONAL PAYMENT PLANS A short-term payment plan is available to assist students in paying tuition and fees. The payment plan requires a down payment on tuition and fees at the time of fee payment, and the balance can be paid throughout the semester, in three equal installments (two equal installments for the summer session). There is a nonrefundable administrative fee associated with this plan. For more information, visit wichita.edu/acctsrec. | CONTACT US | Office of Admissions Office of Financial Aid Marcus Welcome Center Jardine Hall Wichita State University Wichita State University • (316) 978-3085 or • (316) 978-3430 • firstname.lastname@example.org (800) 362-2594 • email@example.com • wichita.edu/financialaid • wichita.edu/admissions • wichita.edu/publications For more information on loan • Yahoo IM: Shockertalk payments, contact Financial • Shockertalk@hotmail.com Operations at (316) 978-3333 or • AOL IM: Shockertalk visit Room 201 of Jardine Hall. • Twitter: @Wheatweet | WEBSITES TO KNOW | • wichita.edu • wichita.edu/admissions • kansasregents.org • wichita.edu/scholarships • fafsa.ed.gov • wichita.edu/financialaid • wichita.edu/publications • twitter.com/wheatweet NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION Wichita State University does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, status as a veteran, genetic information or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita KS 67260-0205; telephone (316) 978-6791. Produced by University Relations 06/13 ANNUAL SECURITY AND FIRE REPORT Wichita State University is committed to assisting all members of the Wichita State community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Report is now available at wichita.edu/annualsecurityreport. If you would like to receive a printed version of the combined Annual Security and Fire Report, you can stop by the University Police Department and request a copy or you can request that a free copy be mailed to you you by calling (316) 978-3450. 1845 Fairmount Street Wichita, KS 67260-0124