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NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION Wichita State University does not discriminate in its employment practices, educational programs or activities on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. Retaliation against an individual filing or cooperating in a complaint process is also prohibited. Sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking are forms of sex discrimination and are prohibited under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Complaints or concerns related to alleged discrimination may be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity or the Title IX Coordinator, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita KS 67260-0138; telephone (316) 978-3187. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check as required by Board of Regents policy. 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 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.

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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. The enclosed information is designed to help you work together in making this important decision. 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 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; I’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’ve broken ground on multiple buildings which will be part of our new Innovation Campus, all designed to foster more applied learning and internship opportunities for our students. We look forward to welcoming you on campus soon so that you can see first hand all that we offer! Sincerely,

Bobby Gandu Director of Admissions Wichita State University

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• 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-tofaculty ratio of 20:1 and the fact that 90 percent of our classes have 50 or fewer students. Respected faculty members are dedicated to teaching, scholarship, research and public service. And with over 200 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 available (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

types of financial aid Wichita State 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 Wichita State. To be considered for any of these types of aid, students must complete the FAFSA and indicate that the results be sent to Wichita State 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 student’s grade level in college. There are two types of Stafford Loans: subsidized (need-based) and unsubsidized (non need-based). 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 about the PLUS loan and the application process, go to 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

Applying for federal financial aid • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Dec. 1. Students and parents are encouraged to file online at • l l .

If chosen for verification, students may need to submit additional documentation, including copies of tax return transcripts. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for l l l l more information. These documents will be requested from you only if your FAFSA l l is selected for verification.

• First-time borrowers at WSU must complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and loan entrance counseling online. Both can be done at

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form your student will submit to be considered for financial aid, such as grants, loans and work study. 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 by WSU's Dec. 1 priority deadline. Students may file after Dec. 1, but eligibility for federal campus-based programs will be limited. When filing the FAFSA, students should include WSU's federal school code, 001950. Doing so ensures the FAFSA results will be sent to WSU.

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 or SAT Exam

• Visit campus

If your student has not yet taken the ACT or SAT exam, encourage them to do so this fall.

Schedule an official visit to Wichita State by visiting Give us at least two weeks’ notice so we can tailor the day to meet your needs.

• Get admitted and be considered

for scholarships Encourage your student to get admitted early in the fall of their senior year. Getting admitted early avails your student to the most scholarship opportunities. At Wichita State, we begin awarding scholarships in August of their senior year. To be considered for the major scholarship competitions at WSU, be admitted by Oct. 15. Your student can apply online at Visit to learn more.

• Speak with an admissions representative The representatives in the Office of Admissions at Wichita State will serve as valuable resources to you and your student. Connect with the representative from your student’s high school by visiting

• 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.

• Apply for Federal Financial Aid Apply for federal financial aid by WSU's Dec. 1 priority date of your student’s senior year in high school to ensure full consideration for all awards. Visit to learn more.

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Admissions To be admitted to Wichita State University, students graduating from an accredited high school, under the age of 21, MUST: • *Complete the precollege curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA; AND • Achieve ONE of the following: • ACT score of 21 or higher; OR • SAT score of 980 (old SAT) or 1060 (new SAT); • Graduate in the top one-third of their class; AND • Achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher on any college credit taken in high school.

*Students who are non-Kansas residents must achieve a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale in the precollege curriculum.

NOTE: Kansas residents from non-accredited schools or homeschools 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 and a $40 application fee. Your student will need to enter their grades and test scores into the application. Visit 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 will my student get real-world experience before they graduate from college? What do students do for fun on campus?

WSU’s admissions representatives are assigned based on high schools. Give us a call or visit to find more information about your admissions representative.

scholarships At WSU, the grades and test scores your student submits on their admissions application are all they need to be considered for our four-year Freshmen Merit Scholarships. They could also qualify for some of the more than $100 million in other scholarships and financial aid WSU awards each year. Among the scholarships available at WSU are those awarded through the Distinguished Scholarship Invitational (DSI), which includes two $60,000 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 a set date each fall, has at least a 3.50 GPA or has earned a 27 or higher composite score on the ACT (or equivalent SAT), or ranks in the top ten percent of their senior class is eligible to participate. Visit for more details. Here are just a few of the other ways WSU can help pay for school. • Freshmen Merit Scholarships for Residents: $8,000 - $16,000

• McGregor Scholarship: Up to $26,000

• Freshmen Merit Scholarships for Nonresidents: $8,000 - $24,000 • National Merit Scholarships for Residents: $80,000

• Linwood Sexton Endowed Scholarship: Annual full-ride scholarship with preference to eligible minority students.

• National Merit Scholarships for Nonresidents: $112,000

• Wise Scholarship: $28,000

• Transfer Merit Scholarship: $4,000 - $6,000

• Klose Scholarship: Up to $33,000

• WSU Honors College Merit Scholarship: $2,000

• Barton Scholarship: $48,000

• Koch Scholarship: $30,000 - $60,000 For more info on how WSU can help fund your student’s success, visit us online at or call (316) 978-3430. If your student is not a resident of Kansas, visit to learn about tuition discounts for out-of-state students. Beyond university scholarships, we encourage you and your student to pursue all other local, state, regional and national scholarship opportunities by visiting

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