Wichita State University
Visitor Guide 2020-21
Wichita State University
Visitor Guide 2020-21
As current students at Wichita State University, we’d like to show you why we love CONTENTS Shocker Nation.
Outside of class, we’ve been involved in student organizations, secured internships, studied in residence at other universities both in the United States and abroad, and cheered on our teams in Charles Koch Arena. There’s always something happening on campus, the heart of Shocker Nation. For example, we’ve recently opened the new Steve Clark YMCA and Student Wellness Center, which houses 77,000 square feet of space for students to work out, have their physical and mental health served by professional staff, and is home of the Wesley Healthcare Urgent Care Center.
Of course, the Wichita State community extends beyond campus. Partnerships within Wichita provide students with the opportunity to complete research and gain professional experience with employers like Airbus, Koch Industries, NetApp, Textron and Wichita Public Schools. And, Wichita State’s Old Town location — in the center of Wichita — allows students to be in the middle of a bustling business and entertainment district.
Take some time to explore the guide and see all the opportunities Wichita State offers. You can also follow @shockerexp on Twitter and Instagram to see the campus from the eyes of our students throughout the entire year. We hope you see why we are all proud to be called SHOCKERS! In Shocker Spirit, Student Ambassador Society
3-7 About Wichita State
13-15 Student Life
16-17 Campus Map
21 Housing & Campus Rec
22-23 Beyond the Classroom
24-25 Innovation Campus
26 Campus Resources
27 Wichita State Quick Facts
29 Business Index
30 Let’s Connect
As Kansas’ only research university in an urban setting, Wichita State offers experiences others can’t. By combining a traditional college atmosphere with the endless possibilities of the state’s largest city, Wichita State is the only school in Kansas that provides an educational experience that goes beyond the limits of a typical college town.
As the medical, communications, financial and entertainment hub of Kansas, Wichita can make living in a run-of-the-mill college town seem a little lacking. From huge annual festivals and serene nature preserves to world-class dining and a thriving arts community, Wichita has it all. Add in practically endless opportunities for on-the-job experience as well as easy access to industry experts, and Wichita is a virtual utopia for the aspiring college student. When Wichita State opened its doors in 1895, students rode horses to class, telegraph machines were cuttingedge technology, and Wichita had only been a city for roughly 25 years.
The past century has featured a remarkable evolution for Wichita State, one in which the school has grown from a small Christian college to a large state university — punctuated by two name changes and a few thousand more students. Together with the city of Wichita, Wichita State has built a thriving partnership, one that over the years has propelled each to new heights. It’s a relationship that both supplies the lifeblood of a flourishing community and makes it possible to provide the most well-rounded education in the region.
Wichita’s Old Town neighborhood is nestled in the heart of the city and features more than 100 restaurants, shops, clubs, theaters, galleries, museums and retail shops display art exhibits from local artists. Final Friday events are free and open to the public. Intrust Bank Arena is the main entertainment venue downtown with performers like Twenty-One Pilots, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, The Chainsmokers, Lil Wayne, Kevin Hart, Ariana Grande and Cirque du Soleil gracing the stage.
In 2020-21, Wichita State is celebrating its 125th birthday. For our quasquicentennial, we take pride in the ever-expanding role of our institution as a pillar of cultural and academic excellence, a vital engine of economic growth and a positive force in the lives of millions.
Students graduating from an accredited high school, younger than 21, must have a cumulative 2.25 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, or achieve an ACT composite of 21 or higher, or a minimum combined SAT composite of 1080 (test optional for admission). And, if applicable, achieve a 2.0 GPA on all college credit taken in high school.
• Apply for admission at wichita.edu/apply.
• Pay the $40 nonrefundable application fee.
• Take the ACT/SAT and submit your score to Wichita State. Wichita State’s ACT code is 1472. Wichita State’s SAT code is 6884.
If you are a resident of the Denver, St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Joseph, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Tulsa, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Killeen-Temple, San Antonio, Houston or Waco areas you are eligible to receive regular in-state tuition through the Shocker City Partnership — a savings of more than $37,000 over four years.
Shocker Select offers a 33% discount on out-of-state tuition to residents of Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas. Shocker Select students save more than $23,500 over four years.
The Midwest Student Exchange Program offers 33% off outof- state tuition to residents of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin who meet the program’s qualifications for major, test score and GPA. MSEP students save more than $23,500 over four years.
If you are a nonresident who pays out-of-state tuition rates and your parent, stepparent, legal guardian, grandparent or step-grandparent graduated from Wichita State with an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, you are eligible to receive regular in-state tuition. Legacy students save more than $37,000 over four years.
Visit wichita.edu/shockersavings for more details about MSEP, Shocker Select and Shocker City Partnership.
Fully admitted students are automatically considered for fouryear, renewable scholarship awards ranging from $8,000 to $16,000 for Kansas residents and $8,000 to $24,000 for nonresidents. Awards are based on high school GPA and national test score (ACT/SAT). Kansas residents and nonresidents named a National Merit or National Hispanic Recognition finalist receive a scholarship of $50,000.
Wichita State is the #1 transfer destination in Kansas for 9 years in a row.
Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA on previous college work
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on previous college work and fulfill one freshman admission requirement. Once you’re admitted, we’ll automatically consider you for transfer scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 per year.
1. Apply for admission at wichita.edu/apply.
2. Pay the $40 nonrefundable application fee.
3. Submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
$6,000 ($3,000 per year) for students with a 3.5 to 4.0 transfer GPA.
$4,000 ($2,000 per year) for students with a 3.25 to 3.49 transfer GPA.
Apply for admission by the priority consideration date — Feb. 1.
Transferring can be a confusing process. We’re here to help you see whether your credits may transfer and what steps you need to take.
Have graduated from an accredited high school or meet the required GED scores*.
For six years in a row, Wichita State University has been recognized as a military-friendly institution because of its dedication to providing the guidance and resources to best serve the needs of our students. The Captain Riley Leroy Pitts Military and Veteran Student Center, located in Grace Wilkie Hall, gives active service members, veterans and their families a place to feel at home and fulfill their unique educational needs.
For complete admission requirements, visit wichita.edu/getadmitted.
Middle Level Education
Pre-K 12 Education
Early Childhood Unified/
Teacher Apprentice Program
and Applied Learning
Economics - Real Estate
Entrepreneurship - Real Estate
Finance - Real Estate
Human Resource Management
Marketing - Real Estate
Civil Engineering Technology
Art: General Art/Art History
CeramicsDrawing and Painting
Theory - Composition
Design and Technical Theatre
Health Services Management
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Honors Baccalaureate -
Integrated Marketing Communication
Language and Literature
Modern and Classical Languages
French / French Education
Spanish / Spanish Education