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Wichita State University was initially founded in 1886 as Fairmount College, a private prep school funded through the Congregational Education Society. In 1964, the school was acquired by the Kansas Board of Regents and turned into a senior four-year public research institution. WSU is now the state's third largest public university with a total enrollment of over 14,400 students. In addition to its main 330-acre urban campus in Kansas' largest city of Wichita along the Arkansas River, WSU has a West Campus in Maize and South Campus in Derby. The Wichita State University Libraries hold over 2 million volumes and 200 electronic databases.

With a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, WSU is nationally recognized for its model of applied learning and translational research. Forbes magazine has ranked Wichita State as the 129th best school in the Midwest and 206th top research university in America. According to the National Science Foundation, WSU placed fourth nationwide for funding spent on aerospace industry research. The U.S. News and World Report has honored Wichita State University for hosting the country's 99th best engineering school. WSU is consistently included in the Princeton Review's list of "301 Best Business Schools." The Social Mobility Index named WSU as the 41st top college in the United States for 2015 too.

Wichita State University Accreditation Details

Reaffirmed for 10 more years in 2007, Wichita State University is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). This regional accreditation is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). WSU's academic divisions have also achieved 20 programmatic accreditations. For instance, business degrees are accredited by the elite Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Engineering programs meet the standards of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Aging Studies degrees are approved by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE).

Wichita State University Application Requirements

Even though WSU has an acceptance rate of 95 percent, there's still selective admissions criteria that must be fulfilled. First-year freshmen must show proof of having graduated from an approved secondary school. Having completed the Kansas Qualified Admissions Pre-College Curriculum with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Out-of-state residents need a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher. Ranking in the top one-third of your graduating class is preferred. Applicants under 21 years old must score at least 21 on the ACT or 980 on the SAT. Those who obtained a GED equivalent should have scored 680 or above.

Undergraduate transfers are accepted at Wichita State with at least 24 credit hours from another regionally accredited college or university. Grade requirements vary by school, but overall applicants' college cumulative GPAs should be over 2.0. Being in good standing and eligible for re-enrollment at the previous school is mandatory. Master's students applying to WSU must already hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent. Achieving a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 hours of coursework is a must. No more than nine hours of background deficiencies are acceptable in the desired field. Doctoral candidates should have at least a GPA of 3.0.

During the rolling admissions period, interested students should apply to Wichita State Admissions Office by sending these materials online:

• Completed online application form
• Official high school and/or college transcripts
• Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent resident card
• Acceptable standardized testing scores
• One to three signed letters of recommendation
• Payment for the $50 application fee

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate students from Kansas can expect to pay $202.70 per credit hour. It's estimated that full-time in-state students at WSU must afford $7,265 each year. Non-resident undergraduates are charged $480.15 per credit hour. Full-time students not residing in Kansas will pay around $15,299 annually. Campus fees of $48.22 are included to both tuition rates. Residents of Oklahoma and Texas will be granted the Shocker Select rate of $304.05 per credit. Graduate students at Wichita State who live in Kansas are billed $273.70 per credit hour. Non-residents at the graduate level must budget for $672.20 per credit. The Shocker Select rate for graduate students is $410.55.

Nearly 88 percent of beginning WSU students receive financial aid. More than $100 million in funding is granted each year. Students can borrow money through Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford, Parent PLUS, Grad PLUS, or private/alternative loans. Certain students may qualify for the Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant after filing the FAFSA form. In-state students should apply for the Kansas Comprehensive Grant for up to $1,100 in free gift aid yearly. Federal Work-Study (FWS) is available to provide tuition funding in exchange for part-time employment. Wichita State scholarships are also abundant, such as the Freshmen Merit Scholarship, Honors College Scholarship, Transfer Scholarship, and HALA Scholarship for Community Service.

Degrees Available at Wichita State

Across its six academic colleges, Wichita State University offers over 60 undergraduate majors at the associate's and bachelor's level in more than 200 areas of study. Through the Graduate School, students can select from 44 master's degrees, 12 doctoral degrees, and an educational specialist program. WSU is well-known for its academic diversity, offering programs ranging from human factors and nursing to applied mathematics and public administration. For example, two accredited degrees offered at Wichita State are:

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Ideally located in the "Air Capital of the World," the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering has been one of the most popular degrees at WSU since 1928. Featuring an ABET-accredited curriculum of 120 credits, the program gives undergraduates the scientific foundation for designing, testing, and manufacturing aircraft and/or spacecraft. Coursework includes thermodynamics, engineering economics, aerodynamics, space dynamics, flight control, aerospace propulsion, and mechanics. Students gain hands-on experience in the university's five wind tunnels and crash dynamics lab. Co-op opportunities are available at nearby Cessna, Beechcraft, and Bombardier Learjet.

Master of Arts in Aging Studies

Recently founded to address the need to serve our nation's baby boomers, the Master of Arts in Aging Studies (AGE) program at Wichita State gives graduate students the in-depth knowledge base to work with the elderly. The 39-credit curriculum addresses the biological, psychological, social, medical, public policy, and business dimensions of aging for a variety of career paths. Students can complete the degree on-campus or online in just two years full-time with a thesis or internship/administrator-in-training (AIT) practicum. Graduates are qualified to become Licensed Nursing Home Administrators (LNHAs).

Other unique degrees offered at Wichita State University include the BBA in Real Estate, B.S. in Public Health Science, BFA in Musical Theatre, and MID in Innovative Design.