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Washburn University

Topeka, KS 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate98%
Acceptance Rate98%

About Washburn University

Washburn University Overview

Washburn University is a public, city school in an urban setting in Topeka, Kansas. Washburn University was founded in 1865 and the school enrolls around 5,657 students a year, which includes 4,824 undergraduates. Washburn University ensures on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Washburn University by September 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Washburn University!

Are you interested in music or performing? At Washburn University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Washburn University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Washburn University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Washburn University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Washburn University on the Student Life page.

2022 Washburn University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 98%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
In-State Tuition $9,044
Out-of-State $20,328
Percent of Need Met 29%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $9,572

Is Washburn University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what Washburn University offers and if the school could be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Washburn University

It is not competitive to get into Washburn University. The acceptance rate at Washburn University is 98%. Out of 2,012 applications received in 2022, 1,964 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Washburn University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 66% of students who start at Washburn University return the next year. 51% of Washburn University undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Washburn University Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Washburn University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 85% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Washburn University grads have an average starting salary of $40,188 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Washburn University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Washburn University's endowment was $172.4 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Washburn University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Washburn University meets 29% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Washburn University full-time are awarded $9,572 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $21,273 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Washburn University.

Based on this information, does Washburn University seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Washburn University a good school for you?

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Where is Washburn University?

Washburn University is located in the city of Topeka, Kansas, in the suburbs of Kansas City.

If you would like to see Washburn University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstates 70/35 to Topeka, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Kansas City International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Washburn University and Topeka are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1700 Southwest College Avenue Topeka, KS 66621

Campus Setting: Urban

Washburn University Application Deadline

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Washburn University is Continuous processing.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Washburn University is like? There are approximately 5,657 students enrolled at Washburn University, including 4,824 undergraduate students and 833 graduate students. 65% percent of students attend school full-time, 96% percent are from KS and 4% percent of students are from other states.


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