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Wichita State University

Wichita, KS 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate78%
Acceptance Rate78%

About Wichita State University

Wichita State is a public, research university located in Wichita, KS, the largest city in Kansas. Wichita State offers a welcoming, supportive environment at an affordable price while helping you grow and develop your knowledge and professional skills. Every degree we offer has applied learning or research experience built right into it. Whether you are studying in our Barton School of Business or our colleges of Applied Studies, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health Professions, Cohen Honors College, or Fairmount Liberal Arts and Sciences, you will gain practical experience, a professional network, college credit and even a paycheck, all while interacting with the most diverse student body in Kansas. We know cost is a major factor when selecting a college. To maintain our affordability, Wichita State offers tuition discounts for students from many states.

Wichita State University Overview

Wichita State University is a public, state school in the urban setting of Wichita, Kansas. Wichita State University was founded in 1895 and the school now enrolls around 16,091 students a year, which includes 12,722 undergraduates. Wichita State University provides on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

Student Activities at Wichita State University

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

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Wichita State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Wichita State University has fraternities and sororities.

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

2022 Wichita State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 7%
In-State Tuition $6,843
Out-of-State $16,208
Percent of Need Met 62%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $7,907

Is Wichita State University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how competitive a college is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a clearer sense of what Wichita State University offers and if it seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Wichita State University

Wichita State University is not difficult to get into. The university admitted 78% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 6,636 applications received in 2022, 5,150 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wichita State University

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

Approximately 71% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Wichita State Universitycome back the next year. Around 48% of students who started at Wichita State University earn their Bachelor's degrees 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 Wichita State University Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Wichita State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Wichita State 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.

Wichita State University meets 62% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $7,907 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $24,027 in student loans per borrower. 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 financial 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 Wichita State University.

Based on this information, how does Wichita State University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Wichita State University a good school for you?

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Where is Wichita State University?

Wichita State University is located in the urban setting of Wichita, Kansas.

If you would like to see Wichita State University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 135 to Wichita, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Eisenhower National.

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

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College Info

Wichita State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Wichita State University is Continuous processing.

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

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Wichita State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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26 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Wichita State University is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Wichita State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Wichita State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

985 - 1230


Math SAT Range

500 - 600


Reading SAT Range

485 - 620

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1230 and Above


985 to 1230


985 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Wichita State University students is 1098. Applicants with SAT scores of 1230 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Wichita State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 985 to 1230 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 985 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Wichita State University.

Wichita State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Wichita State University is like? There are approximately 16,091 students enrolled at Wichita State University, including 12,722 undergraduate students and 3,369 graduate students. 67% percent of students attend school full-time, 86% percent are from KS and 14% percent of students are from other states.


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