Wichita State University is distinguished from Kansas' other state-supported schools by its urban setting. WSU's location in the largest city in Kansas enhances the traditional classroom experience by providing students greater opportunities in resources, contacts with business and government leaders, employment and internships.
Both traditional and nontraditional students enjoy a wide selection of day, evening and summer courses in more than 150 areas of study at the main campus and at WSU's West, South, and downtown locations. Of the over 14,500 students, 88 percent are from Kansas, representing nearly all counties in the state, and the remainder are from almost every state in America and 84 foreign countries. Nearly 60 percent of the students are full time, while the remainder attend part time and take advantage of gaining work experience at local companies. Many students also take advantage of WSU's work-based learning program, which has partnerships with 500 top organizations in the United States.
The 330-acre campus is modern and accessible and at the same time retains the flavor of the university's heritage, combining distinctive Georgian-style architecture with more modern buildings of stone and brick and accentuated by attractive landscaping. During the past 25 years, Wichita State has more than doubled its instructional space, adding major buildings for art, engineering, health sciences, sciences, physical education, music, dance, and liberal arts and sciences. The University is in a growth phase in terms of adding space, with a new 780 bed dormitory and two active innovation university constructions projects on the eastern edge of campus.
As a Division I institution, WSU fields teams in tennis, cross country, basketball, track, golf, crew, bowling, men's baseball, and women's volleyball and softball. The men's and women's bowling teams have won numerous national championships.
Although WSU's first commitment is to excellence in instruction, it has an equally strong commitment to excellence in research and public service as integral parts of its educational mission.