Wichita State University


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Wichita State University

In-state Tuition

$4,517 / year

Out-of-state Tuition

$11,864 / year

Room and Board


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Educational Resources


Building Facts:Ablah Library building size: 157,924 square feetConstruction date: 1962, addition added in 1989Edmiston 24-Hour Study Room added: 1999Seating capacity: 800Group study rooms: 23Faculty carrels: 40Public use computers/scholar’s workstations: 130

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 1,680,529 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 20,361 current serial subscriptions.
  • 1,174,526 microforms.
  • 33,297 Audio/Visual items.
  • 9,961 e-books.

Museums & Art

The 330-acre campus is modern and accessible and at the same time retains the flavor of the University’s 107-year heritage. More than 60 pieces of sculpture by internationally known artists adorn the campus. Personnages Oiseaux, a colorful mural created by the great Spanish artist Joan Miro, is displayed on the wall of the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art.Aviation has been in the blood of the Wichita community for many years, and since 1985 the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University has been its pulse. Since that time, we have made a name for ourselves as one of the few state-of-the art aviation research centers in the United States recognized for our contributions to aviation safety and performance. We are proud to hold this unique status and to be part of the continuing research, technology and education available today. NIAR is a unit within the administrative structure of Wichita State, located on the campus and reporting to the Office of Academic Affairs and Research through the associate vice president for research. This academic connection gives us a unique advantage over other aviation research institutions. We are also located in a city recognized as the Air Capital of the World. Through these connections, NIAR integrates university, government and business entities in cooperative efforts to advance technologies for aviation and other industries. We are a high-tech research, development, testing, certification and learning center.The Institute employs approximately 60 professionals with Ph.D.s, 30 with master’s degrees and 70 with bachelor’s degrees. With a full-time staff of 120 and nearly 100 student and graduate research assistants, NIAR is well-equipped to meet the changing needs of aviation and non-aviation businesses.We are also proud to hold three FAA centers of excellence designations. Together, they promote the safety, research, manufacturing and design elements of today’s aviation industry. These include the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research (CGAR), an Airworthiness Assurance Center of Excellence (AACE) and most recently a Center of Excellence in Composites and Advanced Materials (CECAM). In 2001, we were awarded the prestigious FAA Excellence in Aviation Institutional Award for our ability to partner with industry, academia and government to advance aviation research. We are also recognized as a Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation Center of Excellence.With these honors, we are capable of conducting research in a number of specialties. Our 120,000 square foot facility is home to 15 labs, with research in aerodynamics, aging aircraft, crash dynamics, composites and advanced materials, aircraft icing, structural components, virtual reality, computational mechanics and many more. Research conducted in these labs will help us forge ahead and strengthen our place in the future.The Center of Excellence designations, the federal funding and the cerebral faculty and staff are just part of the reason we are internationally recognized as one of the leading aviation research facilities.



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.

Campus Resources

  • 1,500 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are not permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in all classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing



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Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 7% of students live in school housing.
  • The school does not provide assistance for off-campus housing.


      • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
      • Popular events on campus: Hippodrome, Shocktoberfest
      • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station
      • In total, there are about 174 organizations on campus.
      • Honor societies: Eta Kappa Nu; Kappa Kappa Psi; Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honors Society; Psi Chi
      • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Association of Hindu Students in America; Campus Crusade for Christ; Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship; Intravarsity Christian Fellowship; Latter-Day Saint Student Association; SHOCKWAVE; St. Paul Parish/Newman Center; University Lutheran Center; Young Life;
      • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Association of Thai Students; Chinese Student Friendship Association; Indian Students Association; Japanese Student Association; Muslim Students Association; Taiwanese Student Association; Turkish Students Association; Vietnamese Student Association
      • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Alpha Kappa Psi; American Production and Inventory Control Society; American Society for Quality; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Anthropology Club; Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs; Beta Alpha Psi; Collegiate Music Educators National Conference; Decorative Arts Guild; Health Careers Opportunity Club Promotions; Institute of Electrical and; Electronic Engineers; Institute of Industrial Engineers; Japanese Language Organization; Kansas Association of Nursing Students; Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society; Pi Delta Phi; Pi Mu Epsilon; Potters’ Guild; SAE Mini-Baja Team; Social Work Organization of Graduate Students; Society for the Biological Sciences; Society of Physics Students; Student Association for the Masters of Business; Administration; Women’s Studies Scholars and Allies; Wu Crue (K-12 Physical Education Majors); Emerging Leaders; Pay Back Society; Student Ambassador Society; Student Health Advisory Committee; Aikido Club; Mystery Science Theater 3000 Club; Student Activities Council; Residential Housing Association; Bowling Teams (Men and Women); Future Health Care Professionals; Engineering Council; National Pan-Hellenic Council; Women’s Panhellenic Association; Non-Traditional Student Association; Student Alumni Association; Student Physical Therapy Association; That Gay Group;
      • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) The Sunflower (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)


      • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Wichita, Kansas (8), Kansas City International Airport (211)
      • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Newton, Kansas (30)
      • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Wichita, Kansas (4)
      • Public transportation serves the campus.
      • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.


      • School employment is available.
      • 13% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 6,042
      • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

      Greek Life

      • There are 7 fraternities
      • 5 fraternity houses
      • 7% of students are fraternity members
      • There are 7 sororities
      • 4 sorority houses
      • 5% of students are sorority members.


      • Army ROTC: Not offered
      • Navy ROTC: Not offered
      • Airforce ROTC: Not offered
      • Additional Policies

        honor code, hazing prohibited

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