Wichita State University

Wichita State University
Wichita State University
Wsu vertical color web.jpg
Motto Thinkers, Doers, Movers and Shockers
Established 1895
Type Public
Endowment US$170.1 million[1]
President Donald L. Beggs
Vice-president Ted D. Ayres
Provost Keith Pickus, interim
Director Eric L. Sexton, Athletics
Academic staff 479 full-time
41 part-time
Students 14,806 (fall 2010)[2]
Undergraduates 11,763
Postgraduates 3,043
Location United States Wichita, Kansas, USA
37°43′09″N 97°17′35″W / 37.71917°N 97.29306°W / 37.71917; -97.29306Coordinates: 37°43′09″N 97°17′35″W / 37.71917°N 97.29306°W / 37.71917; -97.29306
Campus Urban
330 acres (1.3 km2)
Former names Fairmount College (1895-1926), The Municipal University of Wichita (1926-1964)
Newspaper The Sunflower
Colors      Yellow
Nickname Shockers
Mascot WuShock
Affiliations Kansas Board of Regents
Website www.wichita.edu

Wichita State University (WSU) is a NCAA Division I public university in Wichita, Kansas with selective admissions. WSU is one of six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. The current president is Dr. Donald Beggs.

Wichita State University offers more than 60 undergraduate degree programs in more than 200 areas of study in six undergraduate colleges: W. Frank Barton School of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, College of Health Professions and Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Graduate School offers an extensive program including 44 master's degrees in more than 100 areas and a specialist in education degree. It offers doctoral degrees in applied mathematics; chemistry; communicative disorders and sciences; psychology (programs in human factors, community and APA-accredited clinical psychology); educational administration; and aerospace, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering.

With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the university's students come from almost every state in the United States and 110 foreign countries. 87 percent are from Kansas, representing nearly all counties in the state. Wichita State has 479 full-time faculty and 41 part-time faculty. Of the total, 73 percent have earned the highest degree in their field.

The 330-acre (1.3 km²) campus has one of the largest outdoor sculpture collections of any U.S. university. Approximately 1,000 students live in campus dormitories. The main campus is within short driving distance from Interstate 135 and the K-96 expressway in north Wichita.

Wichita State University also hosts classes at two satellite campus locations. Wichita State University West Campus is located in Maize, Kan. This 9-acre (36,000 m2) campus hosts 100-150 university classes each academic semester. The university's South Campus began offering Wichita State University coursework at a new facility in Derby in January 2008.[3][4]



Wichita State University began as Fairmount College, a private Congregational school, in 1886 by the Rev. Joseph Homer Parker. The college continued the preparatory program of Fairmount Institute, which started in 1892. Collegiate classes began in 1895. In 1926, by a vote of the citizens of Wichita, the college became a public non-denominational institution named the Municipal University of Wichita (popularly known as "Wichita" or "WU"); it was the first municipal university west of the Mississippi.

After 38 years as a municipal university, WSU changed its status on July 1, 1964, when it officially entered the state system of higher education. Wichita State University is one the three research institutions in Kansas, along with the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.


Rankings and recognition

University rankings (overall)

Wichita State is ranked at 505 among the top 1,000 universities in the United States.[5] They are also placed among Tier 2 National Universities in the United States (US News & World Report Best Colleges 2011).For all engineering research and development expenditures, WSU ranked No. 88 in the USA for year 2009, with $21.8 million, down from No. 70 previous year.[6] WSU aeronautical engineering research ranked third in the U.S., with expenditures of $32.4 million on aeronautical engineering research and development in 2007, the most recent numbers tracked by the NSF. Ahead of Wichita State in this ranking are Johns Hopkins University and Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively.[7] Wichita State's W. Frank Barton School of Business was listed in The Princeton Review 2011 "301 Best Business Schools," ranked as the 11th best program in the country for students seeking an undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship for 2007[8] In addition, Wichita State University is 32nd in the ranking of American Business Schools for Entrepreneurs (Success magazine, 2000).


Admissions and tuition

Undergraduate admissions to Wichita State are classified as “selective” by US News & World Report and The Princeton Review and according to the data are at the average selective for any public university in Kansas. The 2007 freshman class had an acceptance rate of 86 percent, and the enrolled freshman class had the following composition: students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class (57 percent); the top 25 percent of their high school class (91 percent); the top 50 percent of their high school class (99 percent). 27 percent of the freshman class scored in the top 1 percent of the SAT or ACT, while 72 percent scored in the top 35 percent. The middle 40 percent range of ACT scores for the enrolled class was 26-30, with an average ACT score of 27. Of the 6,122 members of the 2006 freshman class, 290 had been named valedictorian of their high school's graduating class.[9]

Tuition for full-time, Kansas residents attending Wichita State for the 2010-2011 academic year is $5,890. While fees for out-of-state residents for the 2010-2011 academic year are $13,924,[10] tuition at Wichita State for Kansas residents placed it as the exemplary public university, slightly beneath the weighted average tuition among Kansas's six public four-year universities.

Endowment and fund-raising

David Jackman, who died Jan. 27, 2009, bequeathed $4 million to the WSU Foundation for the David and Sally Jackman Endowment for Anthropology.[11]

Schools and colleges

  • College of Education
    • Counseling, Educational and School Psychology
    • Curriculum & Instruction
    • Educational Leadership
    • Human Performance Studies
    • Sport Management
  • College of Engineering
    • Department of Aerospace
    • Department of Electrical & Computer
    • Department of Industrial & Manufacturing
    • Department of Mechanical
    • Department of Bioengineering
  • Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Fine Arts
    • Art & Design
    • Music
    • Performing Arts
    • Ulrich Museum of Art
    • CFA Institute
    • CRATEL
  • College of Health Professions
    • Advanced Education in General Dentistry
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Public Health Sciences
    • Medical Technology
    • Nursing
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
  • W. Frank Barton School of Business
  • Graduate School
    • Center of Degree programs
    • Center of Certificate programs
    • Center of Non-Degree programs[13]

University Campuses

WSU Main Campus

Below is the list of buildings on campus:

  • Ablah Library
  • Ahlberg Hall
  • Blake Hall
  • Braeburn Golf Club
  • Brennan Hall
  • CAC Theater
  • Campus Credit Union
  • Campus Police Dept.
  • Cessna Stadium
  • Charles Koch Arena
  • Child Development Ctr.
  • Clinton Hall
  • Coleman Complex
  • Corbin Education Ctr.
  • Devlin Hall
  • Duerksen Fine Arts Ctr.
  • Eck Stadium
  • Elliott Hall
  • Engineering Building
  • Engineering Research Laboratory Building
  • Fairmount Towers
  • Fiske Hall
  • Garvey International Center
  • Geology Building
  • Grace Memorial Chapel
  • Grace Wilkie Hall
  • Henrion Hall
  • Heskett Center
  • Hubbard Hall
  • Hughes Metropolitan Complex
  • Human Resource Ctr.
  • Jabara Hall
  • Jardine Hall
  • Lindquist Hall
  • Marcus Welcome Center
  • McKinley Hall
  • McKnight Art Center
  • Media Resources Ctr.
  • Morrison Hall
  • Neff Hall
  • National Institute For Aviation Research (NIAR)
  • Original Pizza Hut Location
  • President's House
  • Rhatigan Student Ctr.
  • South Campus
  • Ulrich Museum
  • Wallace Hall
  • West Campus
  • Wheatshocker Apts.
  • Woodman Alumni Ctr.
  • Wilner Auditorium
  • Wiedemann Hall
  • Wilkins Stadium[14]

Satellite Campuses

South Campus

Wichita State University's South Campus began offering Wichita State University coursework at a new facility in Derby, Kan., in January 2008.[15]

West Campus

Wichita State University West Campus is located in Maize, Kan. This 9-acre (36,000 m2) campus hosts 100-150 university classes each academic semester.[16]


Charles Koch Arena at Wichita State University, is home to the Wichita State Shockers men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams.

WSU is an NCAA Division I institution and fields teams in tennis, cross-country, basketball, track, golf, men's baseball and women's volleyball and softball. Also, it offers club sports such as crew, bowling and intramural sports. The men's baseball team is college baseball's highest winning team for the past 31 years, with numerous conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances. The baseball team won the national championship in 1989 and was runner-up in 1982, 1991 and 1993. They play at Eck Stadium. The men's basketball team reached the Final Four in 1965, the Elite Eight in 1981 and the Sweet Sixteen in 2006. The men's basketball team won the 2011 National Invitation Tournament Championship, beating the Alabama Crimson Tide. The men’s and women’s bowling teams have won numerous USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships [1], including the men’s 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2010 title and the women's 2005, 2007 and 2009 title.

The school discontinued its football program following the 1986 season due to poor attendance, financial red ink, NCAA recruiting violations, and the state of disrepair of Cessna Stadium. Legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells was a linebacker at WSU in 1962 and 1963 before serving as a graduate assistant in 1964. Wichita State University was also the first Division 1-A school to hire a black head coach in College Football, Willie Jeffries in 1979.[17][18]



The name for WSU's athletic teams is the Shockers and, collectively, students are also referred to as being "Shockers". The name reflects the University's heritage: Early students earned money by shocking, or harvesting, wheat in nearby fields. Early football games were played on a stubbled wheat field. Pep club members were known as Wheaties. Tradition has it that in 1904, football manager and student R.J. Kirk came up with the nickname Wheatshockers. [2] Although the Wheatshockers name was never officially adopted by the university, it caught on and survived until it was later shortened to Shockers. Until 1948, the university used a nameless shock of wheat as its symbol. WuShock came to life when junior Wilbur Elsea won the Kappa Pi honorary society's competition to design a mascot typifying the spirit of the school. Elsea, who had been a Marine during World War II, decided that "the school needed a mascot who gave a tough impression, with a serious, no-nonsense scowl."

Once Elsea's mascot was adopted by the university, which by that time was known as the Municipal University of Wichita, all that was needed was a name. The Oct. 7, 1948, issue of The Sunflower, the student newspaper, ran an advertisement urging students to submit names for the school's new mascot. It was freshman Jack Kersting who suggested the winning name, "WuShock."

In 1998, WuShock, also referred to as "Wu," marked his 50th birthday by undergoing a redesign and getting a pumped-up physique and revved-up attitude. The mascot's costume has changed over the years, as well. With the redesign, a new costume was introduced in fall 1998. In fall 1999, the head of the new costume underwent another redesign after a number of supporters suggested the mascot needed a more intimidating look. In 2006 it was decided to once again update the Wu costume. The general consensus was that many wanted the costume to more accurately reflect the depiction of WU in the school's logo. The new WuShock now has the ability to run, jump, and walk up stairs without help. Many officials feel that a more professional and intimidating mascot on the field will certainly bolster WSU's image.[19]

Football team plane crash

On October 2, 1970, the first, or "gold" plane (the twin plane to the second, or black, plane) carrying players and staff of the WSU football team took off from a Colorado airport after refueling, bound for Logan, Utah, for a game against Utah State University. It flew into a mountain valley too narrow to enable it to turn back and smashed into a mountainside, killing 31 of the 40 players, administrators and fans near a ski resort 40 miles (64 km) away from Denver. President Richard Nixon sent the president of the university a note which read, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow."

Aerospace Engineering

The department was founded in 1928, the department of aerospace engineering has a long history of academic excellence, scholarship, and commitment to community. Located in the "Air Capital of the World," students and faculty benefit from Wichita's rich aviation heritage and close proximity to major aircraft companies. It has longstanding collaborative relationships with Airbus North America, Boeing, Bombardier-Learjet, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Spirit AeroSystems, and other Wichita aviation concerns.

The Cooperative Education Program facilitates placements for students while they are in school. Outstanding students work as co-ops or interns locally and at NASA (including the Johnson Space and Dryden Flight Research Centers).

National Science Foundation and U.S. News & World Report statistics, for fiscal year 2008, ranked Wichita State University as Top 3 among all U.S. universities in money spent on aerospace research and development, with $32.9 million in expenditures. That's an improvement from the previous year's fourth-place ranking, and it places WSU in the company of Johns Hopkins University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, which were first and second, respectively. While ranking higher than Princeton University, MIT and Stanford University. WSU faculty, staff, and students participate in this research. Wichita State University is also among the few institution granting a doctorate degree in Aerospace Engineering which is of global repute.[20][21]

The department teaches in the areas of composites, structures, Engineering mechanics, computational Fluid dynamics, applied Aerodynamics, and Flight simulation. Related facilities, in the Aerospace Engineering department and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), provide students an opportunity to experience the use of aerospace design tools.

Research facilities

National Institute for Aviation Research

Faculty awards

  • Albert Goldbarth, 1991 and 2001 National Book Critics Circle awards.
  • Emory Lindquist, Rhodes Scholar
  • Chief Rick Stone - Chief of Police. 1991 United States Department of Justice "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" and the most highly decorated officer in Dallas Police Department history, including the Medal of Valor

Notable alumni

Alma Mater

Our alma mater Wichita,
Stands Proudly on the hill;
Our sons and daughters bow to thee,
Our hearts with praise we fill.

Then, hail! Alma Mater!
Hail, thee, Grand and True,
Long wave the Yellow and Black,
O Wichita, Here's to you!

Around our lives are memories
That tenderly entwine; And
Thru the midst of the rolling years,
Of thee we build a shrine.

Then, hail! Alma Mater!
Hail, thee Grand and True,
Long wave the Yellow and the Black,
O Wichita, Here's to you!

Thy call to all that life hold dear
Is a clear and constant guide;
With Love and Truth and Loyalty,
And may they e'er abide.

Then, hail! Alma Mater!
Hail, thee Grand and True,
Long wave the Yellow and the Black,
O Wichita, Here's to you!

(Before basketball games, when the Alma Mater is sung, it is traditional for the entire crowd to shout "BLACK!" along with the song.)

Art Gallery

The University campus includes the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art. [24]

WSU Gallery


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