When Wichita State first opened its doors in 1895 students rode horses to class, telegraph machines were cutting-edge technology, and Wichita had only been a city for roughly 25 years.
A lot has changed.
The past century has featured a remarkable evolution for Wichita State, one in which the school has grown from a small Christian college to a large state university -- punctuated by two name changes and a few thousand extra students.
Together with the City of Wichita, WSU has built one of the most unique partnerships in Kansas, one that over the years has propelled each to new heights. It's a relationship that both supplies the lifeblood of a thriving community and makes it possible to provide the most well-rounded education in the region.
Today, the university continues to change to reflect the world around it, finding new ways to keep future generations of Shockers one step ahead of the competition.