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High School Counselor Appreciation DayAccess College Today | Admissions Open House | AVID DayCampus Visits | Community College Day | Community College Breakfasts & LuncheonsDiscover WSU | Distinguished Scholarship Invitiational | Future Shocker Camp | Group Visits | Junior Day | Luncheon for Excellence in Academics & Diverisity | Middle School DaysMulticultural Visit Program | National Merit Luncheon | Parent Information Workshop | Parent Enrollment Workshop | Preparing for College | Presidential Scholars Day | Scholarship Information Night | Senior Day | Shocker Experience | Shocker Leadership AcademyStudent Ambassador Society Leadership Conference | TRIO Day

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Personalized Campus Visits

Campus visits are geared toward high school juniors, seniors, college transfer students, returning adult students and their parents or guests.  Each visit will include a Wichita State informational and a one-on-one meeting with an admissions representative. In addition to that you may choose to tour campus and the Fairmount Towers residence halls, meet with an advisor about your intended major and a variety of other options, plus anything uniquely Wichita State that you may want to see. Students can schedule a campus visit any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday when classes are in session. Campus visits are not offered during January or August, when student registration is under way. Students will not be able to enroll during their campus visit. For more information, visit wichita.edu/CampusVisit.

Discover WSU

Discover Wichita State is a program provided for juniors, seniors, transfer students and their parents (or guest) in various cities throughout Kansas. You will learn about the programs and opportunities available at WSU through current students and staff. There will be a drawing for a $1,000 WSU scholarship for any seniors and transfer students who are admitted to WSU or who submit an application and $30 application fee that evening. Dinner is provided for the student and one guest. Each additional guest will be charged $10. Hosted in September.

Scholarship Information Night

Last year, WSU awarded more than $12 million in scholarships! Join us to learn how to maximize your student's scholarship potential. You and your student are invited to come learn about scholarship opportunities at Wichita State. The Office of Admissions will share information and be on-hand to answer questions. Free to attend, hosted in August.

Luncheon for Excellence in Academics and Diversity (LEAD)*

Wichita State University welcomes accomplished students from diverse backgrounds to a day full of fun. Students will have the opportunity to learn about our degrees, opportunities and resources. This program features a special presentation by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and current WSU student perspectives! Information on campus life, student organizations and scholarships will also be provided. Free to attend, hosted in October.  *This is an invitation-only event.

High School Counselor Appreciation Day

This annual program is designed for high school counselors and provides them with the latest in admissions information, scholarships and general WSU information. Attendees will be able to interact with WSU student ambassadors, staff members and administrators. Guests are treated to lunch, a tour of a WSU facility and much more. This is an invitation-only program, but open to all high school counselors.

Community College Day

In cooperation with Academic Affairs, the Office of Admissions helps to host community college advisors, administrators and other personnel to WSU each year. Attendees will benefit from comprehensive information about Wichita State academics, transfer scholarship opportunities and open dialogue with the WSU community. Behind the scenes tours, lunch and a special WSU gift are also provided to each attendee. This is an invitation-only program, but open to any community college advisor.

Community College Breakfasts and Luncheon

Coordinated individually at select Kansas community colleges, these annual programs occur across the state. Community college advisors, faculty and administrators have an opportunity to interact with WSU administrators, advisors and admissions staff in a focused event. Transfer advising, scholarship and student life opportunities are shared during this activity.

Senior Day

Senior Day is the ideal time for high school seniors to break out of their normal routine and visit the WSU campus to learn about WSU's academic and social resources. Students will tour the academic colleges, learn about WSU's unique features and mingle with current students and other members of the senior class. Each senior will also receive a WSU Senior Day T-shirt. A discount for on-campus dining will be provided. $10 to attend, hosted in October.

Access College Today

Access College Today is a unique opportunity for students with disabilities. Access College Today provides an opportunity for students to see Wichita State’s campus, learn more about the admissions process, Financial Aid, Disability Services and TRIO Disability Support Services. Students will also have the opportunity to see Fairmount Towers and eat in the Fairmount Tower’s Dining Hall. Free to attend, hosted in October.

National Merit Luncheon*

Wichita State University hosts a recognition luncheon for students who have been named National Merit Semi-Finalists. Students will meet faculty from their intended major, hear from the president of WSU as well as other academic leaders on campus, and find out the details of our  National Merit Scholarship. The luncheon is also an opportunity for students to learn more about the Honors College at Wichita State. Free to attend, hosted in October or November. *This is an invitation only event.

Multicultural Visit Program

Wichita State University welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to a day full of fun where they will have the opportunity to learn about our degrees, opportunities and resources, Office of Multicultural Affairs, tour campus and a residence hall and hear from current WSU students! Information on campus life, student organizations and scholarships will also be provided. Free to attend, hosted in February.

Distinguished Scholarship Invitational

The Distinguished Scholarship Invitational is an event that is open to high school seniors who meet certain academic criteria and the WSU admissions deadline of Oct. 15. During the day, students will compete for one of two Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships, which are two of the largest individual, undergraduate scholarships in Kansas. The Gore Scholarships are based on academics and leadership and are worth $52,000 each. For more information, visit wichita.edu/DSI. Free to attend, hosted in November. *This is an invitation only event.

Parent Information Workshop

Offered each year, the Parent Information Workshop makes parents aware of the many benefits and opportunities of being a Shocker. Parents of admitted students will learn about student success resources, hear from WSU administrators and parents of current WSU students and learn why their student might be a good fit at Wichita State. Free to attend, hosted in December.

Admissions Open House

Transfer students, returning adults, high school freshmen and sophomores will all find something that suits their interests at our Admissions Open House. Academic representatives, admissions staff and current students will be available to answer questions about majors, programs and activities at Wichita State. The Open House format allows students to pick the sessions that interest them. $10 to attend, hosted in March.

Presidential Scholars Day

The top 10 percent of high school juniors from across Kansas are invited to WSU for a day of recognition and to learn about the great opportunities awaiting them at Wichita State. While on campus, students will have the opportunity to hear about some of WSU’s premier programs, including the Distinguished Scholarship Invitational, National Student Exchange and the Honors College. Each student will be presented with a certificate and a special gift on behalf of the university. Free to attend, hosted in February.

Student Ambassador Society Leadership Conference

Members of the WSU Student Ambassador Society invite high school students to Wichita State for a day of inspiration and leadership. This program is designed to give high school students the tools to become leaders through their college years and throughout their lives. $15 to attend, hosted in March.

Parent Enrollment Workshop

Attendees of the Parent Enrollment Workshop learn the nuts and bolts of helping their student transition to Wichita State. Parents will hear from university departments regarding housing, fee payment, safety, wellness and much more. Free to attend, hosted in March.

Preparing for College

Wichita State University has developed this special program to give high school juniors (and their parents!) information on college preparation. This free seminar is an opportunity to have your college search questions and concerns answered by professional staff from WSU. Topics to be discussed include: Researching colleges and the admissions process, financing college and applying for scholarships, avoiding pitfalls during the college search process, taking advantage of student success resources. Free to attend.


If you are currently a high school freshman and participant of AVID you can come and join us for a day of learning and excitement! AVID students will have the opportunity to meet faculty and staff during the academic sessions, and visit with current WSU students. Students must RSVP to attend. Free to attend, hosted in March.


If you are currently a high school freshman or sophomore and a participant of TRIO you can come and join us for a day of learning and excitement! TRIO Day provides a chance for freshmen and sophomores in TRIO and GEAR UP to learn about WSU academics, explore career opportunities and celebrate higher education. Free to attend.

Shocker Experience

Starting the college search early? This event allows high school freshmen and sophomores to take part in a Shocker Experience of their choice. Students can choose from a WSU baseball game, theatre production or classroom experience. Free to attend.

Junior Day

Experience what it's like to be a shocker during this exclusive day for high school juniors. Juniors will have the opportunity to hang out with current WSU students, attend a in a professor-taught class and get an inside look at WSU's rich traditions. There will also be a discount for on-campus dining and you'll get a free WSU T-shirt. $15 to attend, hosted in May.

Middle School Days

While limited resources make it difficult for the Office of Admissions to host middle school groups regularly, this annual opportunity exists for middle schools to bring their students to WSU to see a brief glimpse of college life. Students have an opportunity to meet with WSU staff, students and take an informal tour of campus. Space is limited and fills up quickly. Free to attend, hosted several times in the fall and spring.

Future Shocker Camp

Future Shocker Camp is an opportunity for middle school students to explore all WSU has to offer. Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at a WSU athletic facility, participate in a class, explore the campus and hear from current WSU students. The cost is $10 and includes program materials, lunch and snacks. To be eligible, students must be entering grades 6-8 in the fall with at least a 2.00 GPA. $10 to attend, hosted in June or July.

Group Visits

These visits are geared toward groups of students who are interested in learning more about Wichita State and the application process. A group visit consists of a presentation that is tailored to the students in the group and a walking tour of the Wichita State Campus. If there are specific things a group would like covered in the presentation, please let Admissions know. Free to attend. For more informaton, email Chad Steinkamp at chad.steinkamp@wichita.edu, call (316) 978-3085 or sign up for a group visit online!

Shocker Leadership Academy

Wichita State University’s Shocker Leadership Academy (SLA) is a leadership academy for select high school juniors. Participants will engage in monthly leadership-development activities and exercises held at Wichita State University and in the Wichita community. Students will benefit by enhancing their leadership skills, resume and experiences. The program is sponsored and coordinated by the WSU Office of Admissions. For more information, visit wichita.edu/SLA.