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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Cost
1a. How much does it cost to attend WSU?
1b. How much is room and board for one year at WSU?

2. Transfer
2a. I am transferring to WSU from another college. What do I need to do to become a Shocker?
2b. Can I hand-carry my transcripts?
2c. Do I need to apply for housing? Can I live on campus?

3. Financial Aid and Scholarships
3a. What scholarships does WSU offer?
3b. Do I need to submit a separate scholarship application for my academic college?
3c. How many students are usually awarded financial assistance each year at WSU?
3d. How do I apply for scholarships?

4. What is WSU like by the numbers?
4a. What are students like at WSU?

5. Admissions Process
5a. How do I apply to WSU?
5b. When should I apply?
5c. What are the requirements to be admitted?
5d. Who can I contact about my application status?
5e. What if I apply to WSU but want to change information on my application or update my semester of attendance?
5f. What if I am admitted to WSU but am unable to attend until a later semester?
5g. What if I previously took classes as a high school guest student (i.e., I was enrolled at WSU and in high school at the same time)?
5h. How does WSU accept transcripts and ACT scores?
5i. Is there a form needed for a midterm/early high school graduate?

6. Majors and Courses
6a. What majors does WSU offer?
6b. What are the general education requirements at WSU?
6c. Where can I find WSU's academic calendar?
6d. Where can I find the courses offered at WSU?
6e. Can I receive AP and/or IB credit at WSU?
6f. Does WSU offer online courses?
6g. How do I enroll in classes?


7. International and Graduate Admissions
7a. I'm an international student, who do I contact for further information?
7b. How do I apply for Graduate School at WSU?

8. Housing
8a. What on-campus housing does WSU offer?

9. I'm Admitted, Now What?
9a. What are my next steps after being admitted to WSU?

10. Campus Life
10a. What are athletics like at WSU?
10b. Where is the WSU campus located?

11.Clery Act: Campus Safety & Annual Security Report
 


1. Cost

a. How much does it cost to attend WSU?

Our tuition and fees change each academic year and are approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.
» View current information on tuition and fees.

b. How much is room and board for one year at WSU?

The average room and board for a double room (with a roommate) in Shocker Hall for the 2014-2015 academic year is $10,166 based on a 15-Max Meal Plan with $150 Shocker Dollars.

Rates include room, meal plan, local telephone service with voicemail, basic cable television service, utilities, an activity fee and data connections.

Other room and board options are available. See wichita.edu/housing for details.

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2. Transfer

a. I am transferring from another college. What do I need to do to become a Shocker?

Transfer students should make sure that they meet our admissions criteria and apply for admission at least one semester prior to transferring to WSU.

Requirements for admissions:

-Application and $30 non-refundable application fee. Apply online here.

-Have official transcripts from all previous colleges sent directly to WSU.

-Meet the following requirements depending on how many hours of transfer credit you will be bringing to WSU:

*Transfer students with 23 or fewer transfer hours:

  • Must have a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale AND
  • Must achieve an ACT composite score of 21 or above or a minimum combined SAT score of 980; OR rank in the top one-third of their high school graduating class; OR complete the pre-college curriculum with at least a 2.00 high school GPA on a 4.00 scale (2.50 for non-residents)

*Transfer students with 24 or more transfer hours must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale on all previous college work.

Visit with your admissions representative
Transfer students can also explore WSU by visiting with one of our transfer recruitment coordinators. Visit the Transfer Students Web page to learn more about our transfer recruitment coordinators and about our transfer procedures.

Transfer Guides & Transfer Equivalency
View our Transfer Guide directory to see if there is a transfer guide available to download for your college. WSU also offers a Transfer Equivalency page to help you determine which courses may transfer.

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b. Can I hand-carry my transcripts?

Yes, but certain rules and restrictions apply. View more information on sending transcripts.

c. Do I need to apply for housing? Can I live on campus?

If you have less than 30 hours of transfer credit or do not fit into one of the exemption categories, you are required to live on campus. We offer options for upper-classmen as well as non-traditional students. For more information on housing and exemptions, please visit wichita.edu/housing.

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3. Financial Aid and Scholarships

a. What scholarships does WSU have to offer?

Freshman Merit Scholarship Program

Fully admitted students with a six-semester transcript and test score on file are automatically considered for four-year, renewable scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 for Kansas residents and $2,000 to $6,000 for non-residents Students are encouraged to get admitted early for maximum consideration.

Students are evaluated based on three criteria:

  • Unweighted GPA looks at individual academic performance
  • Class rank looks at how students perform at their school
  • ACT/SAT looks at how students perform on a national level

What if my grades and/or test scores improve?
Students who have GPA or ACT improvements after the initial award will have an opportunity for reconsideration in December and February.

Can I combine multiple scholarship offers?
Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to receive full consideration for renewable, merit-based awards.

Students may apply outside scholarships to their WSU tuition and fees. Contact WSU's Office of Financial Aid to learn more.

To find contact information for the scholarship coordinators in each academic college, please visit our list of departmental scholarship contacts.

>> View more information on Freshman Merit Scholarships.

Transfer Merit Scholarship Program

Transfer Merit Scholarships provide a renewable award of up to $2,000 for new, incoming transfer students who take at least 12 credit hours and are working toward their first bachelor’s degree.

>> View more information on Transfer Merit Scholarships.

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b. Do I need to submit a separate scholarship application for my academic college?

Yes. Students should also check with their academic college, because college-specific scholarships may have different application forms, procedures and deadlines. View a list of academic college scholarship contacts.

c. How many students are usually awarded financial assistance each year at WSU?

Approximately 61 percent of all WSU undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance.

Approximately 36 percent of students who apply for financial aid receive need-based gift aid, while approximately 49 percent of students receive need-based self-help aid.

The number of students who receive merit-based aid changes frequently due to the abundant number of scholarships awarded each semester.

For more information, please visit the WSU Office of Financial Aid.

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d. How do I apply for general and academic scholarships?

To apply for general scholarships, incoming students must be fully admitted. No scholarship application is necessary!

New Incoming Freshmen
-Be fully admitted to WSU. (View the admissions requirements.)

Transfer Students

-Be fully admitted to WSU. (View the admissions requirements.)

Returning Adult Students
-Be fully admitted to WSU. (View the admissions requirements.)

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4. Statistics

a. What are the students like at WSU?

In fall 2012, WSU was home to 12,192 undergraduate students. Of those, 5,622 were males, and 6,570 were females.

The ethnic breakdown of WSU students is as follows:

  • African American--6 percent
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native--1 percent
  • Asian or Pacific Islander--7 percent
  • Hispanic--8 percent
  • International--7 percent
  • White--65 percent
  • Two or more races, non-Hispanic--2 percent
  • Unknown--4 percent

There are 1,359 freshmen enrolled for the most recent semester.

The average class size at WSU averages about 20 students. 90 percent of classes have 50 students or fewer.

68 percent of the classes are taught by professors or associate professors.

10 percent of the classes are taught by graduate student assistants.

The student to faculty ratio is 20:1

The average high school GPA of WSU students is 3.38.

The average SAT combined score of WSU students is 1093.

The average ACT score of WSU students is 23.

Approximately 71 percent of undergraduate students at WSU attend full-time, while the remaining 29 percent attend part-time and take advantage of gaining work experience at local companies such as Boeing, Raytheon Aircraft, Cessna Aircraft, Coleman, Bank of America, Bombardier Aerospace Learjet, Spirit AeroSystem, Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Wesley Medical Center, and Koch Industries.

For more information on the Common Data Set, please visit WSU's Office of Institutional Research

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5. Admissions Process

a. How do I apply to WSU?

Students must follow these steps to apply to WSU:

Freshmen
Apply anytime after your junior year of high school. Incoming freshmen should apply early, in order to receive full consideration for the Freshmen Merit Scholarship Program. No additional scholarship application is required. Students just need to be fully admitted with the following items on file:
- Completed paper or online application
- Official high school transcripts sent directly to WSU
- ACT or SAT scores sent directly to WSU
- Non-refundable $30 application fee

Transfer Students
Apply at least one semester before transferring to WSU. Incoming transfers should apply early, in order to receive full consideration for the Transfer Merit Scholarship Program. No additional scholarship application is required. Students just need to be fully admitted with the following items on file:

(With 23 hours or fewer)
- Completed paper or online application
- Official high school transcripts sent directly to WSU
- Official college transcripts sent directly to WSU from all colleges attended
- ACT or SAT scores sent directly to WSU
- Non-refundable $30 application fee

(With 24 or more hours)
- Completed paper or online application
- Official college transcripts sent directly to WSU from all colleges attended
- Non-refundable $30 application fee

For more information, please visit the WSU Online Application.

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b. When should I apply?

Wichita State has a rolling admissions policy for all incoming students (except high school guests, click here for high school guest information), which means applications are processed as they are received. Students should apply early, prior to the semester they want to begin taking classes.

Students must be fully admitted as a degree-bound student to receive financial aid, invitations to WSU's scholarship competitions or to be considered for merit-based scholarship awards.

Applications are accepted for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Students should expect to receive a decision from WSU within two weeks after the Office of Admissions receives all of the necessary application materials including transcripts and ACT/SAT scores.

For more information, please visit the WSU Online Application Instructions

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c. What are the basic requirements to be admitted?

View the complete admissions requirements.

For more information on how to apply, please visit WSU's Online Application.

d. Who can I contact about my application status?

Students can contact the Office of Admissions at WSU to find out the status of an admission application. To contact admissions, please call (316) 978-3085 or (800) 362-2594.

Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid to inquire about the status of their financial aid application or scholarship award status. To contact financial aid, please call (316) 978-3430 or (800) 522-2978 or visit the financial aid website.

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e. What if I apply to WSU but want to change information on my application or update my semester of attendance?

If you have applied to WSU within the last two years, click here to fill out an online update form or contact the Office of Admissions at (316) 978-3085 or (800) 362-2594. If you applied more than two years ago, you will need to reapply to the university. Apply online for admission here. If you are unsure of when you were admitted, please contact the Office of Admissions at the numbers above.

f. What if I am admitted to WSU but am unable to attend until a later semester?

If you have been admitted to WSU within the last two years, fill out an online update form or contact the Office of Admissions at (316) 978-3085 or (800) 362-2594. If you were admitted more than two years ago, you will need to reapply to the university. Apply online for admission here. If you are unsure of when you were admitted, please contact the Office of Admissions at the numbers above.

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g. What if I previously took classes as a high school guest student (i.e., I was enrolled at WSU and in high school at the same time)?

You will likely NOT need to reapply for admission, but rather you'll need to update to a degree-bound status with us. We will need official transcripts for any colleges you have previously attended in order to update your file. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (316) 978-3085, (800) 362-2594 or visit the Marcus Welcome Center to discuss your specific situation with our staff.

h. How does WSU accept transcripts and ACT scores?

WSU accepts transcripts and ACT in a variety of ways. View our Transcript Procedures.

i. Is there a form needed for a midterm/early high school graduate?

Yes there is a form required for midterm/early high school graduates. Access the Midterm Graduate/Early Graduate Approval Form.

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6. Majors and Courses

a. What majors does WSU offer?

WSU currently awards 66 undergraduate degrees in these six academic colleges:

  • W. Frank Barton School of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health Professions
  • Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

You may find a complete list of degree programs by visiting our online majors list.

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b. What are the general educational requirements at WSU?

To ensure that all WSU students receive a broad foundation for learning while in college, students must complete our general education program. Although specific requirements depend on majors, a broad outline of the general education program includes the following:

All undergraduate students, regardless of major, must take certain basic skills classes or meet the requirements for those classes. All students must complete: (1) English Composition or College English 1; (2) College English 2; (3) Public Speaking; and (4) College Algebra.

In addition, students must complete classes in several academic divisions, including fine arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences and mathematics and natural sciences. As a part of these requirements, students must successfully complete a combination of (1) introductory course and (2) further study or issues and perspectives courses in each of these divisions.

You should contact an advisor in your area of study for more specific information.

Our catalogs are available at the campus bookstore on the first floor of the Rhatigan Student Center and online: Undergraduate Course Catalog.

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c. Where can I find WSU's academic calendar?

Wichita State operates on a traditional academic calendar that includes 16-week fall and spring semesters and a shorter summer semester. During the two weeks prior to the beginning of each semester, students may enroll in two-week pre-session courses.

To access our calendar, visit our Online Academic Calendar.

d. Where can I find the courses that are offered at WSU?

You may learn about the courses available at WSU by visiting wichita.edu/registrar.

You may order a course catalog with explanations of the classes offered at WSU by contacting the WSU Bookstore by phone at (316) 978-3490 or visit them online at wsubooks.com.

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e. Can I receive AP and/or IB credit at WSU?

Students who are interested in learning about WSU's policy on advanced placement credit should contact our Counseling and Testing Center by phone at (316) 978-3440.

The Counseling and Testing Center will review advanced placement scores and award appropriate credit. Students should have their score reports sent directly to:

Wichita State University
Counseling and Testing Center
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0091

All credits earned at an accredited institution will transfer to Wichita State. However, students must speak to their academic advisor to determine if the credits will apply to their degree programs. For information about admission for transfer students, please visit the Registrar's Transfer Equivalency Web page.

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f. Does WSU offer online courses?

WSU offers several options for students who want to participate in online education. For information about online learning options, visit the Office of Online Learning website.

g. How do I enroll in classes? 

Students who are new to Wichita State meet with an academic advisor to enroll in classes. Find your academic college’s advising center. All incoming students must complete an orientation, regardless of previous credit hours earned. To sign up for orientation, visit wichita.edu/orientation.

7. International and Graduate Students

a. I'm an international student. Who can I contact for further information?

To find out more information, please visit the Office of International Admissions.

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b. I'm a graduate student. Where can I find out more information about grad classes?

There are about 3,100 graduate students at WSU, which is roughly one out of every five WSU students. Graduate students can earn master?s degrees in 39 areas of study and can study in nine doctoral programs.

For more information, please visit the WSU Graduate School

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8. Housing

a. What on-campus housing does WSU offer?

Living on campus lets you go away to school whether you live across town or across the country! We offer housing options to meet the needs of just about any student. On-campus housing is available for students in Fairmount Towers and Shocker Hall. Housing options include an honors floor, a fine arts floor, smoke-free floors, suite-style residence hall rooms and a variety of floor plans.

Freshmen are required to live at Fairmount Towers or Brennan Hall during their first two semesters of college. Exceptions are made for freshmen who are 21 years of age or older; married; living with a parent, legal guardian, grandparent, aunt or uncle in Sedgwick County; taking fewer than nine credit hours; or living in official Greek housing. Students must have an approved exemption form on file with WSU housing.

Admission to WSU does not mean automatic room reservations. Each student admitted needs to complete a contract and an application card and pay an application fee and prepayment/deposit to reserve a room or apartment.

Students who have an approved exemption form or are an upper-classman may live off-campus while studying at WSU. There are numerous apartment complexes and houses for rent near campus. Also, some fraternities and sororities offer housing options to their members.

For more information about living in Wichita, visit the City of Wichita website.

Approximately 29 percent of first-time, full-time freshman and 9 percent of other undergraduate students live on campus. There are currently 1,100 students living on campus.

For any additional information please visit WSU Office of Housing and Residence Life.

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9. After Being Admitted

a. What are my next steps after I get admitted to WSU?

Apply for Federal Financial Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. The priority date for filling out the FAFSA is March 1. Wichita State University's School Code is 001950.

Submit your Housing Contract or Exemption Form
Once fully admitted, submit your housing contract and prepayment. You must have an approved housing contract OR exemption form on file to schedule your orientation. See wichita.edu/housing/apps for details.

Academic Advising
Academic advising is a key element in students' success. Each student at WSU is paired with a knowledgeable advisor whose interest lies in the student's personal and intellectual development and academic and career success.

Students may expect their advisors to listen and respond to their interests and concerns; to accept them as unique persons; to be reasonably accessible; to know policies, procedures and information sources; and to be a personal resource for academic, career and life goals.

Find your academic college’s advising center.

Orientation
All incoming students must complete an orientation, regardless of previous credit hours earned. To sign up for orientation, visit wichita.edu/orientation.

Confidential Health History & Immunization Form
Submit your confidential health history and immunization form by visiting wichita.edu/SHS and selecting New Student Information > Forms.

Pay Your Tuition Bill
Pay the remaining balance for your classes via the Student Account Suite on the myWSU portal. Several financing options are available, including a payment plan. Visit wichita.edu/acctsrec for details.

Buy Books
Buy your books at wichita.edu/bookstore.

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10. Campus Life

a. What are athletics like at WSU?

Athletic traditions at WSU are abundant! In fact, it was on our campus in 1905 when the very first night football game was played west of the Missouri River, thanks to a field lined with Coleman gas lanterns. Since then, WSU teams have been to the NCAA Final Four, won the College World Series, played host to some of the greatest athletes in the world, and appeared in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. As a WSU student, you receive a free ticket to all WSU home athletic events!

Today, Wichita State is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. WSU men compete in basketball, baseball, track/cross country, tennis and golf, while WSU women compete in basketball, softball, track, tennis, golf and volleyball.

The University also hosts bowling and crew teams as independent sports. Our bowling teams are high-caliber competitors. Between them, they have won 19 national championships - more than any collegiate bowling program in the country!

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Shocker Athletics.

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b. Where is the WSU campus located?

When you come to WSU, you gain not only a vibrant university community, but an entire city! Wichita, home of WSU, is the largest city in Kansas, the state's cultural, educational, health care, financial and business center. Approximately 630,000 people live in the greater Wichita metro area, making it large enough to offer various cultural and entertainment options while maintaining the hospitality of a mid-sized Midwestern city.

A few areas of interest in Wichita include a revitalized Old Town, with a farmers and art market and numerous restaurants and shopping options; four major shopping centers; five major movie houses; a thriving museum district including science and art museums; various sporting options including hockey and baseball teams; and various parks, golf courses, tennis courts and an ice-skating arena.

Several large cities, including Kansas City, Oklahoma City, St. Louis and Dallas, are within a few hours drive. These areas provide additional cultural and recreational opportunities for WSU students.

For more about Wichita, please visit the City of Wichita website.

11. Clery Act: Campus Safety, Annual Security Report

Wichita State University is committed to assisting all members of the Wichita State community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Report is now available at wichita.edu/annualsecurityreport.

If you would like to receive a printed version of the combined Annual Security and Fire Report, you can stop by the University Police Department and request a copy or you can request that a free copy be mailed to you by calling (316) 978-3450.

The report, which is accessible either at the website or in printed form contain information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Wichita State University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

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