Wichita State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Wichita State University

Wichita State University is a public institution with a 330-acre main campus. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are supported by a 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. In athletics, the Wichita State University Shockers play in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference. Popular sports include basketball, tennis, Track & Field, and golf.


  • Total Enrollment: 15,788 (13,006 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male/55% Female
  • 68% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,272 (in-state); $17,453 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,250
  • Room and Board: $11,053
  • Other Expenses: $3,270
  • Total Cost: $23,845 (in-state); $33,026 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 89%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 78%
    • Loans: 53%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $4,760
    • Loans: $7,654

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Education; and Psychology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 73%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 27%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 21%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 47%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Golf, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Wichita University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                        

  • Wichita State Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 530/640
    • SAT Math: 420/650
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 20/26
    • ACT English: 19/26
    • ACT Math: 19/26

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Wichita State, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Wichita State is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Northridge

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Wichita State, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Wichita State. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Auburn University, Seton Hall University, University of Alabama

Applying to Wichita State

Application Deadline: Rolling

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