Established in 1895, Wichita State University is distinguished from other state-supported schools in Kansas by its urban setting. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, Wichita State prides itself on specialized attention to each student. The university serves over 1,700 international students annually. Approximately half of the students at WSU attend full-time, while the other half attend part-time and take advantage of opportunities to acquire work experience at local companies such as Boeing, Raytheon Aircraft, Cessna Aircraft, Coleman, Inc., Bombardier Aerospace-Learjet, Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Wesley Medical Center and Koch Industries.
Main CampusWichita, Kansas, United States5,000 - 20,000 on Campus250,000+ residents in WichitaLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
The 330-acre campus is modern and accessible and at the same time retains the flavor of the university's long heritage. Wichita State's location in the largest city in Kansas enhances the traditional classroom experience by providing students greater opportunities in resources, contacts with business and government leaders, employment, and internships.
International students have many opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. There are different student organizations that they can join or they can simply participate in activities sponsored by those organizations. Other options are academic, cultural and international student groups as well as sports clubs. Many students enjoy attending sporting events such as basketball and baseball games, which are free for all students. Intramural sports also provide students with an opportunity to play sports for fun, such as soccer, basketball, tennis and volleyball.
The Office of International Education coordinates on the weekends activities for international students. Generally, all activities are free for students. Each semester four to eight activities are organized, which range from trips to the zoo, the Kansas State Fair, ice skating, horseback riding and trips to the movie theater.
WSU is a Division I institution and fields teams in tennis, cross-country, basketball, track, golf, bowling, men’s baseball, and women's volleyball and softball. More than 60 pieces of sculpture by internationally known artists adorn the campus. Personnages Oiseaux, a colorful mural created by the great Spanish artist Joan Miro, is displayed on the wall of the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art.