Wichita State University

Wichita, KS 67260
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Wichita State University (WSU) is a public university in Wichita, Kansas. It is part of the Kansas State University system, which includes six campuses. WSU was founded in 1886 as a private preparatory school. Over the years, WSU has expanded to offer more than 200 areas of study through its 6 colleges. The main campus covers a small 9-acre area in Maize, which is a suburb of Wichita. Additional classes are offered through four satellite locations in the greater Wichita area. Incoming freshmen are required to reside on campus during their first year. WSU is also home to a large library system containing over 2 million volumes and over 70,000 journal subscriptions. These holdings are contained in four different libraries managed by the university. 

The WSU School of Nursing offers eight different CCNE-accredited nursing programs. The undergrad programs include BSN, accelerated BSN, LPN to BSN, and RN to BSN programs. With the accelerated BSN program, students may become qualified nurses within two years. The graduate-level programs include MSN, RN to MSN, DNP, and BSN to DNP programs. With the RN to BSN completion program, registered nurses can further their career by earning their BSN through the completion of online classes. The WSU School of Nursing first received accreditation in 1973 and continues to offer quality nursing programs with students regularly exceeding the state and national scores on the nursing license exam.


Campus LocaleLarge City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio20:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 18 153
Master's degree 0 4
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 1 11
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 86.3%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1934 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
11/04/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
05/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
05/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1000 to 1275
ACT20 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $30
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$218/credit
In State Students$218/credit
Out of State Students$517/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$295/credit
In State Students$295/credit
Out of State Students$723/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $9,810 $9,810 $23,265
ADN 70 $15,260 $15,260 $36,190
BSN 125 $27,250 $27,250 $64,625
FNP 50 $14,750 $14,750 $36,150
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 88% of Wichita State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 35% $4,376
Other Federal Grant 10% $755
State Grant & Scholarships 21% $1,088
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 64% $4,238
Federal Student Loans 52% $7,460
Private Loans 3% $10,756


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,233
$30,001 to $48,000$12,022
$48,001 to $75,000$14,588
$75,001 to $110,000$16,463
Over $110,000$17,297

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Wichita State University
1845 N. Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260

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