Learning for a Lifetime
Washburn University is a public metropolitan institution emphasizing excellence in teaching. The emphasis on quality instruction has been maintained since Washburn’s founding in 1865. The University’s educational objectives are to prepare individuals for careers, graduate education, and for a lifetime of continuous learning. The open admissions policy for undergraduate students allows Washburn to offer higher education to a diverse population. Washburn offers a broad-based liberal arts and professional education through approximately 200 programs leading to certificates and to associate, baccalaureate, master, and juris doctorate degrees; more than 1,200 degrees and certificates are awarded annually. "Learning for a lifetime" captures the spirit of Washburn University.
Washburn is Student Focused
Washburn University is student-focused and is committed to an environment appropriate to the needs of a diverse student population. In the pursuit of its mission to help all students achieve their full academic potential, the University provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, state-of-the art technology, and academic support services to foster learning. Washburn's vision of academic excellence includes small classes taught by full-time faculty members. Outside the classroom, there are many opportunities for students to connect with others who share their interests through activities such as professional clubs, Greek life, intramural sports, and service organizations.
|Total Undergraduate Students||5,793|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||29||1%|
|African American / Black||287||5%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||3||<1%|
|Two or More Races||223||4%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||937||16%|
|Where do Washburn undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||6%|
|How old are Washburn undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||28%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT|
|Composite||19 - 25|
|Math||18 - 25|
|English||18 - 25|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||34%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||67%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||80%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.44|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||85%|
The cost to attend Washburn University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||13 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||78%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||98%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||286|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||55%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||14%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||84%|
46% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
15% of all undergraduates live on campus
Washburn is committed to providing a safe campus and learning environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Residence hall access is restricted by card key and the halls feature a number of other safety measures. The University Police Department serves the campus 24 hours per day with trained, certified officers. The Police Department provides safety escorts as well as assistance with vehicles (e.g., locked keys in car, jump starts). Student Government sponsors Safe Ride where students can call for a free ride home after an evening out.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Washburn University in 2014-15|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.||18%|
|Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.||6%|
|Elementary Education and Teaching.||6%|
|Mass Communication/Media Studies.||5%|
|Links to degree programs at Washburn University|
First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: 68%