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Washburn University

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.


Living in the Community

Washburn is Student Focused

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

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.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2015?

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 6,615

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 5,793
Women 3,446 59%
Men 2,347 41%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 29 1%
Asian 66 1%
African American / Black 287 5%
Hispanic 412 7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3 <1%
White 3,587 62%
Two or More Races 223 4%
International 249 4%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 937 16%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do Washburn undergraduates call home?
Kansas 90%
Other US States & Territories 6%
Other Countries 3%
How old are Washburn undergraduates?
Average Age 24
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 28%

New Student Applications (Fall 2015)

Of the 1,458 new freshman applicants, 99% were admitted and 56% of the admitted students enrolled at Washburn University in Fall 2015.
Of the 858 transfer applicants, 99% were admitted and 63% of the admitted students enrolled at Washburn University in Fall 2015.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT
Composite 19 - 25
Math 18 - 25
English 18 - 25
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
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%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $19,978

Out-of-State & Other Costs

The cost to attend Washburn University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

How much would I pay?

Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2014 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


Washburn Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
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%

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Campus-based Housing

46% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
15% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

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.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

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/

Basic Type
Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Size and Setting
Medium four-year, primarily nonresidential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Medium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Professions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Postbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.


Student Activities and Involvement at Washburn

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.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 90% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 93% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 20% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 82% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 27% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 52% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 14% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 12% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 85% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 94% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 77% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 68% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 87% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 94% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 75% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 72% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 85% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 71% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 83% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 88% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 85% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 84% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at Washburn University in 2014-15
Degrees awarded at Washburn University in 2014-15
Associate's 195
Bachelor's 773
Master's 155
Doctoral 122
Total 1,245
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded 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%
Accounting. 5%
Links to degree programs at Washburn University
Links to degree programs at Washburn University






Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Survey Response Rate: 99%

Survey Administration Process


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 67% four-year success and progress rate means that 67% of students starting in Fall 2009 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.
Counts for the Fall 2009 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 708 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 417 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: 68%


Student Learning at Washburn University

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.