NOTE: This is a complex, challenging, and fluid situation which continues to evolve rapidly. All information on these pages is subject to change as deemed necessary by University leadership in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

LINK TO THIS SECTION: https://www.wichita.edu/about/COVID-19/future_shockers.php#general

General Questions
Can I still visit campus?

While in-person campus visits and events are currently paused, prospective students are able to connect with us virtually by going to wichita.edu/visit and selecting “Virtual campus visits” for more information.

Is Wichita State open?

Wichita State University is open with limited operations on campus. Staff members are working remotely and available to assist students via phone or email. Reach out to admissions@wichita.edu or 316-978-3085 if you have questions. Or, find your admissions rep by visiting wichita.edu/admissionsstaff.

How will I obtain a high school transcript if my school is closed?

High school transcripts are not required for a student to be admitted to Wichita State. Students have the option to self-report their grades and test scores. A final high school transcript confirming graduation is required by the end of the first semester of enrollment.

My school is freezing grades. How will that impact my admission to Wichita State?

This will not impact your admission or your ability to be admitted to Wichita State.

My school is switching to a pass/fail system this semester. How will this impact my ability to be admitted to Wichita State University?

Switching to a pass/fail system for a semester will not impact your ability to be admitted to Wichita State.

My school is switching to a credit/no credit system this semester. How will this impact my ability to be admitted to Wichita State University?

Switching to a credit/no credit system for a semester will not impact your ability to be admitted to Wichita State.

How can I send my college transcript if my current college or university is closed?

Many colleges and universities have an option to request and send transcripts electronically. If this is not an option at your college or university, please contact us at admissions@wichita.edu or 316-978-3085.

 

LINK TO THIS SECTION: https://www.wichita.edu/about/COVID-19/future_shockers.php#finaid

Future Shocker Financial Aid
Is the May 1 acceptance date being pushed back to June 1 or later?

No – be aware that this acceptance date is not a contract or guarantee that you will attend; merely a tool allowing us to prepare for your award. If you are still considering WSU, go ahead and accept the award; it can always be declined at a later date.

Will merit awards be expanded/raised to offset family hardships faced?

No – merit scholarships are not need-based. They are awarded strictly on academic merit. If you are experiencing additional hardships due to the pandemic, contact the Office of Financial Aid for possible adjustments to your federal aid application (FAFSA).

Are there any special considerations for Fall 2020, if financial situations have changed significantly for students?

If you are experiencing additional hardships due to the pandemic, contact the Office of Financial Aid for possible adjustments to your federal aid application (FAFSA).

With ACT/SAT tests canceled, will I still qualify for a merit scholarship without a standardized test score on file?

No – part of the award calculation is a test score. If you have not yet taken a national test (ACT/SAT), you can plan on taking the September test. Test availability and its effect on our merit process have yet to be determined.

I have decided to stay closer to home and attend WSU. Are there still opportunities for scholarships?

You are welcome to reach out to your academic college to see if they will consider a late application. The merit scholarship process was complete before the pandemic and will not be extended.

 

LINK TO THIS SECTION: https://www.wichita.edu/about/COVID-19/future_shockers.php#housing

Future Shocker Housing
Has the room selection process been pushed back? What are those dates?

Yes, room selection has been paused for at least two weeks. To see the updated timeline, please go the Housing Timeline webpage.

Will housing requirements be waived for out-of-state students who are uncomfortable living in dorms post-pandemic?

The exemption process will remain the same. We won’t house students in the residence halls unless it’s safe. Students who are concerned can fill out an exemption request and go through the appeals process.

 

LINK TO THIS SECTION: https://www.wichita.edu/about/COVID-19/future_shockers.php#orientation

Orientation
Is orientation still happening this summer?

Yes! We are still hosting orientation this summer. We are looking at all possible options including hybrid, online and in-person. Please continue to sign-up and check for updates at wichita.edu/orientation.

Will we come to campus for orientation programs, or will they be held online?

We will post updates at wichita.edu/orientation when we have made final decisions about how programs and information will be delivered. We will follow university, city, county, state and federal restrictions on in-person gatherings. The office of First-Year Programs in Student Success will be in contact via email and phone for those who have placed RSVPs to communicate options. Those who would be making travel arrangements to attend a program in person should suspend those arrangements until we are in communication.

Is there still an extra fee for the extended programs, if these move to an online format?

We will update wichita.edu/orientation when fee decisions have been made.