Promote holistic student success through a supportive learning environment in which all of our students — past, present and future — continually thrive and grow.

Promoting a supportive learning environment for all students at Wichita State has increased overall enrollment to 16,097 students and the number of degrees awarded to 3,733. These results are only the beginning as Wichita State continues to increase opportunities for service learning and applied learning for all students, expand scholarship opportunities, and respond to the needs of the industry by providing high-quality academic programs that are responsive to student and societal needs.

Strategic Plan Objectives Key Performance Indicators Baseline1 Academic Year 20222

Leverage current and create additional Wichita State pre-college and graduate programs in ways that improve college-enrollment rates for Kansas, and retention and graduation rates for Wichita State

Fall semester headcount 16,058 16,907
Credit hour production 165,903 162,955
Shocker City Partnership / Shocker Select3 1,193 1,403
Time to Completion 3.7 year 3.7 years
Six-year Graduation Rate 48.4% 47.8% 
Degree Production 3,466 3,733
URM students as a percentage of UG enrollment (degree-seeking, less than 30 hours) 24.40% 26.2%
First Generation undergraduate students as a percentage of UG enrollment (degree-seeking, less than 30 hours) 44.70% 41.70%
Increase the retention of students Fall-to-fall Retention Rate 75.7% 71.9% COVID impact
Increase the quality of the student's, undergraduate and graduate, experience, including opportunities for service learning and applied learning Applied Learning Internships4 1,792 students 2,068 students
Service Learning Service-Learning at Wichita State University is an experiential learning method that integrates community service with instruction and reflection to improve student civic-mindedness and build community capacity.

As part of the annual Service-Learning Showcase:
73 students represented with service-learning projects
5 Colleges Represented service-learning projects:

  • College of Applied Studies
  • College of Engineering
  • Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • College of Health Professions
  • Cohen Honors College

28 community organizations served through service-learning projects

Expand scholarship opportunities and strategically align scholarships with access, achievement, equity, and completion goals; and Engage alumni in the student experience. Scholarship Awards (Excludes Athletics) $18,085,318 $20,962,986
Need-Based Aid $24,070,671 $26,198,411
Shocker Promise N/A $157,1445
Percentage of living alumni donating 5.80% 4.1%
$ donated by alumni $17.8M in alumni giving $34.9M in alumni giving
The Toast and Shockers After Dark Participation 1,848 students 1,800 students
Provide high-quality academic programs that are responsive to student and societal needs, recognized nationally and internationally for excellence, and which effectively utilize traditional and distance education delivery modalities New academic programs
  • Certificate in Blockchain
  • Certificate in Computer Networking
  • Certificate in Design Thinking
  • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Certificate in Health Equity and Leadership
  • Certificate in Software Engineering
  • Certificate in Sport Leadership and Branding
  • Dual/Accelerated BS to MS in Data Science
  • Dual/Accelerated BA to MA in Communication
  • MS in Materials Engineering
Recognized nationally and Internationally for excellence
  • No. 1 most affordable research university in the region
  • Top 30 in U.S. college engineering R & D
  • No. 1 transfer destination in the State of Kansas
  • Only Masters program in Innovation Design in the State of Kansas
  • Top 20 safest U.S. campus - National Campus Safety Summit.
  • Named a First-Forward Institution by NASPA for its 50+ year history of transformative work increasing both access and success for first-generation students, Wichita State is committed to removing barriers by providing services and assistance, including academic support, professional guidance and mentoring, and financial stability
1 Baseline data is based on 2019 results.
2 AY22 Results represent Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 academic semesters.
3 I35I70 includes Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
4 Applied Learning Internships include Coop, internships, practicum and federal work study.
5 Fiscal Year 2022 was the start of this program. Wichita State's Shocker Promise Program, launched in Fiscal Year 2022, is Wichita State's commitment to offer a quality, affordable education to incoming freshmen who come from limited-income families in our surrounding Shocker Neighborhood and Sedgwick County. The listed amount comprises Sedgwick County: $114,396; and Shocker Neighborhood: $42,748. (Learn more at


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