Online retention Specialist

Meet Amber, your champion for student success

Just because you attend classes from a distance, you are not disconnected from Wichita State or our dedicated student support. Your success is very important to us!


Higher education grants you unlimited freedom and opportunity, once you’ve graduated you get to use it anyway you’d like to
Dr. Amber Ann Anderson

Navigating Online Learning Resources

Career Development
 Nail the resume, land the interview and prepare for the job with the Career Development Center. Build marketable skills and gain professional work experience before and after graduation through targeted internships, one-on-one counseling, special workshops, career fairs and more. Now is the time to develop the right habits and skills for a lifetime of professional success.
  • Career Resources: Find tutorials and tips to improve your professional portfolio
  • Events: Learn about career readiness and fairs happening
  • Handshake: Browse Jobs & Internships
Library Resources

Access University Libraries books, journal articles, ebooks, movies, or reach out to a librarian for support.

Online Writing Center

The Wichita State University Writing Center is a free writing resource available to all WSU students. Trained undergraduate tutors from a variety of majors will help you at any stage of your writing--from brainstorming to later stage work and revisions. Also available are graduates of our BA program and graduate-level tutors, many of whom are working toward their MA in English or MFA in Creative Writing.

Technology Help Desk
Help Desk

The Wichita State University Technology Helpdesk answers a wide range of technical questions about the use of WSU services.

Phone: 316-978-4357, option 1
Location: 120 Jabara Hall

Testing Services

Exam proctoring requirements really depend on the individual instructor for your classes.  Some instructors (especially in Business and Nursing) require proctored exams, which can be scheduled at a local approved proctored testing center, or taken online with ProctorU (a website that allows proctors to watch you complete your scheduled exam with your webcam). For more details, please visit the Testing Services website.

Contact Testing Services

Online Student Success Tools

Academic Calendar

Don't ever miss an important deadline! Set a reminder on your device or add it to your planner.

Back to school basics
 Log into Blackboard

Start exploring your classes in the "My Courses" section. If a course you are enrolled in does not appear:

  1. Verify the dates of your course (some do not begin until the 2nd half of the semester)
  2. If the course still does not show by your first day of classes, please contact Blackboard support at (316) 978-7777.

Go over your syllabi and make sure you understand the time commitment you are making and the expectations of your instructors. For additional tips, please visit our Student Development Series.


OneStop Student Services provides support to students 24/7/365 in the areas of admissions, financial aid, student accounts, registration, general advising and Blackboard.

Go to OneStop:

Click OneStop logo image to visit the OneStop student services portal.

Online Student Orientation

Students enrolled in a fully online program at Wichita State are required to complete online student orientation. The orientation course is offered fully online and provides students with the understanding of how to use and navigate Blackboard. If you do not complete orientation during your first semester, an orientation hold will be placed in your account. The hold will prevent you from enrolling in future classes at WSU until you have completed the orientation.

The Orientation module can be found in Blackboard under your My Organization tab through the Online Learning Link. Click "Start Here!" in the menu bar and complete the modules.

If you are a returning student or those who have already completed an on-campus orientation program are strongly encouraged to utilize these resources, as they do highlight the different needs and expectations of an online education. However, the program is not required for students who have participated in a WSU Orientation program in the past.

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Online Student Development Series

We want you to succeed in your online courses! Browse through a variety of best practices, tips, and additional support for online students.


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