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Incoming Freshmen Now Eligible for Extended Merit & Academic Awards

The deadline for Wichita State's Freshmen Merit and Academic Scholarships has been extended to March 1, 2024. Being admitted to WSU before the deadline automatically puts students in consideration for these awards.

The Shocker Experience

A broad look at the unique amenities, activities, programs and culture students can expect on the Wichita State campus.
Shocker Adelante Scholars

Established in 2020 by Gene and Yolanda Camarena, the Adelante Scholarship helps new freshmen and transfer students not only with financial aid, but mentoring and tutoring to keep scholars moving forward.

Shocker students posing for a photo with Wu outside of the Ulrich Museum of Art.

The deadline for Wichita State's Freshmen Merit and Academic Scholarships has been extended to March 1, 2024. Being admitted to WSU before the deadline automatically puts students in consideration for these awards.

Gary Tran and Don Boyd present their research during the FYRE in STEM Research Showcase on May 8, 2023 in Ablah Library.

First Year Research Experience (FYRE) is an opportunity for students to dive into academic research right out of the gate. Here is how to get involved during your first year on campus.

Wichita State's 2023 production of

Following a successful performance career in New York City, Amy Baker Schwiethale returned to the Heartland to foster the next generation of entertainers. She highlights Wichita State's vibrant Music Theatre program.

Humans of Wichita State

Bios of current Shocker students and their experiences.
Maya Douglas

Putting down her roots in Wichita was a no-brainer for Maya. Getting in-state tuition while not being too far from her home in Texas made the decision easy.

Andruw Hoopes

Coming from a small town in Oklahoma, Andruw was hesitant about moving out of state for his education. However, choosing Wichita State ended up being one of the best decisions he ever made.

Yovani Cruz

Wichita State was Yovani's top transfer choice to study mechanical engineering. Moving to the state's largest city has allowed him to make more connections than he ever expected.

Jenna Vilkas

Wichita State was nearly crossed off Jenna's list of colleges to attend. That was, until she made the nearly six-hour trip to tour campus and felt an instant connection.

Tips and Guides

Helpful lists, guides, and "How-Tos" designed to make the process of becoming a Shocker as easy and seamless as possible.
Wichita State sign at 21st and Oliver.

If you want to see the beauty of Wichita State's growing campus from your phone or computer, look no further than the virtual tour. It features more than 20 stops and 360-degree panoramic views of the most picturesque sites.

Krissy Archambeau, Director of Operations & Processing for the Office of Admissions, assists a prospective student during the Oct. 20, 2023 Black & Yellow Day. 

If you have heard things like "admission" and "transcript" and have trouble keeping track of what they mean, don't worry - you are not the only one. Here is a list of common terms to help keep things organized.

Wichita State staff in Ablah Library during the winter.

Shorter days and less daylight during winter months can lead to a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Having healthy habits during this time can help alleviate symptoms.

Anna Dixon and Savana Larrison decorate the Wichita State Admissions Christmas tree.

Shocker Nation offers merch for just about anyone, even furry, four-legged friends. Here are a few favorites for the most dedicated Wichita State fans.


Posts highlighting the best parts and hidden gems of Kansas' largest city.
Pizza Hut Museum sign

What is the story of Wichita State's connection with Pizza Hut? The story behind one of the largest pizza franchises in the world all began with two brothers in the ICT.

Thomas Jefferson statue during a snowy day at Wichita State.

Wichita is known for its chilly, often windy weather once the calendar hits fall and winter. Here are some things to do during that time to enjoy flannel and warm clothes season.

Students enjoying Wichita State's hammock lounge.

Everyone needs some R & R now and then. One of Wichita State's most popular relaxation destination is its outdoor hammock lounge - a peaceful, free escape for Shockers.

The Redbud Trail just south of Wichita State's campus.

Running just south of Wichita State's main campus, the Redbud Trail's 16-mile-long pathway is a great resource for those wanting to get fresh air. The Redbud is also an important connecter to Wichita's trail system.

For the Foodies

Food reviews of all the diverse cuisine offerings available on and around campus.
Two Hands Corn Dogs

Wichita State's Braeburn Square offers several spots for foodies to dine. Two Hands Corn Dogs is the best place to find something a little different with a satisfying savory crunch.

Kebabs at Sesame.

Sesame's second location makes Wichita State's Braeburn Square a must-go for foodies. With mouthwatering Mediterranean meals, Sesame makes for an excellent choice.

Paradise Donuts.

Sweet tooths of Wichita unite! The ICT is no stranger to serving up one of Amercia's most popular pastries. The local donut scene is full of both unique flavors and timeless classics.

ICTea boba.

Boba "Bubble" Tea originated in East Asia and has swept through the U.S., including Wichita. Here are a few favorite local spots to grab a refreshing, bubbly drink.

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