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Shocker Family Programs

Starting a college career can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Wichita State University offers a number of resources to help students make a successful transition to life as a Shocker. We are here to help your student transition academically and socially to campus by connecting them with the people, services, and support they need to get them to graduation and beyond.

Use this site as a tool to stay informed about campus news and events, deadlines, and resources to encourage your student's academic success and well-being.

We are here to encourage your student's well-being and academic success while at Wichita State. If you ever need to reach us, please call 316-978-3149 or email shocker.family@wichita.edu.


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Student Involvement

Many students attend college, but how many of them gain the full collegiate experience? It is estimated that more than 70 percent of what students learn during college results from out-of-class experiences. The Office of Student Involvement helps connect students to the co-curricular and extracurricular programs that will help them enhance their experience while at Wichita State. Student Involvement coordinates an art gallery for budding artists, provides opportunities for service in local and global communities; fosters brotherhood and sisterhood through Greek life; offers programs for personal and leadership development; hosts social, cultural and educational programs and is home to a diverse collection of over 200 recognized student organizations.

Why should students get involved?

Research has shown that involvement in college leads to:

  • More positivity about the college experience.
  • More success at gaining employment after graduation and higher workplace satisfaction.
  • Increased peer interaction, which correlates to positive growth in leadership ability, public speaking, and interpersonal, analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Integration into the campus community and the creation of a personalized college experience.

How Can Families Help?

  • Encourage your student to get involved, try new things and explore their interests.
  • Join your student at various events and programs.
  • Show an interest in your student’s involvement and attend their events.
  • Encourage your student to disconnect from technology and connect on a personal level.

Long-Standing Traditions

There are many long-standing traditions at Wichita State. These traditions help foster Shocker pride, connect students and build camaraderie.

Welcomefest – Held the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters, Welcomefest provides activities to acclimate students to campus and help them meet people. A key aspect of Welcomefest is the Involvement Fair, where students can connect with various
student organizations.

Family Weekend – Is a time for families to visit their student while gaining exposure to the Wichita State community.

Carnivals – Held each October and April, the carnivals invite old and young to enjoy time as a family with games, inflatables, a petting zoo and food.

Hippodrome – Started in 1928, Hippodrome is Wichita State’s longest-running tradition and features skits developed and produced by students.

Midwest Step Show, Shock the Yard – Organizations from across the Midwest compete in this rich performance that melds folk traditions with popular culture and involves synchronized percussive movement, singing, speaking, chanting, clapping and drama.

Shocktoberfest – Held each October, Shocktoberfest celebrates Shocker pride through a variety of events culminating in the everpopular Songfest, a lip-sync and dance competition.

Wu’s Big Event – Held the first Friday of October and May, students are encouraged to participate in various community service projects throughout the Wichita area.



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