Washburn University

About Washburn University

Located on a 160-acre campus in the center of Topeka, the capital of Kansas, Washburn University provides broadly-based liberal arts and professional instruction by combining the most effective modes of educating of accomplished faculty, small class sizes, and unique opportunities available through an interactive campus and community relationship.


The city's eclectic cultural environment is highlighted by libraries, museums, theatres and art galleries (including Washburn's Mulvane Art Museum). Additional opportunities are found in the various community events, ranging from art, ethnic and seasonal festivals, to performances of the Sunflower Music Festival and series offerings by Topeka Symphony, Community Concert and Performing Arts for Children. Topeka has a population of approximately 125,000 persons and is conveniently located to extended cultural and academic resources, being 80 miles from metropolitan Kansas City, 60 miles from Kansas State University and 30 miles from the University of Kansas.


There are numerous opportunities for children, with fine schools and a wide variety of classes and activities in arts, crafts, music and sports. Topeka is also a medical and mental health center, with a cluster of hospitals. Varied recreational activities can be found at the 45 parks, zoo, golf courses, two lakes and other outdoor facilities.


Washburn University offers more than 200 programs leading to certification, associate, bachelor, masters and juris doctor degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Applied Studies, Business, Nursing and Law. Washburn is annually ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report. The university is also home to KTWU, the first public television station in Kansas.


Educational opportunities are also found at Washburn Institute of Technology, a unit of the university, which offers opportunities to high school, business/industry and adult students by providing quality technical training to meet individual and labor market needs. Washburn has approximately 7,300 students. Washburn has priority and conditional admissions and maintains high academic standards.


Founded in 1865, Washburn is a publicly funded, independently governed, state coordinated university. In 1999, the university's primary funding was moved from city property tax to county sales tax sources, with the school retaining status as a municipal subdivision of the state. In addition to local financial support, Washburn has received state funds since 1961, which have been coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents since 1991. The university is governed by its own nine-member Board of Regents.


Washburn University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission: A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, several academic programs are accredited or approved by other accrediting bodies, a list of which is found on page 22 of the 2016-17 university catalog. http://www.washburn.edu/academics/academic-catalog/index.html All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.

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