If you are new to the Wichita metro area, you may not realize the vast number of institutions of higher learning in our area. While everyone knows about Wichita State University, there are many other colleges and universities that call the Wichita home.
If you have an about to be “college aged” child or are looking to get back to school yourself, you need to educate yourself about your options in our area.
Here is the quick low-down on colleges in the Wichita area:
With an enrollment just shy of 15,000, Wichita State is the largest university in our city and the third largest in the state of Kansas. The public research university offers over 60 undergraduate degrees and 44 different master’s degrees.
The school boosts an impressive athletics program that competes at the NCAA Division 1 level. The schools mascot is the Shockers. Wichita State is known for its prowess on the basketball court.
The premier community college in the Wichita metro area, Butler Community College is located in nearby El Dorado. The school boosts an enrollment of over 8,000 students all looking to get their associates degree.
The university fields a number of athletic teams that all compete in the Jayhawk Conference at the NJCCA Division 1 level. Butler Community College is considered one of the top junior colleges for football prospects and routinely sends many players to the NCAA Division 1 level year-in and year-out.
Located right off Kellogg, Newman University is a private Catholic university in west Wichita. The university is home to almost 3,000 students and offers numerous undergraduate and master’s degrees.
Newman competes in a number of different athletic competitions at the NCAA Division 2 level. The “Jets” are a member of the Heartland Conference.
Friends University is located right across the street from Newman University in west Wichita. The private school is home to around 3,000 students and is a non-denominational Christian college that offers both undergraduate and master’s degrees.
The university competes athletically at the NAIA Division 2 level in the competitive KCAC conference. Historically, the “falcons” have had a good basketball program.
Wichita Area Technical College is a institution of higher learning that is a member of the Kansas Board of Regents. The school offers over 75 programs of study.
A non-traditional university, Wichita Area Technical College often focuses on industry training. The school offers great programs and degrees in many fields including specializing in aviation and healthcare.