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Total Annual Graduates (2011-2012)
Creative and Performing Arts
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, Kansas 66621
Total Enrollment: 7,204 (Fall 2012)
Washburn provides broadly-based liberal arts and professional education by combining the most effective modes of educating: accomplished faculty, small class sizes, state-of-the-art technology, modern learning techniques and unique opportunities available through an interactive campus and community relationship.
Washburn is a publicly funded, independently governed, state coordinated university. The school was established in 1865 as Lincoln College by a charter issued by the State of Kansas and the General Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches of Kansas. In 1941, the citizens of Topeka endorsed Washburn by voting to establish a municipal university, supported in part by the city and governed by a local board of regents. 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. Washburn is governed by its own nine-member Board of Regents.
Washburn's place in the community extends beyond the traditional classroom. Hundreds of young people are welcomed to campus each summer as participants in sports camps, while others explore their creativity through programs offered by the Mulvane Art Museum. Washburn also hosts the Quest Academic Competition that brings high school students from across the state to Topeka to vie for the opportunity to participate in championship matches produced and televised by KTWU.
The campus is also a center for cultural, sporting and educational activities. Annual events include Sunflower Music Festival and the Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Festival as well as regular performances at the Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre.
For more information visit Washburn University or call 785.670.1010.
Emporia State University
50 Miles south of Topeka
School of Professional & Graduate Studies: Business, Human Resources
Non-traditional adult education program: Business, computers
Allen Community College
|Associate Degree Program||2,898|
|Adult education; under-graduate degree program||Not available|
|Highland Community College
18 miles east of Topeka
|Associate Degree Program||3,200|
Source: Community Profile for Topeka, Summer 2012; Highland Community College, 2012; Emporia University, 2012.
20 Miles east of Topeka
Enrollment: 29,462 (19,852 undergraduates and 6,414 graduates at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses; 3,196 students at the medical center)
Faculty members: 2,529 at the main campus and the medical center
Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or equivalent in their fields: 93 percent
Fields of study: More than 200
Study Abroad opportunities: More than 130 programs in more than 70 countries
Major academic divisions: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which includes the School of the Arts and the School of Public Affairs and Administration; schools of architecture, design and planning; business; education; engineering; health professions; journalism and mass communications; law; medicine; music; nursing; pharmacy; and social welfare
Financial aid, scholarships, and grants: More than $243 million for abut 18,700 students a year; $65 million in scholarships and grants
States represented: All 50
Percentage of students from Kansas: 69.1
International students: 2,093 from 109 countries
Average age of undergraduate students: 21
Average age of graduate students: 30
Percentage of men to women: 49.2 to 50.8
Percentage of multicultural students: 14.4
Average ACT composite score for freshmen: 24.7 (highest among Kansas regents schools)
Degrees granted annually: To about 4,100 undergraduates and 2,250 masters', doctoral, and professional graduates (one-third of the bachelor's and master's degrees and two-thirds of the doctorates granted at the six Kansas regents schools)
Honors students: 1,273 in 2010-11
Rhodes Scholars: 25, more than all other Kansas schools combined
Fulbright Fellowships for students: 424
Nationally ranked graduate programs: 58. City management / urban policy and special eduction programs: No. 1 (U.S. News & World Report, 2011)
Architecture: Top 5 in construction methods and materials (DesignIntelligence magazine)
Debate: 5 national championships
Engineering: Students win presigious AIAA aircraft design contest two years in a row
Health Professions: 4 graduate programs in top 15 (U.S. News & World Report)
Law: No. 5 "best value" U.S. law school (PreLaw magazine)
Medicine: A top 5 school in fulfilling its social mission to train primary-care doctors to work in under-represented regions
Pharmacy: Residency program best in the nation
Library collections on the Lawrence campus contain more than 4.3 million volumes, 3.7 million microforms, 338,000 maps, and 3.4 million photographs, slides, drawings, and cartoons. Scholars from all over the world use the Kenneth Spencer Research Library's valuable collections of rare and historic material, including its University Archives and Kansas Collection. Other specialized libraries hold collections in art and architecture, dance, engineering, law, maps, and music.
At the medical center, the Archie R. Dykes Library for Health Sciences and the Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum are major resources for health professionals.
In the fiscal year 2010, external research spending from grants and contracts was nearly $225 million.
The National Institutes of Health rank the School of Pharmacy No. 4 in research grants received, and KU is the headquarters of a major NSF polar-ice sheet and climate change research center. The KU Cancer Center is a national leader in drug research.
The National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation both classify KU as a top research university, and it has been a member of the elite Association of American Universities since 1909.
KU Endowment is the official organization for raising and managing private funds on behalf of KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the oldest foundation of its type at a U.S. public university and one of the largest.
In fiscal year 2011, 44,949 donors gave a record total $153.2 million. Of the $153.2 million, $112.5 million came in gifts and pledges, $39 million in deferred gift commitments, and $1.7 million in gifts made directly to KU.
In FY 2010, support for the university totaled $112.3 million: $37.6 million for program and educational support; $27.5 million for student support (excluding loans); $34 million for faculty support; and $13.2 million for facilities support. View 2011 report.
-- University and visiting scholars, artists, concert musicians, actors and dancers perform at the Lied Center of Kansas, a 2,000-seat performing arts hall. The adjacent 250-seat Bales Organ Recital Hall provides cathedral-like acoustics for its three-manual pipe organ, built by Wolff & Associés of Quebec.
--University Theatre programs provide active learning opportunities for students of acting, directing, and technical theatre. Committed to presenting classics of world dramatic literature as living theatre, these programs also develop new dramatic texts and forms.
Performances are staged in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre (capacity 1,180) and the William Inge Memorial Theatre (capacity 125). Two other theaters in Murphy Hall — Swarthout Recital Hall (capacity 335) and the Robert F. Baustian Theatre (capacity 125) — feature classical and contemporary music and opera.
-- The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, which features stained-glass windows and a reflecting pool, houses exhibits and the world's largest congressional archive from the career of the longtime Kansas senator. Lectures series, seminars and speeches on current political and cultural issues are presented in its meeting spaces and halls.
-- The Spencer Museum of Art, long recognized as one of the finest university art museums in the nation, houses an internationally known collection numbering nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. Significant holdings include East Asian art; medieval art; European and American paintings, sculpture and prints; photography; Japanese Edo-period painting and prints; textiles and quilts; 20th-century Chinese painting; and an ethnographic collection of about 10,000 Native American, African, Latin American, and Australian works.
-- About 50,000 people a year visit the Natural History Museum. Fossil exhibits of extinct mammals, dinosaurs, reptiles, and fishes are especially popular. The museum's centerpiece is a panorama of North American plants and animals first prepared by renowned zoologist L.L. Dyche for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
A “Best in the West” school: notable academic programs in communications, education, engineering, journalism, music, nursing, premedical sciences, and the social sciences
A “Best Value” school, one of 50 ranked public universities – 2011 Princeton Review
“With solid academics, outstanding extracurricular programs, winning athletics and a stellar social scene, the University of Kansas has a bounty of opportunities for motivated Jayhawks. … KU's academic value is hard to beat.” – 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges
Lawrence is a “top 10 college town” praised for its vibrant downtown, youthful attitude and crimson-capped campus – Parents & Colleges 2011
50 miles west of Topeka
Kansas State University is recognized by the Princeton Review as one of America's best colleges, and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S. Kansas State University is implementing an aggressive plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025.
Colleges: agriculture; architecture, planning and design; arts and sciences; business administration; education; engineering; human ecology; technology and aviation; and veterinary medicine.
Graduate study: The Graduate School offers 65 masters degrees, 45 doctoral degrees and 22 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines across campus.
Extension: Kansas State University Research and Extension conducts practical research and delivers those results through offices in all 105 Kansas counties to improve the lives of Kansans.
Students: More than 23,800 from all 50 states and more than 90 countries.
Degrees: 250+ undergraduate majors and options are available.
Organizations: More than 475 student organizations and more than 20 club sports.
Sports: A total of 16 men's and women's teams compete in the Big 12 Conference.
Financial aid: More than $200 million in scholarships, grants, loans and work study is distributed each year.
Locations: The main campus is located in Manhattan, Kansas. The “Little Apple” is a classic college town with 52,000 residents. The university also has campuses in Salina and Olathe.
Kansas State University is a national leader among public universities in the total number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall prestigious scholarship winners. The university is home to more national CASE/Carnegie Professors of the Year than any other public research university in America.
K-State got its start in 1858 when Bluemont Central College was founded and 53 students enrolled. Five years later K-State became the first fully operational land-grant college in America.