Higher Education in Wichita

Wichita’s college choices include Wichita Area Community College, with 27 associate degree programs in such disciplines as business, interior design and surgical technology. With 30 certificate programs and certificate of completion programs, the school has made a concerted effort to become an educational powerhouse for the community.

Wichita's graduate and undergraduate institutions include Wichita State University, which has received accolades for its research programs. WSU was ranked No. 1 among U.S. universities that receive industry-funded aeronautical research and development expenditures. WSU's degree programs encompass engineering, the fine arts, the health professions, liberal arts and sciences, business and pre-professional programs. The Kansas University School of Medicine provides medical degrees and training to combat the community’s physician shortage and to prepare students seeking careers in the health care field.

Newman University, a Catholic faith-based institution that features 44 undergraduate programs and seven graduate degree programs, is dedicated to preparing students for enriching careers.

The table below offers an overview of some of Wichita’s colleges and universities:

Institution Type Training/Degrees Offered
Wichita Area Community College Public Associate degrees, career & technical education
Wichita State University Public Certificates, credentials, undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees
Kansas University School of Medicine Public Master’s degrees, MD, PhD in health care areas
Newman University Not for Profit Private Undergraduate degrees, pre-professional degrees, graduate degrees
Friends University Not for Profit Private Undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and continuing education
Tabor College Not for Profit Private Undergraduate and graduate degrees

Online Academics and Training in Wichita

Wichita’s expansive online offerings include academic degrees as well as professional preparation and training. Wichita Area Technical College offers an associate degree in administrative office technology as well as an online certificate in that discipline. Wichita State University created its first fully online RN to BSN program, which is set to launch in the fall of 2014. The institution offers online courses in most of its undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

National American University provides 14 associate degree programs and over 22 undergraduate online degree programs, in addition to the blended learning and on-campus opportunities at its Wichita locations.

Key Industries, Occupations and Employers

As a major hub of the aerospace, oil production and health care industries, Wichita’s economic growth relies heavily on these sectors. According to Wichita’s Center for Economic Development, the following six industries are vital to the city’s economic growth:

  • Natural Resources, Mining and Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Information Services
  • Education and Health Care

Wichita Business Journal describes the five largest Wichita employers as follows:

  • Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
  • McConnell Air Force Base
  • Via Christi Health
  • Wichita Unified School District
  • Textron Aviation

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in addition to occupations common to urban areas such as office and administrative support, sales, production, and food preparation and serving, other significant economic sectors in the Wichita metropolitan area include:

According to the City of Prescott, the five largest employers are:

  • Construction and Extraction
  • Transportation and Material Moving
  • Education, Training and Library Occupations
  • Health Care Practitioners and Technical Occupations

Wichita's Center for Economic Development projects that the service sectors are among the fastest growing areas, with opportunities in professional and business services followed by information services, leisure and hospitality, education and health care.

Colleges & Universities in Wichita

Colleges & Universities in Wichita

Wichita State University 18,656 $5,005 Public
Newman University 3,957 $20,866 Not For Profit (Private)
Friends University 3,847 $20,880 Not For Profit (Private)

Community Colleges and Vocational Schools in Wichita

Wichita Area Technical College 3,778 $5,040 Public

Online Colleges in Wichita