Washburn University

1700 SW College Ave
United States

Tel: 785.670.1108

About Washburn University

Washburn University is located on a spacious and attractive campus containing a number of modern buildings in a residential area of the capital city of Kansas. The Topeka SMSA has a population of about 123,000. Located on the Kansas River, it is about 80 miles from metropolitan Kansas City, 60 miles from Kansas State University, and 30 miles from the University of Kansas, making easy access to extended cultural and academic resources. Topeka's libraries, museums, Community Concert Series, Sunflower Music Festival, Topeka Civic Symphony Series, Performing Arts for Children Series, civic theaters, and art galleries (including Washburn's Mulvane Art Museum) offer a rich cultural environment. There are many 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. Topeka's 45 parks, zoo, golf courses, two lakes and other outdoor facilities afford varied and recreational activities. Founded in 1865, Washburn is a publicly funded, independently governed, state coordinated university. 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. The university is governed by its own nine member Board of Regents. Washburn offers more than 190 programs leading to certification, associate, bachelor, masters and juris doctor degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Applied Studies, Business, Nursing, and Law. For the sixth consecutive year, Washburn University ranked in the top 10 of midwestern public universities in the 2002 College Rankings released by U.S. News and World Report. A Continuing Education Division provides additional educational opportunities. Washburn also operates KTWU, the first educational television station in Kansas, and offers credit courses through this facility. Summer, evening, and weekend courses are also offered. Washburn is accredited or approved by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Kansas State Board of Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association, the American Chemical Society, the American Association of University Women, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Council on Social Work Education, the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing. Washburn has approximately 7,000 students with approximately 7% living on campus. Washburn has priority and conditional admissions and maintains high academic standards. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin and handicap.

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