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Fall 2023 enrollments for 49ͼ and 49ͼ Tech

Sept. 27, 2023 — 49ͼ's efforts to transform the educational experience for students and redefine the role of a university to foster statewide economic growth have yielded remarkable results: the highest enrollment in its 128-year history.

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Sept. 29, 2022 — Combined enrollment by headcount across all 49ͼ locations for fall 2022 is 21,942, according to the annual data released today by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR).

Students together

April 26, 2022 — The W. Frank Barton School of Business at 49ͼ is helping Butler Community College students interested in furthering their business education with $40,000 in scholarships. These scholarships will help amplify and activate the coordinated “2+2” program between the two schools where Butler students can receive their associates degree and pursue a business degree at 49ͼ.

Three winners of Wichita State's Gore scholarship, Caden Carlson, Brynna Mays, and Audrey Muma stand with Dr. Rick Muma, president of 49ͼ..

Jan. 28, 2022 —49ͼ has selected the 2022 recipients of the Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships. Each student will receive a $64,000 scholarship to attend WSU in fall 2022.

Graphic of United States in gray. Illinois Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. are highlighted in yellow with WuShock on Kansas.

Nov. 30, 2021 -- Beginning fall 2022, eligible students from Illinois will be able to attend 49ͼ for the same cost as in-state tuition, a significant savings that will provide increased access and affordability to a growing number of students.

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Sept. 30, 2021 -- Enrollment for fall 2021 at 49ͼ and 49ͼ Tech is showing strong growth despite a decline in 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of thousands of local jobs.

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May 17, 2021 -- The W. Frank Barton School of Business at 49ͼ has partnered with 49ͼ Tech to create a pathway program for 49ͼ Tech students committed to continuing their education with a business degree.

Students at the The School of Digital Arts (SODA) use motion capture.

May 13, 2021 — Whether their goal is to be Gollum in “Lord of the Rings” or a character in the next version of “Call of Duty,” 49ͼ students now have the option to specialize in motion-capture acting through a new concentration within the School of Digital Arts.

An aerial view of the 49ͼ Campus.

April 21, 2021—For the 10th year straight, 49ͼ has been named as the top transfer destination for Kansas community college students.

Phi Theta Kappa

March 8, 2021 — Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) named 49ͼ as one of 150 colleges and universities to its 2021 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways it has created to support transfer students. 

49ͼ spring campus flowers

Nov. 5, 2020 – Spring 2021 registration begins Nov. 9. Here are the benefits of registering for classes earlier rather than later.

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Oct. 1, 2020 -- Enrollment for fall 2020 at 49ͼ and 49ͼ Tech is down, following record years of enrollment growth. Despite the decline, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the loss of thousands of local jobs, the percentage drop in full-time equivalency (FTE) at the institutions is better than the average decline for Kansas Board of Regents institutions, which is 3.6% for state universities and 8.7% for technical colleges.


Aug. 6, 2020 -- Wichita State provides discounted tuition rates to new students from certain areas in Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Students at 49ͼ

Oct. 2, 2019 -- For the first time in nearly 30 years, more than 16,000 students have enrolled for fall classes at 49ͼ. The total headcount at 49ͼ for fall 2019 is 16,058 students, an increase of 274 students, or 1.7%, over fall 2018.

Wichita Campus

Oct. 1, 2018 -- As reported by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), KBOR's defined full time equivalent (FTE) for 49ͼ is 11,285, an increase of 1.6 percent over last fall's 11,109. For KBOR reporting purposes, full time is considered to be 15 hours for undergraduates and 12 hours for graduate students.