Best Colleges in Wichita

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Nestled in basketball country, Wichita will delight you with its many festival and multicultural events, 22 live theaters, bouncing nightlife and outdoor escapes. Home to 8 traditional colleges and over 5 technical school options, you can major in everything from aerospace science to personal grooming. Ranked 3rd on Forbes list of engineering capitals, 1st for wind projects under construction, and 3rd in high-tech manufacturing, business in Wichita is booming. Additionally, Wichita is the restaurant birthplace to powerhouse chains like Pizza Hut, Taco Tico, Spangles, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, and White Castle. With a lower cost of living and unemployment rate of 5.7%, lower than the national average, Wichita is an entrepreneurial haven that will support your pre and post collegiate aspirations.

Wichita has a rich offering of concerts, comedy, musical, and theatre performances and boasts the funny but accurate nickname of "Do-Dah." But it's not all about the music and arts. Wichita is home to a sport energetic community with the NBC World Series, Thunder hockey team and Wichita Wild indoor football team, just to name a few. With more than 100 parks, two nationally ranked zoos and over 32 golf courses, there's plenty of ways to take in Wichita's beautiful climate.

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Best Four Year Universities in Wichita

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Newman University Wichita, KS

Newman University offers 74 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 623 students graduated with students earning 298 Bachelor's degrees, 258 Master's degrees, and 67 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
2 Friends University Wichita, KS

Friends University offers 70 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 647 students graduated with students earning 424 Bachelor's degrees, 212 Master's degrees, and 11 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
3 Wichita State University Wichita, KS

Wichita State University offers 175 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 3,218 students graduated with students earning 2,075 Bachelor's degrees, 848 Master's degrees, 150 Doctoral degrees, 73 Certificates degrees, and 72 Associate's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
4 Bethel College-North Newton North Newton, KS

Bethel College-North Newton offers 45 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 93 students graduated with students earning 93 Bachelor's degrees.

5 ITT Technical Institute-Wichita Wichita, KS

ITT Technical Institute-Wichita offers 15 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 75 students graduated with students earning 74 Associate's degrees, and 1 Bachelor's degree.

6 National American University-Wichita Wichita, KS

National American University-Wichita offers 20 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 37 students graduated with students earning 27 Associate's degrees, 9 Bachelor's degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

7 National American University-Wichita West Wichita, KS

National American University-Wichita West offers 21 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 24 students graduated with students earning 13 Associate's degrees, 9 Bachelor's degrees, and 2 Certificates degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Wichita

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Wichita Area Technical College Wichita, KS

Wichita Area Technical College offers 84 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 2,040 students graduated with students earning 1,918 Certificates degrees, and 122 Associate's degrees.

2 Butler Community College El Dorado, KS

Butler Community College offers 107 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a far away town. In 2015, 1,309 students graduated with students earning 1,155 Associate's degrees, and 154 Certificates degrees.

3 Wichita Technical Institute Wichita, KS

Wichita Technical Institute offers 10 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 643 students graduated with students earning 609 Certificates degrees, and 34 Associate's degrees.

4 Hesston College Hesston, KS

Hesston College offers 11 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 149 students graduated with students earning 149 Associate's degrees.

5 Heritage College-Wichita Wichita, KS

Heritage College-Wichita offers 13 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 243 students graduated with students earning 158 Certificates degrees, and 85 Associate's degrees.

6 Vatterott College-Wichita Wichita, KS

Vatterott College-Wichita offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 110 students graduated with students earning 104 Certificates degrees, and 6 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Newman University Newman University Wichita, KS
5/5
25 : 1 3,595
Friends University Friends University Wichita, KS
5/5
16 : 1 1,929
Wichita State University Wichita State University Wichita, KS
2/5
26 : 1 14,240
Bethel College-North Newton Bethel College-North Newton North Newton, KS
5/5
11 : 1 525
Wichita Area Technical College Wichita Area Technical College Wichita, KS
2/5
23 : 1 3,318
Butler Community College Butler Community College El Dorado, KS
2/5
31 : 1 8,950
Wichita Technical Institute Wichita Technical Institute Wichita, KS 18 : 1 707
Eric Fisher Academy Eric Fisher Academy Wichita, KS 15 : 1 171
Hesston College Hesston College Hesston, KS
5/5
10 : 1 412
Heritage College-Wichita Heritage College-Wichita Wichita, KS 16 : 1 339
University Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Wichita Wichita, KS 24 : 1 119
Vatterott College-Wichita Vatterott College-Wichita Wichita, KS
3/5
17 : 1 165
ITT Technical Institute-Wichita ITT Technical Institute-Wichita Wichita, KS
4/5
10 : 1 131
Crave Beauty Academy Crave Beauty Academy Wichita, KS 10 : 1 168
University Logo Old Town Barber College-Wichita Wichita, KS 12 : 1 47
National American University-Wichita National American University-Wichita Wichita, KS
3/5
18 : 1 174
University Logo National American University-Wichita West Wichita, KS
3/5
21 : 1 226
University Logo Regency Beauty Institute-Wichita Wichita, KS

Top Schools offering Specific Degrees in Wichita

Questions About Going to College in Wichita

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Wichita?

As might be expected in the state’s largest city, Wichita provides a wide range of career possibilities. Aviation and health care remain central industries, but manufacturing, education, communications, and finance all contribute to the area’s economy. And while not quite Silicon Valley, efforts at innovation have been growing. Particularly helpful has been an initiative called Startup Wichita, which fosters connections between entrepreneurs, investors, and techies.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Wichita?

Grads interested in putting their skills to use in the aviation industry would be hard pressed to find a better city than “The Air Capital of the World.” Cessna Aircraft Company has called Wichita home since 1927 and continues to employ some 12,000 workers. Spirit AeroSystems Inc., Hawker Beechcraft, and Bombardier Aerospace reside there too. And don’t think these big companies only want those with a degree in aviation sciences. They need human resources personnel, IT experts, marketing specialists, and other professionals. Wichita also has plenty of places for health science graduates to seek employment, such as Via Christi Health, Wesley Medical Center, and Wichita Clinic PA.

Is Wichita more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

With a 330-acre campus and more than 14,500 students, Wichita State University can feel like a city in and of itself. But with nearly 387,000 residents, Wichita obviously appeals to more than just those seeking a great education. Affordable housing lures young families that want to settle into classic Midwestern neighborhoods. Millennials flock to Old Town, a former warehouse district that has been transformed into hip apartments and condos. Add plenty of cultural opportunities (40 museums and galleries) and easy access to health care, and you can see why so many choose to settle here.

What do the locals in Wichita like to do for fun?

What could be more fun than zip lining, helicopter rides, inflatables for the kids, parades, clowns, and paddle boats while great live music fills the air and food vendors tout everything from chicken on a stick to funnel cakes on every corner? Old and young alike look forward to this annual nine day summer celebration known as Riverfest. But Wichita has plenty going on at other times of the year too. Visit the elephants of the Zambezi River Valley at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Get tickets to Sesame Street Live or a Blake Shelton concert at the INTRUST Bank Arena. Check out the extensive glass art collection at the Wichita Art Museum. Or invite your neighbors over for a BBQ – they’ll be sure to return the favor.

What's the dating scene like in Wichita? Will I meet my perfect mate?

The numbers certainly favor a match: 644,000+ people in the Wichita metro area with roughly equal numbers of men and women. Nightlife thrives – kick up your heels at Club Rodeo or sample live music (and a beverage or two) on the patio at Oeno’s Wine Bar. But don’t feel the downtown scene is your only option. Religion is a top priority for many people in Wichita, and couples often meet through church activities. Enjoy a big Sunday dinner with your new crush’s family following Sunday mass.

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