Wichita State University
Wichita State University is the urban university in Kansas. WSU was founded in 1895 as a Congregational institution and now is a public state university and has an enrollment of more than 14,000. Wichita, Kansas was recently listed as one of the top ten "big cities" by Money Magazine and also is known as, "The Air Capital of the World," due to the high concentration of general aviation companies and their suppliers. Access to these companies in an urban setting enhances the traditional classroom experience by providing students greater opportunities in resources, contacts with business and government leaders, employment, and internships. The cooperative education program is in the top ten nationally and is the largest in Kansas. The College of Engineering offers six undergraduate engineering accredited degrees: aerospace engineering, bioengineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering for manufacture, mechanical engineering. The college also offers six master of science and four doctor of philosophy degrees. Wichita State's reputation is enhanced by the National Institute for Aviation Research, a research center housing multiple opportunities for students interested in engineering. With more than 50 full time staff and more than 80 part time and student employees, the institute provides many students valuable learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom.
Wichita State University became a PLTW Affiliate in 2006.