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Kansas State University Salina


Kansas State University Salina provides a small campus atmosphere with a professional learning environment built on theory, research and industry application in the classroom. The campus is also home to an elite aviation program that has more Master Certified Flight Instructors than any other college or university and is located adjacent to a 12,000-foot runway. The Salina campus sees an approximate 97 percent placement rate of its students in either employment or higher education after graduation.


Students can choose from 16 undergraduate programs and a Professional Master of Technology, making the university an equally diverse community of traditional and nontraditional students. There are close to 1000 Wildcats enrolled at K-State Salina with 82 percent being Kansas natives.

Classes and faculty

Small class sizes mean a more personalized learning experience. For example, first-year English and speech courses are limited to 25 students. Engineering technology and aviation maintenance students begin their hands-on education the very first semester and private pilot students begin flying the second week of school.

Campus life & facilities

They have the opportunity to live in suite-style residence halls and be involved in more than 30 clubs or organizations.


Students living on campus pay tuition, fees, room and board. Students in the professional pilot program will also have flight costs.


Two 100-bed suite-style residence halls are located conveniently on campus. New students are encouraged, but not required, to live on campus during their freshmen year. Computer laboratories and printers are available in each hall and hi-speed internet connections are available within each room at no additional costs. Laundry facilities are available on each floor and Resident Assistants plan events nearly every week.

In 1965, the Kansas State Legislature created Schilling Institute after the Schilling Air Force Base closed. In 1969 it was renamed the Kansas Technical Institute and in 1988 it became the Kansas College of Technology. The Kansas College of Technology merged with Kansas State University on April 25, 1991.

K-State Salina prides itself on providing a small campus atmosphere with a professional learning environment built on theory and industry application. This campus has always challenged what higher education can be. Beginning in 1967 it was the first university in Kansas to offer a computer science degree. In 2011, it was one of the first universities in the nation to offer an Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree.

A look at K-State Salina

K-State Salina offers 16 undergraduate programs and a Professional Master of Technology, all designed to prepare you for your career. Personalize your experience by getting involved in one of our many student organizations, work with award-winning faculty on research in your area of interest, or find the perfect internship.

The Salina campus is one of three in the Kansas State University system. Salina has a population of about 50,000 and offers a variety of local and national restaurants, shopping, arts, and entertainment. It is about an hour from the Manhattan campus, making it convenient for you to cheer on the Wildcats at home games.

Kansas Weslyn University

Kansas Wesleyan University is a liberal arts institution located in Salina, Kansas. Founded in 1886, it maintains a covenant relationship with the United Methodist Church and is supported by the Great Plains Conference . The school's accreditation was reaffirmed in 2007 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University is divided academically into six divisions and eighteen departments. Courses are offered for more than 60 undergraduate majors and programs , and one graduate degree, the MBA. Introduced for fall 2015 are 13 new majors and 17 new programs and pre-professional tracks, plus a brand new Liberal Studies Curriculum Core of courses and the new Wesleyan Heritage course. Signature programs include Emergency Management, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Christian Ministry, Teacher Education, and Environmental Studies and Community Resilience.

The mission of Kansas Wesleyan University is to promote and integrate academic excellence, spiritual development, personal well-being, and social responsibility.

Focused Vision Statement
Kansas Wesleyan University graduates individuals prepared for lifelong learning, success, responsibility, and service by integrating excellence in academics, co-curricular activities, and experiential learning in a faith-based and caring community.

Kansas Wesleyan provides an educational program characterized by excellence, within a caring community, rooted in the liberal arts tradition. The call of the University is to develop both intellect and character, to stimulate creativity and discover, to nurture the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. Diversity is encouraged in curriculum, faculty, and students.

Kansas Wesleyan University prepares students not only for careers and professions but also for lifelong learning. The University equips its students for responsible leadership in their communities, for useful service in and to the world, and for stewardship of the earth.

Kansas Wesleyan University provides a setting in which faith and learning are integrated; encounter with the Christian proclamation is an integral part of the life of the University. The University fosters the lively discussion of faith and values, encouraging students to develop a thoughtful personal world view informed by Christian tradition.

Kansas Wesleyan University serves the church, community, and the world by providing a variety of resources for educational, cultural, and spiritual enrichment. The aim of the University is to discover, to build, and to share a higher quality of life and a broader vision of the world.

This focused vision statement is the guiding set of principles that shapes the actions and decisions taken by all members of the KWU community.

Current Students - this vision reminds us of our ultimate goal-to lead rewarding and productive lives. As members of the KWU community, we will diligently work toward graduation and preparation for a lifetime of success in our careers, in our service to community, and in our commitments to faith and family. With the support of the KWU community, we acknowledge the deeply-valued bond between education, activities, and service to the community. The KWU students will do our best to honorably reach our fullest potential academically and socially. We will proudly strive to be winners in the classroom, in our sport, in the community, and in our personal lives.

Prospective Students - this vision stands as a promise of success, support, and a life-long commitment from KWU. We will experience first-hand our opportunities for academic success, meaningful relationships, and learning beyond the classroom.

Alumni - this vision urges us to stand as exemplars of character and service in our careers and communities. We will embrace life-long learning for ourselves and offer mentoring opportunities to current KWU students whenever possible. As advocates for the University, we remain loyal, connected, and philanthropic.

Faculty - this vision drives us to be teachers, advisors, and scholars who offer the support each KWU student needs to graduate ready for a fulfilling life. We will provide an educational experience that bolsters academic and professional skills, and promotes curiosity, integrity, critical thinking, resourcefulness, service, and stewardship of the earth.

Staff - this vision affirms our goals as a community to provide excellent customer service and enhance communication among all KWU constituents. We will make KWU a community where students can achieve academic and personal success. In all aspects of our organization, we will demonstrate our commitment to and respect for KWU and each other.

Board of Trustees - this vision commits us to be advocates for KWU; to support the financial well-being of the institution; to support enrollment of students who are prepared and motivated to graduate from KWU; to ensure quality and integrity in instructional, co-curricular, and experiential learning programs and in university administration; to foster a caring and supportive community; and to uphold KWU ideals of inclusion, compassion, and service.

Community - this vision is a pledge that KWU will be a valuable citizen to Salina and the surrounding region, building bridges to the world beyond. KWU will employ its resources and expertise to benefit the community and will welcome opportunities for KWU students to develop their minds, faith, and skills as they discover the joy of serving others.

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The Power of "AND"

With more than 50 majors and an abundance of sports and activities at Kansas Wesleyan, you can experience the power of “and” by exploring your major AND enjoying extra curricular activities. From our award-winning debate team to music ensembles and unique clubs, there are plenty of opportunities for you to follow your interests and have fun when you aren't in class.

Small Campus. Big Thinking.

At KWU, you will learn to think critically, act globally and engage actively on campus, throughout Salina and in the world. Our free Wesleyan Journey course gives students the opportunity to learn, serve and explore new communities in the U.S and abroad.

The Best Learning Tools

We have state-of-the-art equipment to help you learn. A fully stocked MAC lab, 3-D printers, television and radio studios, an observatory, and some of the finest athletics facilities in the region allow students access to essential tools that will develop skills for success in the marketplace.

Imagine the Possibilities

We've got a strong 129-year history, and this year, we have reimagined the entire student experience to meet you right where you are. That's right – an entirely new Liberal Studies curriculum, new and innovative majors, online courses and hybrid programs. Our learning takes place in classrooms, over the Internet, in the rainforests of Costa Rica and in our nation's capital. It's an all new KWU, and we hope you will be a part of it.

Look at All Your Options

With the introduction of 13 new majors and 17 new programs and pre-professional tracks , Kansas Wesleyan now offers more than 60 degrees and programs from which to choose.


Call us at (785) 827-5541, ext. 1285, or visit us on Facebook (Kanas Wesleyan) and follow us on Twitter (@goKWU).

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Academic Departments

Academic Departments at Kansas Wesleyan University

Start exploring! Academics at Kansas Wesleyan University is organized into six divisions and 18 departments.

It is through KWU's academic departments that we offer our more than 50 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs and our master of business administration degree—plus countless classes, which will fuel your passion for learning!

Browse the department links below or to the right to find the program that will inspire you to realize your full potential.

Art | Design

From the Visual Arts major with concentrations in Drawing and Painting to Graphic Design and Photography, the KWU Department of Art and Design offers programs that will prepare you to communicate visually.

Behavioral Sciences

The KWU Behavioral Science and Human Services Department will expose you to majors that include Criminal Justice, Psychology and Sociology as well as a minor in Political Science .


Study life science as a KWU major in Biology, Biomedical Chemistry or Biology Education (6-12). Check out our new Environmental Science and Community Resilience degree!

Business and Accounting

The KWU Department of Business and Accounting offers undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Business Management, Business Leadership, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Business Studies as well as three graduate MBA degrees.


Choose from a major in Chemistry or Chemistry Education in KWU's Department of Chemistry.

Communication Studies | Theatre Arts

In KWU's Communication Studies and Theatre Arts Department, you'll find degree programs in Communications, Public Relations, Speech, Speech and Theatre Education (6-12) and Theatre.

Computer Studies

Offering strong hands-on preparation in technology, the KWU Computer Science Department delivers majors in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.

Emergency Management

KWU's Emergency Management department is the only school in the state to offer undergraduate degrees in Emergency Management. The program allows you to select tracks in Homeland Security, Victim Services and Non-Governmental Organization.


In KWU's Department of English, you have the choice of three majors: English, English with Writing Emphasis and English Education (6-12).


The KWU Department of History offers the choice of two bachelor degree programs in History and History Education (6-12).

Interdisciplinary Studies

The KWU Interdisciplinary Studies program allows you to create your own major based on your passions and career goals.

Math and Physics

Here in the KWU Department of Math and Physics you'll find programs in Mathematics, Mathematics Education (6-12), Engineering Physics, Engineering and Physics Education (6-12).

Music | Music Education

Train your mind, ears and hands as a Music Education (PreK-12) or Music Performance Major in KWU's Department of Music and Music Education.


Pursue a bachelor of science degree in nursing in KWU's outstanding Department of Nursing.

Political Science

Religion and Philosophy

Experience contemplative teaching as a Religion or Philosophy major in KWU's Department of Religion and Philosophy. Check out our new Christian Ministry degree!

Sport and Exercise Science

You can select from a variety of majors in KWU's popular Sport and Exercise Science Department including Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education (PreK-12) and Sport Management.

Teacher Education

The Teacher Education Department at KWU will prepare you to thrive as a teacher of elementary, secondary and special education students.

KU School of Medicine

An exciting new model for medical education

The University of Kansas School of Medicine campus in Salina was created to address the critical shortage of physicians in Kansas. This innovative medical education program is aimed at students with a strong desire to practice in rural areas.

With eight students admitted each year, the Salina campus is the smallest four-year medical education site in the country. University leaders believe it can serve as a model for the nation.

The educational environment in Salina is as high-tech as it it is intimate. Students learn with their peers on the Kansas City and Wichita campuses via interactive video and podcasts. Other training takes place in the offices of rural physicians and at the Salina Regional Health Center, which is adjacent to the school's Braddick Building.

The KU School of Medicine-Salina is housed primarily in the Braddick Building on the Salina Regional Health Center Campus. In addition to the medical student classrooms the clinical skills labs, human anatomy lab, testing center, student study areas, and student lounge are all located in the Braddick Building.

The curriculum in Salina is identical to that at the School of Medicine campuses in Kansas City and Wichita. In the first two years, it is delivered by on-site and distance education. Lectures are given using interactive televideo, and podcasting is available for all students. These lectures and podcasts are supplemented with various types of clinical skills, laboratory and group activities. The Salina program features a core group of basic scientists backed by a large team of experts in all relevant basic science fields in Kansas City. During their third and fourth years, medical students will complete required elective clinical clerkships. These clerkships will be located at Salina Regional Health Center, local physician officies, and at other hospitals and physician offices in the region.

Salina has a vibrant and active medical community with about 120 physicians practicing all specialties at the Salina Regional Health Center, a 390-bed regional hospital. This hospital serves as a major referral center for patients and critical access hospitals from a wide geographic region. It has a strong family medicine residency program, supported by a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) medical-home practice. The city has a 50:50 mix of specialty-to-primary care physicians in Salina. The physician-to-student ratio is over 4:1.

Standardized Patient Program

A Standardized Patient (SP) at KU Med is a well person portraying a patient with certain medical concerns in a realistic encounter with a medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Salina, Kansas. Some encounters involve only the taking of a history and counseling by the medical student and others involve a limited physical exam (always non-invasive).

Specific Cases

As an SP you are expected to learn "facts" about the case that you will be portraying. These "facts" are just like the facts in your own personal situation, except they are not about you; they are about the fictitious person that you are portraying. You will be expected to memorize these "facts." Your portrayal of the case will be much like when you visit your own doctor, except you will respond to a student's questions with the "facts" that you have memorized.

Contact Information

Interested persons should contact Mary Gordon at KU School of Medicine-Salina campus via phone at 785-822-0411 or via email at .


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