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Colleges in the Wichita Area

When it comes to higher education, Wichita has several great options. And, being in the largest city in Kansas means students have many social, internship and career opportunities that aren’t available in typical college towns. Whether you’re thinking about finishing your degree, getting a second degree, learning a trade, or you’ve got a child heading off to college, here’s a brief overview of the choices available:

Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Four-Year Colleges

Wichita State University

Type: Public research university
Enrollment: Approximately 15,000
Degrees Offered: Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Program Areas: Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Fine Arts, Health Professions, Business and Entrepreneurship
Mascot: WuShock
Nickname: Shockers
Athletic Conference: NCAA Division I, Missouri Valley Conference

Newman University

Type: Coeducational Catholic liberal arts university
Enrollment: Approximately 2,800
Degrees Offered: Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Program Areas: Education, Fine Arts, Health Professions, Business, Pre-Professional Programs, Pastoral, Social Sciences, Language Arts
Mascot: Johnny Jet
Nickname: Jets
Athletic Conference: NCAA Division II, Heartland Conference

Friends University

Type: Private non-denominational Christian University
Enrollment: Approximately 2,800
Degrees Offered: Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Program Areas: Business, Information Technology, Education, Fine Arts, Natural Science, Mathematics, Religion, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mascot: Freddy Falcon
Nickname: Falcons
Athletic Conference: NAIA, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

Community College Satellite Campuses

Butler Community College

Type: Public, two-year community college
Enrollment: Approximately 9,000
Degrees Offered: Associates, certificates
Academic Program Areas: Math, Science, Education, Business, Technology, Fine Arts, Communication, Humanities, Social Sciences, Health, Early Childhood, Public Safety
Mascot: Grizwold
Nickname: Grizzlies
Athletic Conference: NJCAA Region VI, Jayhawk Conference

Cowley Community College

Type: Public two-year community college and vocational/technical school
Enrollment: Approximately 6,000
Degrees Offered: Associates, certificates
Academic Program Areas: Business, Computer & Information Technology, Health & Human Services, Humanities, Visual & Performing Arts, Career & Technical Education, Natural Science, Mathematics, Social Science
Mascot: Tank the Tiger
Nickname: Tigers
Athletic Conference: NJCAA and Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference

Pratt Community College

Type: Two-year public community college and vocational school
Enrollment: Approximately 3,000
Degrees Offered: Associates, certificates
Academic Program Areas: Accounting, Business, Agriculture, Agriculture Power Technology, Allied Health, Art, Automotive Technology, Electrical Power Technology, Information Network Technology, Nursing, Performing Arts, Solar Power Technology, Wildlife Outfitting & Operations
Mascot: Bucky Beaver
Nickname: Beavers
Athletic Conference: NJCAA Region VI, Jayhawk West Conference

Trade and Technical Schools

Wichita Area Technical College

Degrees Available: Associate of Applied Science (usually two years), Technical Certificate (usually one year), Certificate of Completion (usually less than one semester)
Programs of Study: Healthcare, Aviation, Manufacturing, Design, Business, Police Science, General Education
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Wichita Technical Institute

Degrees Available: Associates of Occupational Studies, certificates
Programs of Study: HVAC Training, Computer Technology, Network Administration, Integrated Electronics Technology, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Pharmacy Technician
Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Vatterott College

Degrees Available: Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Occupational Studies, Continuing Education, Diploma
Programs of Study: Audio Visual, Automotive, Business, Culinary, Health & Beauty, Legal, Medical, Technology, Trades
Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Heritage College

Degrees Available: Certificates
Programs of Study: Dental Assisting, Dental Radiology, Hospital and Health Services Management, Therapeutic Massage, Personal Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Technician, X-Ray Medical Technician, Medical Assistant
Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

ITT Technical Institute

Degrees Available: Bachelor of Science, Associate of Applied Science
Programs of Study: Information Technology, Electronics Technology, Drafting & Design, Industrial Engineering Technology, Business, Medical Assisting & Administration, Nursing
Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Wright Career College

Degrees Available: Bachelor of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Diploma
Programs of Study: Allied Health, Business, Health & Wellness, Technology, Nursing
Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

National American University
Degrees Available: Diploma, Undergraduate, Graduate
Programs of Study: Business Administration, Management, Accounting, Nursing
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

University of Phoenix

Degrees Available: Undergraduate, Graduate, Certificates
Programs of Study: Business, Teaching & Education, Nursing, Health Administration, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Sciences, Arts & Sciences, Information Technology
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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