Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,266 undergraduate students
81% of undergrad students are full time
48% male 52% female
30% of students are from out of state
2015-2016 Academic Year
68 full-time faculty
177 part-time faculty
11.4 to 1 student/faculty ratio
53% of first year students live on campus
25% of all students live on campus
Friends University is located in Kansas’ largest city, Wichita. Wichita has been named an All-American City four times and a Top 10 Best Place to Live by Money magazine.
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Retention Fall 2015
64% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 Year Graduation Rate 2015
43.6% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015
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|American Indian or Alaska Native||1%|
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|Two or more races||8%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||5%|
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); Kansas Collegiate Athletics Conference (KCAC)
15 Varsity sports
Men: Football, soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, track and field, tennis
Women: Volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, softball, track and field, tennis
Mascot: Freddy Falcon
Colors: Crimson and gray
Business and Information Technology:
Accounting, B.S.; Business Administration, B.S. (Management Concentration, Operations Management Concentration); Computer Science and Information Systems, B.S.; Finance, B.S.; International Business, B.S.; Marketing, B.S.
Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science and Information Systems, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, Marketing
Art Education, B.A. (Grades Pre-K–12); Elementary Education, B.S. (Grades K–6); English Language Arts, Secondary Education, B.A. (Grades 6–12); Health and Physical Education, B.S.; Math Education, Secondary Education, B.S. (Grades 6–12); Music Education, B.M. (Grades Pre-K–12); Physical Education Teacher; Education, B.S. (Grades Pre-K–12); Spanish Education, B.A. (Grades Pre-K–12); Speech/Theatre Education; Secondary Education, B.A. (Grades 6–12)
Exercise Science, Physical Education
Art, B.A. (Computer Graphics Concentration, Graphic Design Concentration, Studio Concentration); Ballet, B.F.A.; Music, B.A.; Music Performance, B.M. (Instrumental Jazz Performance Concentration, Instrumental Performance Concentration, Piano Performance Concentration, Vocal Performance Concentration); Theatre, B.A.
Art Studio, Computer Graphics, Dance, Graphic Design, Music, Theatre
Religion and Humanities
Christian Spiritual Formation (Secondary Major Only); English, B.A. (Literature Concentration, Writing Concentration); Religion and Philosophy, B.A. (Youth Ministries Concentration, Christian Spiritual Formation Concentration); Spanish, B.A. (emphasis in Interpretation and Translation)
English, Language and Culture Studies, Religion and Philosophy, Spanish
Natural Science and Mathematics
Biology, B.S. (Field Biology Concentration); Chemistry, B.S. (Forensic Science Concentration); Health Management, B.S.; Health Sciences, B.S.; Mathematics, B.S. (Pre-engineering Concentration, Computer Science Concentration, Professional Mathematics Concentration); Radiologic Technology, B.S.; Zoo Science, B.S.
Biology, Chemistry, Field Biology, Forensic Science, General Science, Mathematics
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Criminal Justice, B.A.; History and Political Science, B.A.; Human Services — Psychology, B.S.; Human Services — Sociology, B.A.
Criminal Justice, History and Political Science, Human Services — Psychology, Human Services — Sociology, International Relations, Pre-law
Communications, B.A. (Media Studies Concentration, Visual Communications (Graphics) Concentration); Liberal Studies, B.S. or B.A.
Affiliate member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Foundations of Excellence First Year
Military Friendly School
Residence halls ranked #1 in the state in student satisfaction
Online Master’s Degree in Health Care Leadership ranked #22 in nation
#44 Best Risk-Reward for College Students as ranked by the 2016 College Risk-Reward Indicator (CRRI)
As with any institution, student engagement is vital throughout the educational experience – not only in the classroom, but beyond the smartboard as well. Allowing students to apply their classroom lectures and lessons to the real world allows them to see the value in continuing their education. Students are encouraged to join Campus Ministries on mission trips in Houston and Chicago, where they work with and help needy, impoverished and homeless people.
Students also have the chance to take their education on the road with dozens of study abroad opportunities throughout the year. Cultural immersion experiences allow students to really dig deep and embrace their sense of adventure. Undergraduate and graduate opportunities are available and include trips to Mexico, China, Cuba, Africa, Europe and South America. Trips may range from a few days to several weeks with experiences that include setting up computer systems for third-world hospitals, performing jazz music in Cuba or discussing spirituality in Brazil.
Additionally, top students are honored with membership into several academic honor societies. Such organizations include:
- The Alpha Chi Honor Society: which promotes academic excellence and exemplary character in the arts, sciences, and education
- Alpha Sigma Lambda: which recognizes special achievement for nontraditional adult learners
- Delta Kappa: mentors individuals in leadership positions in the marriage and family therapy professions
- Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity
- Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
- Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society
- Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.
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Friends University attracts top minds to its faculty – not only academic intellectuals who have spent lifetimes studying and researching, but also leaders of industry with years of practical experience. Students learn through traditional classroom lectures, group projects, thoughtful discussion, one-to-one tutoring, in-depth research, and opportunities beyond the brick and mortar of the institution.
Nichole Pendleton, assistant professor in accounting, has often been the subject of student praise. One student who nominated Pendleton for a teaching award noted that “Friends professors treat students better than any other school I’ve attended, and they focus on creating real relationships with students. Pendleton is a perfect example of this kind of professor.”
Bassam Jaradat, adjunct professor in business, is not only a teacher at Friends University, but an alumnus as well. “His class wasn’t just about the book. It was about life experience and making learning meaningful,” said one student who commented about Jaradat.
Offering not only traditional liberal arts fields of study, Friends University also has several unique academic niches. The University’s Zoo Science degree is one of the only programs of its kind in the country. Students in this program benefit from a 20-plus-year relationship with the Sedgwick County Zoo that allows them to obtain practical experience working with zoo animals and personnel. On the other end of the liberal-arts spectrum, Friends University’s ballet program is among the top in the region. Ballet students have the opportunity to travel throughout the country to perform. Additionally, ballet dancers from New York, Chicago and Dallas have graced the stage in Sebits Auditorium with their extraordinary talents and expertise.
Beyond the University’s notable faculty, guest speakers supplement students’ educational experience with wisdom beyond the classroom. The Garvey Institute of Law brings distinguished speakers and legal experts to serve as resources for the community. Past speakers have included Martin Luther King III; Dr. Eileen Borris, a trainer in global peace initiatives; Jodee Blanco, an anti-bullying expert; the most Rev. Thabo Cecil Makgoba, archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church of South Africa; Dr. Vernon Smith, Nobel Prize winner in economics; and relationship expert Dr. Harriet Lerner.
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Class Size Breakdown
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A Beautiful Campus
Walking onto the Friends University campus in Wichita, students notice lush gardens, scents of flowers and fresh-cut grass, well-maintained beautiful buildings, and plenty of woodland creatures skittering throughout centuries-old trees.
But Friends University is so much more than just a pretty face. It’s a place where tradition flourishes even more persistently than the blooms that decorate Rose Window Plaza. Homecoming, the spring Cherry Carnival, and Christmas lights adorning the clock tower are just a few of the age-old traditions that keep the Friends University community thriving and connected throughout the years.
As an institution founded on Quaker values, Friends University prides itself on its service opportunities – engaging students, faculty, staff and alumni in projects that benefit not only the University community, but also have global implications. Each December, the University closes its doors for an entire day for Salvation Army Service Day. The University community helps the Salvation Army prepare Christmas gifts for thousands of needy families throughout the Wichita area. Other service opportunities take students across the country or across the globe on a mission to make the world a better place.
Clubs and Organizations
Students also connect with each other through an array of organizations, clubs and honor societies. Dozens of groups cover a variety of interests – whether it be Acts of Faith, University Band or the Arabesque Society for performance artists; the Art and Design Society; the English Club, or the Drama Club; or varsity and intramural sports for the athletically minded. Additionally, several academic honor societies honor students’ academic achievements.
Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates
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The Whole Picture
With a rich history of being one of the region’s top liberal-arts institutions, Friends University doesn’t just teach students facts, figures and statistics. Their top-notch faculties teach students how to think and learn through rigorous curriculum that produces well-rounded, thoughtful graduates who are capable of not only seeing the big picture, but the smaller parts that make up the whole.
Many graduates leave the walls of Friends University knowing they have a greater chance of success. More than 90 percent of Friends University Health Sciences students go on to study at their graduate school of choice. In the last seven years, 85 percent of Computer Science and Information Systems and Management Information Systems graduates maintained employment in their field. The University has the highest number of alumni and adult students named to the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, compared to other Kansas private institutions. This program recognizes young professionals who have excelled in their career and contributed to their community.
Students are in good company with former Friends University alumni that include Vernon Smith, a 2002 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics; Kansas state senators Carolyn McGinn and Donald Betts; Ken Canfield, founder of the National Center for Fathering; opera singer Beverly Hoch; and Rich Mullins, Christian music singer and songwriter.
Admissions Fall 2015
713 Total Applicants
387 Total Admissions
163 Total Freshmen Enrollment
54.28% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission
Rolling Admission? Yes
Standardized test scores
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Freshmen Profile Fall 2015
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TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-2017
|Room and Board (on campus)||$7,590|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$33,420|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015
$6,775 First year students
$7,679 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015
74% on average, the percentage of need that was met
23% of financial need students that had need fully met
$8,273 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,178 Average need-based loan