Founded by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Newman University empowers graduates to transform society. Newman strives to embody the core values of its namesake St. John Newman by educating the whole person academically, spiritually, and socially. The University’s rigorous undergraduate programs are rooted in a strong liberal arts foundation, challenging students to achieve their personal and professional goals by thinking big in a small college atmosphere.
Newman University is a community of respect and inclusion that celebrates a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Its Catholic Identity is celebrated throughout the academic year, though many non-Catholic individuals are happy to call Newman their welcoming and accepting home.
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Designed for traditional freshmen, the first-year course introduces students to the expectations of university life as well as the rich history of Newman, which serves as a catalyst to deeper inquiry and scholarly discussion. This course introduces the pathways students will take to identifying and planning for majors and careers. Further, students explore opportunities to embody the spirit of service of St. John Newman by engaging in service projects on and off campus.
The spirit of academic inquiry and discussion is an integral part of the Newman experience. For Newman students, the value of undergraduate research is immeasurable; they can take a College Research Literacy course to learn about best practices in research, and dedicated faculty guide and support students as they make groundbreaking discoveries in all disciplines.
In 2018, Newman senior Camden Hoover participated in a highly competitive summer research program at Portland State University. Hoover was immersed in a rigorous multidisciplinary environment designed to prepare students for advanced degree programs. While such an experience would intimidate some, Hoover credits her success to the support of Newman University. And she is not alone; Newman students routinely present their findings at regional and national conferences and, in 2019, Newman had the largest representation of any university at the Kansas Association of Historians Conference.
All students are encouraged to take their education abroad through overseas study and exchange programs. The robust study abroad program at Newman allows students of all disciplines to gain worldly perspectives. Notable programs include:
- Guatemala Study and Serve: This eight-week program invites students to immerse themselves in language, culture, and service in Guatemala. Students travel through Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan, Quetzaltenango, and the Mayan ruins of Tikal.
- Europe by Rail: Students can hopscotch around Europe from Vienna to London during this three-week adventure with Dr. Kelly McFall.
- Newman Exchange—Birmingham, UK: Newman University has its very own semester exchange program with Newman University in Birmingham, UK!
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 4%
White, non-Hispanic: 72%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
As soon as new students step onto Newman’s campus, they are supported by a vast network of faculty, staff, and advisors. Designed to address the academic, social, and personal obstacles new students face, Newman’s FYE partners with various campus departments, making resources easily available through a comprehensive student experience.
Not every student enters college with a clear path in mind, and that’s okay! Newman understands that college is a time of discovery—and students are choosing more than just a major. They’re choosing a path that will lead to a lifetime of learning and meaningful work. Thankfully, Newman’s unique Exploratory Program allows students to take a variety of prerequisite courses that helps them identify their interests, strengths, and eventual field of study without delaying graduation.
Newman University’s Honors Program invites high-achieving students to take their education to an elevated level. The program challenges students in and out of the classroom through rigorous courses and stimulating co-curricular opportunities. With a tight-knit community, Honors scholars enjoy intellectual growth and meaningful service as well as opportunities for deeper interaction with faculty, guest speakers, and alumni.
“I doubt I could have ever found a better educational home than Newman University to embark on my collegiate adventures. After receiving my Associates’ degree while still in high school, I found myself trying to find a really unique university. I wanted to attend a school that was small and personal, but I simultaneously wanted to be challenged by rigorous academics. I was also challenged to find a school that had academic programs that fit my desires. I wanted to find a school where I could pro-actively shape my own educational path and also explore my interests in both mathematics and theology.
I could never have found a better school than Newman University. The Honor’s college led by Dr. McFall gave me the perfect opportunity to drive my own education forward and set challenging goals academically, and personally. Additionally, the mathematics and theology faculty were equally passionate about helping me to explore potential careers in both fields. The theology faculty especially expressed deep joy at having the opportunity to engage in ecumenical discourse in the classroom fostered by the presence of multiple faith traditions.
During my time at Newman I was able to make some very close lifelong friends with fellow students. I also had the opportunity to gain remarkably invaluable job experiences through employment placement. Third, through interactions with the faculty I was able to establish great resources that I continue to interact with even as I engage in graduate level education.
Though I may have walked into Newman with some trepidation about what my experience would be, I know now as I look back that I could not have attended a better school for the future that I am pursuing.” —Amanda Becker, Theology and Mathematics Major, Class of 2018
LIFE AT NEWMAN
A truly well-rounded, inspiring college experience includes more than academic pursuits. At Newman, students create as many memories outside the classroom through supportive communities, rich student activities, and exciting sports. With over 30 clubs and organizations, there are opportunities for every student to develop their leadership skills, promote awareness of issues, expand professional and personal competencies, and engage with Newman University and local communities outside of the classroom.
The main campus is located in Wichita, Kansas, with outreach sites in Southeast Kansas; Western Kansas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Newman’s small size is a favorite among many Newman University students. Students are on a first-name basis with faculty members, and familiar faces are seen in every area of campus. This creates a close-knit community where students can make lifelong friendships as well as connections to future opportunities.
The Newman University Jets participate in the NCAA’s Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Triathlon, Wrestling.
Women’s Sports: Softball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Cheer & Dance.
Intramural Sports: Newman University’s Intramural Sports program offers opportunities to actively participate in sports by providing a facility in which participants can compete against one another in a safe, friendly environment. Intramural sports include Softball, Kickball, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, and Dodgeball.
At Newman University, students are prepared for more than their first job. They are equipped with the skills and experience to navigate an ever-changing job market. The Career Service Center at Newman has a team of dedicated advisors who are trained in all areas of career planning and guidance, offering a variety of services and resources to help them identify a career plan, secure an internship, and work toward a successful post-graduation transition.
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND INTERNSHIPS
Cooperative Education is a great way for students to garner hands-on experience while earning college credit. These supervised work experiences are related to the student’s career goals and is an extension and application of their classroom instruction. A faculty coordinator, Career Services, and the employer/supervisor share in the intellectual and professional development of the student, which ultimately benefits all involved.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 530 | 75th Percentile: 650
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