This is the place where anything is possible. Where collaboration and innovative ideas shape the future, and entrepreneurship is in our bones. If you have the creativity, passion and insight to help us build a brighter future for our city, state and world—this is the place where you belong. Where We're Going ... and Growing
WSU has a long tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship that spurs the economy and serves the needs of the local community. See how our latest big, audacious plans — which have doubled the size of campus in just four years — are working to build a better future for our students, the state of Kansas and the world.
It's an exciting time to be part of Shocker Nation! To give you a sense of the pace of change on our campus, here's a timeline of the remaking of WSU over the past five years.
(Major building/facility openings in bold) 2014
Shocker Hall, a $65 million student housing complex opens near the center of campus.
Koch Global Trading Center opens inside Clinton Hall.
Multi-million-dollar renovation of Rhatigan Student Center completed.
Braeburn Golf Course closed to make way for development.
Wheatshocker Apartments razed to make way for the Experiential Engineering Building.
Kansas Family Business Forum (KFBF) Innovation Hub opens in Devlin Hall.
Koch Industries and the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation give $3.75 million for a community makerspace in Experiential Engineering Building. The makerspace would eventually be named GoCreate, a Koch collaborative.
Airbus announces plans to relocate its Wichita engineering center to a new 90,000-square-foot building on campus.
WSU announces plans for a major commitment to downtown Wichita with the creation of WSU Old Town, a complex of community-focused facilities.
Plans announced for Braeburn Square, a 20-acre mixed-use development with restaurants, shops and lodging.
A four-bay Food Truck Plaza opens near the National Institute for Aviation Research on WSU's main campus.
Plans announced for The Flats at WSU, a 112-unit student housing apartment complex.
Plans announced for a $9.5 million Law Enforcement Training Center in partnership with the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County. The facility would house WSU's Criminal Justice program.
Experiential Engineering Building opens.
Airbus Americas Engineering holds a grand opening its new facility.
Dassault Systemes holds a ribbon-cutting for its 3DExperience Center.
GoCreate makerspace holds its grand opening.
WSU and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) receive the final approval needed to form an affiliation. WATC announces plans to change their name to WSU Tech.
Shocker Studios, a state-of-the-art professional production space, opens in south Wichita.
WSU's first parking garage opens near the Rhatigan Student Center.
YMCA and Wichita State announce partnership for a new student wellness center and fitness facility on campus.
A free-standing Starbucks opens. First building in Braeburn Square development.
The Flats at WSU opens.
The Law Enforcement Training Center opens.
Partnership Building 2 opens with Spirit AeroSystems and FirePoint Innovations Center as major tenants.
The original Pizza Hut building is relocated and reopened as the Pizza Hut Museum.
Plans for Woolsey Hall, a new home for the Barton School of Business, are announced.
WSU Tech announces plans to move its Southside Center to East Harry, joining Shocker Studios and WSU South at that facility.
Wonder, an independent experiential learning school, announces plans to open in fall.
WSU Haysville satellite location to open in fall.
WSU Bookstore to open location in Braeburn Square development.
National Institute for Aviation Research Crash Dynamics Lab to break ground.
New residence hall near The Flats at WSU to break ground.
Student Health and Wellness Center, which will include the on-campus YMCA, to break ground.
Wichita is at the center of everything. As Kansas' largest city—with a growing population of nearly 700,000— Wichita is the commercial, financial, medical, cultural and entertainment hub for the state and a major attraction in the region. Despite its growth, Wichita hasn't lost the friendly Midwestern feel, and that makes it a virtual utopia for aspiring college students. A secret no longer Wichitans have known for years—but now national publications are taking note of our low cost of living, growing economy and excellent quality of life. Everywhere you go, you'll see people wearing and displaying the city flag to show our pride in what the city has become.
Wichita features more than 10 distinct shopping, dining and entertainment districts, each with their own vibe and flair. Go clubbing in Old Town. Shop for new looks in Douglas Design District boutiques. Meet up with friends in Delano.
Wichita has an incredible spectrum of restaurants, brewpubs, food trucks and coffeehouses. It's what caused Livability.com to name Wichita among its Top 10 Surprising Foodie Cities. There's even a Food Truck Plaza on campus with fine cuisine on the move five days a week.
Arts and culture
From national acts performing at Wichita's 20,000-seat downtown arena to a thriving local arts and music scene—there is always something happening. Just walking on our campus exposes you to one the nation's top outdoor sculpture collections.
Soak up the sun
Wichita sits in the center of the U.S. Great Plains and enjoys excellent weather and a mild climate for most of the year. The city has been named one of the Top 50 Sunniest Cities in the U.S., and our students take advantage by exploring 100+ parks and 150 miles of bike and hiking trails—and by walking to classes and events on our beautiful 330-acre campus.
A center of innovation and industry
Wichita is known as the Air Capital of the World, a nod to its large aircraft industry—but we have a long history of entrepreneurial spirit and business success. Some of the world's most innovative companies are proud to call Wichita home. The city's size and thriving business community give Shockers endless opportunities for experiential learning and creative collisions with entrepreneurs, dreamers and experts from all disciplines who are working for positive change in the world