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IPEDS ID: 156082
OPE ID: 00194900
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Washburn University
1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001
General information:  (785) 670-1010
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  6,615 (5,793 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty286268
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$6,216$6,391$6,541$6,8304.4%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,261$9,261$9,261$10,42812.6%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$16,940$17,403$17,817$18,4183.4%
Off Campus$19,985$20,273$20,537$22,0167.2%
Off Campus with Family$10,724$11,012$11,276$11,5882.8%
On Campus$23,756$24,555$25,305$26,2903.9%
Off Campus$26,801$27,425$28,025$29,8886.6%
Off Campus with Family$17,540$18,164$18,764$19,4603.7%
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 Multiyear Tuition Calculator
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$6,426
In-state fees$110
Out-of-state tuition$13,086
Out-of-state fees$110
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid170594%————
Grant or scholarship aid63184%$4,072,619$6,454
Federal grants34045%$1,629,664$4,793
Pell grants33544%$1,562,667$4,665
Other federal grants7210%$66,997$931
State/local government grant or scholarships14720%$180,243$1,226
Institutional grants or scholarships48064%$2,262,712$4,714
Student loan aid44559%$2,437,960$5,479
Federal student loans44459%$2,358,195$5,311
Other student loans142%$79,765$5,698
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,54760%$22,773,014$6,420
Pell grants2,10436%$9,914,597$4,712
Federal student loans2,97550%$21,544,367$7,242
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$10,815$11,013$11,303
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$8,904$9,052$8,538
$30,001 – $48,000$10,209$10,757$9,397
$48,001 – $75,000$12,900$12,896$12,617
$75,001 – $110,000$13,529$14,366$14,468
$110,001 and more$14,338$13,306$13,382
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment6,615
Undergraduate enrollment5,793
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment538
Graduate enrollment822
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 65%
Part-time: 35%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 62%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 15%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 75%
25 and over: 25%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 90%
Out-of-state: 8%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 1%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 59%
Part-time: 41%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 9%
Enrolled in some distance education: 23%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 69%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 19%
Enrolled in some distance education: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 69%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $20
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 68%
Part-time students: 33%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 39 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 35%
Transfer-out rate: 34%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 17%
6-year: 37%
8-year: 42%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 16%
6-year: 36%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 30%
Female: 40%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 17%
Asian: 50%
Black or African American: 11%
Hispanic/Latino: 41%
White: 39%
Two or more races: 17%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 39%
Non-resident alien: 40%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-19----
Category total-19----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General4-----
Business Administration and Management, General-2023---
Business/Commerce, General-1----
Business/Managerial Economics-4----
Finance, General-29----
International Business/Trade/Commerce-2----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-4----
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management----0d1d
Category total49728-0d1d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies-40----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-23----
Category total-63----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General013----
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst-1----
Category total014----
Art Teacher Education-1----
Biology Teacher Education-0----
Curriculum and Instruction--1---
Early Childhood Education and Teaching5-----
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--1---
Elementary Education and Teaching-44----
History Teacher Education-2----
Mathematics Teacher Education-2----
Music Teacher Education-4----
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-5----
Reading Teacher Education--3---
Spanish Language Teacher Education-0----
Special Education and Teaching, General--4---
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other--3d---
Category total55812d---
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management-15d----
Category total-15d----
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-22----
Category total-22----
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature-3----
German Language and Literature-0----
Spanish Language and Literature-3----
Category total-6----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer-7----
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-6d----
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling-----9d
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician-22d--19-
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other-22d----
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician10d---8d-
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician----9d-
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist----40d-
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other4d23d---5d
Nursing Practice---1--
Occupational Therapist Assistant19-----
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant23-----
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing-----10
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer18---0-
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other-----1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-13643---
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist10-----
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling--9d--11d
Surgical Technology/Technologist1-----
Category total85d216d52d176d36d
History, General-16----
Category total-16----
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration3d47d4d---
Forensic Science and Technology-0----
Securities Services Administration/Management-4d----
Category total3d55d4d---
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal421--6-
Programs for Foreign Lawyers--1---
Category total42111216-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies1-----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies65-5---
Category total66-5---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-7----
Category total-7----
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General0-----
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology0-----
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other16-----
Category total16-----
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences-0----
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General-1d----
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-4d----
Natural Sciences0-----
Category total05d----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-28----
Category total-28----
Personal and Culinary Services
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant2-----
Category total2-----
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies-0----
Category total-1----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-4----
Physics, General-3----
Category total-7----
Psychology, General-348---
Category total-348---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-0----
Social Work-33d45d---
Category total-33d45d---
Science Technologies/Technicians
Science Technologies/Technicians, General1-----
Category total1-----
Social Sciences
Economics, General-2----
Political Science and Government, General-15----
Category total-30----
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-1----
Design and Applied Arts, Other9-----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-2----
Fine/Studio Arts, General-16----
Music Performance, General-3----
Music, General-4----
Category total926----
Grand total1957731551228237
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 147
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 27
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 17
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 2
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,216
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $9,370
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,523
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Full-time students: 92%
Part-time students: 17%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1913 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs5/1/1995 - 6/30/2016Resigned
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1923 -  Accredited
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree12/4/2011 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant5/16/1986 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels11/20/1997 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/21/2007 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language4/2/2016 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers(!)2/1/1984 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1994 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1959 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1954 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations6210
Liquor law violations1242
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations419
Liquor law violations132
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible02
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft233
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible02
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate11.5%11.8%15.0%
Number in default263280337
Number in repayment2,2782,3622,233
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)