Wichita State’s main campus is located on a 330-acre site bounded by Hillside, Oliver, 17th and 21st streets in northeast Wichita. The campus is modern and accessible and at the same time retains the flavor of the university’s heritage, combining distinctive Georgian-style architecture with more modern buildings of stone and brick that are accentuated by attractive landscaping. During the past 25 years, Wichita State has more than doubled its instructional space, adding major buildings for art, engineering, health sciences, sciences, physical education, music, dance, and liberal arts and sciences.
Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex
The Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, located at 29th Street North and Oliver, is considered part of the main campus. Named for WSU’s 11th president, Eugene Hughes, the 27-acre site has many amenities, including an initial building containing the 1,750-seat Roger Lowe Auditorium, the 145-seat Frederick Sudermann Commons, and the Richard Welsbacher Experimental Theater, a black-box theater. This facility also has a gymnasium, an 80-seat meeting room, classrooms, offices for Adult Education, Continuing Education which offers noncredit courses to the community, and the Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic offering special services in these respective fields. The complex also has playfields for intramural sports and the Advanced Education in General Dentistry building, providing advanced education to dental school graduates as well as needed oral health care to the general public.
Fine Arts Facilities
Wiedemann Hall houses the first pipe organ built in North America by the world-renowned firm of Marcussen and Son, Denmark. The 400-seat music venue, dedicated in 1986, is the ideal acoustical setting for the organ. The building is named for music-lover and philanthropist Gladys H.G. Wiedemann.
Duerksen Fine Arts Center, opened in 1956, hosts university, community and professional music and dance performances. Named for alumnus and long-time dean of the college, Walter Duerksen, the fine arts center houses the School of Music, including the 500-seat Miller Concert Hall, classrooms and practice studios.
Wilner Auditorium, built in 1938 with federal funds provided through the Public Works Administration, is named to honor speech and theater professor George Wilner. Although other stages are now available, the 550-seat Wilner Auditorium still serves as the main stage for theater activities.
Grace Memorial Chapel
Harvey D. Grace Memorial Chapel, located in the heart of the campus near Morrison Hall and the Rhatigan Student Center, was built in 1963 and dedicated to serve all creeds and races. The chapel is available to students for group or individual worship and meditation, and is a frequent location for weddings.
National Institute for Aviation Research
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University is the largest academic aviation research and development institution in the United States with more than 320,000 square feet of laboratory space. Established in 1985, NIAR offers research, development, testing, certification and training services in the areas of aerodynamics, advanced coatings, aging aircraft, composites and advanced materials, CAD/CAM, computational mechanics, crash dynamics, full-scale structural test, environmental test, wind tunnel testing, mechanical test, nondestructive test, virtual reality, reverse engineering and robotics.
NIAR is home to the National Center for Advanced Materials Performance and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for Composites and Advanced Materials.
NIAR headquarters is located on WSU’s main campus. Off-site NIAR locations include the Environmental Test labs at Air Capital Flight Line, laboratories within the National Center for Aviation Training, and the Aircraft Structural Test and Evaluation Center at the former Kansas Coliseum.
Find out more at the NIAR website, or by calling (316) 978-6427, or (800) NIAR-WSU.
Plaza of Heroines
Surrounded by Ablah Library, Jabara Hall, Grace Memorial Chapel and Clinton Hall, the Plaza of Heroines is a beautiful and welcome gathering place. Danseuse Espagnole (Spanish Dancer), by artist Sophia Vari, is a striking addition to WSU’s highly regarded outdoor sculpture collection and the centerpiece of the plaza. Landscaping and benches surround the sculpture enhancing the circular plaza, constructed of bricks and granite pavers engraved with the names of honored women. Proceeds from the plaza project benefit the Center for Women’s Studies scholarship fund.
Ulrich Museum of Art
Join the contemporary arts conversation! Most recognized for the iconic Joan Miró Personnages OIseaux, the Ulrich Museum of Art is located in the southwest section of campus. WSU students are eligible for free museum memberships and may activate their memberships by phone (316) 978-3664, email, or in person at the museum. Members receive e-newsletters along with free admission to events, programs and exhibitions.
The Ulrich Museum presents contemporary and modern art exhibitions, prominent guest speakers and compelling performances that explore today’s visual culture and provide students with the opportunity to be engaged with some of the most important art of today. Exhibition openings (complete with live music and complimentary food and beverages) give WSU students an opportunity to see great works of art in a fun and relaxed setting, while students visiting during regular hours will find a quiet, contemplative space.
In addition to the art inside the museum, the Ulrich has one of the top 10 outdoor sculpture collections on a college/university campus in the United States (2006 Public Art Review). Free maps of the outdoor sculpture collection are available at the museum’s main desk.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays and major/university holidays.
WSU South, located at 200 West Greenway Street, Suite 115A, Derby, is only 20 minutes by car from the main campus in Wichita. It features state-of-the-art audio-visual instructional technology and equipment. In particular, there is a high-definition Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) facility with which WSU lectures are broadcast to colleges in other cities. There is a 30-workstation computer laboratory with class-related software. There is WSU Secure and Guest Wi-Fi throughout the building. Parking is free and convenient. Active security measures are in place.
WSU South offers both general education courses and professional degree programs such as the accelerated nursing program that allows nursing students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree (BSN) in only 13 months, as well as a bachelor's degree (BA) in elementary education in two years. Psychology majors can complete their psychology class requirements at our location. Other degree completion programs will be offered in the future. WATC Shocker Pathway students have the option of completing their WSU Associate of Arts degree or even some bachelor’s degree requirements at WSU South.
Select student services including free career counseling and math tutoring are available. Students and patrons can order materials from both the WSU Bookstore and WSU libraries to be delivered to WSU South for pickup. WSU library materials may also be returned to the library dropbox at WSU South. A student lounge/lactation room complements the outstanding customer service at WSU South.
WSU offers general education and upper-level courses in select disciplines each semester at WSU West, located at 3801 N. Walker Avenue, which is near the intersection of 37th Street North and Maize Road. In addition, library book delivery (online checkout only) and return are available. Textbook ordering and delivery are also available through the University Bookstore.
WSU West has access to the WSU Wi-Fi network for use by WSU faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public. Parking permits are not required to park in the WSU West parking lot.
For further questions call: (316) 978-6777, or visit the WSU West website.