Student Involvement, Services

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services provides academic accommodations for students who experience physical, learning or mental disabilities. Students are required to provide appropriate documentation to the director of disability services before classroom services are provided. For more information, contact:

Office of Disability Services
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0132
(316) 978-3309 front office
(316) 978-6128 for rides
(316) 854-3032 video phone
(316) 978-3114 fax
Webpage

Services are based on the student’s need for academic accommodation. Disability services encourages students to be independent on campus and to use those services which help maximize their educational experience.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to cultivate and sustain an inclusive campus that strives for academic excellence by creating an environment that educates, empowers and mobilizes all members of the Shocker community. The office provides dynamic programs, which range from speakers and film showings to award ceremonies, cultural festivities and LGBTQA programming — each representing a small piece of the diversity displayed on the WSU campus. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with many campus departments and student organizations for various diversity and multicultural student success initiatives. In conjunction with campus partners, the office celebrates Hispanic Heritage, LGBTQ, Native American, Black History, Women’s History and Asian/Pacific American Heritage months.

The office also sponsors the Multicultural Student Mentoring Program (MSMP) which facilitates the retention, academic success, holistic development and timely graduation of all minority students at WSU, through academic support services, educational and cultural programming, interpersonal relationships and mentoring. MSMP matches successful continuing WSU students with freshmen and transfer students to help ease the transition from high school or community college to WSU. The program helps new students quickly identify all the support services available and provides direct tutorial assistance to any program participants who have committed to achieving their personal best.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is located in the Rhatigan Student Center, suite 208. Much more detailed information describing the Ambassadors for Diversity and Inclusion, Men of Excellence and Phenomenal Women support groups and additional resources the office provides can be found at the office website.

International Student Services

The Office of International Education serves the special needs of approximately 1,750 international students from more than 100 countries enrolled at Wichita State University. (See the international student admission section for requirements.) An orientation program specially designed for new international students prepares them for entrance into the U.S. academic system and way of life.

The office also sponsors the Cultural Ambassador Program and other activities that promote interaction between U.S. and international students.

In addition, the office houses a study abroad reference center which provides information to U.S. students on study, work and travel opportunities abroad.

For more information, contact the Garvey International Center, (316) 978-3232.

Military and Veteran Services

Wichita State is proud to be committed to helping veterans, active service members, dependents and spouses receiving military benefits make the successful transition into WSU’s academic community. Whether it’s needing assistance with educational benefits, access to resources that ease the transition into the university, or wanting to connect with fellow vets, WSU has access to resources that will help smooth the transition. An overview of resources can be found at the military student services website.

In the capacity of serving active duty military and veterans, the Director of Adult Learning serves as the point of contact (POC) for inquiries pursuant to the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding. For questions concerning POC needs, contact Dr. Susan Norton via the Adult Learning website.

Captain Riley Leroy Pitts Military and Veteran Student Center

The Captain Riley Leroy Pitts Military and Veteran Student Center, in Grace Wilkie Hall 105, exists to build and maintain a community of students with military experience and to provide comprehensive support for the unique needs of veterans, military members and military dependents in an environment of respect. All students with military experience—past or present—and military dependents are welcome to visit the Military and Veteran Student Center to ask questions, find resources, make connections, study, use the free computer stations or to just unwind between classes. Call (316) 978-3856 or visit the Military and Veteran Student Center website for more information. (Current or recent military members needing help with the transition to college can also contact the TRIO Veterans Upward Bound program.)

Veteran Benefits

The Office of Military and Veteran Services provides assistance to military members, veterans and their dependents in using their VA education benefits. It provides information on education benefit programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs, the application process for obtaining education benefits, and the certification process for using these benefits. Additionally, military-connected students who are admitted to Wichita State as non-Kansas residents may be eligible for in-state tuition rates. For additional information, please visit the WSU VA Education Benefits webpage, stop by Grace Wilkie 105, call (316) 978-3547 or email: veterans.services@wichita.edu.

OneStop

OneStop offers student-focused support for most WSU student related needs. OneStop allows students the ability to get many answers for admissions, financial aid, advising, student accounts and registration in a central place. OneStop offers self-service options 24/7/365 online and toll-free phone service at (855) 978-1787. Students will need a OneStop telephone access code found by going to the myWSU portal and selecting “Manage your Password” for current students or “New to myWSU” for incoming students. In-person service is also available in the OneStop office.

OneStop also provides first-year advising for incoming traditional freshman students. OneStop Specialists (first-year advisors) work collaboratively with academic college advising offices to develop degree plans for each student as well as educate them on the operational tools and resources that will aid in their success at Wichita State. 

OneStop is located in Jardine Hall, Room 112. Regular office hours are 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Mondays–Thursdays, and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on Fridays.

Student Government Association

Wichita State believes that one of its primary tasks is preparing students for the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society. With this in mind, the university places an increasing emphasis on the role the Student Government Association plays on campus.

The legislative, executive and judicial responsibilities of SGA are vested in the Student Senate, the executive officers and cabinet, and the University Supreme Court. The senate appoints students to many university and faculty senate committees, recognizes and funds more than 200 student organizations, and allocates approximately $10 million annually in student fees to campus agencies including the Heskett Center, Rhatigan Student Center and Student Health Services. SGA also provides opportunities to fund education through the Rhatigan Leadership Scholarship. The cabinet executes the decisions of the senate and the officers. The Supreme Court issues opinions on constitutional questions and also serves as an appellate court for traffic appeals. Each of these entities also participates in the determination of university policy.

Each student is automatically a member of SGA and is eligible to vote in the annual elections in April. Throughout the year, openings exist on the Student Senate, as well as in many of the university committees. All students are encouraged to participate in student government through the many opportunities SGA offers.

For more information, contact the Student Government Association, Room 219, Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State University; (316) 978-3480.

Student Money Management

Students wanting to learn more about managing their finances can receive free help from certified peer financial coaches. Located in 115 Neff Hall, the Office for Student Money Management (OSMM pronounced “awesome”) is open during normal office hours and is available in the evenings by appointment.

OSMM, as part of the Office of Student Success, is designed to help increase retention and graduation rates by addressing one of the major stressors for WSU students and one of the major reasons for dropping out of college across the country: struggles related to money.

OSMM provides students with information and coaching on a variety of topics related to personal finances in college — including completing the FAFSA, making and sticking with a spending plan, matching a plan for paying for college with a plan for graduation, ways to establish good credit or get out of credit trouble, figuring out how much to borrow for college and how to pay it back and finding campus and community resources.

OSMM does not offer scholarships, credit counseling or advice related to bankruptcy, investment or retirement. Contact (316) 978-3254, or email the office for more information or to make an appointment to meet with a peer financial coach.

Student Organizations

Student organizations may be granted the privileges of university recognition if they are registered with Student Involvement and approved by the Student Government Association (SGA). To be approved, each organization must create a profile on WSU.Orgsync.com, which can be accessed through myWSU. A completed WSU Student Organization Registration form, lists of officers with contact information, a copy of the organization's constitution and bylaws, and an advisor’s name and contact information must be uploaded into OrgSync. Once an organization has provided all necessary information, it may be granted official recognition by SGA which means it may use Wichita State in its name, use university venues for meetings/events, use university marketing resources, request funds from SGA in accordance with established procedures and guidelines, and be listed as a WSU organization in university publications. Records of recognized organizations are maintained in Student Involvement.

For more information on how to become a recognized student organization, please see the Student Involvement website.

For a list of current recognized student organizations, visit the WSU Orgsync website.

TRIO Programs

  • Disability Support Services
  • Educational Opportunity Centers
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • Student Support Services
  • Talent Search — Project Discovery
  • Upward Bound —
    • Communication
    • Galaxy Experience
    • Veterans
    • Wichita Prep

Disability Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, Talent Search Project Discovery and four Upward Bound programs — Communication, Regional Math-Science Center/The Galaxy Experience, Veterans and Wichita Prep — are special programs designed to help students prepare for university life, succeed on a university campus and successfully complete their course of study.

The TRIO Disability Support Services program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and motivates students with disabilities toward the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.

The program’s goal is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of students with learning, physical and psychological disabilities.

Services provided by TRIO DSS include individualized academic tutoring, advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection and degree planning, assistance with graduate and professional program applications, and career exploration and referral. TRIO DSS assists students with information about financial aid programs and scholarship opportunities, provides assistance in completing financial aid applications, and offers education or counseling services designed to improve financial/economic literacy. Students at TRIO DSS sharpen life/study skills through workshops, access to the computer technology lab and textbook loan program, and exposure to cultural events and academic programs on campus and in the community.

For information, contact TRIO DSS at (316) 978-5949, stop by 158 Grace Wilkie Annex, or visit the TRIO DSS website.

The Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) program, seeks to provide free counseling and assistance on college admissions for qualified adults who want to improve their job opportunities through entering or re-entering an educational program beyond high school. The program assists clients with a broad spectrum of comprehensive services. Assistance is given to individuals age 19 and over in applying for admission to institutions that offer programs of postsecondary education, including assistance in preparing the necessary applications for use by admissions and financial officers. Services include: assistance with completing college admissions applications; completing financial aid applications; career guidance and other specialized workshops; academic advice, personal counseling and study skills assistance; General Educational Development (GED test preparation and testing), English as a Second Language (ESL), or Adult Basic Education (ABE) test preparation; and community referrals. For more information, contact TRIO EOC at (316) 978-7800, or visit the website.

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program encourages qualified college juniors and seniors to pursue graduate studies. Named in honor of Challenger space shuttle crew member Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the program provides services which prepare students for post­baccalaureate study, including assistance in locating financial aid, preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and opportunities to attend and present papers at national conferences and to write for scholarly publications. Scholars participate in research conducted by university faculty. Local and national symposiums provide an opportunity for students to present their research. In addition, regular workshops encourage students’ serious consideration of doctoral study. For more information, contact (316) 978-3139, or visit the website.

Student Support Services, a federally-funded program, provides limited income, first generation college students, and individuals with disabilities with a multiplicity of academic support services which assist students to persist and graduate from WSU. The program has three components which provide individualized semester-long peer tutoring, academic advice and course selection, computer and typewriter usage, textbook-loan library, scholarships, comprehensive degree planning, study skills development, and graduate school advisement. The program serves 250 students each year and has been in operation at WSU since 1970.

For additional information, visit the website, or call (316) 978-3715.

Talent Search—Project Discovery, a federally-funded Talent Search Program, was established at Wichita State University in July 1977. The project assists approximately 1,165 low-income and/or first generation individuals in gaining admission to postsecondary institutions throughout the nation and preparing them for secondary school and secondary completion. The program provides assistance to middle school students, high school students, dropouts from secondary and postsecondary schools, and adults. Specific help is provided with admission forms, financial aid forms, and preparation for ACT/SAT assessment examinations. Tutorial assistance and instruction to middle school students also are provided. The project’s office at Wichita State serves middle schools, high schools and community agencies in Wichita. The office is located in Brennan I, third floor. Visit the Talent Search website, or call (316) 978-3127.

The Upward Bound programs are federally-funded programs that have been at WSU since 1966 (Wichita Prep) and 1991 (The Galaxy Experience). Communication and Veterans were added in 2008.

The Communication Upward Bound program offers youth in the Wichita area an opportunity to hone their communication skills and learn how to work with and write for varied media outlets. The centerpiece of the program is a four-week intensive residential summer camp for high school students housed on the Wichita State University campus and run by faculty and staff in the Elliott School of Communication. Year-round tutoring in all academic areas, field trips and Saturday activities help students stay in touch with their peers and their mentors. Students learn about the new world of communication while learning and perfecting public speaking, writing and media production skills. Students produce their own newspapers, video broadcasts and websites, and learn to work together in a professional setting to express their unique views. Community media professionals contribute their time and skills to help mentor this important generation of future communicators. All services are provided to program participants completely free of charge. In fact, students receive a small stipend for their participation. For more information call (316) 978-6731, or visit the website.

The Upward Bound Regional Math-Science Center — The Galaxy Experience is designed to serve 74 economically disadvantaged high school students who have the potential to be the first in their family to attend college and earn a four-year degree, preferably in a science or mathematics field. It is the mission of the Upward Bound Math Science Regional Center to: educate students with the propensity for study in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas for postsecondary; to stimulate and sustain interest in STEM careers; and to motivate low-income and potential first generation college students to realistically consider the attainment of a post-secondary degree in STEM.

The UBMS program is provided to students in two interrelated components, a summer component known as the Galaxy Experience and an academic year component referred to as The Leadership Academy. With major foci on acquisition of 21st century learning skills, mastery of core content and application of concepts mastered, and development of leadership talents, the center works with students via homework assistance, community service projects, bi-weekly leadership training and monthly academic skills workshops. The center also offers its students the opportunity to interact with industry and peer mentors and participate in campus visits and social/cultural events. Visit the Upward Bound Math Science Center website, or call (316) 978-3316.

The Veterans Upward Bound program (VUB) is an educational and skills program designed specifically to serve the needs of today’s veterans. This program offers a unique range of services designed to prepare eligible veterans for success when they enter their chosen educational program whether it is at a two-year community college, a four-year college or university, a public or private school, or a vocational or technical school. All services, including instruction, textbooks, advising and supplies, are provided free of charge. VUB is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by student affairs at Wichita State University. It serves veterans in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Butler County and Harvey County. The main office is located on the Wichita State University Campus in Brennan Hall I, Room 415. For more information visit the website, or call (316) 978-6742.

Wichita Prep assists high school students from limited-income backgrounds who are first generation university students with academic potential but who may have inadequate secondary school preparation. The Wichita-area high school students participate in an intensive six- to eight-week summer and nine-month academic year schedule to improve academic and social skills. Services include tutorial assistance; academic, career and personal counseling; postsecondary admission; and academic classes and workshops. The program serves 97 students each year. The residential program for students returning to high school assists them in the completion of secondary requirements and gives them exposure to college life. An eight-week residential program for students who will enroll in university classes in the fall provides them their first experience with college coursework. Visit the website, or call (316) 978-3019.

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

Wichita State University hosts a seven-year statewide federal grant, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), 50 percent funded by the U.S. Department of Education, with foster students identified as priority students for receiving educational support. Students in state custody (JJAI KDOC) also qualify for this program. The overall goal of Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP is to increase the number of students graduating from middle and high school who are prepared for enrollment in postsecondary education, thereby enabling students to reach their full potential and consequently improve educational and social outcomes.

Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP works to expand existing efforts to enhance student achievement by partnering with DCF and privatized foster care agencies, the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas State Department of Education, TRIO programs, school districts, and other community and state agencies. Key components of Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP are academic development through homework assistance and workshops, mentoring and counseling (academic and career planning), postsecondary access education and providing scholarships for postsecondary education.

For more information, contact Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP at (316) 978-7810 or visit the GEAR UP website.

North Wichita GEAR UP (NWGU) is a college access program that is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to help students prepare for postsecondary education. North Wichita GEARUP is an exclusive cohort program that serves current USD 259 8th grade students enrolled at Hadley, Hamilton, Marshall, Mead and Pleasant Valley middle schools in Wichita. The program continues when students enroll at Wichita North or Wichita West high schools. For more information, contact NWGU at (316) 973-7936, or visit the website.

South Wichita GEAR UP (SWGU) is a college access program that is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to help students prepare for postsecondary education. South Wichita GEARUP is an exclusive cohort program that serves current USD 259 8th grade students enrolled at Coleman, Curtis, Jardine and Truesdell middle schools in Wichita. The program continues when students enroll at Wichita South or Wichita Southeast high schools. For more information, contact SWGU at (316) 973-7934, or visit the website.