See what students say:

Academics

Students attend Wright State University to “make the most out of their education at a reasonable cost.” Tuition here is “low,” but students don’t have to forfeit personal attention in order to save a little money. Students report that “Since it’s a smaller school, WSU affords the opportunity for individuals to get to know professors in even the largest lectures such as freshman chemistry and biology.” WSU’s faculty is “friendly and approachable, eager to assist and willing to accommodate” students as they negotiate a “challenging academic experience in which one must put forth effort to succeed.” WSU excels in a diverse range of academics fields. It boasts a “very strong theater program, nursing program, and engineering program,” and an “absolutely amazing” business and international education department (business professors are recruited “right out of local businesses, so there is a lot of real-life experience and it gives students connections with those businesses after they graduate”). Students tout focused programs such as “the anatomical gift program, which really allows students to learn more in-depth anatomy” and “a specialized program in the computer science department for bioinformatics…that sets the university apart from others academically.”

Student Body

The Wright State student body encompasses many groups: “young, old, upper-class, middle-class, lower-class, some come from real farmland, others from urban areas.” There’s a large nontraditional student body as a result of “neighboring an Air Force Base.” “Military professionals and retirees” add to the mix of foreign students (who are “especially from India) and “parents going back to school.” Also, “WSU has a great disability center, which attracts disabled students from across the state.” Traditionally, “Most students are commuters, and this is unfortunate, but WSU is trying to get away from being a commuter school, as more and more campus housing is becoming available.” Until then, “The majority of students come to class and leave.” “As a result of this there is virtually no community at Wright State,” one student says.

Campus Life

“WSU is primarily a commuter school,” although “there is campus housing” to accommodate roughly one-fifth of the student body. As a result, “most students come to campus for class and then leave,” resulting in “not a lot of campus life.” The campus is hardly dead, however. “There are athletic events to attend, a movie theatre and mall less than five minutes from campus, our creative arts college frequently puts on shows, several bars close by (but none on campus), bowling alleys, parks, soccer and softball fields within ten minutes from campus, and the school’s Nutter Center host many concerts and events,” including games for the school’s “very much supported” men’s basketball team. There are party scenes focused on both off-campus residences and a small but robust Greek community, but students assure us that this is “by no means a party school.”

Overview

Applicants
5,897
Acceptance Rate
95%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
22%
2.50 - 2.99
11%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 563

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,110
with Terminal Degree
466

569
Men
541
Women
224
Minority

Most frequent class size
50 - 99
Most frequent lab / sub section size
50 - 99


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
19%
Graduate in 5 years
31%
Graduate in 6 years
36%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Cell Biology and Anatomy
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Physiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
  • Organizational Leadership

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
  • Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Technical Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering, Other
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering Technology, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Writing, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Foodservice Systems Administration/Management

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Modern Greek Language and Literature
  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Nursing Science
  • Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Gerontology
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Family Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Cartography
  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Geography
  • International Relations and National Security Studies
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Diploma
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


David H. Albright
President of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)

Steven Bognar
Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning independent filmmaker

Nicole Scherzinger
American recording artist, actress, and television personality

Ronald Pollard
American rock musician and singer-songwriter of Indie rock group Guided

Nan Whaley
Mayor of Dayton, Ohio

Joyce Beatty
Congresswoman, Ohio's 3rd district

Deborah Loewer
Rear Admiral (ret) & former dir White House Situation Rm-September 11, 2001

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
19%
Graduate in 5 years
31%
Graduate in 6 years
36%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,695

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,502

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,229

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,061

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,730
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,608
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,248

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,854
Transportation for Commuters
$1,418

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,650
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
12,504
Foreign Countries Represented
63

Demographics

2.73%
Asian
11.77%
African-American
3.56%
Hispanic
73.40%
Caucasian
3.97%
International

52% female
48% male
2% are out of state
77% are full time
23% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
20%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
54%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Thomas Webb

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational report including: diagnosis; summary of assessment findings; description of current substantial limitations; aptitude/cognitive ability test (e.g., WAIS-IV, WJ-Cog-III); academic achievement test (e.g. WIAT II, WJ-Ach-III, SATA); test data providing the student's processing ability (e.g. index scores from the WAIS-IV); and all standard test scores.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psychoeducational report including: diagnosis; summary of assessment findings; description of current substantial limitations; rating Scales to supplement the DSM-IV diagnosis (e.g. Wender Connors Continuous Performance test Brown Attention-Deficit Disorder Scale); aptitude/cognitive ability test (e.g., WAIS-IV, WJ-Cog-III); academic achievement test (e.g. WIAT II, WJ-Ach-III, SATA); test data providing processing ability (e.g. index scores from the WAIS-IV); and all standard test scores.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
229
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
17

4% join a fraternity
7% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

24% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Raiders)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Raiders)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally (LGBTQA) Affairs http://www.wright.edu/student-affairs/culture-and-identity-centers/lgbtqa-affairs

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

73/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
98

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
31

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP, Apple, Cisco and Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Marquita Manns
Asst. Director Undergraduate Admissions

Address
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435

Phone
800-247-1770

Email
admissions@wright.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Union
Creative Arts Center
Rec Center
Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
Nutter Center
Tom Hanks Center for Motion Pictures

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Air Force Museum
The Dayton Art Institute
The Greene
Aviation Trail
Wright B Flyer Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday thru Friday, Some Saturdays
8:30 am - 5pm
800-247-1770

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10am or 2pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
offered before each daily tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
raiders@wright.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis Buses Dayton International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North (Toledo area) I-75 south to I-70 east I-70 east to I-675 south I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17) Turn right on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor's Parking Lot From the Northeast (Cleveland/Akron area) I-71 south to 270 west 270 west to I-70 west I-70 west to I-675 south I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17) Turn right on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor's Parking Lot From the South I-75 north to I-675 north I-675 north to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17). Follow sign for North Fairfield Road (not WSU) Turn left on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor's Parking Lot From the East or West I-70 to I-675 south I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17) Turn right on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd. Follow the signs to the Visitor's Parking Lot

Local Accommodations
Country Inn & Suites 3971 Colonel Glenn Hwy Fairborn, OH 45324 (937)429-2222 Fairfield Inn 2500 Paramount Pl. Fairborn, Oh 45324 (937) 427-0800, (800) 228-2800 Hampton Inn 2550 Paramount Pl. Fairborn, Oh 45324 (937) 429-5505, (800) 426-7866 Holiday Inn 2800 Presidential Dr. Fairborn, Oh 45324 (937) 426-7800, (800) 465-4329 The Homewood Suites 2750 Presidential Dr. Fairborn, Oh 45324 (937) 429-0600, (800) 225-5466 The Hope Hotel & Conference Center Bldg 823 Area A WPAFB, OH 45433 (937)879-2696 FAX (937)879-3467 Ramada Limited and Suites 2540 University Blvd. Fairborn, Oh 45324 (937) 490-2000, (800) 2RAMADA The Red Roof Inn 2580 Colonel Glenn Hwy. Fairborn, Oh 45324 (937) 426-6116, (800) 733-7663 Wingate by Wyndham, Dayton/Fairborn 3055 Presidential Drive, Fairborn, OH 45324 Phone: 937/912‐9350 Fax: 937/912‐9580


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