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Wright State University-Main Campus

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The official charter for Wright State University was awarded in 1967 and it received its accreditation one year later. Since that time the University has been led by five different Presidents. The first residential students moved in in 1970. As the campus expanded, Trustees felt a revised mission statement was in order, and in 1986 issued a new mission identifying Wright State as a “metropolitan university.” The University hosted the first national conference of metropolitan universities in 1990, and is still a leading representative of such institutions in the country. When it first received its charter, Wright State had an enrollment of over 5,500 students. Today enrollment surpasses 16,000.

Wright State University is located in Dayton, Ohio. There is a branch campus located in Celina. Wright State University was founded in 1964 as a branch campus of Miami University and Ohio State University. The University now awards bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. The Lake campus, in Celina, awards associate degrees and a few other bachelor’s and master’s. Wright State is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Wright State University defines its mission as “to be a catalyst for educational excellence in the Miami Valley, meeting the need for an educated citizenry dedicated to lifelong learning and service.”


Wright State includes ten different colleges and schools, including the University College, which focuses on advising, tutoring, learning services, testing, and orientation. Other colleges include the Raj Soin College of Business, the School of Medicine, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, and the School of Science & Mathematics. For a relatively mid-sized campus, Wright State offers an impressive selection of majors across the curriculum. Programs and majors of interest include Biological Sciences Education, Physics Education, Geological Science Education, Motion Picture Production, Criminal Justice, and Urban Affairs. Wright State also offers a “Writing Across the Curriculum” program to assist students in developing their written communication skills.

The University is composed of a number of different schools and colleges: the Raj Soin College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts, the University College, the School of Medicine, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Nursing and Health, the School of Professional Psychology, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the School of Graduate Studies.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including accountancy, art history, computer science, dance, English, geological sciences, Greek, human resource management, education, international business, mass communication, motion picture production, music, nursing, organizational leadership, philosophy, psychology, social and industrial communication, social work, theatre studies, and urban affairs. Students must also fulfill general education requirements. Wright State has a writing across the curriculum program.

Master’s degrees are awarded in accountancy, anatomy, biological sciences, business administration (MBA), education, counseling, engineering, English, logistics management, music education, nursing, pharmacology and toxicology, psychology, public health, and applied economics, among others. The Ed.S. is offered in educational leadership, advanced curriculum and instruction, higher education/adult continuing education, and superintendent.

The University awards five academic doctoral degrees, in biomedical sciences, computer science and engineering, engineering, environmental sciences, and psychology. Additionally, professional doctoral degree programs are offered in medicine (M.D.) and psychology (Psy. D.)

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Unique Programs

The University Center for International Education offers study abroad and work abroad opportunities. It also facilitates the admissions process for international students and provides learning services for students from other countries. Through the International Education center, Wright State offers unique scholarship opportunities to international students and also provides a Fulbright Scholars program.

The Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is a collaboration between the University and leading corporate and public institutions in the Miami Valley. The goal of the Institute is to conduct research and provide research to the public at a more rapid pace. Wright State’s programs in engineering, science, and other fields work with the Institute to get their research results in front of the public as soon as possible.


New applicants to Wright State must have a 2.0 GPA and a score of 18 or better on the ACT or 840 or better on the SAT, as well as some college preparatory curriculum during high school. The admissions process operates on a rolling deadline, which means applications are accepted year-round.

Applications to the undergraduate programs are accepted on a rolling admission basis, with an application fee of $30. In addition to the application form and fee, students must provide transcripts, the college preparatory curriculum form, and test scores. Applications can be submitted on-line.

The college preparatory curriculum for Ohio includes four units of English, three units of mathematics, three units of social sciences, three units of science, two units of a foreign language, and one unit of visual or performing arts. Ohio residents who have completed the curriculum and have a 2.0 or higher GPA and ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 840 will be admitted.

Graduate students must provide the following for admissions to the graduate school: application and fee, transcripts, and materials required by the department. A graduate application has an application fee of $25.

Financial Aid

To be eligible for financial aid, Wright University students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress. For undergraduates that means maintaining a course load of 12 or more hours and earning an average of 10.5 credit hours per semester. Students must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Wright State facilitates federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant, Stafford Loans, and PLUS Loans. Students who submit their FAFSA before the priority deadline are also considered for campus-based federal aid programs. The State of Ohio also offers aid programs such as grants, scholarships for particular groups (orphans, honors students, and children of safety officers), and grants. The office of financial aid can assist students in identifying and applying for institutional scholarships.

In-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students were $6477 for the academic year in 2004-2005. Students applying from out of state and graduate students will have different costs.

Financial aid is available with a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs.

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Wright State has no housing requirements and campus-based housing is filled on a first-come, first served basis. For those students who choose to live on campus, roommate requests can be made along with the application for housing. Students have access to various activities, including recreational fitness and intramural sports. Recreational facilities include a billiards room, swimming pool, racquetball courts, and basketball courts. The Outdoor Resource Center provides rental equipment for camping, kayaking, and biking.

Wright State offers more than 130 student organizations including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Video Gamers Community, Club Soccer, and Campus Crusade for Christ.

The Wright State University Library offers electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site. The special collection include materials related to the Wright Brothers and aviation history, local government records, university archives, and a digital collection. There is also a Health Sciences Library.

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The Raiders participate in the Horizon League of the NCAA Division I. They compete in baseball, cross country, softball, volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and tennis. Student athletes at Wright State boast a 3.0 academic average, and have maintained that average for twelve consecutive semesters. The Wright State athletics department was rated seventh nationally for having the highest graduation rate of student athletes by USA Today and the NCAA.

Wright State University is an NCAA Division I school, with baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, golf, soccer, swimming, and tennis for men and basketball, cross-country, diving, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball for women. The team nickname is the Raiders.

Like the University, the athletic program is relatively young, and the Raiders were an NCAA Division II school prior to 1987. The teams compete in the Horizon League. The spirit units include two co-educational cheerleading squads, a dance squad, and a mascot.

Sports facilities include a new baseball field, a new soccer field, and recently renovated softball field and tennis courts. Volleyball and basketball are played in an 11,000 seat arena.


Wright State’s athletics Hall of Fame dates back to 1985 and includes men and women from some of the University’s most prominent sports. New inductees are added on an annual basis.

Local Community

Dayton offers students easy access to many great entertainment and cultural venues. For the artistically inclined there is the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton Art Institute, and Carillon Park. There are numerous outdoor activities, also, including the Glenn Helen Nature Preserve, paintball, and rock climbing. Dayton offers three different shopping malls, and four different entertainment districts, including the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

The town of Dayton is located in western Ohio and has a population of approximately 166,000. It is home to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Ohio Aerospace Museum.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Ohio and 204th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 23 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 27 0.15

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 586 0.41
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 33 0.02
Forcible Rape 98 0.07
Robbery 638 0.45
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,121 2.20
Larceny 4,569 3.23
Vehicle theft 633 0.45

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3910

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1294th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,542 $8,542 $16,546
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $386 $386 $754
FT Graduate Tuition $12,514 $12,514 $21,258
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $577 $577 $983
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,438 $22,438 $30,442
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,890 $22,890 $30,894
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,930 $11,930 $19,934

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,070 $8,354 $8,070 $8,354 $15,633 $16,182
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,980 $1,392
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,024 $10,782
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,928 $2,570
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,024 $10,782
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,928 $2,570
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,928 $2,570

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Horizon League

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,984
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,435
Board Fee$3,504

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 148 322 81 86 7 2,731 33 3,493
Accounting 1 6 1 7 94 1 112
Acting 1 1 14 1 17
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
African-American/Black Studies
Anatomy 1 1 14 16
Anthropology 9 9
Applied Mathematics, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 5 5
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General 2 1 1 38 1 43
Biochemistry 2 2
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 6 5 1 32 1 47
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 11 7 10 91 1 129
Business Administration and Management, General 3 45 4 3 1 237 3 303
Business Teacher Education
Business/Commerce, General 29 15 3 9 162 3 225
Business/Managerial Economics 1 7 8
Chemistry, General 1 3 2 30 36
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 8 10
Clinical Psychology 3 11 14
Community Organization and Advocacy
Community Psychology
Computer Engineering, General 5 2 1 28 1 39
Computer Teacher Education
Computer and Information Sciences, General 4 1 1 2 61 71
Counseling Psychology 2 2 55 60
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 1 18 20
Criminology 10 1 1 53 66
Curriculum and Instruction
Dance, General 2 6 8
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 4
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 53 56
Economics, General 5 1 6
Economics, Other 2 1 5 8
Education, Other
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 1 1
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 6 1 66 74
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Technology 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 30 2 9 53 1 99
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 2 1 86 93
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 4 5
Engineering Science 9 4 1 2 14 1 31
Engineering Technology, General
English Language and Literature, General 5 3 1 1 78 91
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Environmental Health 2 2
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 13 1 14
Finance, General 2 4 2 45 2 56
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature 2 1 7 10
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Geography 6 6
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 34 37
Geophysics and Seismology
German Language and Literature
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 9 10
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History, General 1 40 1 42
Homeland Security, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 3 2 1 29 1 36
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 8 8
Industrial Engineering 3 2 5
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1 1 2
Information Science/Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 3 1 6 12
International Relations and Affairs 4 3 1 28 38
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 7 1 98 108
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 1 1
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 3
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 11 3 24 1 39
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 2 1 3 2 31 40
Management Information Systems, General 1 7 1 3 48 60
Management Science
Manufacturing Engineering
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 2 66 72
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mass Communication/Media Studies 9 2 2 32 45
Materials Engineering 1 1 4 6
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General 1 2 12 15
Mechanical Engineering 8 8 4 2 92 1 116
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology 5 5
Medical Scientist 1 1
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Modern Greek Language and Literature
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General 2 4 6
Music Teacher Education 9 9
Music, General 1 8 9
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Nursing Administration
Nursing Education
Nursing Science
Operations Management and Supervision
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
Pharmacology and Toxicology 13 1 3 17
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 20 22
Physics, General 2 9 11
Physics, Other
Physiology, General 1 2 3
Political Science and Government, General 3 2 1 38 1 47
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Psychology, General 1 37 8 3 2 130 2 192
Public Administration 3 1 20 1 26
Public Health, General 2 14 1 1 14 1 33
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
Public Relations/Image Management
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Reading Teacher Education
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 30 7 9 2 268 2 332
Religion/Religious Studies 5 5
Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 1 56 61
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 2 2
Social Sciences, Other
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work 9 1 35 1 47
Sociology 7 25 1 33
Spanish Language and Literature 2 1 1 8 13
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 19 21
Statistics, General 4 1 5 10
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
Systems Science and Theory 1 1 1 9 12
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 2 2
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 2 8 2 12
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technical Teacher Education
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 8 8
Transportation/Mobility Management
Urban Studies/Affairs 3 1 9 13
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 1 7 1 1 29 1 44
Women's Studies 1 3 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 800th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $78,749 ($88,215 male / $63,519 female)
Number of FT Faculty 702 (378 male / 324 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,090
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $21,252,699

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