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Washburn University Data & Information Overview

142 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
6% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Washburn University Ranked?

#971 Best Colleges in Nation
#13 Best Colleges in KS
Health Professions Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Washburn University was awarded 142 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Washburn University as #971 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Washburn University held the #1,206 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Washburn University also holds the #13 spot on the Best Colleges in Kansas ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Washburn University?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

If you are worried about getting into Washburn University, don't be. The school has a liberal open admissions policy, which means you only need to meet basic requirements in order to be admitted. Still, be sure to submit a complete application and provide any other requested materials.

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Washburn University Faculty

13 to 1 Student to Faculty
64% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Washburn University, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Washburn University is 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Washburn University

66% Freshmen Retention
18% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Washburn University is 66%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  66 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Washburn University is 18%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  18 out of 100

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Washburn University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,326 Full-Time Undergraduates
26.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
62.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,070 undergraduates at Washburn University with 3,326 being full-time and 1,744 being part-time.

How Much Does Washburn University Cost?

$14,339 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
$24,776 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Washburn University is $14,339. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Washburn University

$0-30 K$30K-48K$48-75$75-110K$110K +

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Washburn University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Washburn University, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $6,194 a year. That adds up to $24,776 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Washburn University is 6.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Washburn University Graduates Make?

$45,260 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Washburn University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,260 in their early years. This is good news for future Washburn University graduates since it is 7% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Washburn University make the most money.

Location of Washburn University

Kansas State
3,326 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Located in Topeka, Kansas, Washburn University is a public institution. Topeka is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Washburn University are given below.

Contact Details
Address:1700 Sw College Avenue, Topeka, KS 66621-0001

Washburn University Majors

61 Majors With Completions
1,128 Undergraduate Degrees
259 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 61 majors graduated from Washburn University. Of these students, 1,128 received undergraduate degrees and 259 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular MajorsBachelor’s DegreesAverage Salary of Graduates
Communication & Media Studies53$34,706
Health & Medical Administrative Services52$46,968
General Psychology50$24,101
Finance & Financial Management50$46,551
Criminal Justice & Corrections37$35,746
Health & Physical Education37NA
Business Administration & Management32$45,645
Social Work32$36,227
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies30NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Washburn University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Washburn University

45% Take At Least One Class Online
14% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 2,539 students took at least one online class at Washburn University. This is a decrease from the 2,775 students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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