Freshman Class Profile

Freshman Class profile

Washburn University is a premier public institution recognized as a community leader in providing a superior student-centered, teaching-focused learning experience while preparing you for success in your chosen profession. Washburn offers more than 200 academic programs leading to certificate, associate, bachelor, master's and doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees.

Since its founding in 1865, Washburn University has provided a place where you can realize your dreams. Regular admission standards are based on a combination of high school grade point average (GPA) and ACT scores. Staying true to our heritage, we provide the opportunity for all committed learners to access a quality education. Learn more about our admissions standards.

We welcome a diverse student body

African American 6 percent
American Indian <5 percent
Asian <5 percent
Caucasian 69 percent
Pacific Islander <5 percent
Multiracial 5 percent
Enrolled directly from high school 87 percent
Delayed entry 13 percent
Average Age 19
Percent 25 or older <5 percent
Percent 20-24 5 percent
Percent 18-19 89 percent
Percent Under 18 <5 percent

age distribution chart

Our freshmen come from Kansas, 18 other states and around the world
Kansas 87 percent
Other states 11 percent
Other countries <5 percent
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First-generation college student 46 percent
Veterans <5 percent
Legacy students 12 percent

Our freshmen are academically prepared

Staying true to our mission as an open enrollment institution that provides opportunity and access to all, we provide services to students who may not meet our regular admission standards.

Regular admits 86 percent
Other admits 14 percent
Our freshmen perform well academically

Average high school GPA


Average ACT composite score


  • 11% of the freshmen were in the top 10 of their high school graduating class.
  • <5% of freshman earned valedictorian honors

Our freshmen are successful

The vast majority of our full-time freshmen who met our regular admissions standards in Fall 2016 returned in Fall 2017.

71% of freshmen were Full, first time, regular admits.

Freshmen engaged in campus activities are even more successful

Freshmen Activities

Taking into account all full-time freshmen, including those admitted by exception, Washburn out-performs other open enrollment institutions

First Year Retention Graph

By 2015, 63 percent of our fall 2009 full-time freshmen had either graduated or were still working toward a degree

4- & 6-year Success Graph

Our Freshmen choose several routes to success

Full-time 94 percent
Part-time 6 percent
Average hours enrolled 13.2
Enrolled with some college credit 52 percent
Live on campus 54 percent
Areas of study
Business 8 percent
Education <5 percent
Fine & Performing Arts <5 percent
Health Professions 18 percent
Liberal Arts & Humanities 6 percent
Physical Sciences 10 percent
Social Services 6 percent
Exploring majors 46 percent
Our freshmen are actively engaged in campus and community activities
Student Employment 24 percent
Intercollegiate Athletics 13 percent
Honors Program <5 percent
Leadership Institute <5 percent
Greek Life 17 percent

A Washburn education is affordable

Without financial aid, we estimate it costs approximately $21,030 per year to attend Washburn.

Cost to Attend Washburn

82 percent of our full-time freshmen received financial assistance from a variety of sources, averaging nearly $6,779 per year in aid

Students may receive aid from more than one source.

  • 39 percent of full-time freshmen received a federal grant; average award was $4,805
  • 14 percent of full-time freshmen received a state grant; average award was $1,501
  • 64 percent of full-time freshmen received an institutional scholarship; average award was $5,344
  • 51 percent of full-time freshmen received a federal loan; average award was $5,094
  • <5 percent of full-time freshmen received aid from other sources, average award was $9,083

Note: Grants and scholarships are gift awards that do not have to be repaid.