Showing Coyotes spirit
KWU campus entrance from Claflin Ave.
Marching Pep Band
Hall of the Pioneers
KWU athletes are the greatest
Student Activities Center
KWU Dance Team - first-time KCAC Champs 2015
Coyote sculpture on campus

About KWU

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Kansas Wesleyan University is a liberal arts institution located in Salina, Kansas. Founded in 1886, it maintains a covenant relationship with the United Methodist Church and is supported by the Great Plains Conference. The school’s accreditation was reaffirmed in 2007 by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Did you know? U.S. News & World Report has ranked Kansas Wesleyan #36 among Best Colleges for Veterans. These are the top-ranked schools in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees. 

The University is divided academically into six divisions and eighteen departments. Courses are offered for undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, and one graduate degree, the MBA. Introduced for fall 2015 are new and redesigned majors and concentrations—with new offerings that include Music Theatre, 3-D Printing & Modeling, Forensic Computing, Health Science and Art Therapy.

Also launched fall 2015 is a brand new Liberal Studies Curriculum comprised of four interdisciplinary categories, and the new Wesleyan Heritage course that builds upon the Wesleyan Experience course designed for all new freshmen and transfer undergraduate students.

Signature degree programs at Kansas Wesleyan University include Emergency Management, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Christian Ministry, Teacher Education, and Environmental Studies and Community Resilience. 

Find out what our students love about KWU

Make The Power of "AND" Work for You!

Discover The Power of "AND" at KWU, where students are able to gain exceptional academic knowledge and faculty encouragement in their chosen fields of study ... AND also be involved in many exciting campus life activities – while still finishing their bachelor's degree in four years. It is a place that allows students to follow their passions, be themselves and develop intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

Expand Your Personal and Physical Horizons Through The Wesleyan Journey

Kansas Wesleyan is a trailblazer by being the first four-year institution in the country to combine all of its academic study-away courses with intentional service-learning experiences and travel, in the U. S. or internationally, through The Center for Global Service Learning at KWU. The institution guarantees qualified students one such course, known as The Wesleyan Journey, at no additional cost. 

A Big Town Feel in a Small and Friendly City

Salina is the sixth largest city in the state. It is at the crossroad of two major interstate highways and is serviced by regular small airline transportation. It is also just 90 minutes north of Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, with its brand new terminal opened June 2015 and flights available on seven airlines. The city of Salina is a major arts and cultural center for Kansas, and Kansas Wesleyan students and faculty are intimately involved in the local arts community.

Methodist Tradition of Encouraging Growth of the Entire Student

While KWU is founded on the Methodist tradition, the majority of Kansas Wesleyan students are not Methodist. The campus community welcomes and supports students of all faiths and those who are still on their faith journey. Read the Statement of Connection, expressing Five Faith Commitments

Student-Centered Education

  • 97% of students are employed in full-time jobs or are attending grad school within six months of graduation
  • 99% of students who enroll at KWU as first-time students and stay four years, graduate within four years
  • Student Success Center / KWU Cares / KDub-Hub
  • New Liberal Studies Curriculum - From self to world

Academic Programs

  • Only Emergency Management bachelor's degree program in Kansas
  • Washington Center Internship Program (Five students in two years) - Washington, D.C.
  • Emergency Management and Psychological Services have received national rankings
  • KWU Education alumni were named Salina Master Teacher of the Year for the two past years; highest teacher retention rate in Kansas
  • Students participate in REUs (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at Tie-One Research Institutions

Co-Curricular Activities

  • New Marching Band - the only one in the KCAC
  • Nationally recognized Debate and Forensics Team (30 National Championships)
  • Top-Ranked Fine Arts Programs - local partnerships with symphony, theatres, Salina arts community
  • Joint theatre collaboration with Salina Community Theatre: "Godspell Spring 2015, "Into the Woods" Spring 2016
  • State-of-the-art television studio; Mac lab; 3-D printers, radio station programming by students heard around the world
  • Strong Campus Ministries Program


  • New Teams: Men's and Women's Bowling and Men's Wrestling – for a total of 23 intercollegiate competitive teams
  • 16 KCAC Championships in the past two years; 61 in the past 10 years
  • 15 Academic All-Americans in the past three years, including four in 2015-15
  • Jordan Rouselle, senior baseball player, is 2015 KCAC Male Champion of Character Award Winner and Salina Big Brother of the Year
  • 11 KWU teams earned NAIA Scholar Team status (team average GPA of 3.00 or greater)
  • Women's Basketball honored by KBCA with fifth highest average GPA (3.601) in the nation (2014-15)
  • Soccer and Volleyball hosting KCAC Fall 2015 playoff events
  • As of Nov. 7, 2015, Football is 9-1 (7-1 in the KCAC) for Fall 2015 -- highest single season wins record in school history; Ranked #11 in NAIA Coaches Poll on Nov. 9, 2015, the highest national ranking in school history

What We Are Howling About

  • KWU named College of Distinction™ for 2015-16
  • $1.2M Technology Upgrade ($1M gift from Sunflower Bank)
  • $1M Endowed Chair - Dr. Debra Logan, Division of Nursing
  • New $7.5M Graves Family Sports Complex opened Oct. 3, 2015, with Gene Bissell Field Dedication
  • KWU selected at Upper Room Ministries beta testing site for new young adult college program; begins Spring 2016
  • 3+3 Christian Ministry bachelor's degree and Master of Divinity with Saint Paul School of Theology
  • 3+2 Dual Degree Engineering Program with Washington University of St. Louis
  • First Wesleyan Journey courses completed during fall break, October 2015 (Costa Rica, Florida)