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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.

The University is divided academically into six divisions and eighteen departments. Courses are offered for more than 60 undergraduate majors and programs, and one graduate degree, the MBA. Introduced for fall 2015 are 13 new majors and 17 new programs and pre-professional tracks, plus a brand new Liberal Studies Curriculum Core of courses and the new Wesleyan Heritage course. Signature programs 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