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About KWU - Our Mission and Available Resources

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 Kansas West Conference. The University’s accreditation was reaffirmed in 2007 by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, Telephone: (800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456, Fax: (312) 263-7462.

The University is divided academically into six divisions and 16 departments. Courses are offered for more than 40 undergraduate majors and one graduate program, the MBA.  Salina, a city with population approaching 50,000, is at the hub of two major interstate highways and is serviced by regular airline transportation. The city is a major arts and cultural center for Kansas.

Kansas Wesleyan University Mission

The mission of Kansas Wesleyan University is to promote and integrate academic excellence, spiritual development, personal well-being, and social responsibility.

Kansas Wesleyan University Values

Kansas Wesleyan University provides an educational program characterized by excellence within a caring community, rooted in the liberal arts tradition. The call of the university is to develop both intellect and character, to stimulate creativity and discovery, to nurture the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. Diversity is encouraged in curriculum, faculty, and students.

Kansas Wesleyan University prepares students not only for careers and professions, but also for lifelong learning. The University equips its students for responsible leadership in their communities, for useful service in and to the world, and for stewardship of the earth.

Kansas Wesleyan University provides a setting in which faith and learning are integrated; encounter with the Christian proclamation is an integral part of the life of the university. The university fosters the lively discussion of faith and values, encouraging students to develop a thoughtful personal world view informed by the Christian tradition.

Kansas Wesleyan University Vision

Kansas Wesleyan University serves the church, community, and the world by providing a variety of resources for educational, cultural, and spiritual enrichment. The aim of the University is to discover, to build, and to share a higher quality of life and a broader vision of the world.


The Associated Colleges of Central Kansas (ACCK), of which Kansas Wesleyan University is a member, is a consortium of six church-related institutions. Each campus is located within 70 miles of Salina. Specialized ACCK course work may be taken for a major in Special Education.

Various ACCK member campuses also offer educational travel during January interterm to points across the United States and abroad. Member institutions of the ACCK include Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Tabor College (Hillsboro), Bethany College (Lindsborg), Bethel College (North Newton), and Sterling College.

Library Resources

Memorial Library is the heart of learning on campus offering information and recreational materials for research, instruction, and entertainment.

Memorial Library furnishes the campus community with access to over 63,000 book volumes and a periodical collection of 9,500 journals and magazines.  Its range of e-journals and e-books run into the tens of thousands and continually expands in numbers.  The library provides students with information stored in print, digital, audio, and video formats. 

Memorial Library has eighteen networked computer stations on its first floor.  Each unit gives users access to the internet, laser printers, and Memorial Library/Salina Public Library Online Catalog, the Kansas Library Catalog, and numerous subscription databases, many of which provide the full-text of the journal and periodical articles indexed.  The library offers interlibrary loan services, class reserve materials, a photocopy/fax machine, a microform/microfiche reader/printer, and reference and reader services.  The Curriculum Lab, located on the second floor, houses classroom resources for students from kindergarten through high school.  Library staff members provide information literacy instruction to individuals and classes upon request.  Additionally, Memorial Library engages in resource-sharing relationships with libraries of all types across the United States and Canada.

Al Nelson Student Success Center and Testing Center

The Albert Nelson Student Success Center provides tutoring and other assistance to students to enable them to successfully complete their courses and improve their learning skills, particularly in English/writing skills and math.  Tutors provide encouragement, inspiration, motivation, and confidence to students, helping them to develop a positive attitude, succeed in their courses, and develop an interest in lifelong learning. The Center also provides and host of resources, including print, audio-visual, and computer-based educational materials and diagnostic services. 

The Testing Center serves two functions. First, as a national testing center for the administration of tests, such as the CISCO certification tests. Second, the testing center provides additional private work space for students in the Student Success Center