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Kansas Wesleyan University is a private four-year Christian-based college in Salina, Kansas. Founded in 1886, it is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 850 students attend the 28-acre (110,000 m2) campus. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the National League for Nursing, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Kansas Wesleyan University
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Motto in English
Victory not without Toil
TypePrivate, Liberal arts
EstablishedSeptember 15, 1886 (1886-09-15)
AffiliationUnited Methodist Church
PresidentMatthew R. Thompson
ProvostDamon Kraft
Academic staff
Location, ,

38°48′49″N 97°36′34″W / 38.81361°N 97.60944°W / 38.81361; -97.60944Coordinates: 38°48′49″N 97°36′34″W / 38.81361°N 97.60944°W / 38.81361; -97.60944
ColorsPurple and gold          
Sports20 varsity teams
(8 sports)
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Hauptli Student Center at KWU
Hauptli Student Center



The university's academic program provides a liberal arts foundation comprising more than 27 major programs granting MBA, BA, BS, BSN, AA, and AAS degrees. Additionally, the university offers online degrees in emergency management, criminal justice and the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The average class size is 16 students, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 14:1.[1]

KWU is a member of the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas (ACCK), a consortium of six academic institutions located within 70 miles (110 km) of KWU's campus, through which students may enroll in courses and resources. KWU is also a member of the 18-member Kansas Independent College Association.


Kansas Wesleyan has more than 30 clubs and organizations including yearbook, an on-campus, student-run television and radio station, and numerous music and athletics opportunities. The Kansas Wesleyan Debate and Forensics Team competes in national tournaments with large, state institutions, and has won 30 national titles.


Kansas Wesleyan University teams are known as the Coyotes. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, wrestling, and bowling; women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, bowling, and volleyball.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b "Quick Facts". Kansas Wesleyan University. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  2. ^ NAICU – Member Directory Archived 2015-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Thomas Craven". Retrieved May 27, 2013.

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