Kansas Wesleyan University

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Kansas Wesleyan University
KWU main building.jpg
Motto in English
Victory not without Toil
TypePrivate, Liberal arts
EstablishedSeptember 15, 1886 (1886-09-15)
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
PresidentMatthew R. Thompson
ProvostDamon Kraft
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

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          
Sports23 varsity teams
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Hauptli Student Center at KWU
Hauptli Student Center

Kansas Wesleyan University is a private Christian college in Salina, Kansas. Founded in 1886, it is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 800 students attend KWU, with approximately 700 of them studying on the 28-acre campus. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


The university's academic program provides a liberal arts foundation comprising more than 27 major programs granting MBA, BA, BS and BSN 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 11:1.[1]

KWU is 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 over 50 national titles at various levels.


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 and bowling; women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, bowling and volleyball. KWU also offers co-ed eSports, competitive cheer and competitive dance. The Coyote football team qualified for back to back NAIA playoff appearances in 2018 and 2019, reaching the semifinals in the former and hosting the first home playoff games in school history.

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  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". arthistorians.info. Retrieved May 27, 2013.

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