Kansas Wesleyan University

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Kansas Wesleyan University
KWU building.jpg
Motto in English
Victory not without Toil
Type Private, Liberal arts
Established September 15, 1886 (1886-09-15)
Affiliation United Methodist Church
President Matthew R. Thompson
Vice-president Nancy H. Cummings - Executive Vice President and Provost
Academic staff
Students 710[1]
Location Salina, Kansas, U.S.
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
Campus Urban
Colors Purple and Gold          
Athletics NAIAKCAC
Sports 20 varsity teams
(8 sports)
Nickname Coyotes
Affiliations IAMSCU
Website kwu.edu
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Hauptli Student Center at KWU
Hauptli Student Center at KWU
Pioneer Hall at KWU
Pioneer Hall at KWU

Kansas Wesleyan University is a private four-year Christian-based college founded in Salina, Kansas 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, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Kansas State Department of Education.


The university's academic program provides a Liberal Arts foundation comprising more than 27 major programs: MBA, BA, BS, BASB, BSN, AA, AAS degrees. Additionally, there are evening degree completion programs for adults in nursing, business management and criminal justice. The average class size is 16 students, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1.[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 a student government, clubs, publications and drama groups. The Kansas Wesleyan Speech and Debate Team of Steve Johnston and Noah Shook won the parliamentary debate portion of the Pi Kappa Delta tournament hosted at Louisiana State University at Shreveport March 19–21, 2009.


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 eSports; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

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  1. ^ a b "Quick Facts". Kansas Wesleyan University. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ NAICU – Member Directory
  3. ^ "Thomas Craven". dictionaryofarthistorians.org. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 

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