College of Applied Studies


A WSU student at graduation

College of Applied Studies

Preparing students to inspire in a specialized world

With collaborative, hands-on learning opportunities, experienced faculty and exclusive scholarships, the College of Applied Studies prepares students for life-long careers in fast-changing fields. Comprised of the School of Education, Sport Management, Human Performance Studies and ISLE, this college is dedicated to improving the lives of our community’s most vulnerable populations.

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Wichita State's Corbin building pictured is home to the College of Applied Studies. This building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Corbin Hall, home to the College of Applied Studies, was designed by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

By the numbers

$500,000 – Total value of scholarships awarded each year.
30+ – Local and national companies started by students in Human Performance Studies.
100% – Students graduating with applied learning experiences.

Jennifer Friend, Dean

“WSU’s College of Applied Studies prepares highly skilled educators, counselors, educational leaders, athletic trainers, exercise scientists and sport management professionals. We offer applied learning and career experienced, nationally accredited programs and exclusive scholarships to give our students everything they need to build bright futures.”

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Students in College of Applied Studies at Wichita State

Purposeful and transformative – your gift makes a difference

The people of the College of Applied Studies – students, faculty and staff – do what they do because they want to help people build better lives. An investment in them is an investment in the betterment of our communities. Make your gift today and know that it is making a real difference.

At right: Coleman Middle School teacher Sam Belsan is an example of how philanthropy touches many lives. Scholarships helped pay for his education at Wichita State, and now he’s using that education to shape the futures of the children he teaches. “I love it that every person who’s invested in me is seeing their investment continue through my students,” says Belsan, a 2019 graduate.


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Because of you

Your gift to the Shocker Fund provides flexible resources to meet the changing needs of our students. More students will have access to programs that enhance their college experience, like tutoring, study abroad, applied learning conferences and competitions, and community service opportunities.

Last year, College of Applied Studies students received $61,738 from 707 individual gifts. So far this year, students have received $42,589. With your help, we can beat the previous year’s total so that more students will receive the critical support they need. Make your gift to the College of Applied Studies Shocker Fund today.

On behalf of Wichita State students, thank you Shocker Nation.