Student Life


Office of Diversity and Inclusion tabling


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) aims to cultivate and sustain an inclusive campus that strives for academic excellence by creating an environment that educates, empowers and mobilizes our students, the campus and the community. Our members view themselves as ambassadors for fundamental freedoms and respect the differences in others. Each semester, the office offers dynamic programs, which range from speakers and film showings to award ceremonies, cultural festivities and LGBTQA programming – each representing a small piece of the diversity displayed on the WSU campus.

Rhatigan Student Center


Located in the heart of the main campus, the Rhatigan Student Center is the social hub of student life at Wichita State University. Whether you’re looking for a place to study, eat, hang out with friends, shop, relax, or even get a quick haircut, the RSC is the place to be.

Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes is a great place to relax and have fun with your friends and family. Bowling, billiards, darts, video games, parties, tournaments, food and fun can ALL be found in the lower level of the RSC.

The Shocker Store is housed in the RSC and has the largest selection and lowest prices for Shocker merchandise in town. All the textbooks that students need are available for purchase or rent in the Shocker Store basement.


From sports and student groups to concerts and other special events, the school year at Wichita State is chock-full of Shocker tradition.

In 1928, HIPPODROME was a one-day event. Since then, WSU’s longest-running tradition has dramatically grown to include a full week’s worth of activities. It’s an all-school event promoting Shocker pride through contests and live entertainment leading up to the main showcase, the Hippodrome skits. Groups of students perform original, no-holds-barred skits with the winners getting bragging rights and a first-place trophy. However, one idea has continued to be the mainstay of Hippodrome – the display of student talent.

WELCOMEFEST: What better way to kick off each semester than with a university bash? During the first two weeks of classes there are a variety of events to welcome students back to school.

SHOCKTOBERFEST is an annual celebration of Shocker spirit and pride with a week of events culminating with the always popular Songfest. Student groups compete for points to be the winners of Shocktoberfest!

Each year, HOMECOMING is a full week of campus events including the bonfire, Nearly Naked Run, pancake feed and the crowning of the homecoming king and queen.


Living on campus means quick access to classes, action-packed athletics, campus activities and hundreds of new friends all right at your doorstep.

SHOCKER HALL is located on the main campus and offers both shared and private suites, an attached 400-seat dining facility, and a coffee shop serving locally famous Reverie coffee.

THE FLATS AT WSU offer fully furnished apartments with a full kitchen and laundry room in each unit.

THE SUITS AT WSU features 2-bedroom units with shared bathroom, living room and kitchenette galley with refrigerator.

Housing and Residence Life is committed to promoting the total University experience by providing a supportive living environment intentionally designed to foster academic success, personal growth and civic responsibility.

LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES (LLC) in Shocker Hall give residents with similar interests and majors more opportunities to succeed through a built-in support system, leadership opportunities and an enhanced sense of community. Participating in a Living Learning Community can help you make the most of your time at Wichita State.

QUESTIONS? Visit our website at or contact us at or (316) 978-3693.

Campus Recreation

At WSU, Campus Recreation is the primary destination for fitness, recreation, special events and social activities, including:

  • Aquatics
  • Family and Youth Programs
  • Informal Recreation
  • Intramural Sports
  • Tournaments & Leagues
  • Recreation & Wellness
  • Living Learning Community
  • Sport Clubs
  • Shocker Fit
  • Shocker Rowing

Want even more recreation? Fee-paying WSU students enjoy single adult memberships to all nine Wichita-area YMCAs. Just bring your Shocker ID to any YMCA front desk to get started. A new, on-campus YMCA is planned to open in 2020.

Ulrich Outdoor Sculpture Collection

The ULRICH MUSEUM OF ART’S MARTIN H. BUSH OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COLLECTION is renowned as one of the top 10 university-based outdoor sculpture collections. Located throughout WSU’s campus, the collection is always free and open to the public. Visit ULRICH.WICHITA.EDU for more.