Student Life



Two diverse studentsThe 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 CenterLocated 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, a place to hang out with friends, a place to eat, a place to shop, a place to relax, or even a place to 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 Rhatigan Student Center.

The University Bookstore is housed in the RSC and has the largest selection and lowest prices for Shocker merchandise in town. All the textbooks that students may need are available for purchasing or renting in the Bookstore, as well.


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

Collage of campus tradition activities

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.

With 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. During Fall Welcomefest, Wu-Rah is the main event where students get a chance to mingle with other students and staff, take in some live entertainment, receive a free T-shirt and enjoy a free lunch.

Shocktoberfest is an annual celebration of Shocker spirit & pride with a series of events occurring over the span of a week culminating with the always popular Songfest. Student groups can 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.


Residence hallLiving 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 Starbucks coffee. Fairmount Towers offers suite-style rooms as well as an outdoor basketball court and sand volleyball. The Flats at WSU offer fully furnished apartments with a full kitchen and laundry room in each unit to any student, sophomore or older.

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.

The Living Learning Community (LLC) experience in Shocker Hall gives residents with similar interests and majors more opportunities to succeed with 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 University.

Campus Recreation

students at a concertAt WSU, Campus Recreation is the primary destination for our students for fitness, recreational, competitive, leisure, special events, and social activities! We are also in the business of educating our students through our trend-setting and innovative employment and student development model, SHOX Recreation. When you combine these elements you have a department dedicated to exceeding your fitness and educational experiences while at WSU! Please join us as we enjoy a little PLAY time!

  • Aquatics
  • Family and Youth Programs
  • Informal Recreation
  • Intramural sports tournaments and leagues
  • Recreation and Wellness Living Learning Community
  • Sport Clubs
  • Shocker Fit
  • Shocker Rowing


Ulrich Museum of ArtThe Ulrich’s outdoor sculpture collection is one of Public Art Review magazine’s Top Ten on a college campus. Free gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends.