WSU Quick Facts
- Intimidating scowl to frighten rivals
- The heart of Shocker Nation
- Muscular legs to support Shocker pride
- Big shoes to stomp rival universities
- Unruly stalks of wheat for hair
- Eyes display the focused gaze of a true competitor
- Strong arms to raise school spirit
Wu Through The Ages
Legend has it that the name “Shockers” first appeared in 1904 on a poster advertising a football game between Wichita State, then Fairmount College, and the Chilocco Indians. The team’s manager chose the name because many of the players earned money during the off season harvesting, or “shocking,” wheat.
When it came time to bring the name to life, students created WuShock – a big, bad, muscle-bound bundle of wheat – whose name was derived from a period in time when the university was simply known as Wichita University, or WU. It’s not difficult to spot Wu at athletic, cultural and university events bolstering school spirit.
Wichita’s thriving OLD TOWN DISTRICT is a student favorite. Shockers can get away from it all to see a movie, visit a museum, have dinner, go to a concert, or shop at unique local boutiques.
The CORBIN EDUCATION CENTER was designed by FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT and is a masterpiece of modern design as well as home to the College of Applied Studies.
WSU students hold 1,100 INTERNSHIPS ANNUALLY through the cooperative education and internship program