Student Life at Wright State
Wright State has a diverse mixture of students with various educational goals and interests. The majority of our students—77 percent or 13,000—are undergraduates, and of those, almost 11,000 are full time. Although the majority of these students come from southwestern Ohio, many also come from other parts of Ohio, from almost every state in the nation, and from 66 other countries. Almost 3,000 students live in campus housing, in either traditional dormitory-style rooms, suite-style rooms, or apartments, all offering direct Internet connections. Over 1,600 freshman students chose to live on campus in fall 2006.
Many of our students are older (mean age is slightly over 25 years) and, in addition to their academic work, have other major responsibilities such as a family and/or full-time job. Many of these students attend classes in the evening, a time that sees almost as much campus activity as during the day. Regardless of background and career goals, our students provide the basis for a campus rich in cultural and intellectual diversity.
Both commuting and residential students make for an active campus life. Over 150 student clubs and organizations provide recreational, professional, and entertainment activities. Also popular are the university's two theatres and concert halls, and the Student Union, which has extensive recreational facilities, including a fitness center, a small gymnasium, racquetball and squash courts, climbing wall, and an Olympic-size indoor pool.
Wright State students have distinguished themselves academically, both on the state and national level. For example, Wright State students compete with 200 colleges and universities from 15 different countries that debate each year at the Model United Nations program held in New York City and now hold the longest winning streak on record—28 years. The Ohio Society of Professional Engineers awarded our student team first place in a statewide senior design showcase. Wright State is the only four-time winner of the National Student Case Competition sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants.
In recognition of its innovations in teaching and research, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has received Academic Challenge Grants from the Ohio Board of Regents and highly selective external funding awards from the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. In addition, undergraduate students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics compete each year in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.
The student is the focus of attention at Wright State University. Although Wright State students do not easily fall into specific categories, all are valued for their unique talents and contributions. In a supportive learning environment, Wright State faculty challenge their students, encouraging them to realize their potential, to reach their goals, and to fulfill their dreams. As a result, Wright State continues to attract achievement-oriented students who are eager to learn.
There's Plenty to Do
At Wright State, we're active like you. Our students are diverse, and our campus activities reflect a broad spectrum of interests and outlets. With more than 150 clubs and organizations, there's something for everyone.
Recreate the Middle Ages by joining the Medieval Club. If you have political aspirations, get involved in Student Government. If you don't mind a few bumps and bruises, join the rugby team. Choose from 18 sororities and fraternities that focus on scholarship, service, and fun.
Hang out at the Student Union's extensive recreational facilities, including a fitness center, gym, racquetball and squash courts, a climbing wall, and an Olympic size indoor pool. Outdoor Recreation offers unique and exciting opportunities to go camping, canoeing, rock climbing, white-water rafting, skiing, horseback riding, scuba diving, and more! Bicycles, backpacks, kayaks, skis, and other equipment are available to students.
Wright State offers 16 Division I intercollegiate athletic programs, and many students participate in intramural sports programs. The Ervin J. Nutter Center, a multipurpose sports and entertainment complex, seats 10,632 for Wright State Raiders basketball games and up to 12,000 for top-name entertainers and shows.
Diversity Enriches Campus Life
At Wright State, we believe that welcoming students from diverse cultures strengthens and enriches the entire campus community. Bringing these students together with an active campus life creates a rich intellectual and social experience—a complete university experience.
Wright State is a national leader in accommodating the needs of students with disabilities. Most of the 24 campus buildings are connected by a unique underground tunnel system.
Some of the Best Campus Housing
While living on campus is not a requirement, about 60 percent of all first-year students choose to do so. Almost 3,000 students live in attractive residence halls on or adjacent to campus. Year after year, they say how fantastic their campus living experience has been, and how great it was to stay in new, modernly equipped rooms that have all the comforts of home. You'll find nice furniture, cable TV, air-conditioning, and Internet hook-ups. Plus, all students—even first-year students—may have a car on campus.
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