Located in the hometown of the Wright Brothers - who successfully invented the airplane - Wright State University (WSU) is a metropolitan university near Dayton, Ohio. This area is composed of not only major corporations including AT&T, Mead Corporation, several divisions of General Motors, NCR,Honda, Panasonic, but also, the home of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, a national center for US Air Force Research and Procurement. The combination of industrial, commercial, and military development has produced an unusual concentration of scientific, technological, and research activity, and this is a special advantage to Wright State students.
Considered a small-to-medium university, WSU serves nearly 16,000 students leading to more than 100 undergraduate and 40 graduate and professional degrees. Composed of 20 buildings with extensive research facilities, most of our campus buildings are connected by a unique underground tunnel system which is convenient for all seasons. As an additional resource to our academic programs, superior computer and media services are available. Further, there are 150 student organizations on campus for students to participate in their free time.
Yes, Wright State offers two ESL programs. For those whose English skills are not adequate for college, there is the LEAP (Learning English for Academic and Professional Purposes) program. LEAP students attend English classes for 20 hours per week. They also receive additional tutoring in writing through the University Writing Center and additional practice in speaking with a conversation partner. One day a week students attend activities outside the normal classroom such as touring sites of local interest both on and off campus. The Bridge program enables students to substitute LEAP classes for the TOEFL exam.
The other program, a college ready ESL program, is for undergraduate and graduate students at Wright State. There are ESL classes in basic English writing, college preparatory writing, and advanced academic writing. The advanced academic writing course is taught with computers so students receive the added benefit of learning about email and internet searches in academic writing. Students also work once a week with a tutor in the University Writing Center on class assignments. Besides the ESL writing courses, there is a speaking skills course that helps students improve their pronunciation and gain better fluency and understanding of academic speech.
WSU is ranked one of the three safest universities in Ohio according to the book "Crime at College, The student Guide to Personal Safety". For the safety of students and faculty, campus police patrol the campus 24 hours a day. Also, student escorts are available at any time in the evening.
In the tradition of the nation's best universities, Wright State University is dedicated to teaching, research, and service. In addition, as a metropolitan university near Dayton, Ohio, Wright State has the distinct mission of providing leadership to improve the quality of life for the people of the Miami Valley. Wright State's link to area business, community, and research organizations in and around Dayton also offers unique educational opportunities to a diverse student body.
Roughly 2 percent of our student population consists of international students representing 70 countries.
The university serves nearly 20,000 students with programs leading to more than 100 undergraduate and 40 graduate and professional degrees through six colleges and three schools. Wright State offers innovative educational programs, including doctoral programs in biomedical sciences, human factors and industrial/organizational psychology, medicine, and professional psychology; the nation's only aerospace medicine residency program for civilians; and a postmaster's educational specialist degree program. Wright State's theatre, accounting, chemistry, geology, and engineering programs are recognized for excellence.
Wright State University's faculty is dedicated not only to advancing the frontiers of knowledge but also to applying knowledge to real problems. Most classes are small and taught by fully affiliated faculty members, 80 percent of whom hold the most advanced degrees in their fields. In addition, students gain hands-on experience through a variety of community-based programs, cooperative education, internships, and research projects operated with industry and government.
The university and the metropolitan area feature a wide variety of cultural opportunities, such as symphonies, opera, ballet, theatre productions, museums, and art galleries.
The university provides several areas of excellence to accommodate the academic and professional needs of our students. At the undergraduate level, all the engineering majors are professionally accredited by Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (A.B.E.T.). The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science is accredited by Computer Science Accreditation Board (C.S.A.B.).
At the graduate level, all the M.B.A. programs are accredited by the A.A.C.S.B. This is the highest accreditation that can be received by a school of business.
There are over 150 student groups at Wright State, including collegiate sports, recreational, social, and religious groups. Membership is open to all students. There are eight ethnic organizations that serve the international community on campus.
Wright State has open gym facilities with a competition-sized swimming pool and recreational facilities for volleyball, basketball, racquetball, and other sports. The new Ervin J. Nutter Center, a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex, seats up to 12,000 fans for sporting events and attracts top-name entertainers and musical groups.
The University Center for International Education (UCIE) provides individual counseling and assistance to international students to help them adjust to campus life and the Dayton community, and to ensure that their educational experience is rewarding. The office staff also provides assistance to students in locating housing and offers guidance on such matters as immigration policy and academic and financial needs. All new international students should report to the UCIE office upon their arrival. The Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm eastern time.
Please note that the university will be changing from the "quarter" system to the "semester" system in the Fall of 2012.
The academic year at Wright State is divided into three quarters, each 11 weeks long, and a summer quarter with two five-week terms or one 10-week term. Fall quarter begins in mid-September; winter quarter in early January; spring quarter in late March; and summer quarter in early June.
International students are expected to attend at least three of the four quarters (fall, winter, and spring). Summer quarter attendance is optional unless the student is admitted specifically for summer quarter as his or her first quarter at Wright State. Students may attend all four quarters to complete a degree program in a shorter time span than is usually required.