Newman University was founded in 1933 by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and was originally named Sacred Heart College. When the school first opened, it had no personnel, no finances and very limited facilities. The school was originally to train the Sisters as teachers and to provide an education for lay women in teacher education, nursing, secretarial science and home economics. In 1973, due to the continued growth of the institution, the college’s name was changed to Kansas Newman College. In 1998 the name was changed again to Newman University.
Newman University has held is accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1967. In addition to the university's overall accreditation, there are a number of specific programs that have also received specialized accreditation. The programs with specialized accreditation include:
- Occupational Therapy
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Radiologic Technology
- Teacher Education
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
The university's mission is to empower graduates to transform society. This mission is accompanied by the core values of Catholic identity, academic excellence, culture of services and global perspective. The Newman University campus is located in Wichita, Kansas. There are also campus outreach centers located in southeast Kansas, western Kansas, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
When applying to Newman University, potential students are required to pay a $20 application fee along with their application and their GPA, official transcript and SAT or ACT scores. Newman University has an acceptance rate of 45%. Students who are granted acceptance ultimately decide to attend Newman University at a rate of about 17%.
Students who decided to attend Newman University returned for a following year of classes at a rate 70% for students who were previously enrolled full-time and at a rate of 50% for students who were originally enrolled part-time. Students at Newman University graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 17% and graduate within six years at a rate of 27%.
There are 3,021 students currently enrolled at Newman University, of these students, 2,193 are undergraduate students and 828 are graduate level students. Of these students, 1,376 are over the age of 24 and considered to be adult learners. A slight majority of undergraduate students at Newman University are full-time enrollments, with 51% of students taking at least 12 credits per semester. Graduate students are mostly part-time enrollments making up 78% of the total graduate enrollment.
The gender ratio of the student body is 65% female students and 35% male students. There is little racial diversity with the largest represented racial group being white students making up 73% of the student population. The other racial groups, African American, Hispanic, American Indian and Asian, make up 5%, 10%, 1% and 5% of the student body respectively. In the student population there are 1,376 are adult learners who are over the age of 24. Most students come to Newman University from within the state of Arkansas with 77% of students declaring in-state residency.
Students have a variety of options academically at Newman University. There are 30 undergraduate programs, nine pre-professional departments and six graduate level programs in which students can find a program to interest them. Some of the most popular undergraduate programs include:
- Healthcare Science
- The pre-professional programs include:
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Veterinary Science
The graduate programs lead to the following degrees:
- Master in Theological Studies
- Master of Arts in Theology
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Science in Education
- Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
- Master of Social Work
For students wanting to complete a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, Newman University offers some select courses that can be completed through its distance learning program.
There are a total of 230 faculty members, all of which are part of the instructional faculty. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on student’s interaction and personalized attention. Classes are typically of smaller than average size due to a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. One way for a student to spend free time while gaining valuable leadership and personal growth skills is through participating in extracurricular activities. There are 25 official student organizations recognized at Newman University. The types of extracurricular activities available Newman University includes:
- Professional organizations
- Honor societies
- Religious clubs
- Minority clubs
- Special interest clubs
- Cultural clubs
Student at Newman University also have the option to become involved in athletics. There are 16 intercollegiate sports teams all competing in National Collegiate Athletic Association, division II, within the Heartland Conference. There are also three club sports teams available.
The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at Newman University is $22,238 for both in and out of state students. Newman University offers a tuition payment plan and the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 56% of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $11,833 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance, 42% of students have student loans and the average loan amount is $7,898.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Adorers of the Blood of Christ
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,376
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