Friends University, located in Wichita, Kansas, is a Christian University founded by the Quakers in 1898. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the North Central Association, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music. Since the institution has its roots in the Quaker form of Christianity, the school is founded with these specific essential values and principles. The school attempts to foster these values through the quality and content of educational foundations, reflecting human value, worth, and equality for all, influencing the world through positive and loving action, living the principles of mercy, compassion, justice, peace, and compassion, and understanding eternal versus temporary values in terms of the human drive for power and position. Friends University is clear on this mission and the school is a good match for those who can relate and are interested in studying within this context. Friends University was ranked in the top one-hundred for “Best Buys” for the last four years in The Student’s Guide to America’s Best 100 Best College Buys.
Friend University offers many degree options through its three main academic divisions: The College of Business, Arts, Sciences and Education, the College of Adult Professional Studies, and The Graduate School. The distance learning opportunities offered through the college are as follows: a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management, a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Health Care Leadership, and a Master of Management Information Systems. There are other course options available online, these are the degree programs available.
Friends University has partnered with several other educational institutions to offer extended education, students can pursue degree options through the University in these alternate Kansas locations: Allen Community College, Barton County Community College, Butler Community College, Could County Community College, Coffeyville Community College, Colby Community College, Southside Education Center, Cowley College, Dodge City Community College, Fort Scott Community College, Heritage College, Highland Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Independence Community College, Labette Community College, Pratt Community College, and Seward Community College. For students living in these areas or nearby, and wishing to pursue higher education through Friends University, check with each college to see which programs apply to specific locales.
In addition to the many undergraduate and graduate programs, Friends University offers many continuing education programs to adult learners and working professionals. Some of these programs include the Christian Spiritual Formation Institute, the Cisco Networking Academy, the Knowledge is Power Lectures, the Law, Liberty and Markets Lecture Series, Ministers’ Seminars, Teacher Education Workshops, and Noontime Forums.
Annual tuition and fee totals are estimated at $20,040 per academic year. Many applicants qualify for financial aid in the form of federal, state, and institutional scholarships. Other options include scholarships from outside sources. The financial aid office will assist each student in discovering how much and what types of aid they qualify for.