Kansas Wesleyan University
KWU main building.jpg
Motto in English
Victory not without Toil
TypePrivate university
EstablishedSeptember 15, 1886; 136 years ago (1886-09-15)
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
Academic affiliations
PresidentMatthew R. Thompson
ProvostDamon Kraft
Academic staff

38°48′49″N 97°36′34″W / 38.81361°N 97.60944°W / 38.81361; -97.60944
ColorsPurple and gold[3]
Sporting affiliations
Kansas Wesleyan University logo.svg
Hauptli Student Center
Hauptli Student Center

Kansas Wesleyan University is a private Christian university in Salina, Kansas. Founded in 1886, it is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 800 students attend KWU, with approximately 700 of them studying on the 28-acre campus. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The university's academic program provides a liberal arts foundation comprising more than 27 major programs granting MBA, BA, BS and BSN degrees. Additionally, the university offers online degrees in emergency management, criminal justice and the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The average class size is 16 students, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1.[2]

Student life

Kansas Wesleyan has more than 30 clubs and organizations including yearbook, an on-campus, student-run television and radio station, and numerous music and athletics opportunities. The Kansas Wesleyan Debate and Forensics Team competes in national tournaments with large, state institutions, and has won more than 50 national titles at various levels.


Main article: Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes

The Kansas Wesleyan athletic teams are called the Coyotes. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) since the 1902–03 academic year.[4]

Kansas Wesleyan competes in 25 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, flag football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball; and co-ed sports include competitive cheer, competitive dance and eSports.


The Coyote football team qualified for back to back NAIA playoff appearances in 2018 and 2019, reaching the semifinals in the former and hosting the first home playoff games in school history.

Notable alumni

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  1. ^ NAICU – Member Directory Archived 2015-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Quick Facts". Kansas Wesleyan University. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  3. ^ Kansas Wesleyan University Style & Branding Guide (PDF). July 1, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  4. ^ "Member Institutions (Kansas Wesleyan University)". Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "Thomas Craven". www.arthistorians.info. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "The Truth About Dennis Rader's Life Before He Became The BTK Killer". www.grunge.com. Retrieved November 20, 2022.