Wright State University

Wright State University
Wright State University Primary Corporate Mark
Established 1967
Type Public
Endowment $84.2 million (As of June 30, 2013)
President David R. Hopkins, P.E.D.
Students 17,595
Undergraduates 15,657 [1]
Postgraduates 3,576
Location Dayton (Fairborn), Ohio, U.S.A.
Campus Suburban
Gender Ratio 1:1.2 (approx.)
Colors Green & Gold          
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Mascot Wolf

Wright State University is a public research university in Fairborn, Ohio, located just outside of Dayton near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Beavercreek. The university offers degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. A branch campus is located at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park southeast of Celina, Ohio. As of 2014, the university had more than 17,000 students enrolled.

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Wright State is divided into eight colleges and three schools. The colleges are:

  • Education and Human Services
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Nursing and Health
  • Raj Soin College of Business
  • Science and Mathematics
  • University College
  • Lake Campus

The schools, which award graduate and professional degrees, are:


The college that would become Wright State University was founded in 1964 as the Dayton Branch Campus of Miami University and Ohio State University. At that time it comprised only a single building, Allyn Hall (named for Stanley Allyn, then-president of National Cash Register and one of the university's founders). Most of the land was donated by the United States Air Force from excess acreage of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

A 1965 act of the Ohio General Assembly stipulated that the Dayton campus would become an autonomous four-year institution once it reached an enrollment of 5,000 students. Several names were considered, including Dayton State University, Southwest Ohio State University, Shawnee University, Four Rivers University (after the four nearby rivers: the Great Miami, the Mad, the Stillwater, and Wolf Creek), and Mad River University. Wright State University was eventually chosen to honor the Wright Brothers, who were residents of Dayton and invented the first successful aircraft in the city. On October 1, 1967, after enrollment passed the 5,000-student mark, Senate Bill 212 was passed, paving the way for Wright State to be chartered as an autonomous university.

Prior to current president David R. Hopkins' appointment in 2007, Wright State University had five other presidents: Brage Golding (1966–1973); Robert J. Kegerreis (1973–1985); Paige E. Mulhollan (1985–1994); Harley E. Flack (1994–1998); and Kim Goldenberg (1998–2006).

In 2007, Wright State University celebrated its 40th Anniversary in connection with the Presidential Inauguration of David R. Hopkins. In order to mark this milestone in university history, Wright State created a 40th Anniversary website to highlight the events, history, and vision of its community. More information about the university's history can be seen on this Wright State site.

While the school has always had a Dayton mailing address, it is located in Fairborn, in Greene County (Dayton is in Montgomery County).


The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at the doctoral degree-granting level.

School of Medicine

The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine utilizes the main campus for pre-clinical training and seven area hospitals for clinical and residency training opportunities. In 2005, the school changed its name to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in recognition of the Oscar Boonshoft family, which gave Wright State's largest philanthropic gift to the medical school.

Admission to Wright State University's School of Medicine is competitive among the many students who apply; in 2012, 3,666 students applied for admission to the school, and 103 were accepted. The average undergraduate GPA is 3.62; average MCAT score 29.6. View more School of Medicine facts.

The Boonshoft School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The school's charter class began studies in 1976 and graduated in 1980. Since then, more than 2,821 M.D.'s have graduated from the School of Medicine. Wright State alumni are practicing in every state in the nation.

In 2009, the school became the first medical school in the United States to debut its own medical student produced radio program, dubbed Radio Rounds.

Student & Greek life

Wright State University currently hosts five North-American Interfraternity Conference fraternities, one Local Fraternity, five National Panhellenic Conference sororities, and eight of the nine members of National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities.

IFC Fraternities

  1. Delta Tau Delta
  2. Phi Kappa Tau
  3. Phi Sigma Phi
  4. Sigma Phi Delta
  5. Sigma Phi Epsilon
  6. Alpha Sigma Phi

Local Fraternities

  1. Beta Phi Omega

NPC Sororities

  1. Delta Zeta
  2. Alpha Xi Delta
  3. Kappa Delta
  4. Theta Phi Alpha
  5. Zeta Tau Alpha
  6. Phi Sigma Rho
  7. Alpha Omicron Pi

Undergraduate programs

Wright State offers 91 baccalaureate degrees in the following colleges: the Raj Soin College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Nursing and Health, and the College of Science and Mathematics. The Lake Campus also offers a limited number of complete undergraduate bachelor's degrees, as well as a variety of associate degrees.

Graduate programs

Wright State offers 88 graduate, doctoral, and professional programs through the Wright State University Graduate School, the Boonshoft School of Medicine, and the School of Professional Psychology. The Lake Campus also offers a limited number of graduate programs.


Wright State University offers Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC programs on campus, known as Detachment 643 and the Raider Battalion, respectively. The Air Force ROTC program contains the cross town schools of the University of Dayton, Cedarville University, and Sinclair Community College and is the largest AFROTC detachment in the Northeast Region.


Main article: Wright State Raiders

The Wright State Raiders are the athletics teams of Wright State University. The school currently participates in fifteen sports at the Division I level of the NCAA, and are members of the Horizon League. The school's mascot is a wolf.

Fine and performing arts

The Wright State University Creative Arts Center lobby, joining the Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures. 2007.

Collaboration, Education, Leadership and Innovation in the Arts designated an Ohio Center of Excellence

In the fall of 2009, Wright State University's three departments of Art, Music, and Theatre, Dance & Motion Pictures inaugurated a new initiative of collaborative artistic and educational endeavor, called CELIA (Collaboration, Education, Leadership and Innovation in the Arts), dedicated to enhancing "ongoing collaborations as well as nurture new partnerships." Projects accepted for the CELIA designation demonstrate high-quality, innovative collaborations, and the ability to further strengthen the reputation of the arts at Wright State.

One of the first of these projects was the Academy Award-nominated half hour documentary The Last Truck, produced for HBO and broadcast on Labor Day, 2008. The film documented the closing of a major GM truck plant in Moraine, Ohio, in 2008. More recently, the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures co-produced the regional and university premiere production of August: Osage County in the fall of 2010, with the region's professional theatre, The Human Race Theatre Company.[4] In May 2011, the departments of Music and Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures collaborated with the Dayton Philharmonic a full-stage production of the Mass by Leonard Bernstein at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton.[5]

On October 20, 2011, CELIA was designated an Ohio Center of Excellence by Jim Petro, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents at a press conference on the campus of Wright State University, in which Tom Hanks congratulated the Wright State University arts programs via a video message.[6]

The Department of Art & Art History received a major art collection and the pledge of one million dollars to create a state-of-the-art gallery to present the work of students, faculty, and leading artists.[citation needed]

2008 Presidential Campaign

During the 2008 United States Presidential Campaign Republican nominee John McCain announced his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate and choice for Vice President on August 29, 2008 at Wright State.[7][8][9][10] Palin was a relatively unknown figure at the time and the current Governor of Alaska, but soon became a major figure in modern American politics.[11][12] Eventual winner Barack Obama, who became the first African-American president in American history, held a major rally at Wright State during the campaign as well.[13][14]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  1. ^ Wright State University fact sheet
  2. ^ "2014 National Universities Rankings". Washington Monthly. n.d. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "2014 National Universities Rankings". Washington Monthly. n.d. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Florence, Russell. "Dysfunction Rages on the Plains" Dayton City Paper, 29 September 2010.
  5. ^ "DPO ready to take you on a few trips for its 2010-11 season," Dayton Daily News, 10 January 2010.[1]
  6. ^ "Hanks applauds WSU’s state arts honor", The Dayton Daily News, 20 October 20, 2011.
  7. ^ "Nutter Center at Wright State University - History". Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  8. ^ of 36:29 (2008-08-29). "McCain Vice Presidential Announcement - C-SPAN Video Library". Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  9. ^ "McCain taps Alaska Gov. Palin as vice president pick -". Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  10. ^ "In photos: 'Sarah Palin - Alaska Governor and running mate to John McCain' - Monsters and Critics". 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  11. ^ Mason, Jeff (2008-08-29). "McCain picks Palin as surprise No. 2". Reuters. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  12. ^ "McCain Shakes Up Race By Picking Sarah Palin for VP". 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  13. ^ "Communications & Marketing - Public Relations « Wright State University". 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  14. ^ "Sen. Obama (D-IL) Obama Campaign Event in Ohio". C-SPAN. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
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