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Wright State University


Wright State University

Wright State University
Established 1967
Type Public
Endowment $93.4 million
President David R. Hopkins
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 17,779
Undergraduates 13,614[1]
Postgraduates 4,165
Location Fairborn, Ohio, U.S.
Campus Suburban
Colors Green and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division I, Horizon League
Nickname Raiders
Mascot Wolf
Website .edu.wrightwww

Wright State University is a public research university located near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio, United States, a suburb of Dayton. Originally operating as a branch campus for Ohio State University and Miami University, Wright State became independent in 1967. Its name was chosen in honor of aviation pioneers the Wright brothers, who were residents in the local area. In 1969, a 173-acre (70 ha) branch campus opened on the shore of Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina, Ohio.


  • History 1
  • Colleges and schools 2
  • Accreditation 3
  • School of Medicine 4
  • Student & Greek life 5
    • IFC fraternities 5.1
    • Local fraternities 5.2
    • NPC sororities 5.3
  • Undergraduate programs 6
  • Graduate programs 7
  • ROTC 8
  • Athletics 9
  • Fine and performing arts 10
    • CELIA designated an Ohio Center of Excellence 10.1
  • 2008 presidential campaign 11
  • 2016 presidential campaign 12
  • Notable alumni 13
  • Notable faculty 14
  • References 15
  • External links 16


Wright State University began in 1964 as a branch campus of Miami University and Ohio State University, occupying only a single building. That building, Allyn Hall, was named for one of the university's founders and former president of National Cash Register Stanley Allyn. Much of the land that the campus is situated on was donated by the United States Air Force from excess acreage of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Groundwork on forming the institution began in 1961 during a time when the region lacked a public university for higher education. Dayton was emerging economically as a center for innovative technologies which demanded an increasingly educated work force. A community-wide fundraising effort was conducted in 1962 to establish the university, and the campaign raised the $3 million needed in seed money.[2][3]

The Ohio General Assembly passed legislation in 1965 that transformed the Dayton campus into the Wright State Campus with its own Advisory Committee on November 5, 1965. It was anticipated at the time that the campus would achieve independent status by 1967 with its rapidly increasing enrollment of full-time students, projected to reach 5,000 within two years. On October 1, 1967, the campus officially became Wright State University following a decision made by the Ohio Board of Regents. The name was chosen to honor the Wright brothers, well-known residents of Dayton who are credited with the invention of the world's first successful airplane.[4][5]

David R. Hopkins was appointed president in 2007, succeeding Brage Golding (1966–1973), Robert J. Kegerreis (1973–1985), Paige E. Mulhollan (1985–1994), Harley E. Flack (1994–1998), and Kim Goldenberg (1998–2006). Also in 2007, Wright State University celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Coinciding with the historic event, Wright State created a 40th Anniversary website to highlight important milestones and events throughout the university's history.[2]

Colleges and schools

University rankings
Washington Monthly[6] 117[7]

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 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,[8] the College of Education and Human Services,[9] the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences,[10] the College of Liberal Arts,[11] the College of Nursing and Health,[12] and the College of Science and Mathematics.[13] The Lake Campus also offers a limited number of complete undergraduate bachelor's degrees, as well as a variety of associate degrees.[14]

Graduate programs

Wright State offers 88 graduate, doctoral, and professional programs through the Wright State University Graduate School,[15] the Boonshoft School of Medicine,[16] and the School of Professional Psychology.[17] 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.


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

Lobby of the Wright State University Creative Arts Center in 2007.

CELIA 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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21][22][23][24] 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.[25][26] 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.[27][28]

2016 presidential campaign

On September 23, 2015, the Commission on Presidential Debates named Wright State the host for the first 2016 United States presidential debate, which is scheduled for September 26, 2016[29] at the Nutter Center.[30]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


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  3. ^ "Wright State History - The Dayton Campus". Wright State University. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ "1966–1967 University Course Catalog". Wright State University. 1966. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ "1968–1969 Wright State University Course Catalog". Wright State University. 1968. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ "2015 National Universities Rankings". Washington Monthly. n.d. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ "2014 National Universities Rankings". Washington Monthly. n.d. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Raj Soin College of Business - Wright State University". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "College of Education and Human Services - Wright State University". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Home - College of Engineering and Computer Science". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "College of Liberal Arts - Wright State University". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Welcome to the College of Nursing and Health". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "The College of Science & Mathematics - Wright State University". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Lake Campus - Wright State University". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Graduate School". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Boonshoft School of Medicine - Wright State University". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Welcome to School of Professional Psychology". Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  18. ^ Florence, Russell. "Dysfunction Rages on the Plains" Dayton City Paper, 29 September 2010.
  19. ^ "DPO ready to take you on a few trips for its 2010-11 season," Dayton Daily News, 10 January 2010.[2]
  20. ^ "Hanks applauds WSU’s state arts honor", The Dayton Daily News, 20 October 20, 2011.
  21. ^ "Nutter Center at Wright State University - History". Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  22. ^ of 36:29 (2008-08-29). "McCain Vice Presidential Announcement - C-SPAN Video Library". Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  23. ^ "McCain taps Alaska Gov. Palin as vice president pick -". Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  24. ^ "In photos: 'Sarah Palin - Alaska Governor and running mate to John McCain' - Monsters and Critics". 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  25. ^ Mason, Jeff (2008-08-29). "McCain picks Palin as surprise No. 2". Reuters. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  26. ^ "McCain Shakes Up Race By Picking Sarah Palin for VP". 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  27. ^ "Communications & Marketing - Public Relations « Wright State University". 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  28. ^ "Sen. Obama (D-IL) Obama Campaign Event in Ohio". C-SPAN. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  29. ^ "Commission On Presidential Debates announces sites and dates for 2016 general election debates" (Press release).  
  30. ^  

External links

  • Official website
  • Wright State University Athletics website

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