Date Founded: 1898
Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational, founded by Society of Friends (Quakers)
Locations: Wichita, Lenexa, Topeka, Outreach locations
Campus Size: 54.5 acres, 18 buildings
President: Dr. T.J. Arant
Athletic Team: Friends University Falcons
School Colors: Scarlet and Gray
Mascot: Freddy Falcon
Friends University Distinctives
Did you know?
When it was built in the late 1800s, the Davis Administration Building (then known as University Hall) was the largest educational facility under one roof west of the Mississippi. The Romanesque Revival building is best known for its 148-foot clock tower.
The University has invested $50 million toward campus improvements in facilities, landscaping and technology for the benefit of students during the past 12 years. Students have access to state-of-the-art technology that is the most advanced among Kansas private institutions.
The University’s endowment and long-term investments have grown from $3 million in 1990 to more than $40 million today.
Friends University’s Singing Quakers are an internationally acclaimed vocal organization. The group has performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall and has toured nationally and internationally.
Friends University has maintained reasonable, moderate tuition increases in recent years. In 1990, the University was the third-most expensive private institution of higher education in Kansas. Today, Friends is in seventh place in a ranking of undergraduate tuition among 17 independent universities and colleges in Kansas.
Friends University is accredited by these organizations:
What Our Founders, the Quakers, Believe:
"Having the somewhat smaller classes really helps your overall learning and actually allows you to get to know your teachers on a personal level. The friendly community-like atmosphere here is an experience most colleges cannot offer."