Our History

The Topeka Education Center is a permanent off-site location of Friends University on the corner of 29th and Urish Road. We are proud to provide Topeka and its surrounding communities with quality education designed for adult students who desire to complete an accredited degree in a reasonable amount of time while balancing personal responsibilities.

Throughout our 100-year history, Friends University has worked to meet the needs of Kansas residents. In the 1980s, Friends recognized the challenges adults faced when they decided to return to school. It can be challenging  to balance family, work and a full-time university schedule. Friends strived to develop programs that are convenient and provide students a full-time course schedule in a delivery model that allows for their degrees to be completed in a reasonable amount of time.

The faculty and staff at our site serve more than 200 students. Our students range from those just beginning their university studies, to those who are completing their degrees, and finally to those moving on to graduate degree programs. Students choose from convenient and practical selections of classes that meet the requirements of many of today’s professions. Our classes are located in an adult-focused facility that provides academic enrichment coupled with technical resources and student support services.

Area alumni find lifelong connections with their fellow students, faculty, staff and the University community through meetings, special events and class newsletters. From its early beginnings in Wichita in 1898, through our growth and statewide presence today, Friends University exists to provide students a high-quality educational experience.