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Ohio Gov. James Rhodes’s efforts in the early 1960s to place public higher education facilities within 30 miles of every Ohioan led to the birth of Wright State University.

Wright State University, located 12 miles northeast of downtown Dayton, Ohio, annually serves over 19,000 unique students and offers more than 230 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree programs through eight colleges and three schools. The university also operates a branch campus, Wright State University–Lake Campus, on the shores of Grand Lake St. Marys in Celina, Ohio.

Wright State University was named to honor aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, who invented the world’s first successful airplane in their Dayton bicycle shop. In fact, the Wright brothers conducted most of their early test flights at Huffman Prairie, just a short drive from our Dayton campus.

Location

Located in the Miami Valley region of southwestern Ohio, Dayton is a mid-sized city surrounded by a diverse metropolitan area of almost a million residents. Dayton ranked No. 2 on Livability’s list of the Best Affordable Places to Live. “The real bargain that comes from living in Dayton is the high quality of life residents enjoy,” according to Livability.com. “Dayton offers a rich assortment of things to do, from outdoor recreation that includes canoeing and ice skating to cultural amenities, like the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.”

Facts

Wright State University was named to honor aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, who invented the world’s first successful airplane in their Dayton bicycle shop.

The Wright State campus features artistic pieces both in- and outdoors. As we renovate structures and construct new campus buildings, more and more public art pieces will continue to beautify campus.

The Wright State tunnel system is believed to be one of the most extensive collegiate pedestrian tunnel systems in the United States. Nearly two miles of tunnels (10,436 feet) snake their way beneath Wright State’s Dayton campus linking 20 of 22 buildings in the academic section of campus.

Accreditation

Wright State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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“Wright State is a great value. You get an excellent education at an affordable cost.”

Cassie Caplinger (U. S. A.) // B.A. in English

Key Facts

Career Success

At Wright State University, you’ll begin building your résumé from day one. We believe that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. That’s why we go beyond the textbook to give you experiences that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Affordability

One of the things that matter most to us at Wright State University is keeping a quality education affordable for you and your family. That’s why our tuition is among the lowest in Ohio for four-year universities.

Academic Excellence

At Wright State University, we offer award-winning programs taught by knowledgable faculty who care about your success.