The tradition of the nation's best universities, Wright State University is dedicated to teaching, research, and service. In addition, Wright State has the distinct mission of providing leadership to improve the quality of Activities for the people of Dayton and the surrounding Miami Valley. Wright State is a comprehensive state university with a diverse range of high-quality academic programs and strong links to Miami Valley schools and business, government, and community organizations.
The university serves more than 16,000 students with programs leading to more than 100 undergraduate and 40 graduate and professional degrees through six colleges and three schools. Wright State offers innovative educational programs, including doctoral programs in biomedical sciences, human factors and industrial/organizational psychology, medicine, and professional psychology, one of only two aerospace medicine residency programs for civilians in the nation, and a post-master's educational specialist degree program. Wright State's theatre, accounting, chemistry, geology, and engineering programs are recognized for excellence. . The WSU Lake Campus near St. Marys and Celina, Ohio, offers associate, bachelors and a select number of master’s degrees and graduate-level courses. Wright State University's faculty is dedicated not only to advancing the frontiers of knowledge but also to applying knowledge to real problems. Students gain hands-on experience through a variety of community-based programs, cooperative education, internships, and research projects operated with industry and government.
Over 2,200 of Wright State's students live in university-affiliated residences on or adjacent to the 557-acre main campus. An extensive underground tunnel system links most campus buildings, whose modern architecture is nationally recognized for being completely accessible to people with disabilities. Although most students hold jobs on or off campus, many are involved in one or more of the 100 student clubs and organizations that give vibrancy to campus Activities. The university offers 14 Division I intercollegiate athletic programs, and many students participate in intramural sports programs. The Ervin J. Nutter Center, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex, and other recreational facilities are available to students on a daily basis. Besides intercollegiate athletic events, the Nutter Center hosts convocation, concerts, and other cultural and entertainment events, seating up to 12,000. The University Libraries, consisting of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library and the Fordham Health Sciences Library, are linked through the Ohio LINK system and Internet to holdings of other major academic libraries in Ohio and to a wide range of databases for electronic research. The Department of Archives and Special Collections includes an African American collection, as well as sections on the Wright brothers and early aviation history, local history, children's literature, and university history.
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