Wichita State University
Wichita State University has a long history as one of the state’s premier colleges. Originally founded as Fairmont College in 1895, the city of Wichita bought the school in 1926 but it wasn’t until July 1, 1964 that the school became recognized as an official Kansas State College and at that time, its name changed to Wichita State University.
The name for WSU's athletic teams is the Shockers. The name reflects WSU's history. The first students earned money by shocking (harvesting) wheat in the fields nearby. WSU has Division 1 teams in basketball, baseball, volleyball and softball, golf, track, cross-country, and tennis.
The men's baseball team is college baseball's highest winning team for the past 31 years, with numerous conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances. The baseball team won the national championship in 1989 and was runner-up in 1982, 1991 and 1993.
The men's basketball team has played in the NCAA tournament 10 times since 1954, advancing to the Final Four in 1965 and 2013, the Elite Eight in 1981, and the Sweet Sixteen in 2006 and 2015.
Famous athletes include: Ron Baker, Fred VanVleet, Antoine Carr, Cliff Levingston, Cleanthony Early, Dave Stallworth, Greg Dreiling, Cleo Littleton and Bill Parcells.