Located on a 160-acre campus in the center of Topeka, Washburn University's programs and services enrich the community, bringing cultural and intellectual life to this university town.
Founded in 1865 as Lincoln College, Washburn University offers more than200 programs leading to certification, associate, bachelor, master, doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Applied Studies, Business, Law and Nursing.
The Ichabod Tour
Get a taste of the college experience in the College Hill District. Enjoy gourmet burgers, dogs and fries at The Burger Stand, along with a great list of cocktails and craft beers for those over 21. Then go burn off those calories with a hike or bike around the trails at MacLennan Park or Kaw River State Park.
Get your game on with go-karts, mini golf, a game room and more at Sports Center.
WU Quick Facts
• 6,691 students (fall 2017)
• 1,300 degrees and certificates awarded annually
• Washburn is annually ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report
Ten Ichabod athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Conference. Washburn sports include baseball, basketball (men and women), football, golf, soccer (women), softball, tennis (men and women), volleyball, track and field, and cross country.
What's an Ichabod?
Washburn's Ichabod mascot honors the school's early benefactor, Ichabod Washburn, a 19th century Massachusetts industrialist. The original design of the studious-looking, tuxedo-clad figure was created in 1938 by Bradbury Thompson (ba '34), who became an internationally recognized graphic artist.
Arts & Annual Events
The Mulvane Art Museum, the oldest accredited art museum west of the Mississippi River, features an eclectic array of exhibitions and activities. No admission is charged to visit the Mulvane. Educational opportunities are available for youth and adults. Looking for a place to get creative? Visit the ArtLab, located in the lower level of the Mulvane Art Museum. Families love it, kids enjoy hands-on experiences and best of all, admission is free.
Washburn's annual outdoor sculpture exhibition is a presentation of juried sculptures created by artists from Kansas, around the country and occasionally, abroad. Presented with fanfare in the summer, the sculptures can be enjoyed all year on campus.
Take in one of the annual events at Washburn, including the Sunflower Music Festival, the Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Festival, the Silent Film Festival and events at the Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre.
Through musical and theater performances, library services, public forums and programs, lecture series, art exhibitions and a range of activities tailored to the diverse interests of its students and the community, Washburn enriches the cultural and intellectual life of Topeka. Everyone is invited to come to campus, park for free and enjoy their own Ichabod experience. For more information on what is happening at Washburn, visit Washburn.edu.
Washburn Institute of Technology provides high school and adult students opportunities to develop skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary career fields, such as health occupations, computer repair and networking, as well as a variety of technological and industrial programs. From economics and service to activities and events, Washburn University, Washburn Tech and the community of Topeka are closely linked.