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Shocker Family Programs

Starting a college career can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Wichita State University offers a number of resources to help students make a successful transition to life as a Shocker. We are here to help your student transition academically and socially to campus by connecting them with the people, services, and support they need to get them to graduation and beyond.

We are here to encourage your student's well-being and academic success while at Wichita State. If you ever need to reach us, please call 316-978-3149 or email


Decoding Shocker Lingo

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid: This determines your eligibility for federal student aid. Complete it online at Questions? Visit

GROUNDHOUSE – Early morning or late at night, the Groundhouse is one of WSU’s top places to study, grab a bite and get your caffeine fix. It’s located on the first floor of Shocker Hall next to Shocker Dining Hall.

HESKETT CENTER – Home to Campus Recreation and where Shockers come to PLAY and stay healthy!

HIPPO – Officially known as Hippodrome, this is one of WSU’s oldest and most-loved events. It’s a week of fun activities building up to Hippo’s main attraction, the student skit competition.

JAY GOLDEN – As the 14th president of WSU, President Golden started his term on January 2, 2020. He is full of new ideas and is helping transform WSU into the optimum environment for students, professors, researchers and industry to learn, work, live and play.

KOCH/ROUNDHOUSE – Short for Charles Koch Arena, this 10,506-seat area is home to Shocker basketball and volleyball — and one of the loudest, proudest student sections you’ll find anywhere.

METROPLEX – Short for the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex located at 29th and Oliver.

MILLIE – WSU’s very own big, bronze millipede sculpture. You’ll find her between Wilner Auditorium and Henrion Hall.

ODI – Office of Diversity and Inclusion: A place for people who want to empower others and strive for academic success.

ONESTOP – A resource for fast, accurate answers and student-focused support for virtually all WSU-related questions. Available 24/7 at or in-person in Jabara Hall, Room 122.

OSMM – Office of Student Money Management: Offering free personal finance education for students to help them make good financial decisions before, during and after college.

#PLAYANGRY – If you don’t know already, you will learn. #PlayAngry! #StudyAngry! #LeadAngry! Let’s go SHOCKS!!!

PLAZA OF HEROINES – A circular plaza, located on the busy walkway between Ablah Library and the RSC — with plenty of space to sit and take in some sunshine between classes.

RSC – Rhatigan Student Center: The RSC is the place to relax, study, play, eat and socialize on campus. Home to Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes.

RSO – Registered Student Organizations: There are more than 200 registered student organizations at Wichita State for you to get involved in. Visit for a complete list.

SAC – Student Activities Council: A student-run organization dedicated to bringing a ton of great events to campus each semester, including Welcomefest, Mud Events, Finals Frenzy, Family Carnival, Gamefest and live entertainment, just to name a few.

SHOCKER SPORTS GRILL AND LANES – Located in the lower level of the RSC, Shocker Sports Grill and Lanes has great food and good times — including billiards, bowling and lots of big screen TVs.

SHOCKER NATION – A name representing Wichita State’s legion of students, alumni and fans — and our limitless amount of Shocker pride.

SHOCKTOBERFEST – WSU’s annual weeklong celebration of Shocker pride — including a banner competition, mud events, three-on-three basketball, and the main event, Songfest, a lip-synching and dance competition.

SI – Student Involvement: With more than 200 student organizations to choose from — plus, volunteering opportunities, Greek Life and semesters jam-packed with events — SI has something for everyone.


SI – Supplemental Instruction: Offers extra help with traditionally difficult classes through weekly study sessions led by experienced SI leaders. Additional free tutoring for almost any class is offered through the Office of Student Success.

STUDY DAY – The Friday before finals week. It’s a day without classes — giving extra time to study for your finals.

THREE WOMEN WALKING – WSU is home to numerous famous sculptures, and this is one of our more better-known pieces. You’ll find these women near the RSC and Grace Memorial Chapel.

WUSHOCK (AKA WU) – A big, bad, muscle-bound bundle of wheat — WSU’s mascot since 1948, a friend to every Shocker fan and #1 supporter of all things Wichita and Wichita State.



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