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.
Dayton was a high-technology center with a need for a highly developed labor force. Community leaders mounted a private capital-fund campaign to secure a joint branch campus for The Ohio State University and Miami University.
Wright State University, inspired by the creative spirit of the Wright brothers, will be Ohio’s most learning-centered and innovative university, known and admired for our inclusive culture that respects the unique value of each of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni and for the positive transformative impact we have on the lives of our students and the communities we serve.
A Carnegie-classified research university, Wright State offers countless opportunities for research at all levels, from undergraduate through post-doctoral.
The wide spectrum of research activity at Wright State ranges from fundamental investigations to applied research and development, benefiting the Dayton region and the world.
The Wright State Career Center connects people with people, and people with resources. We empower students to transform their education and ambitions into meaningful work over the course of their lifetime. We educate students to cultivate personal networks that shape their professional journey.
Always bustling with activity, the Student Union offers a point of connection for the Wright State community. This 308,000 square foot complex houses meeting rooms, a fitness center, swimming pool, gymnasium, the Union Market dining facility, bookstore, credit union, student organizations, student services and more.
Approximately 3,000 students call Wright State campus housing home.
With three residence hall communities and four on-campus apartment communities to choose from, we've got your housing needs covered.
The University Libraries include the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library, the Lake Campus Learning Center, the Student Technology Assistance Center, and Special Collections and Archives. The Wright Brothers Collection, housed in Special Collections and Archives, includes Wilbur and Orville Wright’s technical and personal library, family papers, and photographs documenting the invention of the airplane.
Computers in the Dunbar Library have access to a variety of licensed software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, MatLab, SAS, and SPSS. A complete list of software is available for both Wright State users and guest users.
Student Health Services is your on-campus source for primary health care and wellness services. SHS provides acute and primary care services, promotes health awareness, educates students about preventive care and disease management. Located in the Student Union, we offer fast and convenient care with same-day, walk-in service or physician appointments available.
Wright State University takes pride in its beautiful 557-acre campus, which includes lush forests and a biology preserve. The university’s state-of-the-art facilities include 71 academic and academic support buildings, 33 student residential buildings, and a world-class entertainment and athletics venue. Underground tunnels connect 20 of 22 buildings in the academic section of campus, shielding students and employees from any adverse weather and adding to the university’s national reputation for accessibility for those with disabilities.
The Sport Club program provides the opportunity to university students for recreation, competition, and instruction in a variety of active pursuits. Each club is responsible for its own governing and organization, allowing for student leadership development and growth.
Wright State University is home to over 200 registered student organizations that vary over 10 different categories; academics, coordinating, cultural, honorary, media, recreational, religious, residential, social Greek and special interest. Throughout the academic year, these organizations hold events, raise money toward numerous philanthropies, volunteer in the greater Dayton area, offer leadership opportunities for their members, and promote diversity here on campus, all while having fun! Stop by the Office of Student Activities (019 Student Union) or join us on OrgSync and see which organization(s) you would like to join!
Wright State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)