Friends University – Topeka
Phone: 1-800-794-6945, ext. 5200
Higher Education Partnership
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation has entered into a partnership with Friends University to be the preferred education provider for the tribal community. Friends University provides adult education programs at the associate, bachelor and graduate levels in the Topeka area, as well as traditional college opportunities for high school students in Wichita. Local classes may be taken at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Government Center, at Friends University's Topeka site at 2820 S.W. Mission Woods Drive, or through online programs. Friend University programs are available to all tribal members.
Friends University offers the following types of programs for individuals who wish to obtain a college degree.
Associate's Degree or Program for Adult College Education (PACE): The PACE program allows adults to begin or continue their college studies. Students with less than approximately 60 hours of previous college credit have two options:
- earn academic credit toward an associate's degree; or
- upon completion of approximately 60 hours of college credit, students will be prepared to enter a degree completion program to earn their bachelor’s degree.
PACE courses are offered in a convenient format that is accessible for adults who are employed. Courses are generally offered so students may take two or three courses by attending class one evening per week. Saturday classes may also be available. For more information about this program, please visit www.friends.edu/academics/associate-degree-program.
Bachelor Degree-Completion Programs (DCP):
Friends University offers several degree-completion programs for adult students with approximately 60 hours of previous college credit who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree. Students have a choice of several degrees that are offered depending on their area of interest. The programs are taught in a cohort model, where students go through a series of classes as a group. Most course work can be completed one night a week within 13 to 24 months, depending on the program. For more information, visit www.friends.edu/academics/adult-education-0.
Graduate Programs: Adults who have earned a bachelor’s degree are eligible to earn their master's degree through Friends University. Students have a choice of several degrees, depending on their area of interest. Graduate programs offer adult learners flexible scheduling, allowing most students to attend class one night a week or on weekends. Most graduate programs can be completed within two years. For more information, visit www.friends.edu/academics/graduate-school.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Friends University Financial Aid Office works closely with students on every aspect of the financial aid process. Many students indicate that Friends University Financial Aid staff members go above and beyond their expectations to make the financial aid process easier to navigate.
For more information about financial aid, visit www.friends.edu/financial-aid or contact:
Financial Aid Office
2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, KS 67213
Phone: 1-800-794-6945 ext. 5200