Friends University

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At Friends University, we believe higher education has a higher purpose. A community that fosters personal growth and personal achievement. For a better you and a brighter future.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Friends University
2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, KS 67213


Phone: 316-295-5000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 480547702

CEO/President: Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

Chairman: Dr. Kevin Hoppock

Board size: 19

Founder: James M. Davis, Edmund L. Stanley

Ruling year: 1924

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Friends University will provide excellent learning experiences, nationally recognized programs, and a focus on transformative education that places a special value on each person, cultivating a new generation of Christ-like leaders.

Mission statement

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.

Statement of faith

As a Christian University of Quaker heritage, the University looks to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as a model and example of conduct for members of our community. We believe that we are called to "live as Jesus did" (1 John 2:6), "follow God's example," (Eph. 5:1-2), and as His friends, love one another in the name of Jesus (John 15:12-17).

While the University community includes persons of various faiths, the University holds to the following core Christian beliefs:

The Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God. Human beings were created by God, in His likeness and image, and thus have inherent dignity. This is God's world and we are stewards of His resources. There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His death on the cross as the only sacrifice sufficient for our salvation, in His bodily resurrection, and in His personal return in power and glory. In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating382 of 102136 of 118
Fund acquisition rating589 of 102470 of 118
Resource allocation rating137 of 10243 of 118
Asset utilization rating606 of 102171 of 118

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,153,563$3,512,918$4,563,222$4,532,314$4,354,295
Short-term investments$52,727,685$51,574,903$51,473,588$45,382,238$42,114,078
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$59,014,344$57,359,868$57,303,712$57,535,120$55,632,156
Long-term investments$2,439,905$4,972,958$4,992,069$2,383,861$51,609
Fixed assets$41,630,473$42,403,824$43,480,711$45,010,632$47,348,152
Other long-term assets$8,746,133$8,822,406$6,829,538$6,924,814$7,148,195
Total long-term assets$52,816,511$56,199,188$55,302,318$54,319,307$54,547,956
Total assets$111,830,855$113,559,056$112,606,030$111,854,427$110,180,112
Payables and accrued expenses$1,739,212$1,442,583$1,057,871$1,606,763$1,575,856
Other current liabilities$584,824$553,551$740,035$748,173$564,191
Total current liabilities$2,324,036$1,996,134$1,797,906$2,354,936$2,140,047
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$4,975,061$2,536,306$2,377,357$2,519,637$2,673,298
Total long-term liabilities$9,405,731$9,794,909$11,012,238$11,051,637$13,253,298
Total liabilities$11,729,767$11,791,043$12,810,144$13,406,573$15,393,345
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$52,258,195$53,129,760$53,924,085$56,249,323$56,142,331
With donor restrictions$47,842,893$48,638,253$45,871,801$42,198,531$38,644,436
Net assets$100,101,088$101,768,013$99,795,886$98,447,854$94,786,767
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,974,972$4,519,484$4,225,848$3,958,376$2,011,699
Program service revenue$33,028,918$32,618,846$32,239,490$31,317,823$32,967,812
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,212,123$2,484,079$2,016,339$1,347,031$3,075,580
Other revenue$1,451,600$1,246,220$407,599$325,928$139,716
Total other revenue$37,692,641$36,349,145$34,663,428$32,990,782$36,183,108
Total revenue$40,667,613$40,868,629$38,889,276$36,949,158$38,194,807
Program services$38,385,865$36,714,777$36,277,276$35,557,990$35,540,425
Management and general$2,635,197$2,743,772$2,544,832$2,475,811$2,681,823
Total expenses$41,503,339$39,922,343$39,324,859$38,357,761$38,855,253
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($835,726)$946,286($435,583)($1,408,603)($660,446)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($835,726)$946,286($435,583)($1,408,603)($660,446)


Dr Amy CareyPresident$330,330
Jasper LesageVP, Academic Affairs$163,388
Ken StoltzfusDean, Academic Affairs$158,768
Kelley WilliamsVP, HR & Administration$147,884
Deb StockmanVP, Enrollment Management$146,195
Vernon DolezalVP, Finance$140,313

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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Although Friends University was officially founded in 1898, our history goes back to the mid-1880s when the Christian Churches of Kansas began to construct a building west of Wichita that would hold more floor space under one roof than any other educational facility west of the Mississippi River.

Garfield University opened its doors for classes in 1887. The University had 500 students enrolled for the first year and 1,070 for the second year. After graduating its first and only senior class, Garfield University closed its doors in 1890 due to financial difficulties. The school was reorganized and opened again in March 1892 as Garfield Central Memorial University. It closed for good on Nov. 18, 1893.

For five years, the building was a haven for owls, birds and bats until James M. Davis, a businessman from St. Louis, saw an advertisement in a St. Louis paper and purchased the building and surrounding lots. He immediately offered the entire holding to the Kansas Society of Friends (better known as the Quakers) on the condition that the group raise $50,000 for the permanent endowment of the college. The conditions were accepted, and Friends University officially opened its doors in September 1898. The enrollment for the first fall was 52 students; it would grow to 102 students during the first year.

President Edmund L. Stanley shared the vision and future he saw for the University during the opening meeting:

The purpose of this school shall be to give to the world and to give our country a class of citizens that will be in every sense loyal citizens. Loyalty has in it more than we often think ... Loyalty means that mental training and discipline which makes the child think - the development which makes him strong in mind and body; strong in his moral nature; a full man in that intelligence which should direct the efforts of all men for conscientious, honorable and successful private life and citizenship.

Friends University continued operating as a Quaker institution until the 1930s when governance of the school was vested in an independent board of trustees. Since then, the University has continued to operate in an amicable but independent relationship with the Society of Friends. The University continues to reflect much of our Quaker founders' vision and values. This includes offering a transformative education that honors God and places special value on each individual, shining the light of God's love to our community and world.

In 1985, Friends University began offering a new degree completion program for adults wishing to complete their bachelor's degree while maintaining their busy lives. In 1986, the University received approval to offer two new master's programs. Two years after degree completion programs began, the University began offering these programs in other locations across Kansas, including Hutchinson, Dodge City and Iola.

In 1989, Friends University opened its first Kansas City site to serve adult students in the area. After 15 years at several different locations (including a secondary site in Independence, Missouri, from 1995 to 2005), the University moved to a location in Lenexa from 2004 to 2015. In 2015 the current location in Overland Park opened with facilities for the Master of Science in Family Therapy program and teacher education workshops.

The University operated a site in Topeka from 1993 to 2016 that focused on adults seeking bachelor's and master's degrees. Friends began offering a few online programs for adults in the mid-2000s and has continued to expand our online program offerings.

Throughout its history, the University has remained committed to our central core: the arts and sciences. A broad-based education - one that truly expands the horizons and frees the mind - is our purpose for every student. This is also expressed in our commitment to teaching and to the personal growth of every Friends University student. We uphold the following values within our learning community: Respect - integrity, civility in our words and actions, and regard for others; Inclusion - a spirit of cooperation and equality; Service - a commitment to servant leadership, caring for each other and our community; and Excellence - giving our best to our students at all times (student focused), that we may walk truly in the light of our faith (honor God).

Friends University has continued to grow and develop throughout the years. From 52 students in 1898 to approximately 2,000 students today, Friends University is a strong, vital, independent university for Wichita, the region, our nation, and the world.

Program accomplishments

2021 Awards:

Friends' ranked #41 nationally in Cyber Security and #1 in Kansas (

Friends' ranked #7 in Education Survey's 2022 Best Master's in Family Counseling Programs (

Friends' ranked #24 nationally in Best Online MBA Programs, citing Best Scheduling (

Friends' ranked #20 nationally in Healthcare Administration and #1 in Kansas, citing Best Faith Based Program (

Friends' awarded the 2021 HSPA Certification Badge (

Friends' MFT program ranked #31 nationally and #1 in Kansas, citing Best Job Placement Rates (

Friends University named Military Friendly School (

Friends University online programs earn high national rankings from 2021 U.S. News Best Online Programs (U.S. News Best Online Programs)

Friends University earns national rankings from 2021 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges (U.S. News)