University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS 66045

School Details

University of Kansas is a four-year public research university located in Lawrence, Kansas, at Mount Oread, the highest point in the state. UK is the largest college in Kansas, and has other campuses located in Lawrence, Wichita, Overland Park, Salina, and Kansas City. The University was opened in 1866 after a charter was granted by the Kansas Legislature in 1864. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the state's only designated National Cancer Institute. KU’s faculty and students are supported and strengthened by endowment assets of more than $1.44 billion. 

The city of Lawrence has eclectic shops, beautiful green spaces, and tons of music venues and art galleries. Kansas City is just 40 minutes east, and offers an international airport, shopping, and entertainment.

University of Kansas offers bachelor’s degrees, certificates, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. KU has 13 schools with more than 345 degree programs in 200 fields. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, weekend, and online. Programs at UK include a large liberal arts college as well as programs such as: Allied Health, Architecture, Design, and Planning, Business, Education, Engineering, Arts, Music, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Welfare. The Pharmacy and Medicine program at KU is the only program for those fields in the state of Kansas. KU operates a selective Honors Program, with approximately 300 undergraduate students admitted each year.

University of Kansas has 27,939 students (19,695 undergraduates) and 3,421 faculty members, giving the university a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 2,717 teach full-time and 704 teach part-time. About 90% of undergraduate students study full-time and 10% study part-time. Most graduate students (74%) study full-time and 26% study part-time. 

The student body contains 50% female students and 50% male students. About 77% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Asian, American Indian, and Hispanic. About 89% of students are ages 24 and under with 11% of students being ages 25 and above. About 68% of students are from Kansas, 26% are from out-of-state, and 6% are from a foreign country. Students come from all 50 states and 105 countries and are about 15 percent multi-cultural. 

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 80% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 80%. The overall graduation rate is 80% and the overall transfer-out rate is 32%. The overall graduation rate by gender is 58% for males and 63% for females.

Over 600 student organizations are available at University of Kansas that are run by the Student Union Activities Board and The Student Involvement and Leadership Center. Athletic teams wear crimson and royal blue and are called the Kansas Jayhawks. Competing in the Big 12 Conference, KU sports teams have won 12 national championships in men’s basketball (5), men’s indoor track and field (3), men’s outdoor track and field (3), and men’s cross country (1). There are over 29 different sports clubs that any student can join, ranging from the Kansas Quidditch Team to the Waterski Club. Basketball was invented by James Naismith at University of Kansas, and he became the first coach, so basketball is very important to KU students. ESPN says that KU’s Allen Fieldhouse is the “loudest arena in the country.”

Over 20 dining venues are operating across the KU campus, including three residential dining centers, six retail cares, four coffee and smoothie shops, seven snack bars, and a full service restaurant in the Kansas Union. Students living off campus or in on-campus apartments are eligible to purchase campus dining plans. Dining plans are included in residence hall contracts, and students should select the plan that best fits their busy schedules.

Students have access to services such as: ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force), teacher certification, study abroad, remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare.  

Tuition costs $9,222 per year for in-state students with $858 in fees and $22,608 per year for out-of-state students with $858 in fees. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $850 per year. On-campus living is estimated to cost $7,436 per year with $4,294 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is also estimated to cost $7,436 per year with $4,294 in additional living expenses. Tuition payment plans and tuition guarantee plans are offered. 

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form by March 1 and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 74% of those attending University of Kansas receive financial aid.

University of Kansas receives over 10,000 applications per year and accepts about 93% of those students. Statistically, 91% of men and 94% of women who apply will be accepted. To apply for admission to KU, students must submit an application with the non-refundable $30 application fee. Requirements for admission include: ranking in the top one-third of high school class or a minimum 2.5 GPA.

University of Kansas is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.




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