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The University of Kansas

  • Lawrence, KS
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 50%50%
    student ratio
  • 19,217
    total students
  • $8,806 | $22,947
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • April 1
    fall application deadline
  • 88%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

The University of Kansas: A Pioneer in Higher Education

The University of Kansas was founded shortly after the end of the Civil War, opening its doors to students in 1866. Nearly 150 years later, it has become one of the top public teaching and research institutions in the country.

Its mission is to "educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world." To this end, the university offers 28,000 students, who represent all 50 states and 110 countries, more than 345 degree programs in 200 fields.

KU's academic programs are top-notch and top-ranked. It has 13 schools on 5 campuses including the only schools of pharmacy and medicine in the state of Kansas. The honors program is one of the best and oldest in the country. KU students have exceptional opportunities for volunteering, hands-on research, and global experiences. Even if you are unsure about a major now, KU will prepare you for whatever future you envision.

Points of Excellence

The University of Kansas has a nationally-recognized honors program, and it has produced 26 Rhodes Scholars (more than all other schools in Kansas combined). It also receives high rankings from prominent college guides for its excellence in education.

For instance, "U.S. News and World Report" ranks the University of Kansas within the top national universities and top public schools in the country. The publication also gives high ratings to several of its graduate schools, including education (#22) and engineering (#97), and graduate programs such as special education (#2) and social work (#26).

In addition, "Forbes" ranks the University of Kansas within the top 100 schools in the Midwest, and the "Princeton Review" designates it as one of the best schools in the Midwest.

International Students

New international students will find themselves in good company at KU. KU's nearly 28,000 students come from every state of the USA and 110 countries in every region of the world.

The Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA), in cooperation with International Student Services, assists prospective international students with all aspects of becoming a Jayhawk. KU welcomes international students and invites them to explore the university. Questions? Contact IRUA at issrecruit@ku.edu or 785-864-2616.

Academic Programs at KU

Come to KU to learn from the best. From business and art to pharmacy and engineering, KU's top-notch and top-ranked academic programs will expand and challenge students' minds.

With nearly 200 fields of study to choose from, KU helps students push themselves to be the best and prepare for whatever future they envision.

Study Abroad at KU

KU's outstanding study abroad program allows students of all majors to strengthen their intercultural awareness, self-confidence, and skills. The university administers more than 120 programs in 70 countries that take place for an academic year or during a semester, summer, spring break, or winter break.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students get a world-class education at KU, and its top-notch academicas are also affordable. Undergraduate students may qualify for state grants as well as federal grants, loans, and work study. KU offers renewable scholarships, fixed-rate tuition (for four years), and financial aid counseling to help students get the most aid. KU also offers scholarship opportunities for international students.

Visit KU

See it. Feel it. Fall in love with it. Experience KU in person.

KU's visit days are designed to meet students' needs, answer questions, and mesh with their interests. Visitors get insider information from current KU students, tour the campus, and learn about admissions requirements and preparing for college. Some of the visits can be customized to include meeting with a professor or advisor about academic interests or to add additional tours. Take a look at KU's visit options, and pick a date. We're ready to show you around.

If students can't make it to the KU campus, the university also offers a guided online tour to explore the beautiful campus sitting atop Mount Oread.

KU Traditions

KU has many traditions that bring together students, faculty members, staff members, and more than 300,000 alumni, including the Jayhawk (KU is the only school with a Jayhawk as its mascot) and its unique Alma Mater. Singing the Rock Chalk Chant, "waving the wheat" at KU sports competitions, and "walking the hill" during the commencement processional are also important traditions students will experience during their time at KU.

Student Life in KU

Life is good here. Upon arriving at KU, students join a one-of-a-kind community that supports their well-being, academic success, and social development. They benefit from a number of support services such as health care, counseling, housing, and dining services. Students also strengthen their academic and professional skills through academic counseling, career planning services, leadership training, tutoring services, writing support, and workshops.

Students may also choose from more than 600 student organizations, join fraternities or sororities, and participate in community service projects. Additionally, they can enjoy intramural sports, club sports, and fitness activities as well as concerts, sports competitions, and other events.

KU Locations

Deemed one of the most beautiful in the country, KU's central campus is located in Lawrence, Kan., in the Midwestern region of the United States.

With a population of 90,000, Lawrence offers eclectic restaurants and shops, beautiful green spaces, and a variety of art galleries and music venues. The town is just 45 minutes from Kansas City, Kan., and its wealth of cultural, entertainment, shopping, dining, and internship opportunities. With friendly folks and a big city vibe, Lawrence truly is the ultimate college town.

The University of Kansas also has four additional campuses in Kansas City, Wichita, and Overland Park.


Location & Contact


Lawrence, KS 66045
USA

Ms.Lisa Pinamonti Kress

Director of Admissions

Phone: 785-864-3911
Fax: 785-864-5006
Email: adm@ku.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Architecture
    • Architectural History and Criticism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • African Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Microbiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Architectural Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Petroleum Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • East Asian Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Germanic Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Slavic Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Athletic Training
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Community Health Services Counseling
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cytotechnology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Information/Medical Records Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Occupational Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmacy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Respiratory Care Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Ancient Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Behavioral Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Developmental and Child Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Brass Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Illustration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial and Product Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Keyboard Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Metal and Jewelry Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Painting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Percussion Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Printmaking
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sculpture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Stringed Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Woodwind Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

88% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied13,256
    • Accepted11,715
    • Acceptance Rate88%
    • Enrolled19,217
    • Female Applicants7,084
    • Females Accepted6,464
    • Female Acceptance Rate91%
    • Male Applicants6,172
    • Males Accepted5,251
    • Male Acceptance Rate85%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
      Kansas Qualified Admissions college-prep curriculum; ACT or SAT scores; class rank
    • Required for Some Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.50
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen April 1st --
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 8th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading
    • SAT Math
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 22 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$8,806
    • Out-of-state tuition *$22,947
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$900.08
    • Room and board *$7,896.00
    • Room only *$4,262.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredYes
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students19,217
    • Male Student Percentage50%
    • Female Student Percentage50%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.24%
    • Black or African American3.97%
    • White or Caucasian72.92%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.52%
    • Asian3.81%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.09%
    • Two or more races4.11%
    • Unknown.73%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout5.21% representing 71 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students23% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Cooperative housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 23%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Not Reported
    • Local sororities Not Reported
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Hillel, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, International Student Association, Panhellenic Association, Chinese Students & Scholars Friendship Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other University police department

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes Division A Yes
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugy No Division C No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball No No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Crew Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugy Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,760
    • Full-time Percentage78%
    • Part-time Percentage22%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio18:1 or 23,111 students to 1,267 faculty


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