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The University of Kansas, commonly referred to as KU, has a student body of more than 29,000 students, making it the largest public, research university in the state of Kansas.

The main campus sits atop Mount Oread – known informally as the Hill – in Lawrence, Kansas. Other campuses are found in Overland Park, Wichita, Salina and Kansas City, which is also home to the University Hospital and Medical Center.

The Kansas Legislature established KU under an 1864 charter and the school opened its classrooms two years later. The University of Kansas is a member of the Association of American Universities.


During the 2010 to 2011 academic year, enrollment at KU’s Lawrence and Edwards campuses was 26,266, with an additional 3,196 students enrolled at the KU Medical School. In 2013, the US News & World Report rankings cited KU as 106th in the category of national universities. The 2008 report found that KU was the 18th most popular university in the country.

KU has a significant liberal arts college as well as the following schools:

  • School of Health Professions
  • Architecture, Design and Planning
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Health Professions
  • Public Affairs and Administration
  • Music
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Social Welfare

There is also an honors program with about 300 students.

Financial Aid

KU offers nearly $13 million in scholarships yearly. Federal grants, loans and work-study are also available.


KU has several libraries throughout campus:

  • Anschutz Library
  • Art & Architecture Library
  • Music & Dance Library
  • Library Annex
  • Spahr Engineering Library
  • Kenneth Spencer Research Library
  • Watson Library
  • Wheat Law Library


Known as the Jayhawks, KU sports teams play in the NCAA Division I and the Big 12 Conference. The school has garnered three national championships, with the most recent in June 2013 when the women’s track and field team took the NCAA outdoor championship.

Student Housing

There are several on-campus housing options: residence halls, scholarship halls and apartments. The eight residence halls are Corbin, Ellsworth, GSP, Hashinger, Lewis, McCollum, Oliver and Templin.

General Information

Admission Office
1502 Iowa Street
Lawrence, KS 66045-7576
(785) 864-3911
Fax: (785) 864-5017

Contact: Lisa Pinamonti Kress
Director of Admissions and Scholarships
Main Address
1502 Iowa Street
Lawrence, KS 66045-7576
(785) 864-2700
Total undergrads: 20,811
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,483
Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,555
Graduate enrollment: 5,471

Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $30
Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 92%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 80%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $7,146 $7,725 $8,206 $8,733 +6.42%
Books and Supplies $750 $800 $800 $800 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,144 $6,474 $6,802 $7,070 +3.94%
Other $3,820 $4,130 $4,348 $4,226 -2.81%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $6,230 $6,592 $6,854 $7,070 +3.15%
Other $3,820 $4,130 $4,348 $4,226 -2.81%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,860 $19,129 $20,156 $20,829 +3.34%
In-state Off Campus $17,946 $19,247 $20,208 $20,829 +3.07%
In-state with Family $7,896 $8,525 $9,006 $9,533 +5.85%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $7,092
In-state Student Fees $858
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $16,590
Out-of-state Fees $858

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,766 62%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,087 47% $9,978,770 $4,781
– Federal grants 562 13% $2,303,190 $4,098
– Pell grants 559 13% $1,799,400 $3,219
– Other federal grants 453 10% $503,790 $1,112
State/local government grant or scholarships 470 11% $590,437 $1,256
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,909 43% $7,085,143 $3,711
Student loan aid 1,731 39% $9,151,337 $5,287
– Federal student loans 1,711 39% $7,280,008 $4,255
Other student loans 171 4% $1,871,329 $10,943

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4446 1471 818 6
Architecture and Related Services 41 81
Architectural History and Criticism 25
Architecture 16 67
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 14
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 76 13 6
African Studies 14
American Indian/Native American Studies 3
American/United States Studies/Civilization 32 2 6
European Studies/Civilization 4
Latin American Studies 10 4
Russian Studies 4
Women’s Studies 16
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 221 15 25
Biochemistry 42
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 142
Botany/Plant Biology 1
Cell Biology and Anatomy 1
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 5
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 8 6
Entomology 1 1
Microbiology 20 1
Molecular Biology 17 1
Neuroscience 2 2
Pharmacology 3
Pharmacology and Toxicology 2 1
Physiology 4
Toxicology 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 608 258 2
Accounting 205 121
Business Administration and Management 63 105
Business/Commerce 24 28 2
Construction Management 4
Finance 176
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 20
Management Information Systems 28
Marketing/Marketing Management 92
Communication and Journalism Programs 516 39 8
Journalism 300 27
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 216 12 8
Computing and Information Sciences 23 22 3
Computer and Information Sciences 23 14 3
Information Technology 8
Education 180 265 60
Art Teacher Education 7 2
Curriculum and Instruction 130 23
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 12
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 13
Educational Leadership and Administration 22
Elementary Education and Teaching 63
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 24
Music Teacher Education 15 12 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 11 21 4
Secondary Education and Teaching 72
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 1
Special Education and Teaching 62 10
Engineering 280 79 19
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 23 10 1
Architectural Engineering 33 2
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 2
Chemical Engineering 46 2
Civil Engineering 48 25 3
Computer Engineering 16 9
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 36 14 5
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 6
Engineering Science 3
Engineering, Other 9
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 3
Mechanical Engineering 63 9 1
Petroleum Engineering 9
Engineering Technology 29
Engineering/Industrial Management 29
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 181 12 6
Creative Writing 9
English Language and Literature 181 3 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 141 18 13
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6 3
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 26 1
French Language and Literature 27 2 2
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11 2 3
Linguistics 14 2 2
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Spanish Language and Literature 57 5 6
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 312 247 392
Athletic Training/Trainer 17
Audiology/Audiologist 10
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 17
Clinical, Hospital, and Managed Care Pharmacy 5
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other 2 2
Communication Sciences and Disorders 38
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 24
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 2
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 16
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 18
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 12 9
Medicine 169
Music Therapy/Therapist 5 5
Nurse Anesthetist 21
Nursing Science 78 12
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 26 34
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 12 8
Pharmacy 132
Physical Therapy/Therapist 46
Public Health 32
Public Health, Other 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 152
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 15
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 27 4
History 123 9 8
History 123 9 8
Human Services 93 184 8
Public Administration 20 40 2
Social Work 73 144 6
Legal and Law Studies 1 163
Advanced Legal Research/Studies 1
Law 162
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 14
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 7
Mathematics and Statistics 22 12 2
Mathematics 22 12 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 240 43 5
Ancient Studies/Civilization 9
Behavioral Sciences 96 8 5
Human Biology 85
International/Global Studies 50 4
Museology/Museum Studies 11
Nutrition Sciences 20
Natural Resources and Conservation 58
Environmental Studies 58
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 131
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 131
Physical Sciences 80 16 20
Astronomy 5
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology 11
Chemistry 34 3 14
Geology and Earth Science 22 11 4
Physics 8 2 2
Psychology 298 38 28 6
Clinical Child Psychology 3 5
Counseling Psychology 20 9
Developmental and Child Psychology 16
Educational Psychology 2 2
Psychology 282 13 11
School Psychology 1 6
Social Sciences 469 45 23
Anthropology 54 6 5
Economics 151 21 5
Geography 38 9 9
Political Science and Government 155 7 1
Sociology 71 2 3
Visual and Performing Arts 339 45 27
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 65 6 2
Dance 12
Design and Visual Communications 84 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 29 3 3
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 58 2 1
Fine/Studio Arts 56 10
Industrial and Product Design 3
Music 35 20 21
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Architectural History/Criticism B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African Studies B
American Studies B
European Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Dance B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Illustration B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B
Musicology/Ethnomusicology B
Painting B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B
Stringed Instruments B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Human Biology B
Microbiology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B

Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Architectural Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Mechanical Engineering B
Petroleum B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
East Asian B
French B
Germanic Languages B
Linguistics B
Slavic B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Communication Disorders B
Community Health Services B
Music Therapy B

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Behavioral Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Developmental/Child Psychology B
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Administration B
Social Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

A = Associate degree
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Kansas Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(785) 864-2700
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, KS 66045
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:27,565
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):62%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:21,772 (79% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$11,455
Out-of-state Tuition:$28,239
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:82%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$7,971

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Kansas Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Kansas.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services1121
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies4782
Biological and Biomedical Sciences41416
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2761
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1222
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services221
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters121
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1775
Health Professions and Related Programs1111149
Legal Professions and Studies221
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities12
Mathematics and Statistics111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1444
Natural Resources and Conservation11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies3
Philosophy and Religious Studies321
Physical Sciences543
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1222
Social Sciences555
Visual and Performing Arts786
Grand total299311280

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Kansas.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs3241
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total5461

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Kansas and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,080

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,31582%
Grant or scholarship aid2,84270%$7,971
Student loan aid1,88647%$6,684

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid11,08058%$7,558
Federal student loans8,37244%$6,777

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Kansas. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Kansas students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants15,0156,7378,278
Percent admitted100%91%94%
Percent admitted who enrolled28%29%28%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Kansas Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment27,565
Undergraduate enrollment19,262
Graduate enrollment8,303

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Kansas Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English Language Applied English Center)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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