University of Kansas

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University of Kansas (KU) is a public research and teaching college with one main campus and multiple satellite campuses.  KU offers high-tech laboratories, interactive classrooms, and several performance venues and athletic arenas.  The university's illustrious alumni include the inventor of basketball, Pulitzer Prize winners, astronauts, governors, artists, and a Nobel Prize winner.

Often referred to as "the castle on the hill," KU's scenic main campus of red-roofed buildings and forested hills is located at the top Mount Oread in Lawrence, Kansas.  The KU has strong academic programs, and offers more than 190 undergraduate majors, numerous master's level degrees and more than 12 graduate and professional doctoral degree programs.


KU was founded in 1866 as The Kansas State University.  The university's first major building was completed in 1872. Old Fraser Hall, designed by renowned architect John G. Haskell, came to symbolize KU.  This structure was, however, later torn down due to structural problems. 

In 1873, 23-year-old Flora Richardson became the university's first female graduate.  She was also class valedictorian that year.


The University of Kansas academic calendar follows the semester system, with fall and spring semesters, and a summer term.

Colleges and Schools

  • School of Allied Health
  • School of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • School of Arts
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Music
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Social Welfare
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Student Life

There are 642 student groups, clubs, and organizations currently registered at KU, including intramural sports leagues and local chapters of fraternities and sororities. There is plenty to get involved in at KU. The Student Involvement and Leadership Center has more information about groups, events, and service and leadership opportunities for students.


The Kansas "Jayhawks" athletic teams compete in 16 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its beautiful Lawrence Campus, the University of Kansas has several satellite campuses that include:

  • The University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City, Kansas)
  • The University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita (Wichita, Kansas)
  • The University of Kansas, Edwards Campus (Overland Park, Kansas)
  • Life Span Institute at Parsons (Parsons, Kansas)
  • The University of Kansas Public Management Center (Topeka, Kansas)
  • Juniper Gardens Children's Project (Kansas City, Kansas)
  • Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (Hutchinson, Kansas)
  • School of Medicine - Salina (Salina, Kansas)

Community Life

Students at KU and the local community can enjoy many renowned performing arts venues that offer music, dance and theatre.  KU is also home to an excellent archives collection, as well as the many art, plant and animal specimen collections that are open to the public.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the candidates University of Kansas accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of Kansas is about 27,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 15% enrolling as graduate students and 71% as undergraduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $18,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $30 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $9,100-$11,000
    • Out-of-State: $24,000-$28,530
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $300-$360 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $790-$950 per unit
  • Some programs may have tuition rates locked at the first year rate for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid83%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships71%$7,560
Receiving Student Loans49%$6,855

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, University of Kansas may provide services like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

University of Kansas has an overall graduation rate which is close to 62%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years36%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: University of Kansas

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Campus: University of Kansas Medical Center Wichita

  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
    • * Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (since 1939)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Kansas is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Basketball (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Football (Big Twelve Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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