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Also known as "University of Kansas"

Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, KS

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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.

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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, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better feeling of your chances of getting into University of Kansas.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English21 - 28
ACT ® Math22 - 28
ACT ® Composite Score22 - 28

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into University of Kansas

The table below lists the chances of getting into University of Kansas.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions9,397 (93%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled3,702 (39%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of Kansas is about 29,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 29% 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 $14,800. 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 Tuition: $8,000-$9,600
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $21,000-$25,010
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $270-$320 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $700-$830 per credit unit
  • Some programs may have tuition rates locked at the first year rate for up to five years.

Several professional schools of study are operated by University of Kansas. These schools may have differing tuition costs. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Medical School (Tuition: $29,000/yr)
  • Pharmacy School (Tuition: $19,000/yr)
  • Law School (Tuition: $18,000/yr)

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 Aid74%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships59%$6,791
Receiving Student Loans47%$5,714

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 3%.

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 61%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years32%
Graduating in 5 Years22%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

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

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

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

Communications and Journalism


Business and Marketing Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (D)
  • Advanced Legal Research (D)
  • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (M)

Health and Clinical Professions

  • Medicine (D)
  • Nursing (B)
  • Pharmacy (D)
  • Nursing Science (D, M)
  • Physical Therapy (D)
  • Occupational Therapy (B, D, M)
  • Communication Disorders (B)
  • Speech and Language Pathology (D, M)
  • Public Health (M)
  • Community Health Services, Liaison, Counseling (B)
  • Hospital Administration (M)
  • Clinical Laboratory Science (B)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (M)
  • Medical Records Administrator (B)
  • Nursing Education (C)
  • Nursing Practice (D)
  • Respiratory Therapy (B)
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (D, M)
  • Music Therapy (B, M)
  • Audiology, Hearing Sciences (D)
  • Ultrasound Technician (C)
  • Athletic Training (B)
  • Cytotechnology (B)
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (D, M)
  • Rehabilitation Science (D)
  • Nuclear Medical Technology (C)
  • Clinical, Hospital and Managed Care Pharmacy (M)
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions (D)

Recreation and Fitness Studies

English Language and Literature

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Microbiology (B)
  • Molecular Biology (B)
  • Molecular Biology (D)
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (D, M)
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (D, M)
  • Pharmacology (D)
  • Pathology, Experimental Pathology (D)
  • Toxicology (D)
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology (D, M)
  • Physiology (D)
  • Entomology (D)
  • Neuroscience (D, M)
  • Cell Biology and Anatomy (D)

Public Administration and Social Services


Social Sciences



Visual and Performing Arts

Interdisciplinary Studies


Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies (B)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • French Language and Literature (B, D, M)
  • Linguistics (B, D, M)
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (B, M)
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B, D, M)
  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (M)
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (B, D, M)

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • United States Studies (B, D, M)
  • Womens Studies (B)
  • Latin American Studies (B, M)
  • African Studies (B, M)
  • Russian Studies (M)
  • Native American Studies (M)
  • European Civilization Studies

Physical Sciences

Computer and Information Sciences

Engineering Technology

Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

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