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Welcome to the University of Kansas!

We're glad you're interested in KU! The University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution with a diverse, multi-campus system. KU is committed to high standards of learning and student success is of upmost importance. KU has 28,000 students enrolled in hundreds of majors, many programs are ranked among the best in the nation. The University is committed to diversity with students from all 50 states and over 100 countries, and is a leader in study abroad with programs in over 70 countries. Students have many out-of-classroom opportunities in research, community service, student organizations, and on-campus employment to enhance their educational experience. Over 2,800 talented faculty are dedicated to providing quality educational and research experiences. The University of Kansas is a great place to be challenged, inspired, and succeed!


Living in the Jayhawks Community

A great university in a great community!

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

The University's main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, one of the greatest college towns in America. Located atop the beautiful Mount Oread, KU is committed to high standards of learning - both in and out of the classroom. KU has many undergraduate research opportunities, 12 libraries, and several museums. The university assists students in achieving both academic and personal success by providing professional advisors, health care, financial aid, and on-campus housing that ranges from large residence halls to small scholarship halls and apartments. The University and Lawrence have a great social scene with many entertainment venues providing films, speakers, and concerts. Over 500 student organizations provide countless opportunities to learn, make new friends, and volunteer in the community. Many recreational activities are available with a first-class fitness center, outdoor playing fields, swimming pool, intramurals and sports clubs, and Clinton Reservoir, located just west of town. The nationally competitive Jayhawks, men's and women's sports teams, are thrilling to watch and the "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" chant is recognized around the world.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2015?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 27,259

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 19,245
Women 9,666 50%
Men 9,579 50%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 75 <1%
Asian 844 4%
African American / Black 785 4%
Hispanic 1,375 7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 8 <1%
White 13,738 71%
Two or More Races 943 5%
International 1,277 7%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 200 1%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do KU undergraduates call home?
Kansas 69%
Other US States & Territories 25%
Other Countries 6%
How old are KU undergraduates?
Average Age 21
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 7%

New Student Applications (Fall 2015)

Of the 15,155 new freshman applicants, 93% were admitted and 30% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Kansas in Fall 2015.
Of the 2,228 transfer applicants, 85% were admitted and 59% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Kansas in Fall 2015.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT
Composite 22 - 28
Math 21 - 28
English 22 - 29
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 57%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 88%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 78%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.50
Percent who submitted High School GPA 94%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $24,285

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend University of Kansas varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2014 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


KU Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 16 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 76%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 89%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 1,433
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 41%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 21%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 90%

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Campus-based Housing

63% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
25% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

Student safety is of utmost importance at KU. KU Public Safety officers patrol both the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses 24-7 on foot, on bicycles, and in marked police cars. Blue phones are strategically placed in numerous locations with a direct line to a police dispatcher. The Safe Bus program runs specific routes from 9 pm to 3 am T/F/S. The Safe Ride program offers free rides between the hours of 10:30 pm to 2:30 am to students' homes inside the city limits while classes are in session.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Size and Setting
Large four-year, primarily nonresidential
Enrollment Profile
Majority undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Comprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.


Student Activities and Involvement at KU

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 93% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 97% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 32% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 90% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 33% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 53% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 48% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 19% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 87% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 95% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 67% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 63% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 84% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 92% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 79% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 70% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 88% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 71% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 85% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 86% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 85% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 81% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at University of Kansas in 2014-15
Degrees awarded at University of Kansas in 2014-15
Bachelor's 3,899
Master's 1,467
Doctoral 953
Total 6,319
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Links to degree programs at University of Kansas
Links to degree programs at University of Kansas





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 86% four-year success and progress rate means that 86% of students starting in Fall 2009 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2009 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 3,715 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 1,201 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: 80%

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Student Learning at University of Kansas

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.