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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 2,600 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!
A great university in a great community!
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 580 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.
|Total Undergraduate Students||19,169|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||108||1%|
|African American / Black||717||4%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||13||<1%|
|Two or More Races||732||4%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||121||1%|
|Where do KU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||21%|
|How old are KU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||10%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT|
|Composite||22 - 28|
|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||90%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.50|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||96%|
The cost to attend University of Kansas varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||18 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||73%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||88%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||1,324|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||39%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||18%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||7%|
62% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
24% of all undergraduates live on campus
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.
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/
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 (NSSE). 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.
|Degrees awarded at University of Kansas in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.||13%|
|BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.||5%|
|Links to degree programs at University of Kansas|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 79%