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The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university, an R-1 institution and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). KU consistently earns high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.
KU pushes the boundaries of knowledge, transforms the academic experience and creates solutions through innovative research and discovery. The Jayhawk community extends around the globe, united by more than 150 years of tradition and by a commitment to creating a better world. The University offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments in the world.
KU has nine graduate programs in the top 10 and 37 programs in the top 50 among public universities in the 2024 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. KU has 37 ranked graduate programs, including Petroleum, Aerospace, Environmental and Civil Engineering. KU offers 5,000 courses, 400 degree and certificate programs, and more than 200 fields of study.
Enrollment at KU Lawrence-Edwards was 23,872 students in fall 2022, with an additional 3,766 students enrolled at the KU Medical Center for a university total enrollment of 27,638 students. KU students are from all 50 states and 112 countries. The University had 1,877 international students comprising 7.2% of the student body at KU Lawrence-Edwards and 4.5% of students at KU Medical Center. In fall 2022, the University had 2,786 faculty members and 10,689 employees across all campuses. Student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1. KU's FY2022 operating budget for KU Lawrence-Edwards was $607 million. As of June 30, 2021, KU's Endowment stood at $2.8 billion.
The University provides more than $72 million in scholarships and grants to students each year. KU students have won more Rhodes Scholarships and more federally sponsored research is conducted at KU than at all other Kansas universities, combined.
In addition to KU’s research-residential campus located on beautiful Mount Oread in Lawrence, the University has eight other locations across Kansas: Medical Center campus in Kansas City; Edwards Campus in Overland Park; Wichita Campus (School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy); Salina Campus (School of Medicine); Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center near Hutchinson; Juniper Gardens Children’s Project in Kansas City; Life Span Institute in Parsons and a collaborative location with the Army Command General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth.
The University of Kansas is committed to offering the highest quality undergraduate, professional and advanced graduate programs comparable to the best available in the nation. KU fulfills its mission through faculty, academic and research programs of international distinction; outstanding libraries; research labs; and engaging museums. These resources enrich the undergraduate experience and are essential for graduate-level education and world-class research.
KU attains high levels of research productivity and engages in more than $290 million of externally funded research annually. KU recognizes faculty are part of a network of scholars who shape a discipline as well as teach it. Research and instruction, as practiced at KU, are mutually reinforcing with scholarly inquiry underlying and informing the educational experience at undergraduate, professional and graduate levels.
The University serves Kansas, the nation and the world through research and discovery, education and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU provides service to the state of Kansas through its state and federally funded research centers, academic programs, arts facilities and public programs that provide cultural enrichment opportunities.
KU has a shared governance system with branches representing faculty, staff and students. Representation from each senate forms the University Senate that focuses on rules, regulations and policies that impact these groups.
KU is dedicated to preparing students for lives of learning and the challenges citizens will encounter in a diverse and increasingly complex global community. The University excels in global engagement, teaching more than 40 languages. KU faculty and students have access to more than 150 programs of international study and cooperative research in more than 50 countries. About 29% of undergraduate students study abroad during their KU careers.
Jayhawk Global was launched in 2022 as the umbrella for all KU's online course offerings, ranging from traditional semester-long online classes to shorter, non-credit bearing and workforce development programs for professionals. The University is expected to grow Jayhawk Global significantly as an element of its overarching strategy to increase enrollment and impact.
At KU, scholarship and discovery nourish minds while athletics and co-curricular activities uplift spirits. Basketball may have been born in Springfield, Massachusetts, but the game came of age in Lawrence. KU’s first basketball coach was none other than the game’s inventor James Naismith, and his 13 Original Rules of “Basket Ball” are enshrined on the campus. Jayhawks athletics’ most recent achievement was winning the 2022 NCAA Division I men's basketball championship.
While six national championship banners hang in Allen Fieldhouse, the KU Debate program showcases six national championship trophies across campus in Bailey Hall. In basketball, debate, volleyball, track, music, arts and more, Jayhawks set high standards and perform at elite levels.
The University of Kanas has an attractive benefits program. Learn more about health/dental/vision/life/disability insurance, retirement programs, leave, employee and dependent tuition assistance and more at https://newhires.ku.edu/.
KU’s research-residential campus is in the center of Lawrence, KS, a vibrant and culturally rich community — a quintessential college town. Visitors, students and new employees from outside the area enjoy discovering the many wonders of Lawrence, including a thriving downtown, diverse local and regional events, area lakes, vibrant arts and music scenes and an indelible history.
From tree-lined historic neighborhoods to no-maintenance communities, modern downtown lofts and rolling acreage outside of city limits, Lawrence offers a wide variety of home options.
Lawrence has long been known for its active music scene, hosting many up-and-coming artists before they were big names. Several venues offer live music to suit almost any taste. A summer family favorite is the free Lawrence City Band outdoor concert series at the South Park Gazebo, where Lawrence residents of all ages bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the music.
Home to nearly 100,000 people, Lawrence is located 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Along with the music, arts, culture and sports experiences offered at KU and in Lawrence, the short drive to Kansas City provides quick access to historic jazz clubs, museums, world-class music and theatre venues and professional sports teams. Lawrence has also been named as "American's Fastest Growing' Tech hub.
We strive for a campus where greater fairness, care, and belonging are integrated into our learning and workplace practices and all have opportunities to meet their academic and professional goals. For information regarding programs, events, affinitity organizations and more visit https://diversity.ku.edu/.
The mission of the University of Kansas is to educate leaders, build healthy communities and make discoveries that change the world.
The university is committed to the values of integrity, respect, innovation, stewardship and excellence.
It fosters a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.
Jayhawks Rising, KU's strategic plan (https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/), includes dozens of strategies designed to advance KU toward the vision to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each member and advances society.
The three mission-based institutional priorities for Jayhawks Rising:
1. Student Success
2. Healthy & Vibrant Communities
3. Research & Discovery