About University of Kansas

Founded in 1866, University of Kansas. is a Public college. Located in Kansas, which is a city setting in Kansas, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 19,262 full time undergraduate students, and 8,303 full time graduate students.

The University of Kansas Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 1311 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Kansas include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate93%
Application Deadline
Application Fee40
SAT Range
ACT Range23-29

Admissions at KU are considered Less Selective, with ,171% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 28 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

88% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 57% were in the top quarter, and 26% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Kansas.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
21%
“We know about current events and vote”
59%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
17%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
1%
“We save it for the classroom”
20%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
48%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
2%
“We bought the gear”
97%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
10%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
66%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
19%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
61%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
5%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
19%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
71%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
4%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
15%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
35%
“We only party on weekends”
46%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
52%
“There might be people who do”
37%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
21%
“We know about current events and vote”
59%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
17%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
1%
“We save it for the classroom”
20%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
48%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
2%
“We bought the gear”
97%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
10%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
66%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
19%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
61%
“They keep regular office hours”
27%
“They”re always available”
5%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
19%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
71%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
5%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
4%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
15%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
35%
“We only party on weekends”
46%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
6%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
52%
“There might be people who do”
37%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
6%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of Kansas REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    318 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 21 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    232 Students rated off-campus housing 3.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    350 Students rated campus food 3.7 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    362 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    362 Students rated class size 3.9 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    362 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    364 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    362 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Kansas?

117 Students rated University of Kansas

Lawrence - 08/06/2021

I’ve been wanting to attend this school since I was a kid an I can’t wait to get on campus.

Monica - 04/14/2021

I very much enjoyed my four years at KU! I was enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (or the College for short). For my majors, my professors were very engaging and encouraging throughout my studies. I, personally, did not have any sort of experience that negatively impacted my view of the school. The public and campus transport was very convenient and would take you almost everywhere around town (even to Lawrence\'s unique downtown!). The food options on campus are okay though the prices do add up if you eat there every day. I would recommend researching the major(s) that you are interested in as each one offers a different university experience, as well as looking into what sort of activities happen in and around campus that you might be interested in.

Mama - 01/25/2021

I've studying at KU for 4 months now, and i'm so glad I chose to come to school here. With Covid-19 around, I was scared that I wouldn't be able to make friends, or partake in the college experience, but I must admit I was mistaken. There are so many opportunities at KU. We've got rec centers for fitness, and a pretty good food selection (there's even a Chick-Fil-A and many Starbucks locations on campus where you can use dining dollars). Bus transportation can help you get just about anywhere on and off campus (there are busses that have stops in front of Walmart and Target). If you live in Stouffer, the fire alarms are sensitive and go off a lot, but that's the only issue I've had. And teachers have been really reasonable with Covid-19 and are there to support you after class. All in all, I feel like I'm still getting good parts of the college experience learning here at KU.

Jacquelyn - 01/20/2021

KU is a great college in terms of academics and credibility. I feel like there are many hardworking teachers and mentors at KU. The college experience is certainly not missed here at the University of Kansas. There are so many different organizations you can join as well as job opportunities for students. We are very known for our wonderful basketball team and have good reputations with other sports activities. However, some challenges KU faces include administration making changes to their office of diversity and inclusion. There need to be more representation within the office. Along with that, better written informative letters about certain serious events like the storming of the capital.

University of Kansas FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Kansas?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Kansas is 93%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    KU has always been my dream. Now I'm here and it's amazing. I'm surrounded by amazing people, a beautiful campus, and I know I'm getting the best education. I've made real connections here and it's now my home. I've been able to find myself and express myself the way I want. KU is a great place to be you, everyone gets along and everyone is treated like the best.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    friendly and fairly driven

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about attending a big university like mine is the seperation between students and faculty. At times, it seems that our professors are more concerned with their own research and studies than the students and what they are teaching us.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    I would describe my school as being one of the most diverse and inspiring schools in the country due to the wide range of people who attend and the endless opportunities that it offers.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    How on your own you are, faculty are there to help and there is a community, but academically most people are fairly independent.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about the university is its natual beauty.

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who need to be by the ocean shouldn't attend KU, since it's in the middle of the country. However, there are many study abroad opportunities and there is a lake in Lawrence!

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Highly motivated and goal-oriented students are most suited for the University of Kansas. The large campus and class sizes make it easy to put atual "attendance" on the back burner, so a desire for success is a key value for students at this institution.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Sometimes the classes are so large that it is hard to make friends if you live off of campus.

    Read all  70 answers
  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    There are many opportunities to get involved.

    Read all  66 answers
  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    KU dominates in college basketball.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    This is an easy one because I do attend the University of Kansas, Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Therefore, my school is definitely best known for its basketball program. Basketball here is not just a sport, it is a religion. Jayhawk fans worship KU basketball. We just recently won the national championship in 2008 and am currently ranked number one in the nation this season. We have five national championships to boast our basketball program. Infact, the inventor himself, James Naismith founded the University of Kansas's basketball program. Therefore, if KU could be described in one word, it would be basketball.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    My overall opinion of this school is very high. I didn't think that a University that houses 30,000 students and is well known academic-wise as well as athletically would be able to offer opportunities to get involved for a nobody like myself. However, through networking and meeting people it hasn't been nearly as hard as I thought. The first semester my freshman year I wrote for the campus newspaper and this spring I will be helping the football team. This University is big enough to offer a plethora of opportunities, and small enough to allow you to get involved in virtually anything you are interested in. The University of Kansas is hard to beat! The location just adds to KU. Lawrence is one of the few "college towns" left. Massachusetts Street is always buzzing, and located a short distance from campus. It offers a variety of stores and restaurant and is a very nice location for a Sunday evening stroll. If you are the outdoors type, Clinton Lake is a nice place to get in touch with nature. Whether it is taking your boat out or pitching a tent, you will be able to get away from "city life" by only driving a short distance away from the heart of Lawrence. Overall, KU offers a unique unrivaled college experience.

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  15. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Some people are stuck-up, some are liberal, I wouldn't consider KU an especially liberal campus from a national point of view.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    That every one is here is a snob.

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  17. What are the academics like at your school?

    General education classes are large in nature, and there is not much you can do to get around that. However, in my personal experiences I have found that professors really enjoy getting to know their students. They hold office hours and for large classes there are also TA's that hold hours if students are struggling. I think the quality of teachers and the vibe from the students varies from department to department. I am just starting to get into my major classes, and the few teachers I have had in my major seem to really engage the class. I've heard it said that once you get in your major, your classes get small and you have a lot of classes the same with other students so you get to know them well. I am a sports management major and it is evident in this program that they are focused on your career after school. In fact to graduate, your last semester is a 40 HR/week internship. I believe KU is concerned with your life after college, and through career fairs and such, they provide opportunities to prepare yourself for the "real world."

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  18. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The most popular student activities are probably athletic events. Nothing beats going to historic Allen Fieldhouse with 16,000 of your closes friends and experiencing the best home court advantage in college basketball. The vibe of the university kind of rises and falls with athletics. However, many students enjoy other things as well. Notorious speakers are brought in and can be viewed by students for free. There are also $2 movie nights in the Union, a popular student activity. If you are looking to watch a movie, there is free cosmic bowling Friday and Saturday night at the bowling alley in the Kansas Union. This is just a handful of the many opportunities that KU presents to their students!

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  19. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Students root on the Jayhawks from campus during the 2008 NCAA National Championship.

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  20. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    KU is known as a party school which is true of some students, but not all. Since KU is a rather large school there is a wide variety of people and groups.

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  21. Tell us about your professors.

    My professors are very friendly and are highly-knowledgeable.

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Student Body

Students

51%

female

49%

male

19,262

Total Undergrad Enrollment

8,303

Total Grad Students

38%

Out-Of-State

57%

In-State

5%

International

Organizations

587

Student Organizations

28

Fraternities

16

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

19%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
5%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
8%
% White or Caucasian
71%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

82% of students attending University of Kansas receive some sort of financial aid. 24% were awarded federal grants. While 46% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$25,932

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,080

Books and Supplies

$9,610

Room and Board

36,622

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$14,760
$30 - $48K
$14,951
$48 - $75K
$17,383
$75 - $110K
$20,530
$110K & UP
$21,951

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