University of Kansas

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1502 Iowa Street

Lawrence, KS 66045-7576

Phone: (785) 864-2700
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Apr. 1
application deadline

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#101 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Kansas is a public institution that was founded in 1866. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,169, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Kansas's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 101. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,107 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $24,873 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Kansas is a major public comprehensive research and teaching university. KU offers the highest-quality academic programs (137 undergraduate and 226 masters, doctorate, and professional degree programs.) The academic programs are supported by 12 libraries and several museums including art and natural history. Top ranked programs in public administration and special education provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate academic opportunities. Excellent programs in law, medicine, pharmacy, and other fields prepare students for professional careers. More than 100 international study abroad and cooperative undergraduate research programs are available. Service opportunities throughout the university involve students with the community. The student population is 17% minority and comes from all 50 states and many foreign countries. The university provides a full range of student services, on-campus housing, and many part-time employment opportunities.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1866
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $1,202,585,475


When applying to University of Kansas, it's important to note the application deadline is April 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at University of Kansas is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 92.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 92.3%
Application deadline April 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Kansas is 18:1, and the school has 45 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Kansas include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Social Sciences 8%
Engineering 7%

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Student Life

University of Kansas has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,169, with a gender distribution of 50.5 percent male students and 49.5 percent female students. At this school, 24 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 76 percent of students live off campus. University of Kansas is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 27,135
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Kansas offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Kansas also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Kansas, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Kansas.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Kansas, 46.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,089.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,107 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $24,873 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,702 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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