University Of Kansas

University Of Kansas

The University of Kansas, also referred to as KU, is a public research university. This main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, atop Mount Oread. The institution, established in 1865, currently offers admission to over 25,000 students every year. The university is well known for its various degree programs in liberal arts, science and engineering.

The sports teams of the University of Kansas are known as the Jayhawks. The athletics department offers nationally recognized sports programs in football, basketball, track and field, and baseball.

The University of Kansas has produced many notable personalities. The first female US Senator, Nancy Landon Kassebaum, was an alumnus of this institution. George L. Brown, the first African-American Lieutenant Governor in the United States, also attended this university.

Additional information about KU can be found in an interview with the Associate Director of the school's career services office.

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University of Kansas
Lawrence , KS 66045
General Phone: (785) 864-2700

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University of Kansas Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,253African studies, American studies, European studies, Latin American studies, Russian studies, Native American studies, women's studies, linguistics, East Asian languages, ...
Business and Management736business, business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing
Therapy and Counseling620behavioral sciences, psychology, counseling psychology, child psychology, school psychology, educational psychology, clinical child psychology, communication disorders, community health services, ...
Education and Teaching472curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, educational admin and supervision, social foundations of education, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, ...
Science402biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, call and molecular biology, cell biology and anatomy, microbiology, bacteriology, entomology, ...
Medicine385gerontology, neuroscience, medicine, pharmacy, pharmaceutics and drug design, pharmaceutical chemistry, clinical/hospital pharmacy, public health
Engineering318aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy272nutrition sciences, health and physical education, athletic trainer, occupational therapy
Family and Social Work268public administration, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine227registered nursing, nurse anesthetist, nursing science
Law167law, legal research
Design119design and visual communication
Drama and Performing Arts106dance, drama
Fine Arts103fine arts, art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering102computer and info science, information technology, computer engineering
Architecture and Planning100architecture, urban planning, architectural history
Medical Support and Technology67audiology, speech pathology, respiratory care tech, cytotechnologist, clinical lab tech
Conservation and Resource Management41environmental studies
Medical Administration35health care facilities management, medical records admin
Religion and Philosophy32philosophy, religion
Real Estate and Construction Management2construction management

Number of programs and degrees for University of Kansas in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,99785
Master's degree1,42987
Doctor's degree30859
First-professional degree4733
Post-master's certificate61

University of Kansas Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Kansas had a total enrollment of 28,569 students (23,608 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 71%
Graduate 24%
First Professional 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 4%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 24%
20-21 27%
22-24 23%
25-29 13%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%

University of Kansas Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %
Part-Time 44 %

University of Kansas Room and Board (2007)

University of Kansas offers campus housing for 5,257 of its 23,608 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Lawrence, Kansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kansas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

University of Kansas Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math2127
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT98%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University of Kansas Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,042
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,119
Room and board $ 6,474
Room charge $ 3,386
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,088
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 4,130

Financial Aid:
University of Kansas participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 194800)

University of Kansas Faculty

University of Kansas has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track209152
Non-tenured and not on tenure track278296

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$122,88014$121,226
Associate professorcalendar year15$88,39526$86,227
Assistant professorcalendar year8$80,76950$72,868
Instructorcalendar year5$90,47020$65,626
Lecturercalendar year0*3$52,520
All faculty totalcalendar year33$92,086113$80,111

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year318$119,57881$109,069
Associate professoracademic year211$81,213142$77,193
Assistant professoracademic year158$69,090127$62,674
Instructoracademic year0*3$50,148
Lectureracademic year26$60,06132$35,531
All faculty totalacademic year713$94,866385$75,437

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of Kansas Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Twelve Conference
Basketball Big Twelve Conference
Baseball Big Twelve Conference
Track Big Twelve Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports12159171

University of Kansas Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African Studies
American Indian/Native American Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Museology/Museum Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Studies
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General


Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Clinical, Hospital, and Managed Care Pharmacy (MS, PhD)
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
Medicine (MD)
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Nutrition Sciences
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell Biology and Anatomy
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biology
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physics, General
Physiology, General

Therapy And Counseling
Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Child Psychology
Communication Disorders, General
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Music Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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