Students Say

Located in the heartland’s quintessential college town, University of Kansas’s flagship campus is a “place of tradition” as well as opportunity, combining “stimulating academics with a community that is passionate about the school.” Most of KU’s 2,600 faculty members are “actively engaged in research in their particular field,” but there is nonetheless a real emphasis on undergraduate teaching. Here, “the faculty is obviously willing to do what it takes to help,” and “teachers are always urging students to contact them with questions or visit their office hours.”

Overview

Applicants
15,767
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

42%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
-
SAT Math
-
ACT Composite
22 - 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Located in the heartland’s quintessential college town, University of Kansas’s flagship campus is a “place of tradition” as well as opportunity, combining “stimulating academics with a community that is passionate about the school.” Most of KU’s 2,600 faculty members are “actively engaged in research in their particular field,” but there is nonetheless a real emphasis on undergraduate teaching. Here, “the faculty is obviously willing to do what it takes to help,” and “teachers are always urging students to contact them with questions or visit their office hours.” An undergrad details, “The personalities and teaching styles of KU’s professors vary widely, but all of the instructors I have had are fully engaged in teaching and truly enjoy helping students learn.” That said, “there are a lot of giant lecture halls your freshmen and sophomore year,” which some students find “overwhelming.” Others complain that general education requirements are “too strict and unnecessary.” On the flip side, the big-school setting proffers “abundant resources,” including “research opportunities” for undergraduates and “one of the best study abroad programs in the nation.” In fact, many say, “The experience outside of the classroom is what sets you up for success after college.” Speaking of life after graduation, KU’s “career center is committed to getting students hired,” and “there are many job opportunities” in nearby Topeka and Kansas City. To make the deal sweeter, KU graduates aren’t strapped with insurmountable debt: “In-state tuition is very affordable.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16.9:1
Total Faculty
1,773
with Terminal Degree
1,412

1,021
Men
752
Women
326
Minority
46
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Juan Manuel Santos Calderon
President, Republic of Colombia

Kathleen Sebelius
former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services

Steve Hawley
astronaut

Brian McClendon
Google vice president

Ann Hamilton
Artist

Jun Kuribayashi
Pilobolus Dance Theatre

Alan Mulally
former CEO, Ford Motor Company

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
70
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

KU is definitely a leader when it comes to providing an affordable undergraduate education. Impressively, the university offers a fouryear, fixed tuition rate meaning your tuition will never increase during your tenure. Additionally, KU proudly trumpets renewable four-year merit scholarships. These aid packages can range anywhere from $4,000 to $40,000. And, of course, undergraduates might also be eligible for state, federal or institutional scholarships and grants as well as private scholarships. When combined, these options total $62 million devoted to aid each year. With all of these sources, it’s no wonder that more than half of KU’s students graduate debt-free! KU doesn’t simply stop with an affordable price tag. The university also strives to ensure that its students are financially savvy. To that end, the school offers Student Money Management Services. Providing one-on-one sessions, class presentations and outreach, the program helps students learn how to better manage money, create a budget and reduce debt.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,529

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,096

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,253

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,268

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
51%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,529

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,807
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$22,947
Required Fees
$900
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$950

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,004

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Higher Education Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Students say you’d be surprised by the diversity on this friendly Midwestern campus, lauding the KU’s “ability to unite 30,000 people of different values and backgrounds.” There are “students from every county in Kansas, every state, and over 100 countries,” with noticeable representations from out-of-state cities like St. Louis and Denver mixing into the large in-state crowd. “KU students find a great balance in work and play,” with some undergrads tipping the scales in one direction or the other: “You have your ‘here for a good time’ types, absolutely rock-star scholars, and dedicated students who balance their GPA and their social calendar.” In terms of making friends and fitting in, getting involved is the best way to mitigate the campus’s size: “There are so many opportunities at KU that it can seem a bit overwhelming, but students really find their niche and run with it.” Of particular note, “there is definitely a big Greek life presence” on campus, which some say causes a “schism” in the undergraduate community. In counterpoint, a student reassures us, “The Greek community does intermingle frequently with non-Greeks. I’m not Greek, but I see it a lot and have a lot of Greek friends.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
19,343
Out of State
24%

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
73

Demographics

4.38%
Asian
4.94%
African-American
7.18%
Hispanic
77.21%
Caucasian
6.84%
International

50% female
50% male
24% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview

Students Say

In the pursuit of an “incredible college experience,” KU undergrads definitely keep busy: “The typical student probably volunteers in the community, has a part time job, [and] has some special hobby (from rock climbing to tightrope walking).” Incoming freshman will find “over 600 student groups to participate in,” ranging from “Quidditch to chess club to the arts,” and “there is never a dull night” on campus, where “Student Union Activities brings in comedians, authors, and movies on a regular basis.” During the winter months, “KU basketball is our religion, and Allen Fieldhouse is our church.” An undergrad admits, “I schedule everything in my life around the KU men’s basketball schedule, as does much of the student population.” Described as “the perfect college town,” “Lawrence has a great live music scene, cool coffee shops, and eclectic stores,” as well as bars and nightclubs popular with students. “People in Lawrence are also very outdoorsy,” and, when the weather is nice, “you can rent camping equipment from the rec for a weekend out at the lake” or “go rock climbing” nearby. For a more cosmopolitan outing, “being close to Kansas City provides a lot of entertainment from museums and art shows to music and dining.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
97
First-Year Students living on campus
64%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
87

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resources

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Mary Ann Rasnak

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-III; WJ

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
557
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
47

16% join a fraternity
21% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

18% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Jayhawks)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Jayhawks)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Student Involvement and Leadership Center - https://rockchalkcentral.ku.edu/organization/SpectrumKU

Minority Support Groups: Office of Multicultural Affairs and Resource Center, organizations for Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, blacks, and Native Americans.(web site http://www.oma.ku.edu

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

In 2011, The University of Kansas released its sustainability plan filled with green goals. The next year, KU received a STARS Bronze rating and the university is taking steps to increase its rating to silver in the near future. With a combined student body of 28,000, KU is a big campus and the university knows that reducing and recycling are vital. The school has over 1,000 recycling bins and averages 600 tons of recycled material each year! To encourage exercise and environmentally friendly transportation, KU promotes bike use with bike racks on campus, a bike rental program, and bike maintenance tips and route maps online. All that biking can make a student hungry, and luckily KU Dining Services are committed to sustainable eating. The school has trayless dining in all residence halls to reduce water and waste. Dining services also composts, donates excess cooking oil to KU Biofuels Research, and uses a rooftop garden to supply students with tasty tomatoes and herbs. Elsewhere on campus, students are helping plant trees as part of the Replant Mount Oread initiative. And an historic tree canopy is being reestablished as part of the reconstruction of Jayhawk Boulevard, a project that includes green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff from the ridge top campus. KU’s famous Jayhawks also care about the environment and in 2013 teamed with KU Recycling to create the Rock Chalk Recycle program where volunteers educate the public on how to recycle and compost at sporting events. Environmentally conscious freshmen can also become KU Stewards through a year-long program that introduces first-year students to campus sustainability and fosters leadership.

Green Rating
88
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
26%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
85

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
35

Average Number of PC's per Lab
43

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
91%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Academic discounts on Apple and Dell through the KU Bookstore.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jennifer Hout
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
1502 Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Phone
785-864-3911

Email
adm@ku.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Spencer Museum of Art
Kansas Union and Bookstore
Natural History Museum
Booth Hall of Athletics and Allen Fieldhouse
Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
Beautiful campus to walk around.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Lawrence shopping and music venues
Clinton Reservoir (west of Lawrence)
Worlds of Fun (amusement park) KC, MO
Kansas City shopping
State Capitol, Topeka, KS

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
785-864-3911

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.kuathletics.com/staff.aspx

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Kansas City International Airport is 40 miles from campus. Shuttles serve Lawrence area to airport. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses provide service to Lawrence. The City of Lawrence and the University have combined their bus systems, several routes go across campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take I-70 to Lawrence (West Exit); take US 59 South (also known as Iowa Street). Will come to the main campus entrance at 15th and Iowa. The KU Visitor Center is located there (15th and Iowa.)

Local Accommodations
Range of choices within a mile or so of the campus. Four or five blocks from campus, is Halcyon House Bed-and-Breakfast (1000 Ohio St.; 785-841-0314), a restored Victorian with 8 guest rooms. Downtown there is SpringHill Suites (785-841-8772, 6th and New Hampshire) and the Eldredge Hotel (785-749-5011, 701 Massachusetts) There are several motels within a mile or two, including the Best Western (2309 Iowa, 785-843-9100), Hampton Inn (2300 W. 6th, 785-841-4994), Holiday Inn (785-841-7077, 200 McDonald Drive), Econo Lodge (785-842-7030, 2222 W. 6th,) and Holiday Inn Express Hotel (785-749-7555, 3411 Iowa.)
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Key Stats

15,767
Applicants
19,343
Size
91%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists