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University of Kansas

The University of Kansas (KU) is a public research university[6] and the largest university in the U.S. state of Kansas.

KU campuses are located in Lawrence, Wichita, Overland Park, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, with the main campus located in Lawrence on Mount Oread, the highest location in Lawrence. The University was opened in 1866, under a charter granted by the Kansas Legislature in 1864.

Location

Address
1450 Jayhawk Blvd
City
Lawrence
State
KS
Zip/Post Code
66045-0001

Contact Information

Phone
Fax
Website
Financial Aid Website

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
19217
Total Graduate enrollment
7428
In State Tuition Fees
8396
Out State Tuition Fees
21874
ACT Score
25
SAT Score
1450
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.50
Male Female Ratio
50:50
Acceptance Rate
91%
Student Faculty Ratio
18:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
NULL
Mascot
Big Jay, Baby Jay
Colors
Blue and Crimson
Conference
Big 12

College History

History

On February 20, 1863, Kansas Governor Thomas Carney signed into law a bill creating the state university in Lawrence. The law was conditioned upon a gift from Lawrence of a $15,000 endowment fund and a site for the university, in or near the town, of not less than forty acres (16 ha) of land.

If Lawrence failed to meet these conditions, Emporia instead of Lawrence would get the university. The site selected for the university was a hill known as Mount Oread, which was owned by former Kansas Governor Charles L. Robinson. Robinson and his wife Sara bestowed the 40-acre (16 ha) site to the State of Kansas in exchange for land elsewhere.

The philanthropist Amos Adams Lawrence donated $10,000 of the necessary endowment fund, and the citizens of Lawrence raised the remaining cash by issuing notes backed by Governor Carney. On November 2, 1863, Governor Carney announced that Lawrence had met the conditions to get the state university, and the following year the university was officially organized.

The school's Board of Regents held its first meeting in March 1865, which is the event that KU dates its founding from. Work on the first college building began later that year. The university opened for classes on September 12, 1866, and the first class graduated in 1873. During World War II, Kansas was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.

College Specialty

Specialty

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university and a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor.

KU is the only Kansas Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.

Alumni

Alumni

Donald J. Hall, Sr., Chairman of the Board and former President and CEO of Hallmark Cards Chester Nez, WWII Veteran and one of the Navajo Code Talkers. Nez previously attended classes at KU but by 1952 discontinued his studies after having exhausted funding from his GI bill. Was announced by the College of Liberal Arts and Science that Nez would be awarded an honorary Bachelors degree on Veterans Day, 2012.

Alumni Association:www.kualumni.org

Campus

Campus
KU's Edwards Campus is in Overland Park, Kansas. Established in 1993, its goal is to provide adults with the opportunity to complete college degrees. About 2,100 students attend the Edwards Campus, with an average age of 32. Programs available at the Edwards Campus include developmental psychology, public administration, social work, systems analysis, information technology, engineering management and design.
 
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