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About University of Kansas

University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution of 28,000 students and 2,600 faculty on five campuses (Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Wichita, and Salina). Its diverse elements are united by their mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world.

A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 1909, KU consistently earns high rankings for its academic programs. Its faculty and students are supported and strengthened by endowment assets of more than $1.44 billion. It is committed to expanding innovative research and commercialization programs.

KU has 15 schools and offers more than 370 degree programs. Their schools are Architecture, Design, and Urban Planning; Business; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Education; Engineering; Health Professions; Journalism and Mass Communications; Law; Medicine; Music; Nursing; Pharmacy; Public Affairs and Administration; Arts; and Social Welfare. Their particularly strong programs are:

  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine
  • Special education
  • City Management
  • Engineering
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Rural medicine
  • Clinical child psychology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Welfare

Students, split almost equally between women and men, come from all 50 states and 105 countriesl. The University Honors Program is nationally recognized, and KU has produced 26 Rhodes Scholars, more than all other Kansas schools combined.

International Student Services

The University of Kansas welcomes students from around the world. Currently 2,363 international students from more than 100 countries study at KU. The Office of International Student Services (ISS) assists international students with immigration advising and employment workshops; academic support; and social enrichment programs. ISS also coordinates mandatory health insurance for international students and presents “You at KU” International Student Orientation, a week long program designed to ease students’ transition to life in the U.S. and at KU.

The office also connects students with each other and the community, sponsoring the International Student Association and hosting a variety of programs, such as International Coffee Hour, the Kansas City Trip Series, and the Thanksgiving Homestay and Lawrence Friendship Family Programs.


The University of Kansas is known for the high quality of its academic programs. KU has more than 190 undergraduate majors in the sciences, the arts, and humanities that provide a firm foundation for almost any career choice. KU offers professional education in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, engineering, music, law, social welfare, journalism, business, and architecture.

Nearly 50 of KU’s graduate programs are nationally ranked, and the University Honors Program is among the best in the United States.

Students deepen and enrich their academic experience by participating in study abroad, doing original research, or becoming involved in special programs in languages, indigenous studies, history, environmental policy, or a dozen other topics.


Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 52%
Male 48%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
16 : 1


Estimated Cost



Total Applicants






Test Scores

SAT Math

SAT Reading

SAT Writing

ACT Composite


Students & Faculty

  • 28,091Total Students
  • 13,622Male Students
  • 14,469Female Students
  • 2,363Total Intl Students
  • 1,313Intl Male Students
  • 1,050Intl Female Students
  • 2,814Total Faculty
  • 1,604Male Faculty
  • 1,210Female Faculty
  • 16:1Student/Fac Ratio


total applicants

admitted (1066)

enrolled (566)

ACT Scores:
25th-75th percentile

Note: 25th-75th percentile ranges show the range of scores achieved by the middle 50% of students who were admitted to the school.

Other Requirements:
Admissions Test Scores?
Neither required nor recommended
Other Test?
Neither required nor recommended
College Prep?
Neither required nor recommended
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Degrees & Programs

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
African Studies
American Indian/Native American Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Architectural Engineering
Architectural History and Criticism, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Athletic Training/Trainer
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Behavioral Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Cell Biology and Anatomy
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Civil Engineering, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Clinical Child Psychology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical, Hospital, and Managed Care Pharmacy
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer Engineering, General
Counseling Psychology
Creative Writing
Curriculum and Instruction
Dance, General
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Design and Visual Communications, General
Developmental and Child Psychology
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Economics, General
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational Psychology
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education and Teaching
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Engineering Science
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Studies
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
ESL (English as a Second Language)
European Studies/Civilization
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
French Language and Literature
Geology/Earth Science, General
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History, General
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Human Biology
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Industrial and Product Design
Information Technology
International/Global Studies
Latin American Studies
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Museology/Museum Studies
Music Teacher Education
Music Therapy/Therapist
Music, General
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing Education
Nursing Practice
Nursing Science
Nutrition Sciences
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Petroleum Engineering
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Public Administration
Public Health, General
Public Health, Other
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Rehabilitation Science
Religion/Religious Studies
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Russian Studies
School Psychology
Secondary Education and Teaching
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Social Work
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Women's Studies

On Campus Housing

On-campus housing is minutes from class—either by free bus or by foot—and is comparable to off-campus housing in price, especially when you consider your internet and utilities are included. On-campus housing features 24-hour card-swipe entry and nighttime security rounds. Each wing of KU’s residence halls is staffed by a resident assistant—a student employee trained to help meet your needs. Quiet study spaces and on-site tutoring in math and writing are available, too. KU offers nine residence halls with a variety of rooms, twelve scholarship halls that emphasize cooperative living, and two apartment complexes.

Off Campus Housing

KU does not provide off-campus housing, nor does KU help students find housing off campus. Off-campus rooms, studios, apartments, or houses are available in the Lawrence community. Prices range from $400-700 for a studio, $500-800 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $600-1,100 for a two-bedroom apartment. You might also have to pay for utilities such as electricity, water, internet, etc.

Living in Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence, KS (population 90,000) offers international cuisine, unique shopping experiences, and a thriving arts and music scene. Take a walk down Massachusetts Street (known as Mass Street to the locals), and you will see that this is a town that supports its university. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, beautiful green spaces are only minutes away. Add a cost of living that’s low in comparison to the coasts and a relaxed, friendly Midwestern atmosphere, and it’s no wonder Lawrence consistently makes lists of “top college towns.”

Kansas Weather

Kansas has all four seasons: autumn (September – November), winter (December – February), spring (March – May), and summer (June – August). Kansas weather is unpredictable, changing frequently throughout the day or week, so it is best to have clothes for all types of weather and to consider wearing layers.

Temperatures in autumn and spring range from 10 to 21 degrees Celsius. Most students are comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, but a light jacket or sweatshirt might be necessary on cooler days. You should also be prepared for rain with an umbrella or raincoat and waterproof shoes.

Winter temperatures are often below freezing, and ice and snow storms are common. You will need a heavy coat, hat, gloves, boots, and layered clothing to keep warm. It is also common to have warm days during the winter months, but this warm weather doesn’t normally last more than a week.

Spring weather usually begins in March. Spring often has rain and some severe weather, such as thunderstorms, so it is a good idea to own an umbrella or raincoat. The weather changes quickly throughout the day during the spring, so it is best to dress in layers and be ready for all types of weather.

Summer temperatures can exceed 37 degrees Celsius, and the humidity can be very high. Most students wear shorts and t-shirts. Thunderstorms are also common, so waterproof shoes and an umbrella or raincoat are often necessary.

Lawrence, Kansas 66045
P: (785) 864-2616

Studying in Kansas

For international students in Kansas there are many different universities and colleges to choose from. Top-rated universities offer students hundreds of undergraduate options, excellent graduate programs, and financial aid assistance. These universities are located in some of the largest cities in Kansas which are home to many of the state's historic sites, parks, museums, festivals, and professional sports teams.
Read our full article on studying in Kansas

International Student Association

International Student Association brings together all international students on the Lawrence campus to promote international friendships and cultural appreciation. The association hosts a variety of social events, such as holiday parties, talent and fashion shows, international food courts, language tables, and expositions.

Applied English Center

The University of Kansas’ Applied English Center (AEC) is home to one of the first twelve English language programs in the United States. The AEC is widely recognized as a leader in English language instruction. Students enjoy close attention from qualified faculty, all of whom have at least a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Students also have access to the AEC’s digital library and English-learning computer lab. The center also provides cross-cultural advising, hosts conversation groups and activities, and sponsors field trips in Lawrence and the surrounding communities to enhance students’ English language instruction.

Global Partners

Global partners is an exciting way to meet people from all over the world and make lifelong friends at the University of Kansas. International students and U.S. students are matched and placed into semester-long groups of four, based on members’ interests, academic majors, and languages. Groups meet at their own leisure. All members participate in events such as playing soccer or Frisbee, meeting at a restaurant for dinner, playing world trivia, or volunteering in the Lawrence community.


Undergraduate research at KU enables you to apply what you’re learning in the classroom to real-world problems. You can do research in your major or in an area that’s not in your major field. It’s up to you and your interests. Students from more than 50 academic departments conduct undergraduate research annually, studying topics as varied as autism, aquatic food chains, and architecture.

The Center for Undergraduate Research provides support with advice on writing research proposals and sharing research; research skill development; competitions for research funding, and help presenting research.


The University Honors Program at KU helps exceptional students launch extraordinary lives. KU honors students benefit from small courses led by top university faculty, priority enrollment, and specialized advising from both departmental and honors advisors.

Honors students also enjoy the guidance of full-time program staff and faculty fellows; participate in experiential learning such as research, internships, and study abroad; and access Nunemaker Center, a space dedicated to honors students with classrooms, conference rooms, meeting and study areas, a student kitchen, and extended operating hours.


KU Recreation Services brings together fitness, intramural, outdoor, and sport club programs across four facilities. The Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center houses cardio and resistance training machines, four racquetball courts, six basketball and volleyball courts, aerobics and martial arts studios, a suspended walking/jogging track, a 42 foot rock climbing wall, and an indoor golf simulator. Intramural teams include basketball, bowling, soccer, soccer, and more. Hiking, camping, and canoeing equipment is available for rent. And yes, there really is a KU quidditch team.

Student Organizations

Student organizations enable you to connect around common interests, whether they’re pastimes, social or political issues, or academics. There are a variety of student nationality organizations, too. Membership in student organizations not only connects you with your classmates, but it can provide valuable leadership experience.

The Student Involvement and Leadership Center at KU is the place to start. You can also get involved with Student Union Activities, a student-run organization that develops movies, concerts, comedy shows, and other events for the KU community.

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