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University of Kansas Overview

University of Kansas is a public institution located in Lawrence, Kansas. The city atmosphere of Lawrence makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is University of Kansas Known For?

4,545 Undergraduate Awards
$34,996 Avg Cost After Aid
93% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at KU is 5%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at KU.
  • In 2017-2018, 84% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from KU makes roughly $48,800 a year. This is 20% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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University of Kansas Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, KU is ranked #349 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #2 out of 29 schools in Kansas.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

KU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#30 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#109 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at KU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Biomathematics & Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Radio, Television & Digital Communication Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#92 Best Health Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards KU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#16 Best Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#24 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#44 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies College Factual
#48 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#83 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#93 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is University of Kansas?

Location of University of Kansas

Contact details for KU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 785-864-2700
Website: https://ku.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KU
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KUNews

How Do I Get Into KU?

You can apply to KU online at: https://admissions.ku.edu

Admission Requirements for KU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript neither required nor recommended
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into KU?

93% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
0% Submit SAT Scores
Since KU has an acceptance rate of 93%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 95%.

Average Test Scores

About 0% of students accepted to KU submitted their SAT scores.KU received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 22 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 28.

ACT English Scores for University of Kansas  ( 22 to 29 )
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ACT Math Scores for University of Kansas  ( 22 to 28 )
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ACT Composite Scores for University of Kansas  ( 23 to 28 )
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Can I Afford University of Kansas?

$34,996 Net Price
47% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of KU is $34,996. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At KU, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $7,130 a year. That adds up to $28,520 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at KU is 4.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Kansas Undergraduate Student Diversity

17,333 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,596 undergraduate students at KU, with 17,333 being full-time and 2,263 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  KU

There are also 8,094 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 17,333 full-time undergraduates at KU, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  KU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Kansas students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of KU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 820
Black or African American 710
Hispanic or Latino 1,467
White 12,232
International Students 1,067
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,037

Geographic Diversity

Kansas students aren't the only ones who study at University of Kansas. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 106 countries are represented at KU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of Kansas

2,041 Took All Classes Online
7,269 Took At Least One Class Online
30.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 13 master’s degree programs available online at KU. In 2017-2018, 7,269 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at KU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Kansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of KU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Kansas was 30.0%. This is the #700 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at KU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of KU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Behavioral Science 10%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 15%
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 57%
Business Administration & Management 15%
Business, Management & Marketing 12%
Communication & Journalism 5%
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 29%
General Business/Commerce 14%
General Psychology 12%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 4%
Mathematics & Statistics 19%
Nursing 14%
Nutrition Science 16%
Political Science & Government 23%
Psychology 10%
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 42%
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 2%
Social Sciences 18%
Statistics 50%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at KU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at KU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Statistics #1
Nutrition Science #1
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences #3
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services #4
Medical Illustration & Informatics #7
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #7
Political Science & Government #8
Mathematics & Statistics #9
Teaching English or French #12
Public Administration #13
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #14
Public Health #15
Communication & Media Studies #20
Allied Health Professions #21
Curriculum & Instruction #23
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #29
Social Sciences #30
Communication & Journalism #31
Teacher Education Subject Specific #33
General Business/Commerce #35
General Psychology #35
Special Education #37
Public Administration & Social Service #44
Psychology #50
Educational Administration #53
Health & Medical Administrative Services #72
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #82
Liberal Arts General Studies #82
Nursing #118
Education #148
Health Professions #205
Business, Management & Marketing #238

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Kansas Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 131 6 214 0 351
General Business/Commerce 0 146 112 36 3 297
Nursing 0 194 4 26 72 296
Accounting 0 181 0 107 0 288
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 127 0 15 139 281
Journalism 0 250 0 16 0 266
General Psychology 0 239 3 0 0 242
Finance & Financial Management 0 232 0 0 0 232
Social Work 0 52 0 163 4 219
Medicine 0 0 0 0 203 203
Health & Physical Education 0 169 0 0 0 169
Special Education 0 0 28 128 5 161
Marketing 0 159 0 0 0 159
Economics 0 125 0 20 11 156
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 130 16 146
General Biology 0 144 0 0 0 144
Communication & Media Studies 0 131 1 4 6 142
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 10 0 49 70 129
Political Science & Government 0 120 0 3 6 129
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 124 1 0 0 125
Computer Information Systems 0 98 2 20 4 124
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 33 33 37 16 119
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 119 0 0 0 119
Mechanical Engineering 0 105 0 7 1 113
General English Literature 0 89 0 6 12 107
Law 0 0 0 0 103 103
Educational Administration 0 0 0 74 27 101
Behavioral Science 0 78 12 7 4 101
Chemical Engineering 0 89 0 4 0 93
Civil Engineering 0 44 0 33 11 88
Mathematics 0 59 3 14 11 87
Communication Sciences 0 44 0 29 13 86
Music 0 24 4 28 28 84
General Architecture 0 0 8 70 2 80
Design & Applied Arts 0 74 0 5 0 79
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 64 0 1 2 67
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 36 28 0 64
Romance Languages 0 51 0 7 3 61
History 0 48 0 6 6 60
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 58 0 0 0 58
Public Administration 0 12 11 33 2 58
International Studies 0 34 0 20 0 54
Fine & Studio Arts 0 34 0 17 2 53
Natural Resources Conservation 0 48 3 0 0 51
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 47 0 2 1 50
Architectural History 0 48 0 0 0 48
Ethnic Studies 0 21 20 5 1 47
Child Development & Psychology 0 25 0 12 10 47
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 21 0 22 2 45
Electrical Engineering 0 23 0 13 8 44
Allied Health Professions 9 35 0 0 0 44
Sociology 0 33 0 7 4 44
Chemistry 0 25 0 4 13 42
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 25 17 42
Human Biology 0 41 0 0 0 41
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 27 0 8 4 39
Area Studies 0 25 3 8 3 39
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 25 0 12 2 39
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 37 0 0 1 38
Petroleum Engineering 0 31 4 1 0 36
Management Information Systems 0 35 0 0 0 35
Mental & Social Health Services 0 35 0 0 0 35
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 21 2 7 1 31
East Asian Languages 0 28 0 2 0 30
Public Health 0 0 0 30 0 30
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 29 0 29
Architectural Engineering 0 22 0 7 0 29
Anthropology 0 20 0 6 2 28
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 25 0 25
Physics 0 14 0 0 11 25
Geography & Cartography 0 13 1 3 8 25
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 24 0 0 24
Drama & Theater Arts 0 18 0 2 1 21
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 20 0 0 0 20
Computer Engineering 0 16 0 3 0 19
Philosophy 0 15 0 3 1 19
Statistics 0 0 0 16 0 16
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 14 0 14
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 2 6 6 14
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 5 9 14
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 8 6 14
Dance 0 14 0 0 0 14
Religious Studies 0 9 0 3 0 12
Teaching English or French 0 0 11 0 0 11
Engineering Physics 0 11 0 0 0 11
Museum Studies 0 0 3 8 0 11
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 11 0 0 0 11
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 2 8 10
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0 10 10
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 3 6 9
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 6 0 2 1 9
Homeland Security 0 0 0 8 0 8
Writing Studies 0 0 0 7 0 7
Classical Languages & Literature 0 3 0 4 0 7
Biotechnology 0 6 0 0 0 6
Construction Management 0 0 0 6 0 6
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 5 1 6
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 6 0 0 0 6
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 6 0 0 0 6
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 1 4 5
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 5 0 0 5
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 4 0 0 0 4
Legal Research 0 0 0 1 3 4
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 3 0 3
Medieval Studies 0 0 3 0 0 3
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0 2 2
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 2 0 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 2 0 0 2
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 1 0 1
Engineering Science 0 0 0 1 0 1
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 1 0 0 1
Zoology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 9 4,536 350 1,697 928 7,520

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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