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University of Kansas Overview

University of Kansas is a public institution situated 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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$33,228 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at KU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at KU.
  • In <nil>, 86% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from KU with a bachelor's degree make about $58,993 a year. That's 45% more than those who graduate from other schools.

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into KU?

You can apply to KU online at:

Admission Requirements for KU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Recommended
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into KU?

92% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
12% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 92%, KU is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 89%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.

Average Test Scores

About 12% of students accepted to KU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 660. Math scores were between 540 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Kansas  ( 550 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Kansas  ( 540 to 670 )
KU received ACT scores from 80% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 29. Math scores were between 20 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Kansas  ( 21 to 29 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Kansas  ( 20 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Kansas  ( 21 to 29 )

Can I Afford University of Kansas?

$33,228 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
1.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of KU is $33,228. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At KU, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $7,002 a year. That adds up to $28,008 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at KU is 1.2%. 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

16,618 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,158 undergraduate students at KU, with 16,618 being full-time and 2,540 being part-time.


There are also 7,622 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 16,618 full-time undergraduates at KU, 47% are male and 53% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 949
Black or African American 674
Hispanic or Latino 1,507
White 11,644
International Students 799
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,045

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

2,810 Took All Classes Online
14,174 Took At Least One Class Online
37.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 27 bachelor’s degree and 54 master’s degree programs available online at KU. In 2020-2021, 14,174 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.


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 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of KU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Kansas was 37.4%. This is the #796 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at KU regardless of major.

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%.


*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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