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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?

17,151 Full-Time Undergraduates
$18,571 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.
  • The highest degree offered at KU is the doctor's degree.
  • 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.

University of Kansas Rankings

KU landed the #254 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 28 schools in Kansas.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that KU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for KU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 119
Best Colleges for International Students 144
Best Colleges 254
Best Colleges for Diversity 276
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 288
Best Colleges for the Money 387

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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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Kansas  ( 23 to 28 )
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36

Can I Afford University of Kansas?

$18,571 Net Price
47% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of KU is $18,571. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for KU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,953 $14,852 $17,136 $21,847 $22,738

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

17,151 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,338 undergraduate students at KU, with 17,151 being full-time and 2,187 being part-time.

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

There are also 8,287 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 17,151 full-time undergraduates at KU, 49% are male and 51% 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 804
Black or African American 707
Hispanic or Latino 1,368
White 12,176
International Students 1,052
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,044

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Kansas awarded 9,072 undergraduate degrees and 5,250 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 181 107 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 27 8 4
Allied Health Professions 0 35 0 0
Anthropology 0 20 6 2
Architectural Engineering 0 22 7 0
Architectural History 0 48 0 0
Area Studies 0 25 8 3
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 6 0 0
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 11 0 0
Behavioral Science 0 78 7 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 47 2 1
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 6 6
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 8 6
Biotechnology 0 6 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 131 214 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 1 4
Chemical Engineering 0 89 4 0
Chemistry 0 25 4 13
Child Development & Psychology 0 25 12 10
Civil Engineering 0 44 33 11
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 6 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 3 4 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 25 17
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 20 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 131 4 6
Communication Sciences 0 44 29 13
Computer Engineering 0 16 3 0
Computer Information Systems 0 98 20 4
Construction Management 0 0 6 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 130 16
Dance 0 14 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 74 5 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 18 2 1
East Asian Languages 0 28 2 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 5 9
Economics 0 125 20 11
Education Philosophy 0 0 1 0
Educational Administration 0 0 74 27
Electrical Engineering 0 23 13 8
Engineering Physics 0 11 0 0
Engineering Science 0 0 1 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 29 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 5 1
Ethnic Studies 0 21 5 1
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 64 1 2
Finance & Financial Management 0 232 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 34 17 2
General Architecture 0 0 70 2
General Biology 0 144 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 146 36 3
General English Literature 0 89 6 12
General Psychology 0 239 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 13 3 8
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 25 12 2
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 21 22 2
Health & Physical Education 0 169 0 0
History 0 48 6 6
Homeland Security 0 0 8 0
Human Biology 0 41 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 3 0
International Studies 0 34 20 0
Journalism 0 250 16 0
Law 0 0 0 103
Legal Research 0 0 1 3
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 124 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 21 7 1
Management Information Systems 0 35 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 58 0 0
Marketing 0 159 0 0
Mathematics 0 59 14 11
Mechanical Engineering 0 105 7 1
Medicine 0 0 0 203
Mental & Social Health Services 0 35 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 37 0 1
Museum Studies 0 0 8 0
Music 0 24 28 28
Natural Resources Conservation 0 48 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 2
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 4 0 0
Nursing 0 194 26 72
Nutrition Science 0 0 25 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 10
Petroleum Engineering 0 31 1 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 3 6
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 127 15 139
Philosophy 0 15 3 1
Physics 0 14 0 11
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 2 8
Political Science & Government 0 120 3 6
Public Administration 0 12 33 2
Public Health 0 0 30 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 28 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 10 49 70
Religious Studies 0 9 3 0
Romance Languages 0 51 7 3
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 6 2 1
Social Work 0 52 163 4
Sociology 0 33 7 4
Special Education 0 0 128 5
Statistics 0 0 16 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 119 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 33 37 16
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 14 0
Writing Studies 0 0 7 0
Total 0 9,072 3,394 1,856

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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