University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

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Everything is in your reach on the Hill. 

In 1866, the University of Kansas welcomed its first class of 55 students. Today our enrollment approaches 30,000. From a single building, we’ve grown to 13 schools and five campuses: the hilltop campus in Lawrence, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and medical branches in Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. We embrace our role as the state’s flagship university and a premier research institution, serving the state, nation, and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit. And we remain true to our historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research, and the healing power of service.

Stand out and be outstanding
As a student at KU, you’ll join a Jayhawk legacy of scholars, artists, innovators, athletes, and world leaders. Whether you know exactly what you want to study or are considering several majors, you’ll choose your own path. At KU, no student is undecided—rather, they’re exploring. And we have a lot to explore. With more than 400 degree and certificate programs and 5,000 courses, you’re bound to discover something that ignites your passions and sets you on track to your ideal career.

Make your mark, save lives, change the world
That may sound like a tall order, but through more than 60 independent multidisciplinary research centers, you can collaborate with esteemed faculty to do just that. Make discoveries and meet complex challenges across many different fields and industries. As one of only 34 US public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities, KU conducts more research than all other Kansas universities combined. Our distinguished record of research innovation has produced nearly 40 active start-up companies and over 130 active license agreements for commercial use of KU inventions.

Get involved and stay connected
Life as a Jayhawk is defined by tradition, community, and spirit. That could mean taking part in one of over 600 clubs and student organizations on campus, where you’ll find leadership opportunities, meet other like-minded students, build on your interests, and explore new ones. It could mean engaging with your campus community through volunteering, advocacy groups, and activism. It could mean joining 4,000 other Jayhawks in one of over 40 fraternities or sororities, where members live by four pillars: scholarship, friendship, leadership, and service. It could mean all of the above—and so much more.

Live like a Lawrencian 
Call us biased, but we consider Lawrence a perfect college town. Founded by abolitionists in 1854, Lawrence has carried a tradition of freedom and individuality through generations. Today the city is a crossroads of culture, celebrating the artists and innovators that populate its history and create an unmistakable identity. Walk downtown to Massachusetts Street—we call it “Mass”—and you’ll find celebrated dining, boutique shopping, and a variety of art and performance spaces, including more than 30 music venues alone. If you’re a natural explorer—most Jayhawks are—the city has over 100 miles of trails and 54 city parks. Plus, you’re only a 45-minute drive from historic, bustling Kansas City. Around here, you’re never far from a new experience. 


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Become a Jayhawk
We think crimson and blue would look good on you. If you agree, consider applying to KU. Learn more about the application process, tuition rates, applying for scholarships, and admission requirements at

Lend your voice to the Chant
Fandom is rooted in KU history—our first basketball coach was the sport’s inventor, James Naismith. When you join in our immortal Rock Chalk Chant, toss a handful of confetti at a basketball game, or celebrate by Waving the Wheat, you realize that Jayhawk spirit isn’t just witnessed—it’s experienced.

Go everywhere, do everything
We obviously love our campus and hometown, so we make it as easy as possible for you to get around. A partnership between the KU and city transit systems allows students to ride free and convenient bus routes anywhere on campus or around town. 

Make yourself at home on the Hill
Living on campus means everything is just around the corner: your next class, dining options, even a night out. Plus, students who live on campus are more likely to earn better grades and graduate on time. It’s a win-win. In total, we have 24 student housing sites on campus, including residence halls, scholarship halls, and apartment living. Find your perfect option at

Experience Mount Oread
We think you belong here, but don’t just take our word for it; come see KU for yourself. A visit to our gorgeous hilltop main campus will provide you with crucial information and unforgettable moments. Plan your visit today at

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