"I would have to say that the very best thing about KU is the feeling of community that exists here. We are all united by our love for our school. This stems from the success of athletic programs like basketball and, recently, football." Melody, Sophomore
The University of Kansas (KU) is a public research university and the largest university in the State of Kansas. The University was opened in 1866.
KU is the only Kansas Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.
Considered one of the most beautiful in the nation, KU's central campus occupies 1,000 acres on and around historic Mount Oread in Lawrence, a community of about 90,000 in the forested hills of eastern Kansas. Ten of KU's 13 schools are based here, as are internationally recognized research centres and laboratories. Lawrence has eclectic shops, beautiful green spaces, and plenty of music venues and art galleries.
Perhaps the best-known KU tradition is the Jayhawk — a hybrid of blue jay and sparrow hawk that epitomised the quarrelsome pre-Civil War settlers on the Kansas frontier. It's been identified with KU since its founding, morphing to the current "happy Jayhawk".
Location: Lawrence, Kansas, USA
City Population: 90,000
University Population: 29,462
Climate: Lawrence experiences hot, humid summers and cold winters with precipitation year round.
Nearest Airport: Kansas City International Airport
Why study at KU?
- The Kansas Jayhawks have won thirteen National athletic Championships, in basketball and track and field
- Alumni include actor Paul Rudd and author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
- A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, KU consistently earns high rankings for its academic programs