University of Kansas.

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of Kansas

The University of Kansas (KU) is a public research university with its main campus in Lawrence, Kansas, and several satellite campuses, research and educational centers, medical centers, and classes across the state of Kansas. Two branch campuses are in the Kansas City metropolitan area on the Kansas side: the university's medical school and hospital in Kansas City, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, a hospital and research center in the state's capital of Topeka, and a hospital and research center in Hays. There are also educational and research sites in Garden City, Hays, Leavenworth, Parsons, and Topeka, an agricultural education center in rural north Douglas County, and branches of the medical school in Salina and Wichita. The university is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".Founded March 21, 1865, the university was opened in 1866, under a charter granted by the Kansas State Legislature in 1864 and legislation passed in 1863 under the State Constitution, which was adopted two years after the 1861 admission of the former Kansas Territory as the 34th state into the Union. Disputes over Kansas' establishment as a free or slaveholding state prior to admission to the union prompted an internal civil war known as "Bleeding Kansas" during the 1850s.Enrollment at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses was 28,401 students in 2016; an additional 3,383 students were enrolled at the KU Medical Center for an enrollment of 28,091 students across the three campuses. The university overall employed 2,814 faculty members in fall 2015.Kansas's athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I sports as the Jayhawks, as members of the Big 12 Conference. They field 16 varsity sports, as well as club-level sports for ice hockey, rugby, and men's volleyball.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 18,903 students
  • 0.46 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of Kansas

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Neuroscience, and Business.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

13,576 students out of 14,538 applicants were accepted into University of Kansas. They had an average SAT score of 1230.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of Kansas was $26,592, while for in-state students it was $10,824. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $35,064.

The average financial aid at University of Kansas is $6,010. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $20,582 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of Kansas

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

60% of undergraduate students at University of Kansas received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Kansas

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Kansas was of $10,276 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,080.

Diversity at University of Kansas

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017