University of Kansas
In 1866, the University of Kansas welcomed the first class of 55 students to an unfinished building on a treeless ridge called Mount Oread. Today, our enrollment approaches 30,000. From that single building, we have grown to five campuses — the Lawrence campus, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and medical branches in Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. The once barren landscape has grown into a wooded campus considered one of the most beautiful in the nation.
We embrace our role as the state’s flagship university and a premier research institution, serving the state, nation, and world. And we remain true to our historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research, and the healing power of service.
5,000 courses. More than 400 degree and certificate programs. And 2,800 faculty members, many of them at the top of their fields.
In KU’s dynamic, cross-disciplinary research and learning environment, students exchange ideas, discover new ways of processing the world, and address society’s grand challenges.
Where is KU
A big state with a big heart and a rich history, Kansas is in the center of United States, also known as the Heartland. KU is located in beautiful Lawrence, Kansas ─ a true college town on the banks of Kansas River.
Friendly and caring, it boasts international cuisine, extensive outdoor recreation, shopping and a thriving arts science. Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the “best lil’ college towns” in the country.