In 1866, the University of Kansas welcomed the first class of 55 students to an unfinished building on a treeless ridge called Mount Oread. The once barren landscape has grown into a wooded campus considered one of the most beautiful in the nation.
KU has 13 schools, including the only schools of pharmacy and medicine in the state, and offers more than 370 degree programs. Particularly strong are special education, city management, speech-language pathology, rural medicine, clinical child psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, and social welfare. Students, split almost equally between women and men, come from all 50 states and 105 countries and are about 15 percent multicultural.
KU, one of only 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities, is a major research university with a distinguished record of research collaboration promoted through independent, multidisciplinary research centers that focus on common themes.University Research Centers and InstitutesResearch Center and Institutes Portal
The University Career Center (UCC) offers a wide range of quality services designed to support and challenge students at all points on the career development and implementation path. To guide students as they prepare for post-graduate career success, three separate yet interdependent functional service teams are in place—Career Education, Career Networks and Administration.Mission
We are here to provide support and assistance to help you meet your academic goals by offering convenient and accessible services. We partner with a variety of departments on the Lawrence campus to provide special events, programs and alternate appointment options such as Skype and online consultations.Student Support Services KU Edwards has on-site student support services to help students achieve their highest level of success including Financial Aid & Scholarships, disability resources, Office of Diversity & Equity and more
Student Housing offers variety of on-campus living options.
The Academic Achievement and Access Center (AAAC) coordinates accommodations for students university-wide. It is an individual's choice whether to self-identify, submit documentation, and make the decision about using accommodations. AAAC provides academic accommodations such as in-class accommodations, auxiliary aides, and services (e.g., alternative texts or sign language interpreters).
One of the top 50 libraries in the Association of Research Libraries by volumes held, and the largest library in Kansas, KU Libraries have more than 4.4 million print volumes in their seven campus locations, which see more than 1.6 million visits every year. In 2012, patrons checked out nearly 165,000 items and accessed more than 3.3 million articles online.
Students are strongly encouraged to make appointments to be seen by a Watkins Health Services medical provider. Advantages of making an appointment include:
International Student Association is an organization that merges all of the nationalities represented on the KU campus to promote international friendships and cultural appreciation. Members are treated to a variety of social events throughout the academic term. Highlighting the spring semester, ISA hosts a week of international awareness programs culminating in a Festival of Nations, which features talents and fashions from around the world.