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The University of Kansas

(UE) The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university and a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor.

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.

1. Overview

Today, KU has become a major public research and teaching institution of 28,000 students and 2,600 faculty on five campuses (Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Wichita, and Salina). Its diverse elements are united by their mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world.

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. The University Honors Program is nationally recognized, and KU has produced 26 Rhodes Scholars, more than all other Kansas schools combined.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center is the state's only designated National Cancer Institute. Eleven other major centers oversee research in life span issues, the humanities, transportation, the environment, biosciences, biodiversity, and polar ice sheets, among others.

Ten core service laboratories and two affiliated centers specialize in such fields as biomedical research, molecular structures, technology commercialization, and oil recovery. KU has service centers statewide that offer training and professional development in law enforcement, firefighting, child development, health education, and public management.

2. Campus

Lawrence Campus

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 centers and laboratories.

Medical Center Campus, Kansas City

This nationally recognized biomedical research center offers educational programs through its schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing. These academic units operate collaboratively with the University of Kansas Hospital, which provides opportunities for clinical experience and residency positions.

Wichita Campus

The School of Medicine-Wichita is the state center for community-oriented medical education. In partnership with Kansas communities, it educates students, residents, and physicians through scholarship, patient care, services, and research to improve the health of Kansans.

The School of Pharmacy-Wichita, housed in a new addition to the medical school, provides exceptional training in the pharmaceutical sciences. Faculty in pharmacy practice and basic science provide a firm foundation, and students also study alongside their Lawrence campus counterparts via high-definition video conferencing and two-way classrooms.

Salina Campus, School of Medicine

Designed to address the critical shortage of rural physicians in the state, this program is ideal for self-motivated students, independent learners who work with a small group of peers and who have a strong desire to practice primary-care medicine in rural Kansas. It is housed primarily in space provided by the Salina Regional Health Center.

Edwards Campus, Overland Park

Established in 1993, the KU Edwards Campus provides KU's high-quality education, research, and public service to greater Kansas City. Through its graduate and undergraduate degree-completion programs, the Edwards Campus provides adult learners the necessary tools to further their careers.

3. KU by the numbers

#1: National ranking, City management/urban policy - U.S. News & World Report
#1: National ranking, Special education - U.S. News & World Report
#2: National ranking, NIH grants and contracts for pharmacy research
5: National debate championships and national basketball titles
34: Active companies created from KU research Most in the state
25.2: Students' composite ACT score. Highest in the state and above national average (22.5)
26: KU Rhodes Scholars. More than all other Kansas universities combined
40+: Languages taught
49: Nationally ranked graduate academic programs (U.S. News)
50 & 105: States and countries represented by KU students
28,091: Current enrollment

More information: http://www.ku.edu

(The University of Kansas)