Location: Lawrence, Kansas
School type: Public University
Student Population: 19,169 full-time undergraduates
Percentage of women on campus: 51%
Tuition: Instate- $10,107
The most popular majors:
1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
2. Communications, Journalism, and Related Programs
3. Health Professions and Related Programs
4. Social Sciences
*Information courtesy of College US News Rankings*
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance rate: 92.3%
Why Choose KU?
"I chose the University of Kansas because it is the quintessential college town."
"When I visited KU for the first time, I loved how everyone was so proud to be a Jayhawk."
"The tradition here is unreal. Basketball games are so fun and intense. When everyone comes together and supports the school, it's the best feeling."
"I came to school undecided, but soon realized we have one of the best Journalism schools in the country. I can't imagine being anywhere else."
"I'm from out-of-state, so I wanted to make sure I went to school somewhere completely different. I wanted to meet my own friends and do my own thing."
"Coming from California, the architecture is so different here. As soon as I visited the campus I was amazed at the beauty of it all. I was sold."
"KU was my dream school even though I didn't go here my freshman year. When I went on my transfer visit, I just knew this was where I needed to be. I'm a senior now and still get goosebumps walking on campus. It truly is one of the most beautiful places in my eyes and I'm going to miss it so much after graduation."
What are your favorite/the best parts of KU? What do you love about being a student there? What are some of your school's traditions or well-known campus events?
"The sports! I love going to the games because it is so fascinating to see not only the students play but also the crowds. Since being here, I have been to my very first game, of any sport, and I absolutely love going. Some well-known campus events include SUA movie nights, which they always have really good movies showing." -Ashley, Junior, Business Administration
"The school spirit!" -Abby, Sophomore, Journalism
"I love Lawrence! The town is amazing. I love getting free shirts all the time. Campus movie nights are great with free bowling afterwards. Late Night at the Phog!!" -Misha Lowe, Sophomore, Social Work
"KU's campus is a definite A+. I'ts breathtaking in the spring when all the flowers on the trees are blooming. The buildings are very beautiful in the mornings and the people on campus are very friendly." -Sunyoung, Sophomore, Pre-Respiratory Care
"My favorite thing about being a student here is the sense of pride of being a Jayhawk. We're nationally known, and not only for our basketball program. I love being able to say that I attend the University of Kansas." -Sarah Miller, Junior, Journalism- Strategic Communications
"I love going to KU's basketball games. The spirit and energy in the stadium is just crazy." -Sunny Kim, Sophomore, Journalism
“It’s not very wheelchair accessible. Somebody in one of my classes had a broken leg and it was so hard for him to get through campus.”
“You don’t really hear about everything, KU or the chancellor should send out emails to the whole student body about events that are happening, especially SUA-sponsored events.”
“They could have more buses on route 43 during the winter.”
“Expand the Underground so that people aren’t waiting for 45 minutes to get a piece of chicken.”
“I think the Union should be where the Underground is because the Union is too far for most people.”
“Less rules and regulations for organizations on campus.”
“Parking. Parking is asinine and I don’t think that if I pay $200 for a parking pass that I should have to pay an additional $20 to park there during games.”
“More lighting on campus. Whenever I walk back from the library I feel extremely unsafe.”
New Collegiette on Campus
"It can be scary and stressful being a first year, not only at KU but basically any college. Orientation helps you prepare by having serveral meetings where they teach you about the things KU offers, like the writing center. I feel like it is pretty easy to get to know upperclassmen even though some first years do prefer to stick together!"
"Homecoming was my favorite part of freshman year!"
"I loved tradition night the first weekend of school!"
"My first year was exploration. Learning different things about KU and attending different events. I think everyone I hung out with were also first-year students but that was purposely!"
"To me, it was fairly easy for everyone to get to know each other, I didn't feel like I had to be friends with only freshmen at all."
"For me, since I went to high school in Kansas, a lot of my friends came to KU. Also, when you are in general education classes, most people in there are freshmen and they don't know anyone. It was easy to talk to new people through group projects and seeing them in class all the time."
All About Academics
At the University of Kansas a few of the most popular majors are psychology and journalism.
Here is what a some psychology majors had to say about their department:
"The workload can get pretty rough. Most of my classes require me to write lengthy papers." -Anna S. Junior
"All of the psych majors share the same advisor." -Clayton D. Sophomore
"In the psych department, you aren't automatically admitted into the program, you have to take a few psych classes first and do well in them, before you can be admitted." -Kendra C. Senior
"Getting into classes can be a bit competitive! There are a ton of psychology majors, so it definitely helps to know what classes you need and to sign up for them as soon as possible."-Sean H. Senior
"There are two great libraries at KU, Anschutz & Watson. I prefer Anschutz because it is open 24/7. The libraries are packed during finals week!" -Lauren M. Junior
"KU has a lot of great places to study. There are cozy spots all around campus. My favorite is on the fourth floor of Watson Library because it always super quiet. There are also plenty of coffee houses on Mass. Street that are perfect for studying, I would recommend Aimees or Alchemy." - Paula C. Junior
Learn from the Best
“I loved ACCT 200 class with Professor Shaftel. He is literally the best professor I have had so far in my college years. I also love all the journalism classes because it's more than just reading the textbook and we talk about real-time events, such as Superbowl, Olympics ads, companies, etc. I like going to professors' office hours because they are usually pretty chill about students visiting, especially the first few weeks of class.”
“One of my favorite general education professors has been Brian Staihr. He teaches economics courses, and he is incredibly funny and personable. However, the class is very hard, but would be even worse without his teaching style.”
“I think a lot of students go to office hours to get to know their professors and to get help on assignments. It is a lot easier to get to know the teacher one-on-one, and office hours are a great place to do that.”
“My favorite professor is Dr. Kapp, mostly because I love his class.”
“My all-time favorite professor is Dr. Massoni. She just retired last year, but I had her for two semesters. She was simply awesome. I am someone who definitely takes advantage of office hours, it's a great way to get to know your professor better and get help.”
“My favorite class at KU so far has been ACCT 200 with Professor Shaftel because he actually cares about what he teaches, and is interesting, and makes accounting fun.”
Interests & Involvement
"I joined the Finance Committee of Senate, which literally any student can be on. I spent my first semester learning the ropes and Robert's Rules of Order. In the spring, a position opened up to represent another club that I'm involved in as a senator. Because I had experience through the Finance Committee, I was elected. I did everything I could to put myself in the best position possible to be where I thought I would add the most value to the campus. I love helping students. It's something I have a true passion for and I can proudly say that I get to serve the student body because I worked hard to show my potential."
"Marching band allows students to meet people from other schools outside the university and in different majors. It lets you create a much larger networking database. It also is a place to become immediately involved in school spirit. Free football games - since you attend all of them with the band. We are also gifted free men's basketball tickets to all the home games. You also get a lot of free KU swag: shirts, sweaters, hats, gloves, ball caps. It also provides a lot of opportunity for leadership positions."
"I started the KU Disc Golf Club with the intentions to unify the growing population of disc golfers at the University of Kansas. With hopes to introduce new people to the sport of disc golf because disc golf is an excellent low cost activity that provides both exercise and fun."
"There are so many clubs on campus that everyone can find something to join. A lot of people join Student Union Activities or enter into Greek life. I have loved getting involved because I have gotten to meet some of the greatest campus leaders who I know are going to do amazing things with their future. I have helped to start to clubs: Her Campus KU and KU Big Brothers Big Sisters Club. Both are in their first major semester at KU but they are doing much better than I could have ever imagined and getting a lot of notice on campus."
"I am in Marketing Club, Advertising Club, PRSSA, and International Student Association. You can go to rockchalkcentral.ku.edu to look at all the list of clubs available at KU and shoot an email to them asking about meetings and such.
Team Spirit"Get tickets for every sport because it's great to support your teams and it's a great way to get involved. You will have some great experiences and you'll motivate your team to play harder... And men's basketball... Enough said."- Jake Parker Nelson, sophomore from Hays, Kan."Some of my fondest memories while here at KU involve sports. It’s impossible not to show your Jayhawk pride, whether it’s waving the wheat at football games, or yelling the Rock Chalk Chant at basketball games. It’s hard to describe the emotions you feel walking into a packed Allen Fieldhouse or swaying to the alma mater with your fellow students, people just have to experience it for themselves!" - Stephanie Lopez, junior from Olathe, Kan.“There is no place like Allen Fieldhouse.”-Jackie ReaganGreatest quote: “There’s no better place to coach, there’s no better place to go to school, there’s no better place to play.” former Kansas University basketball coach Larry Brown.
Describe in a few words what it is like to be a woman on KU's campus:
"I like that I can go to any discussion and be backed up by a female or two in the class. You see the same women a lot if you're on the same educational path so you form an unspoken bond when we see eachother in classes. It's awesome it's like I always have a friend in every class." -Lindsey Dreese, Sophomore.
"It's fun. You see a lot of women depending on what major you're in. I'm in Journalism and there's a heavy concentration of females in the school. My friend in Engineering only has 4 women in her engineering lecture off 200. That's crazy."- Sarah Agee, Freshman.
How did you meet your best gal pals?
"My sorority!"-Annie Calvert, Junior.
"I met my best friend freshman year in one of my classes. I hung out with her friends one night and we have been inseparable since. Reach out to the girls in your classes, especially if they have to do with your major!"- Hannah Grim, Senior.
What is is like to have a night out as a woman?
"There's so much to do! There is nothing better than a girl's night out and going out to eat then to the bars. That's typically what I do on Friday and Saturday."-Anna Gordon, Senior.
Any tips for being safe on a night out?
"Stick together! KU is just like any college town, it can get dark and scary real quick. You can never be too safe. When you go out in a group, stay in that group and make sure everyone ends up somewhere safely."-Megan Walker, Junior.
What do women typically wear on campus?
"Leggings. Period."-Melissa Wertheim, Freshman."
"In the summer: Norts (Nike shorts), just a tank and what not. In the winter: leggings, hats, tall boots. I like that the girls keep it casual mostly because I never feel like dressing up when it's freezing outside."-Jordan Swimmer, Sophomore.
Food & Drink
"I lived in Naismith last year so I loved the food in the dining center. I don't really eat on campus since now I am in an apartment close to campus. If I do choose to buy something, it's usually something quick from the Market at the Union."
"Dining hall food is pretty good. It has so many choices each time you go so there's always something you can find that you like."
"My favorite place is The Studio, they make pretty good food there and offer a lot of options to choose from."
"I actually like going to the Union Market Place because it has a lot of options to choose from."
"I like to eat at home... when I actually have food. Otherwise I just buy something quickly from either the Marketplace or the Underground and then go somewhere quiet to eat my food."
What do people do on weekends? Are there fraternity/sorority parties that most people go to? Where do class years go for parties? How prevalent is drug/alcohol use? Do you think people feel pressured to drink on weekends? What are some alternatives to drinking or going to a party on a typical weekend? Do people tend to stick with one friend group, or are they open to meeting new people? Do you feel the social scene is more inclusive or exclusive? Do people party on weekdays? How easy is it to get around at night?
"Most underclassmen go to the Hawk- it's pretty easy to get into and there's always dollar night on Wednesday!"
"KU tends to have different things on weekends- there's always a party happening at a frat or a bar- however, you can also just go to a concert or bowling or a movie for free if you don't want to drink too!
"The KU social scene is pretty inclusive, everyone meets people while they are out and talks to everyone! It's really easy to just introduce yourself to someone at a party, even if you might not hang out again!"
"There is a ton of pressure to drink on weekends, most people go out at least one weekend night every week.There's definitely always a tailgate going on during football season."
"I loved my dorm freshman year. Living in Naismith is definitely different than any other dorm. I found my roommate on the website "roomsurf". We ended up becoming so close and she's still one of my closest friends this year."
"You can pick or do a potlock for you roommate. Dorms are pretty safe and people are nice. People are not required to live in a dorm but a lot of people do. Also most people get an apartment after their first year in college. My floor had movie nights, girls night, campus tour, semester meetings... etc"
"Dorm life is really nice. People are really helpful when it comes to any issues you're having. If you don't get along with your roommate, they help you change rooms if needed."
"Dorms are pretty okay here. I lived in the dorms when I was a freshman and then moved to an apartment as a junior. And since becoming roommates back in our freshman year, me and my roommate have been really close."
"There are plenty of options to choose from when deciding where you want to live. I don't believe there are any freshman specified dorms. Freshmen are scattered around in the halls here."
"I really love living in the dorms. Sure they have their flaws but the good outweighs the bad. It's close to classes and the cafeteria along with there being a computer lab in each hall."
"I live off-campus and it is really nice. I only lived in the dorms for my freshman year. Living off-campus is great and it's really nice having my own space along with my own bathroom."
“Lawrence is awesome. It definitely has that college-town feeling because mostly everything I need is within walking distance from where I live, including school, bars, restaurants, and even some grocery stores."
“Mass Street is the place to go if you’re looking to go out at night or on the weekends. There are multiple places to eat and drink on every block!”
“I love the vibe of Lawrence. We’ve got a mixture of townies, hippies, hipsters, jocks, and Greeks. It’s so diverse all over the city and I love meeting all the new people.”
“The only thing I can think of is parking. If there’s a basketball game you can forget about finding a spot downtown and while there’s a lot of 2-hour free parking lots, if you go over the limit you will get a ticket.”
“People in Lawrence love off-campus activities. We have a kick-ball league, great concerts, and even great volunteer opportunities.”
“I know a few people with off-campus internships in downtown Kansas City but it’s required for their major. Personally, I’d rather just focus on school right now.”
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