About KU

About KU

Founded in 1866, the University of Kansas (KU) has more than 26,000 students, including 1,500 international students from more than 100 nations. KU is a comprehensive research institution with more than 175 academic fields of study, including business, engineering, computer science, journalism, fine arts, architecture, chemistry, pharmacy, and other sciences.

The KU campus is one of the most beautiful in the United States. It is located on Mount Oread, a scenic tree-covered hill in the center of Lawrence. The university is home to several nationally recognized museums, and the university library system is one of the best public research libraries in the United States. The campus has an exciting cultural and social life, including lectures, films, concerts, art exhibits, theatrical productions, and athletic competitions.

KU has national ranking in many college sports. This past year, our football team was nationally ranked and won the Fed/Ex Orange Bowl Championship and our men's basketball team won the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship. This was our 5th National title in basketball. KU also participates in many other sports in the our conference, the Big XII.

For more information about KU, see the International Student Viewbook and visit the main KU website.

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The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).