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  • Academic programs

    Deans’ offices and department and program offices provide academic advising information and support to students.

    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of the Arts
    Student Academic Services
    Strong Hall
    1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 109
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7518
    Phone: 785-864-3500, Fax: 785-864-5806
    Undergraduate questions: clas109@ku.edu

    School of Allied Health
    KU Medical Center, Mail Stop 2007
    3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    Phone: 913-588-5235, Fax: 913-588-5254, TDD: 913-588-7963
    alliedhealth@kumc.edu

    School of Architecture, Design and Planning
    Marvin Hall
    1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 206
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7626
    Phone: 785-864-4281, Fax: 785-864-5393
    archku@ku.edu

       Design programs
    Art & Design Building
    1467 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 300
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7531
    Phone: 785-864-4401, Fax:
    785-864-4404
    design@ku.edu

    School of Business
    Summerfield Hall
    1300 Sunnyside Ave., Room 20
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
    Phone: 785-864-7500, Fax: 785-864-5369
    bschoolinfo@ku.edu

    School of Education
    Welcome Center
    Joseph R. Pearson Hall
    1122 West Campus Road, Room 208
    Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
    Phone: 785-864-3726, Fax: 785-864-5076 or 785-864-7030
    soe@ku.edu

    School of Engineering
    Eaton Hall
    1520 West 15th St., Room 1
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7605
    Phone: 785-864-3881, Fax: 785-864-5445
    studyengineering@ku.edu

    School of Journalism and Mass Communications
    Stauffer-Flint Hall
    1435 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 210B
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7515
    Phone: 785-864-4755, Fax: 785-864-4396
    jschool@ku.edu

    School of Law
    Green Hall
    1535 West 15th St.
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7608
    Phone: 785-864-4550
    lawadmit@ku.edu

    School of Medicine
    KU Medical Center, Mail Stop 1049
    3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    Phone: 913-588-5200, Fax: 913-588-5259

    School of Music
    Murphy Hall
    1530 Naismith Drive, Room 450
    Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
    Phone: 785-864-2862, Fax: 785-864-5866
    music@ku.edu
    Music Education or Music Therapy
    Murphy Hall
    1530 Naismith Drive, Room 448
    Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
    Phone: 785-864-4784, Fax: 785-864-9640
    memt@ku.edu

    School of Nursing
    KU Medical Center, Mail Stop 2029
    3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    Phone: 913-588-1619, Fax: 913-588-1615
    soninfo@kumc.edu

    School of Pharmacy
    2010 Becker Drive, Room 2050
    Lawrence, KS 66047-1620
    Phone: 785-864-3591, Fax: 785-864-5265
    pharmacy@ku.edu

    School of Social Welfare
    Twente Hall
    1545 Lilac Lane, Room 107
    Lawrence, KS 66045-3129
    Phone: 785-864-8976, Fax: 785-864-5277
    B.S.W. program: admissionsBSW@ku.edu

    Graduate Studies, Lawrence
    Strong Hall
    1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7518
    Phone: 785-864-8040
    graduate@ku.edu

    Graduate Studies, KU Medical Center
    5015 Wescoe Pavilion, Mail Stop 1040
    3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    Phone: 913-588-1238

    KU Edwards Campus
    Director, Recruitment
    12600 Quivira Road
    Overland Park, KS 66213-2402
    Phone: (913) 897-8400
    edwardsinfo@ku.edu
    Academic Advising, Regents Center 111
    Edwards Campus directory of advisers

  • Information and referrals

    KU Info answers questions about campus events and activities, KU services and facilities, and academic policies and procedures. KU Info gets more than 300 questions a day about KU life and beyond. You can call them at 785-864-3506, email them at kuinfo@ku.edu, or stop by any of their 3 campus info desks.

  • Student academic records

    Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

    The Student Records Center, 151 Strong Hall, offers assistance and services.

    • For questions about enrollment, transcripts, or tuition and fees, call 785-864-4423.
    • For questions about residency, call 785-864-4472.
    • For veterans' services, call 785-864-4423.

    The academic transcript lists all KU courses attempted and completed and other academic information. You may order academic transcripts online.

    KU Medical Center

    At KU Medical Center, contact the Office of the Registrar, 3014 Student Center, Mail Stop 4029, 913-588-7055, for information about student records, loan deferments, registration, tuition and fee payment, or veterans' benefits.

    Current KU Medical Center students or alumni of KUMC programs may order transcripts online.

  • Advising

    The primary purpose of undergraduate academic advising is to help students develop meaningful education plans. This includes providing accurate and timely academic and career information so students can make thoughtful decisions to define, evaluate, and pursue the skills and resources needed to achieve their academic and professional goals. Advising helps students understand the differences among the disciplines at KU and provides comprehensive advising information and planning tools. Academic advising educates students about their academic responsibilities by helping them to understand university policies and procedures. Academic advising should contribute to shaping an environment that supports productive relationships among faculty, advisers, and advisees to facilitate lifelong learning.

    The University Advising Center, 126 Strong Hall, 785-864-2834, provides comprehensive individual academic advising for new and continuing students. The center assists students who are undecided, changing majors, or on academic probation, and helps students make the transition to departmental or school advising once they’ve declared a major. Students in freshman-entry schools are advised in their schools. Regular contact between degree-seeking students and faculty advisers is strongly recommended.

    CLAS students with fewer than 90 hours are assigned advisers in the University Advising Center. UAC also provides prelaw and pre-Allied Health advising. The premedical adviser in College Student Academic Services, 109 Strong Hall, assists premedicine, predentistry, preoptometry, pre-physician’s assistant, and preveterinary medicine students. When CLAS students declare majors, they are advised by faculty advisers in their major departments and in 109 Strong Hall. College Student Academic Services provides additional full-time advisers for students who entered KU before fall 1987 and students at all levels who have policy or petition questions or issues. In addition, SAS provides advising for prospective or new transfer seniors and refers them to faculty academic advisers in their majors as soon as possible.

    To contact an adviser on the KU Edwards Campus, call (913) 897-8400 or visit our online adviser directory.

    At KU Medical Center, deans' offices provide academic information and support. Visit the School of Allied Health or the School of Nursing for information.

  • Campuses and communities

    The University of Kansas has educational, research, and service centers throughout Kansas — including the Lawrence campus, the Medical Center campus in Kansas City, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and a public administration program in Topeka, the state capital. The School of Medicine has campuses in Wichita and Salina. KU’s Institute for Life Span Studies has facilities in Lawrence, Parsons, and Kansas City. View KU's Statement of Institutional Mission.

    Lawrence

    Lawrence, Kansas, is a youthful, thriving community with a population of more than 90,000. Lawrence is about 40 miles west of the major metropolitan area of Kansas City and 25 miles east of Topeka, the state capital. The KU campus is in the heart of the city on a wooded ridge called Mount Oread. The 1,000-acre Lawrence campus has 100 major buildings. See the Campus Buildings Directory for a complete list of academic, research, athletic, and residence facilities.

    The tree-lined downtown district a few blocks from campus has an abundance of small specialty shops. Other shopping centers are nearby. The community has 32 public parks, 3 community swimming pools, an arts center, a public library, a community center, and active community education and recreation programs. Theatre Lawrence, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, and Seem-to-Be Players children’s theatre group present music and theatre events. The Lawrence Farmers' Market offers local products Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from mid-April through mid-November. The Lawrence Arts Center offers classes in arts, crafts, music, dance, and other subjects for children and adults, as well as gallery shows. Local galleries sponsor art exhibits.

    KU Edwards Campus, Overland Park

    KU offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kan. A suburb of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, Overland Park has a population of more than 173,000. The Edwards Campus offers late-afternoon and evening classes, catering to working professionals. Construction of a new Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Building is under way. The campus will add 10 new degree programs over the next few years. The Student Success Center provides on-site services through the Academic Achievement and Access Center/Disability Resources, Writing Center, and University Career Center. Jayhawk Central, the student union, includes the KU Bookstores, a pizzeria, a coffee shop, an outdoor seating terrace, and a Wi-Fi environment. View the Mission of the KU Edwards Campus. For more information, call the Edwards Campus at 864-8400 from Lawrence or (913) 897-8400 from other locations.

    KU Medical Center, Kansas City

    Metropolitan Kansas City, about 45 minutes from Lawrence by interstate highway, encompasses 7 counties and 50 municipalities in 2 states. KU Medical Center is centrally located in the metropolitan Kansas City area. It offers educational programs through the Schools of Allied Health, Medicine, and Nursing, and the Office of Graduate Studies. KU's School of Medicine is the nation's most popular medical school, according to a recent analysis by U.S. News. KUMC is involved with teaching, patient care, medical research, and community service. View KUMC's Statement of Institutional Mission.

    Kansas City International Airport provides easy access to the area, and interstate highways provide access to 12 lakes, more than 140 parks, and various vacation and resort areas. Popular cultural attractions include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National World War I Museum, the Sprint Center, the College Basketball Experience, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Union Station. The city offers world-class restaurants and shopping destinations, as well as Kansas City Chiefs football, Royals baseball, Sporting KC soccer, and NASCAR racing at the Kansas Speedway.

    KU Salina Campus

    The KU School of Medicine admits the first class of students to its Salina program in fall 2011. With just 8 students admitted each year, this School of Medicine program is ideal for Kansas students who are self-motivated, independent learners who would enjoy working with a small group of peers for the duration of medical school, and who have a strong desire to practice primary care medicine in rural Kansas.

    Salina is a city of about 50,000 people in north central Kansas. Boasting a blend of big-city amenities and small-town charm, it is home to the nationally recognized Salina Art Center and numerous other arts and cultural organizations, including the annual Smoky Hill River Festival.

    KU Wichita Campus

    The University of Kansas School of Medicine — Wichita offers a Master of Public Health degree program and provides hands-on clinical training to about 110 third- and fourth-year medical students. Plans are under way to expand the M.D. to a 4-year program, educating up to 250 students by 2015. The KU School of Pharmacy offers a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, accepting its first class of 20 in fall 2011 with plans to add 20 students each year through 2014. The Wichita campus provides patient care, service, research, and scholarly activities to improve the health of Kansans in partnership with Kansas communities.

    The largest city in Kansas, Wichita offers many attractions, with 36 museums, 20 live theatres, 35 art galleries, 32 golf courses, more than 1,000 restaurants, distinctive shops, antique stores, and music and arts festivals. The Old Town red-brick warehouse district in downtown Wichita is the centerpiece of the city's nightlife. The annual Wichita River Fest is known for its arts and craft shows on the banks of the Arkansas River. The Wichita Center for the Arts offers classes and workshops for children and adults as well as gallery show.

  • Rankings

    KU's solid academics, outstanding extracurricular programs, winning athletics, and stellar social life garnered praise in the renowned Fiske Guide to Colleges. The guide gives KU 4 stars for academics, social life, and quality of life. “No school has a better balance of academics, athletics and social life,” a student says in the 2011 edition of the guide. KU is the only Kansas university rated.

    KU ranks among the top 50 public universities in the nation for best educational value, according to Princeton Review. The Princeton Review called KU one of the best buys in the Midwest — citing its "perennially low tuition" — and touted the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship, which offers reduced to tuition to qualified out-of-state students who are children or grandchildren of KU alumni.

    Strong academics and research opportunities, supportive faculty, a diverse student body, and a great social scene earned KU a spot in the 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges, a guide published by the Princeton Review. The publication also named KU to its list of “Best in the West” schools. Only the top 10 percent of all the colleges in the nation are profiled in the 2011 edition.

    A recent edition of a college guide for conservatives says KU "offers one of the best state-school educations available." The 2010-11 edition of Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth About America's Top Schools also calls KU "one of the top public universities in the Midwest and one of the more highly regarded public schools in the nation."

    KU graduate programs excel nationally, according to 2011 U.S. News and World Report rankings. City management and urban policy and special education rank No. 1 among public institutions. City management and urban policy also is No. 1 overall among public and private university programs. Special education is No. 2 overall. The School of Education is ninth among publics and 17th overall. The doctoral program in paleontology, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences geology department, was ranked fourth among publics and seventh overall. The School of Law ranked 23rd among public institutions in a new U.S. News listing called "When Lawyers Do the Grading." Only selected academic disciplines are ranked annually. Among undergraduate programs, the School of Business was ranked 35th and the School of Engineering was 46th. KU is among 9 public universities in the nation cited by U.S. News and World Report for having the top study abroad programs, which the publication said education experts agree on as a key ingredient to student success.

    The American Library Association has listed the University of Kansas Libraries as one of the top 50 libraries in the nation by volumes held. KU Libraries is ranked 47th among all U.S. libraries and 25th among public universities in the United States with 4,235,542 total cataloged items available to patrons.

    KU is a member of the Association of American Universities, a select group of 62 leading higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada. The Carnegie Foundation identifies KU as a research university with very high research activity, a classification given to top research institutions in the United States.

    For complete information about KU's national rankings, visit Points of Distinction.

  • Faculty

    KU’s faculty includes 2,460 full-time members. Virtually all KU faculty members in the schools with undergraduate enrollment teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, and 97 percent of full-time faculty members hold the highest degrees awarded in their academic fields.

    KU faculty members are active scholars, expanding the horizons of knowledge in their fields. KU awards distinguished and university teaching professorships to talented faculty members in recognition of their superior accomplishments in teaching and research. Schools and departments also appoint teaching professors, some for limited terms.

    Several programs support outstanding undergraduate teaching. The Board of Class Officers sponsors the annual HOPE (Honor for Outstanding Progressive Educators) Award, presented by students. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers. A number of awards recognize excellent teachers. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the professional schools sponsor awards that recognize outstanding teaching and advising.

  • Students

    KU enrolls students from all 105 Kansas counties, all 50 states, and about 110 other countries. Total fall enrollment in 2010 was 29,462. This was the most diverse student body in KU history, with 14.4 percent of students identifying as American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiple ethnicities. International enrollment increased 11.6 percent to approximately 2,000 students from around the world. About 69 percent of KU students are undergraduates; 68.4 percent are Kansas residents. About 90 percent pursue studies on the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses.

    ACT scores for the 2010 incoming first-year class averaged a record 24.9, far above the national average of 22. A third of the Class of 2014 scored 27 or higher on the ACT examination. 9 KU students earned perfect test scores on the ACT or SAT exam. KU grants almost 3,500 bachelor’s degrees each year.

  • Accreditation

    The University of Kansas is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, (800) 621-7440.

    See the school and College sections of the online catalog for specific program accreditation information.

  • Graduate study

    The University of Kansas is a great place to pursue a graduate degree. KU is one of the nation’s premier research universities — since 1909, one of just 62 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities. KU also boasts 58 nationally ranked graduate academic programs, including 33 ranked among the nation’s top 30 for public universities by U.S. News and World Report (2011). Graduate programs are offered in Lawrence, on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, and at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

    Visit the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

  • Distance education

    The University of Kansas offers approximately 150 courses each semester that are available through distance delivery. Some of these courses support online graduate programs, and others are open to undergraduate degree and nondegree-seeking students. The following programs and courses have recently been offered online. For more information about specific online course options, please contact your academic department of study. Similar to regular courses, the availability of online courses varies by semester and year.

    Online or hybrid graduate programs

    • Master of Social Work hybrid course option
    • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    • Master of Science in Education in Special Education with an emphasis in Transition Education and Services

    Individual courses

    • AAAS 104 Introduction to African American Studies
    • AAAS 105 Introduction to African History
    • AAAS 106 The Black Experience in the Americas
    • AAAS 306 The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation
    • AAAS 349 Islam
    • AAAS 510 Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • AAAS 511 The Civil Rights Movement
    • AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference: Langston Hughes
    • AAAS 811 The Civil Rights Movement
    • ABSC 342 Adult Development and Aging
    • ABSC 405 Children and Media
    • ABSC 626 Psychology of Adolescence
    • AMS 696/ENGL 575 Literature of the American South
    • ANTH 100 General Anthropology
    • ANTH 104 Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology
    • ANTH 293 Myth, Legend, and Folk Belief in East Asia
    • ASTR 394 Quest for Extraterrestrial Life
    • ATMO 105 Introductory Meteorology
    • ATMO 220 Unusual Weather
    • ATMO 321/GEOG 321 Climate and Climate Change
    • BIOL 100 Principles of Biology
    • BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology
    • BIOL 435 Neurobiology
    • BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures
    • BUS 101 Business Majors, Careers, and Professional Skills
    • C&T 359 Basic Processes of Reading
    • C&T 430 Teaching Literature for Young Adults
    • C&T 448 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum
    • C&T 709 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction
    • C&T 730/C&T 830 Understanding Talent
    • C&T 731/C&T 831 Teaching for Talent Development
    • C&T 732 Teaching for Talent in General Education Settings
    • CLSX 148 Greek and Roman Mythology
    • COMS 730 Communication Challenges in Distributed Organizations
    • COMS 930 Organizational Rhetoric
    • EALC 520 Entrepreneurship in East Asia
    • EALC 589 Japan Since 1945
    • EALC 747 Teaching about East Asia
    • ECON 104 Introductory Economics
    • ELPS 450 Foundations of Education
    • ELPS 770 History and Philosophy of Education
    • ELPS 775 Education and Culture in America
    • ENGL 101 Composition
    • ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Environmental Literature
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Plains Literature
    • ENGL 209 Introduction to Fiction
    • ENGL 210 Introduction to Poetry
    • ENGL 211 Introduction to the Drama
    • ENGL 320 American Literature I
    • ENGL 322 American Literature II
    • ENGL 324 Contemporary Authors: Toni Morrison
    • ENGL 332 Shakespeare
    • ENGL 351 Fiction Writing I
    • ENGL 353 Screenwriting I
    • ENGL 362 Foundations of Technical Writing
    • ENGL 466 Literature for Children
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Willa Cather
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Langston Hughes
    • ENGL 506 Science Fiction
    • ENGL 570 Topics in American Literature: Kansas Literature
    • ENGL 575 Literature of the American South
    • ENGL 690 Studies in: Science Fiction Novels
    • EURS 511 Berlin in German Culture
    • EURS 580 Directed Study: Masterpieces of World Literature — Reading Nobel Prize Winners
    • GEOG 102 Principles of Human Geography
    • GEOG 104 Principles of Physical Geography
    • GEOL 105 History of the Earth
    • GEOL 351 Environmental Geology
    • GEOL 751 Physical and Transport Hydrogeology
    • GEOL 753 Chemical and Microbial Hydrology
    • HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
    • HA 267 Art and Culture of Japan
    • HA 535 Impressionism
    • HIST 128 History of the United States Through the Civil War
    • HIST 129 History of the United States After the Civil War
    • HIST 510 History of Medicine
    • HIST 620 History of Kansas
    • HIST 747 East Asian History and Culture for Teachers
    • HSES 244 The History and Foundations of Physical Education
    • HSES 252 The Coaching of Basketball
    • HSES 260 Personal and Community Health
    • HSES 330 Principles of Health and Nutrition
    • HSES 350 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • HSES 482 Drugs in Society
    • HSES 489 Health and Human Sexuality
    • HWC 204 Western Civilization I
    • IST 205 Survey of Information Systems
    • ITAL 335 Italy and the Italians
    • JOUR 310 Visual Communication
    • LAA 302 Special Topics: Kaqchikel Maya Language
    • MATH 101 Algebra
    • MATH 105 Introduction to Topics in Mathematics
    • MATH 115 Calculus I
    • MATH 116 Calculus II
    • MATH 365 Elementary Statistics
    • MEMT 791 Music Education/Music Therapy Techniques: Mainstreaming/Inclusion in Music Education
    • MEMT 816 Current Trends in Music Education
    • MEMT 830 Leadership and Program Development in Music Education
    • MEMT 835 Practical Applications of Advanced Methodology in the Music Classroom
    • MEMT 845 Curriculum Development in Music Education
    • MGMT 743 Legal Environment for Employees
    • MUSC 136/MUSC 336 Masterworks of Music
    • MUSC 298 Introduction to Jazz
    • PHCH 726 Molecular Cell Biology
    • PHCH 744 Organic Chemistry for Pharmacists
    • PHCH 851 Solid-State Formulation and Stability
    • PHCH 863 Pharmaceutical Equilibria
    • PHCH 868 Pharmaceutical Analysis
    • PHCH 871 Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
    • PHCH 921 Chemical Kinetics
    • PHCH 973 Mechanisms of Drug Deterioration and Stablization
    • PHCH 975 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
    • PHIL 310 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
    • PHIL 384 Ancient Philosophy
    • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics
    • POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics
    • POLS 320 Introduction to Public Policy
    • POLS 330 Introduction to Public Administration
    • PORT 300 Brazilian Civilization
    • PORT 348 Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture in Business
    • PRE 305 Development and Learning of the Young Child
    • PRE 306 Development and Learning of the Adolescent
    • PRE 598 Educational Psychology
    • PRE 715 Understanding Research in Education
    • PSYC 102 Orientation Seminar in Psychology
    • PSYC 104 General Psychology
    • PSYC 200 Research Methods
    • PSYC 333 Child Development
    • PSYC 360 Social Psychology
    • PSYC 502 Human Sexuality
    • PSYC 566 Psychology and the Law
    • PSYC 642 The Psychology of Families
    • PUAD 694/PUAD 854 Innovation and Organizational Change
    • PUAD 839 Professional Development Seminar
    • PUAD 845 Organizational Analysis
    • PUAD 852 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
    • PUAD 853 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
    • REL 107 Living Religions of the West
    • REL 124 Understanding the Bible
    • REL 475 Loving Relationships
    • SLAV 508 South Slavic Literature and Civilization
    • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology
    • SOC 130 Comparative Societies
    • SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values
    • SOC 220 Sociology of Families
    • SOC 352 Sociology of Sex Roles
    • SOC 523 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course
    • SPAN 100 Spanish Reading Course
    • SPAN 322 Spanish Grammar: Form and Meaning in Context
    • SPAN 424 Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar
    • SPED 742 Methods and Assessment for Life Skills and Community Based Curricula
    • SPED 261 Families and Professional Partnerships
    • SPED 362/SPED 752 Introduction to the Discipline of Early Childhood Education
    • SPED 663/SPED 753 Assessment in Early Education
    • SPED 664/SPED 734 Inclusive Methods for Infants and Toddlers
    • SPED 707 Adolescents with Disabilities in the Middle/Secondary General Classroom
    • SPED 725 Intro to Psychology and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities
    • SPED 730 Characteristics of Mild to Moderate Disabilities
    • SPED 743 Methods: Functional Behavior Assessment, Positive Behavior Support, and Classroom Management
    • SPED 761 Foundations of PBS
    • SPED 762 Functional Assessment Methods for PBS
    • SPED 763 Development and Implementation of PBS Plans
    • SPED 764 Intervention Strategies for PBS (Part I)
    • SPED 765 Intervention Strategies for PBS (Part II)
    • SPED 766 Redesigning Environmental Systems
    • SPED 767 Creating Positive Lifestyles through PBS
    • SPED 798 Family Involvement and Student Involvement in Transition
    • SPED 798 Interagency Collaboration
    • SPED 798 Introduction to Transition Education and Services
    • SPED 798 Preparing Students for Employment and Postsecondary Education
    • SPED 798 Transition Assessment
    • SPED 856 Transition Education and Services from Childhood through Adulthood
    • SPED 857 Vocational Training and Employment
    • SPED 858 Assessment for Transition Planning
    • SPED 859 Interagency Services for Transition to Adulthood
    • SPLH 261 Survey of Communication Disorders
    • SPLH 764 Seminar in: Communication in Autism
    • SW 310 Managing Stress: Principles and Techniques for Coping, Prevention, and Wellness
    • SW 710 Social Work Practice I
    • SW 711 Social Work Practice II
    • SW 713 Community and Organizational Practice
    • SW 720 Social Policy and Program Analysis
    • SW 730 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    • SW 810 Clinical Social Work Practice
    • SW 811 Topics in Advanced Clinical Social Work
    • SW 842 Using Outcomes for Administrative and Advocacy Practice

    Independent Study

    Independent study has 2 definitions at KU:

    1. Research experience or directed readings independently pursued through an academic department.
    2. Self-paced credit courses managed through the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning.

    Contact your academic department to discuss independent study opportunities to investigate a special research problem or directed readings in an area not covered by regular courses. The KU Center for Online and Distance Learning coordinates Independent Study courses similar to courses taught face-to-face. For-credit Independent Study courses are available in online and media-supplemented versions. Request an Independent Study catalog by contacting 785-864-5823, enroll@ku.edu.

    Independent Study distance education courses are subject to the following requirements:

    Graduate credit

    No graduate credit is given for Independent Study courses outside of those approved and offered by KU under these distance-education guidelines: Distance-learning courses (Internet, interactive television, video, continuing education, and others) may be offered for graduate credit only if they are assigned a line number and taught by a member of the KU Graduate Faculty who is approved by the dean of the school or college offering the course and confirmed by the dean of Graduate Studies.

    Nondegree-seeking graduate students

    A student who has a baccalaureate degree and wishes to take graduate courses but not to earn a graduate degree may enroll as a nondegree-seeking student in Independent Study courses. Many of these courses may be approved for graduate credit. A student admitted for graduate work under nondegree status who subsequently decides to seek a graduate degree may apply for admission as a regular student. Once admitted, the major department must make a recommendation concerning which, if any, of the Independent Study courses already completed may count toward an advanced degree. Transferred credit and graduate Independent Study credit including distance-learning courses together may not exceed 6 hours (8 hours if the student holds a baccalaureate degree from KU), and they must not be the last hours required for the degree. Enrollment in approved distance-learning courses offered through KU cannot be used to fulfill the doctoral residence requirement. For maximum combined distance-learning courses and transferred credits, see Transfer of Credit in Regulations.

    International students

    Most international students are limited by federal regulations to taking one 3-hour Independent Study course each semester to count toward full-time enrollment. For details, contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, 785-864-3617, isss@ku.edu.

  • Law school

    For admission to law school, an applicant must complete a bachelor’s degree and take the Law School Admission Test. Students can register for the LSAT online through the Law School Admission Council. No particular course of undergraduate study is recommended.

    Visit the Prelaw section of the online catalog.

    Visit the School of Law section of the online catalog.

  • Medical school

    Most students complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree and major before entering medical school. Students prepare by taking courses to meet medical school admission requirements, studying to earn mostly A’s and B’s, and volunteering or working in health care settings. They take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and apply for admission to medical schools, usually in the summer between the junior and senior year. Medical schooling is 4 years of graduate-level, professional education and training, followed by a 3-to-5-year residency program.

    The School of Medicine Catalog lists requirements and courses for M.D. degree programs.

    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of the online catalog lists information about premedical preparation.

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  • Commencement

    The University of Kansas holds one formal Commencement ceremony each year. Commencement traditionally begins with a procession of faculty, graduates, and dignitaries along Memorial Drive, down Mount Oread, and into Memorial Stadium. The official Commencement website has more information.

    • Commencement 2011: Sunday, May 22, 2011 (projected date)
    • Commencement 2012: Sunday, May 13, 2012 (projected date)
    • Commencement 2013: Sunday, May 19, 2013 (projected date)
  • Mission

    The Mission of the University of Kansas

    The Statement of Institutional Mission, as approved by the Kansas Board of Regents, appears in University of Kansas Profiles or at the reference desk in Watson Library on the Lawrence campus. It is also available from the University of Kansas, Office of Institutional Research and Planning, Carruth O’Leary Hall, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 339, Lawrence, KS 66045-7521, 785-864-4412; and the University of Kansas, Office of the Provost, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 250, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4904. On the KU Medical Center campus, write or call the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, KU Medical Center, 2nd floor, Murphy Administration Bldg., Mail Stop 2015, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160, 913-588-1400.

    The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. The University of Kansas is the only Kansas Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of 63 public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.

    Lawrence

    Instruction

    The university is committed to offering the highest quality undergraduate, professional and graduate programs, comparable to the best obtainable anywhere in the nation. As the AAU research university of the state, the University of Kansas offers a broad array of advanced graduate study programs and fulfills its mission through faculty, academic and research programs of international distinction and outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the undergraduate experience and are essential for graduate-level education and for research.

    Research

    The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. Research and teaching, as practiced at the University of Kansas, are mutually reinforcing with scholarly inquiry underlying and informing the educational experience at undergraduate, professional, and graduate levels.

    Service

    The university first serves Kansas, then the nation and the world through research, teaching, and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. The university provides service to the state of Kansas through its state- and federally funded research centers. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. Educational, research and service programs are offered throughout the state, including the main campus in Lawrence, the KU health-related degree programs and services in Kansas City and Wichita, as well as the Edwards Campus in Overland Park and other sites in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Topeka and Parsons.

    International Dimension

    The university is dedicated to preparing its students for lives of learning and for the challenges educated citizens will encounter in an increasingly complex and diverse global community. Over 100 programs of international study and cooperative research are available for KU students and faculty at sites throughout the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and the rest of the world. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

    Values

    The university is committed to excellence. It fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

    The University of Kansas Medical Center

    The University of Kansas Medical Center is an integral and unique component of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Board of Regents system. It is composed of

    • School of Medicine -- Kansas City, Wichita and Salina campuses
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Allied Health

    The KU Medical Center trains professionals to meet a wide range of health needs in Kansas — from the critical need for primary care and prevention to the urgent need for highly innovative and specialized clinical care. Further, the Medical Center produces medical scientists who are essential for basic and translational research, supplying the state’s bioscience and biotech workforce and creating economic development. The KU Medical Center serves people throughout the state of Kansas and the region, in rural as well as urban areas. The programs of the KU Medical Center are comprehensive and maintain the high scholarship and academic excellence upon which the University’s reputation is based. The KU Medical Center’s mission is to create an environment for:

    Education. The KU Medical Center educates health care professionals to primarily serve the needs of Kansas as well as the region and the nation. The Medical Center offers high-quality educational experiences to a diverse student population through a full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional, postdoctoral and continuing education programs.

    Research. The KU Medical Center strives to advance the health sciences through internationally recognized research programs in strong basic, clinical, and translational sciences, as well as drug discovery, health services research and public health.

    Patient Care. The KU Medical Center provides exceptional patient care with a focus on quality care and outcomes through hands-on student training, residency programs, affiliations with hospitals and clinics throughout the state, Telemedicine and Telehealth consultations, and student- and faculty-operated clinics to care for the underserved and uninsured.

    Service. The KU Medical Center serves the citizens of Kansas, the region and the nation by developing, implementing and promoting model health care programs, and through numerous charitable, philanthropic and mission-oriented endeavors.

    KU Edwards Campus

    The mission of the Edwards Campus is to bring the high-quality academic programs, research and public service of the University of Kansas to the greater Kansas City community to serve the workforce, economic and community development needs of the region.

    Our Values

    As staff of the KU Edwards Campus, we value:

    • Delivery of high-quality education through the expertise, knowledge and research of KU faculty
    • Our working adult students and their unique needs
    • Service that focuses on meeting students' needs without having to travel to the main campus in Lawrence
    • KU traditions
    • Outreach to the community beyond our academic involvement
    • Our relationship with our expert faculty and their commitment to the students
  • Concerts and recitals

    The Lied Center of Kansas is a multipurpose performing arts facility with a 2,000-seat performing arts hall. It offers outstanding presentations of music, dance, and theatre, as well as lectures by artists and scholars. Purchase tickets online or at the Lied Center Ticket Office, 785-864-2787, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 2 hours before curtain for weekday performances.

    The University Theatre offers information about theatre performances. Ticket orders can be taken by phone at 785-864-3982 or at the University Theatre Ticket Office, 317 Murphy Hall, weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.

    The School of Music, 460 Murphy Hall, 785-864-3436, has information about upcoming concerts and recitals.

    Union Box Office: Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the box office is the main support center for activities and events planned through KU Union Programs. Tickets for SUA events are available, along with discounted tickets to Worlds of Fun and individual stamps. Ticket outlet sales are available to any student organization sponsoring an event open to the KU community. Call 785-864-7469 for more information.

    The KU Edwards Campus offers free cultural and musical performances each semester in a 240-seat auditorium. No tickets are required. For a schedule, visit the Edwards Campus calendar of events.

  • Calendar

    View KU's academic calendars.

    View information about KU Commencement ceremonies.

  • Bookstores

    KU Bookstores in Lawrence are in the Kansas Union, Level 2, 785-864-4640, and in the Burge Union (Law Books), Level 2, 785-864-5697. Call tollfree (800) 458-1111.

    Jayhawk fans in the Kansas City area can shop for KU merchandise and apparel at Jayhawk Central, the KU Edwards Campus bookstore, 12520 Quivira Road, (913) 897-8580. The bookstore also stocks textbooks and supplies for students.

    The KU Medical Center Bookstore is in G014 Orr-Major, Mail Stop 4036, 913-588-2537 or (800) 262-7509.

  • Libraries

    Lawrence

    Library collections at KU contain more than 4.3 million volumes, making KU Libraries one of the top 50 in the country by volumes held. KU Libraries (Watson Library, 1425 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045-7547, 785-864-3956), maintains more than 50,000 current periodicals in paper and electronic format to support the research and teaching needs of the KU community. The libraries hold vast collections of microforms, photographs, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, and other media. The libraries also provide access to a large array of networked bibliographic databases, full-text resources, and the online catalog.

    KU Libraries comprise 8 library facilities. Watson Library houses much of KU’s general collections in the social sciences and humanities, features a recreational reading area, and is home to International Area Studies and the Center for Digital Scholarship. Most science and business materials are in the Anschutz Library, which also houses most government publications and the T.R. Smith Map Collection. The Learning Studio at Anschutz Library provides technology for research and course work; comfortable, flexible furniture configurations and study spaces; and support from experts in research, tutoring, technology, and writing. The Kenneth Spencer Research Library contains manuscripts, rare books, regional history materials, and KU’s archival records with specialized collections in natural history, Irish studies, U.S. radical groups, and many other areas. Other libraries include the Spahr Engineering Library, the Thomas Gorton Music and Dance Library (Murphy Hall), the Murphy Art and Architecture Library (Spencer Museum of Art), and the Library Annex, providing storage for lesser-used library materials.

    KU Edwards Campus

    The Regents Center Library, (913) 897-8570, provides services for KU Edwards Campus students. Come to the front desk for answers to questions, help finding printed and electronic sources, or to order books and articles from the Lawrence or Medical Center campuses.

    KU Medical Center

    Dykes Library of the Health Sciences is among the finest in the Midwest. Its resources include 236,158 print and nonprint volumes, 578 print titles, and 15,152 unique online titles. The library also serves as a place to relax in the lounge, check email, print, and make copies. The Copyright Compliance Office provides support for students and faculty seeking copyright permissions for materials used in papers or presentations.

    The nationally known Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum houses more than 26,000 books and manuscripts, as well as current works in the history of medicine, nursing, and the allied health professions. The library also supports the biomedical ethics and medical humanities curriculum by collecting contemporary secondary works in these areas. Under the auspices of its museum, the library also owns hundreds of medical artifacts.

    Library access

    KU libraries are available to Kansas residents and many other users. For information, visit the KU Libraries website.

  • Museums

    The permanent collection of Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., 785-864-4710, spencerart@ku.edu, is deep and diverse, numbering nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. The museum currently is integrating into its holdings a large ethnographic collection that includes Native American, African, Latin American and Australian objects. Through its collection, exhibitions, and public programming, the Spencer presents distinctive opportunities for dialogue, scholarship, and reflection. Museum hours are

    • Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 pm.
    • Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
    • Closed Mondays

    The Natural History Museum, Dyche Hall, 785-864-4540, naturalhistory@ku.edu, part of the Biodiversity Institute, offers educational programs and exhibits that focus on the biological diversity, past and present, of Kansas and the Great Plains. For more than 140 years scientists and students from the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center have collected and studied life on Earth. One of the world’s most comprehensive biodiversity research resources, the Biodiversity Institute now cares for more than 8 million specimens of plants and animals — prehistoric to living species, microscopic to colossal — gathered from every continent and ocean. Collections include DNA samples, sound recordings, images, and field notes. Museum hours are

    • Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 pm.
    • Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
    • Closed Mondays

    The Wilcox Classical Museum, 103 Lippincott Hall, wilcox@ku.edu, houses collections of plaster casts of Greek and Roman Sculpture and Greek and Roman antiquities. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year. It is not open during the summer or during university holidays.

  • Safety

    The annual security report about KU safety policies, crime statistics, and campus resources is available online or on paper by contacting the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 133, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4060.

    KU Medical Center’s security report is available online.

    The KU Edwards Campus security report is available online.

  • Academic programs

    Deans’ offices and department and program offices provide academic advising information and support to students.

    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of the Arts
    College Office of Graduate Affairs
    Strong Hall
    1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 108
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7518
    Phone: 785-864-4147, Fax: 785-864-5331
    Graduate questions: coga@ku.edu

    School of Allied Health
    KU Medical Center, Mail Stop 2007
    3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    Phone: 913-588-5235, Fax: 913-588-5254, TDD: 913-588-7963
    alliedhealth@kumc.edu

    School of Architecture, Design and Planning
    Marvin Hall
    1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 206
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7626
    Phone: 785-864-4281, Fax: 785-864-5393
    archku@ku.edu

       Design programs
    Art & Design Building
    1467 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 300
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7531
    Phone: 785-864-4401, Fax:
    785-864-4404
    design@ku.edu

    School of Business
    Summerfield Hall
    1300 Sunnyside Ave., Room 20
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
    Phone: 785-864-7500, Fax: 785-864-5369
    bschoolinfo@ku.edu

    School of Education
    Welcome Center
    Joseph R. Pearson Hall
    1122 West Campus Road, Room 208
    Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
    Phone: 785-864-3726, Fax: 785-864-5076 or 785-864-7030
    soe@ku.edu

    School of Engineering
    Eaton Hall
    1520 West 15th St., Room 1
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7605
    Phone: 785-864-3881, Fax: 785-864-5445
    studyengineering@ku.edu

    School of Journalism and Mass Communications
    Stauffer-Flint Hall
    1435 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 200
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7515
    Phone: 785-864-4755, Fax: 785-864-4396
    jschool@ku.edu

    School of Law
    Green Hall
    1535 West 15th St.
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7608
    Phone: 785-864-4550
    lawadmit@ku.edu

    School of Medicine
    KU Medical Center, Mail Stop 1049
    3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    Phone: 913-588-5200, Fax: 913-588-5259

    School of Music
    Murphy Hall
    1530 Naismith Drive, Room 450
    Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
    Phone: 785-864-2862, Fax: 785-864-5866
    music@ku.edu
    Music Education or Music Therapy
    Murphy Hall
    1530 Naismith Drive, Room 448
    Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
    Phone: 785-864-4784, Fax: 785-864-9640
    memt@ku.edu

    School of Nursing
    KU Medical Center, Mail Stop 2029
    3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    Phone: 913-588-1619, Fax: 913-588-1615
    soninfo@kumc.edu

    School of Pharmacy
    2010 Becker Drive, Room 2050
    Lawrence, KS 66047-1620
    Phone: 785-864-3591, Fax: 785-864-5265
    pharmacy@ku.edu

    School of Social Welfare
    Twente Hall
    1545 Lilac Lane, Room 107
    Lawrence, KS 66045-3129
    Phone: 785-864-8976, Fax: 785-864-5277
    M.S.W. program: admissionsmsw@ku.edu
    Ph.D. program: admissionsw-phd@ku.edu

    Graduate Studies, Lawrence
    Strong Hall
    1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
    Lawrence, KS 66045-7518
    Phone: 785-864-8040
    graduate@ku.edu

    Graduate Studies, KU Medical Center
    5015 Wescoe Pavilion, Mail Stop 1040
    3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    Phone: 913-588-1238

    KU Edwards Campus
    Director, Recruitment
    12600 Quivira Road
    Overland Park, KS 66213-2402
    Phone: (913) 897-8400
    edwardsinfo@ku.edu
    Academic Advising, Regents Center 111
    Edwards Campus directory of advisers

  • Information and referrals

    KU Info answers questions about campus events and activities, KU services and facilities, and academic policies and procedures. KU Info gets more than 300 questions a day about KU life and beyond. You can call them at 785-864-3506, email them at kuinfo@ku.edu, or stop by any of their 3 campus info desks.

  • Student academic records

    Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

    The Student Records Center, 151 Strong Hall, offers assistance and services.

    • For questions about enrollment, transcripts, or tuition and fees, call 785-864-4423.
    • For questions about residency, call 785-864-4472.
    • For veterans' services, call 785-864-4423.

    The academic transcript lists all KU courses attempted and completed and other academic information. You may order academic transcripts online.

    KU Medical Center

    At KU Medical Center, contact the Office of the Registrar, 3014 Student Center, Mail Stop 4029, 913-588-7055, for information about student records, loan deferments, registration, tuition and fee payment, or veterans' benefits.

    Current KU Medical Center students or alumni of KUMC programs order transcripts from the Office of the Registrar, KU Medical Center, 3013 Student Center, Mail Stop 4029, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.

  • Campuses and communities

    The University of Kansas has educational, research, and service centers throughout Kansas — including the Lawrence campus, the Medical Center campus in Kansas City, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and a public administration program in Topeka, the state capital. The School of Medicine has campuses in Wichita and Salina. KU’s Institute for Life Span Studies has facilities in Lawrence, Parsons, and Kansas City. View KU's Statement of Institutional Mission.

    Lawrence

    Lawrence, Kansas, is a youthful, thriving community with a population of more than 90,000. Lawrence is about 40 miles west of the major metropolitan area of Kansas City and 25 miles east of Topeka, the state capital. The KU campus is in the heart of the city on a wooded ridge called Mount Oread. The 1,000-acre Lawrence campus has 100 major buildings. See the Campus Buildings Directory for a complete list of academic, research, athletic, and residence facilities.

    The tree-lined downtown district a few blocks from campus has an abundance of small specialty shops. Other shopping centers are nearby. The community has 32 public parks, 3 community swimming pools, an arts center, a public library, a community center, and active community education and recreation programs. Theatre Lawrence, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, and Seem-to-Be Players children’s theatre group present music and theatre events. The Lawrence Farmers' Market offers local products Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from mid-April through mid-November. The Lawrence Arts Center offers classes in arts, crafts, music, dance, and other subjects for children and adults, as well as gallery shows. Local galleries sponsor art exhibits.

    KU Edwards Campus, Overland Park

    KU offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kan. A suburb of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, Overland Park has a population of more than 173,000. The Edwards Campus offers late-afternoon and evening classes, catering to working professionals. Construction of a new Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Building is under way. The campus will add 10 new degree programs over the next few years. The Student Success Center provides on-site services through the Academic Achievement and Access Center/Disability Resources, Writing Center, and University Career Center. Jayhawk Central, the student union, includes the KU Bookstores, a pizzeria, a coffee shop, an outdoor seating terrace, and a Wi-Fi environment. View the Mission of the KU Edwards Campus. For more information, call the Edwards Campus at 864-8400 from Lawrence or (913) 897-8400 from other locations.

    KU Medical Center, Kansas City

    Metropolitan Kansas City, about 45 minutes from Lawrence by interstate highway, encompasses 7 counties and 50 municipalities in 2 states. KU Medical Center is centrally located in the metropolitan Kansas City area. It offers educational programs through the Schools of Allied Health, Medicine, and Nursing, and the Office of Graduate Studies. KU's School of Medicine is the nation's most popular medical school, according to a recent analysis by U.S. News. KUMC is involved with teaching, patient care, medical research, and community service. View KUMC's Statement of Institutional Mission.

    Kansas City International Airport provides easy access to the area, and interstate highways provide access to 12 lakes, more than 140 parks, and various vacation and resort areas. Popular cultural attractions include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National World War I Museum, the Sprint Center, the College Basketball Experience, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Union Station. The city offers world-class restaurants and shopping destinations, as well as Kansas City Chiefs football, Royals baseball, Sporting KC soccer, and NASCAR racing at the Kansas Speedway.

    KU Salina Campus

    The KU School of Medicine admits the first class of students to its Salina program in fall 2011. With just 8 students admitted each year, this School of Medicine program is ideal for Kansas students who are self-motivated, independent learners who would enjoy working with a small group of peers for the duration of medical school, and who have a strong desire to practice primary care medicine in rural Kansas.

    Salina is a city of about 50,000 people in north central Kansas. Boasting a blend of big-city amenities and small-town charm, it is home to the nationally recognized Salina Art Center and numerous other arts and cultural organizations, including the annual Smoky Hill River Festival.

    KU Wichita Campus

    The University of Kansas School of Medicine — Wichita offers a Master of Public Health degree program and provides hands-on clinical training to about 110 third- and fourth-year medical students. Plans are under way to expand the M.D. to a 4-year program, educating up to 250 students by 2015. The KU School of Pharmacy offers a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program, accepting its first class of 20 in fall 2011 with plans to add 20 students each year through 2014. The Wichita campus provides patient care, service, research, and scholarly activities to improve the health of Kansans in partnership with Kansas communities.

    The largest city in Kansas, Wichita offers many attractions, with 36 museums, 20 live theatres, 35 art galleries, 32 golf courses, more than 1,000 restaurants, distinctive shops, antique stores, and music and arts festivals. The Old Town red-brick warehouse district in downtown Wichita is the centerpiece of the city's nightlife. The annual Wichita River Fest is known for its arts and craft shows on the banks of the Arkansas River. The Wichita Center for the Arts offers classes and workshops for children and adults as well as gallery show.

  • Rankings

    KU's solid academics, outstanding extracurricular programs, winning athletics, and stellar social life garnered praise in the renowned Fiske Guide to Colleges. The guide gives KU 4 stars for academics, social life, and quality of life. “No school has a better balance of academics, athletics and social life,” a student says in the 2011 edition of the guide. KU is the only Kansas university rated.

    KU ranks among the top 50 public universities in the nation for best educational value, according to Princeton Review. The Princeton Review called KU one of the best buys in the Midwest — citing its "perennially low tuition" — and touted the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship, which offers reduced to tuition to qualified out-of-state students who are children or grandchildren of KU alumni.

    Strong academics and research opportunities, supportive faculty, a diverse student body, and a great social scene earned KU a spot in the 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges, a guide published by the Princeton Review. The publication also named KU to its list of “Best in the West” schools. Only the top 10 percent of all the colleges in the nation are profiled in the 2011 edition.

    A recent edition of a college guide for conservatives says KU "offers one of the best state-school educations available." The 2010-11 edition of Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth About America's Top Schools also calls KU "one of the top public universities in the Midwest and one of the more highly regarded public schools in the nation."

    KU graduate programs excel nationally, according to 2011 U.S. News and World Report rankings. City management and urban policy and special education rank No. 1 among public institutions. City management and urban policy also is No. 1 overall among public and private university programs. Special education is No. 2 overall. The School of Education is ninth among publics and 17th overall. The doctoral program in paleontology, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences geology department, was ranked fourth among publics and seventh overall. The School of Law ranked 23rd among public institutions in a new U.S. News listing called "When Lawyers Do the Grading." Only selected academic disciplines are ranked annually. Among undergraduate programs, the School of Business was ranked 35th and the School of Engineering was 46th. KU is among 9 public universities in the nation cited by U.S. News and World Report for having the top study abroad programs, which the publication said education experts agree on as a key ingredient to student success.

    The American Library Association has listed the University of Kansas Libraries as one of the top 50 libraries in the nation by volumes held. KU Libraries is ranked 47th among all U.S. libraries and 25th among public universities in the United States with 4,235,542 total cataloged items available to patrons.

    KU is a member of the Association of American Universities, a select group of 62 leading higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada. The Carnegie Foundation identifies KU as a research university with very high research activity, a classification given to top research institutions in the United States.

    For complete information about KU's national rankings, visit Points of Distinction.

  • Faculty

    KU’s faculty includes 2,460 full-time members. Virtually all KU faculty members in the schools with undergraduate enrollment teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, and 97 percent of full-time faculty members hold the highest degrees awarded in their academic fields.

    KU faculty members are active scholars, expanding the horizons of knowledge in their fields. KU awards distinguished and university teaching professorships to talented faculty members in recognition of their superior accomplishments in teaching and research. Schools and departments also appoint teaching professors, some for limited terms.

    Several programs support outstanding undergraduate teaching. The Board of Class Officers sponsors the annual HOPE (Honor for Outstanding Progressive Educators) Award, presented by students. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers. A number of awards recognize excellent teachers. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the professional schools sponsor awards that recognize outstanding teaching and advising.

  • Students

    KU enrolls students from all 105 Kansas counties, all 50 states, and about 110 other countries. Total fall enrollment in 2010 was 29,462. This was the most diverse student body in KU history, with 14.4 percent of students identifying as American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiple ethnicities. International enrollment increased 11.6 percent to approximately 2,000 students from around the world. About 69 percent of KU students are undergraduates; 68.4 percent are Kansas residents. About 90 percent pursue studies on the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses.

    KU awards more than 250 doctorates each year and offers graduate degrees in more than 80 different subjects. About 31 percent of KU students are working toward graduate degrees. More than 9,000 students are enrolled in graduate and first-professional programs on all KU campuses, part of a legacy of scholarship that dates to KU’s first doctoral degree, awarded in 1895.

  • Accreditation

    The University of Kansas is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, (800) 621-7440.

    See the school and College sections of the online catalog for specific program accreditation information.

  • Graduate study

    The University of Kansas is a great place to pursue a graduate degree. KU is one of the nation’s premier research universities — since 1909, one of just 62 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities. KU also boasts 58 nationally ranked graduate academic programs, including 33 ranked among the nation’s top 30 for public universities by U.S. News and World Report (2011).

    KU awards more than 250 doctorates each year and offers graduate degrees in more than 80 different subjects. More than 6,000 students are enrolled in graduate and first-professional programs, part of a legacy of scholarship that dates to KU’s first doctoral degree, awarded in 1895. Graduate programs are offered in Lawrence, on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, and at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

    For more information about KU, graduate degree programs, and to apply for admission on the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses, contact Graduate Studies, 785-864-8040, graduate@ku.edu.

    • The University of Kansas
    • Graduate Studies Office
    • Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213
    • Lawrence, KS 66045-7518

    To apply for admission on the KU Medical Center campus, contact KUMC Graduate Studies, 913-588-1238.

    • Office of Graduate Studies
    • KU Medical Center
    • 5015 Wescoe Pavilion, Mail Stop 1040
    • 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    • Kansas City, KS 66160 

    Visit the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

  • Distance education

    The University of Kansas offers approximately 150 courses each semester that are available through distance delivery. Some of these courses support online graduate programs, and others are open to undergraduate degree and nondegree-seeking students. The following programs and courses have recently been offered online. For more information about specific online course options, please contact your academic department of study. Similar to regular courses, the availability of online courses varies by semester and year.

    Online or hybrid graduate programs

    • Master of Social Work hybrid course option
    • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    • Master of Science in Education in Special Education with an emphasis in Transition Education and Services

    Individual courses

    • AAAS 104 Introduction to African American Studies
    • AAAS 105 Introduction to African History
    • AAAS 106 The Black Experience in the Americas
    • AAAS 306 The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation
    • AAAS 349 Islam
    • AAAS 510 Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations
    • AAAS 511 The Civil Rights Movement
    • AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference: Langston Hughes
    • AAAS 811 The Civil Rights Movement
    • ABSC 342 Adult Development and Aging
    • ABSC 405 Children and Media
    • ABSC 626 Psychology of Adolescence
    • AMS 696/ENGL 575 Literature of the American South
    • ANTH 100 General Anthropology
    • ANTH 104 Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology
    • ANTH 293 Myth, Legend, and Folk Belief in East Asia
    • ASTR 394 Quest for Extraterrestrial Life
    • ATMO 105 Introductory Meteorology
    • ATMO 220 Unusual Weather
    • ATMO 321/GEOG 321 Climate and Climate Change
    • BIOL 100 Principles of Biology
    • BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology
    • BIOL 435 Neurobiology
    • BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures
    • BUS 101 Business Majors, Careers, and Professional Skills
    • C&T 359 Basic Processes of Reading
    • C&T 430 Teaching Literature for Young Adults
    • C&T 448 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum
    • C&T 709 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction
    • C&T 730/C&T 830 Understanding Talent
    • C&T 731/C&T 831 Teaching for Talent Development
    • C&T 732 Teaching for Talent in General Education Settings
    • CLSX 148 Greek and Roman Mythology
    • COMS 730 Communication Challenges in Distributed Organizations
    • COMS 930 Organizational Rhetoric
    • EALC 520 Entrepreneurship in East Asia
    • EALC 589 Japan Since 1945
    • EALC 747 Teaching about East Asia
    • ECON 104 Introductory Economics
    • ELPS 450 Foundations of Education
    • ELPS 770 History and Philosophy of Education
    • ELPS 775 Education and Culture in America
    • ENGL 101 Composition
    • ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Environmental Literature
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Plains Literature
    • ENGL 209 Introduction to Fiction
    • ENGL 210 Introduction to Poetry
    • ENGL 211 Introduction to the Drama
    • ENGL 320 American Literature I
    • ENGL 322 American Literature II
    • ENGL 324 Contemporary Authors: Toni Morrison
    • ENGL 332 Shakespeare
    • ENGL 351 Fiction Writing I
    • ENGL 353 Screenwriting I
    • ENGL 362 Foundations of Technical Writing
    • ENGL 466 Literature for Children
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Willa Cather
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Langston Hughes
    • ENGL 506 Science Fiction
    • ENGL 570 Topics in American Literature: Kansas Literature
    • ENGL 575 Literature of the American South
    • ENGL 690 Studies in: Science Fiction Novels
    • EURS 511 Berlin in German Culture
    • EURS 580 Directed Study: Masterpieces of World Literature — Reading Nobel Prize Winners
    • GEOG 102 Principles of Human Geography
    • GEOG 104 Principles of Physical Geography
    • GEOL 105 History of the Earth
    • GEOL 351 Environmental Geology
    • GEOL 751 Physical and Transport Hydrogeology
    • GEOL 753 Chemical and Microbial Hydrology
    • HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
    • HA 267 Art and Culture of Japan
    • HA 535 Impressionism
    • HIST 128 History of the United States Through the Civil War
    • HIST 129 History of the United States After the Civil War
    • HIST 510 History of Medicine
    • HIST 620 History of Kansas
    • HIST 747 East Asian History and Culture for Teachers
    • HSES 244 The History and Foundations of Physical Education
    • HSES 252 The Coaching of Basketball
    • HSES 260 Personal and Community Health
    • HSES 330 Principles of Health and Nutrition
    • HSES 350 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
    • HSES 482 Drugs in Society
    • HSES 489 Health and Human Sexuality
    • HWC 204 Western Civilization I
    • IST 205 Survey of Information Systems
    • ITAL 335 Italy and the Italians
    • JOUR 310 Visual Communication
    • LAA 302 Special Topics: Kaqchikel Maya Language
    • MATH 101 Algebra
    • MATH 105 Introduction to Topics in Mathematics
    • MATH 115 Calculus I
    • MATH 116 Calculus II
    • MATH 365 Elementary Statistics
    • MEMT 791 Music Education/Music Therapy Techniques: Mainstreaming/Inclusion in Music Education
    • MEMT 816 Current Trends in Music Education
    • MEMT 830 Leadership and Program Development in Music Education
    • MEMT 835 Practical Applications of Advanced Methodology in the Music Classroom
    • MEMT 845 Curriculum Development in Music Education
    • MGMT 743 Legal Environment for Employees
    • MUSC 136/MUSC 336 Masterworks of Music
    • MUSC 298 Introduction to Jazz
    • PHCH 726 Molecular Cell Biology
    • PHCH 744 Organic Chemistry for Pharmacists
    • PHCH 851 Solid-State Formulation and Stability
    • PHCH 863 Pharmaceutical Equilibria
    • PHCH 868 Pharmaceutical Analysis
    • PHCH 871 Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
    • PHCH 921 Chemical Kinetics
    • PHCH 973 Mechanisms of Drug Deterioration and Stablization
    • PHCH 975 Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
    • PHIL 310 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
    • PHIL 384 Ancient Philosophy
    • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics
    • POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics
    • POLS 320 Introduction to Public Policy
    • POLS 330 Introduction to Public Administration
    • PORT 300 Brazilian Civilization
    • PORT 348 Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture in Business
    • PRE 305 Development and Learning of the Young Child
    • PRE 306 Development and Learning of the Adolescent
    • PRE 598 Educational Psychology
    • PRE 715 Understanding Research in Education
    • PSYC 102 Orientation Seminar in Psychology
    • PSYC 104 General Psychology
    • PSYC 200 Research Methods
    • PSYC 333 Child Development
    • PSYC 360 Social Psychology
    • PSYC 502 Human Sexuality
    • PSYC 566 Psychology and the Law
    • PSYC 642 The Psychology of Families
    • PUAD 694/PUAD 854 Innovation and Organizational Change
    • PUAD 839 Professional Development Seminar
    • PUAD 845 Organizational Analysis
    • PUAD 852 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
    • PUAD 853 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
    • REL 107 Living Religions of the West
    • REL 124 Understanding the Bible
    • REL 475 Loving Relationships
    • SLAV 508 South Slavic Literature and Civilization
    • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology
    • SOC 130 Comparative Societies
    • SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values
    • SOC 220 Sociology of Families
    • SOC 352 Sociology of Sex Roles
    • SOC 523 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course
    • SPAN 100 Spanish Reading Course
    • SPAN 322 Spanish Grammar: Form and Meaning in Context
    • SPAN 424 Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar
    • SPED 742 Methods and Assessment for Life Skills and Community Based Curricula
    • SPED 261 Families and Professional Partnerships
    • SPED 362/SPED 752 Introduction to the Discipline of Early Childhood Education
    • SPED 663/SPED 753 Assessment in Early Education
    • SPED 664/SPED 734 Inclusive Methods for Infants and Toddlers
    • SPED 707 Adolescents with Disabilities in the Middle/Secondary General Classroom
    • SPED 725 Intro to Psychology and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities
    • SPED 730 Characteristics of Mild to Moderate Disabilities
    • SPED 743 Methods: Functional Behavior Assessment, Positive Behavior Support, and Classroom Management
    • SPED 761 Foundations of PBS
    • SPED 762 Functional Assessment Methods for PBS
    • SPED 763 Development and Implementation of PBS Plans
    • SPED 764 Intervention Strategies for PBS (Part I)
    • SPED 765 Intervention Strategies for PBS (Part II)
    • SPED 766 Redesigning Environmental Systems
    • SPED 767 Creating Positive Lifestyles through PBS
    • SPED 798 Family Involvement and Student Involvement in Transition
    • SPED 798 Interagency Collaboration
    • SPED 798 Introduction to Transition Education and Services
    • SPED 798 Preparing Students for Employment and Postsecondary Education
    • SPED 798 Transition Assessment
    • SPED 856 Transition Education and Services from Childhood through Adulthood
    • SPED 857 Vocational Training and Employment
    • SPED 858 Assessment for Transition Planning
    • SPED 859 Interagency Services for Transition to Adulthood
    • SPLH 261 Survey of Communication Disorders
    • SPLH 764 Seminar in: Communication in Autism
    • SW 310 Managing Stress: Principles and Techniques for Coping, Prevention, and Wellness
    • SW 710 Social Work Practice I
    • SW 711 Social Work Practice II
    • SW 713 Community and Organizational Practice
    • SW 720 Social Policy and Program Analysis
    • SW 730 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    • SW 810 Clinical Social Work Practice
    • SW 811 Topics in Advanced Clinical Social Work
    • SW 842 Using Outcomes for Administrative and Advocacy Practice

    Independent Study

    Independent study has 2 definitions at KU:

    1. Research experience or directed readings independently pursued through an academic department.
    2. Self-paced credit courses managed through the KU Center for Online and Distance Learning.

    Contact your academic department to discuss independent study opportunities to investigate a special research problem or directed readings in an area not covered by regular courses. The KU Center for Online and Distance Learning coordinates Independent Study courses similar to courses taught face-to-face. For-credit Independent Study courses are available in online and media-supplemented versions. Request an Independent Study catalog by contacting 785-864-5823, enroll@ku.edu.

    Independent Study distance education courses are subject to the following requirements:

    Graduate credit

    No graduate credit is given for Independent Study courses outside of those approved and offered by KU under these distance-education guidelines: Distance-learning courses (Internet, interactive television, video, continuing education, and others) may be offered for graduate credit only if they are assigned a line number and taught by a member of the KU Graduate Faculty who is approved by the dean of the school or college offering the course and confirmed by the dean of Graduate Studies.

    Nondegree-seeking graduate students

    A student who has a baccalaureate degree and wishes to take graduate courses but not to earn a graduate degree may enroll as a nondegree-seeking student in Independent Study courses. Many of these courses may be approved for graduate credit. A student admitted for graduate work under nondegree status who subsequently decides to seek a graduate degree may apply for admission as a regular student. Once admitted, the major department must make a recommendation concerning which, if any, of the Independent Study courses already completed may count toward an advanced degree. Transferred credit and graduate Independent Study credit including distance-learning courses together may not exceed 6 hours (8 hours if the student holds a baccalaureate degree from KU), and they must not be the last hours required for the degree. Enrollment in approved distance-learning courses offered through KU cannot be used to fulfill the doctoral residence requirement. For maximum combined distance-learning courses and transferred credits, see Transfer of Credit in Regulations.

    International students

    Most international students are limited by federal regulations to taking one 3-hour Independent Study course each semester to count toward full-time enrollment. For details, contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, 785-864-3617, isss@ku.edu.

  • Law school

    For admission to law school, an applicant must complete a bachelor’s degree and take the Law School Admission Test. Students can register for the LSAT online through the Law School Admission Council. No particular course of undergraduate study is recommended.

    The KU School of Law, Green Hall, 785-864-4550, is an excellent place to pursue professional legal education. The school’s primary mission is to prepare its students to be outstanding members of the legal profession, well educated in the law and committed to professional achievement and public service.

    • The University of Kansas
    • School of Law
    • 1535 West 15th St.
    • Lawrence, KS 66045-7608

    Visit the School of Law section of the online catalog.

  • Medical school

    Most students complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree and major before entering medical school. Students prepare by taking courses to meet medical school admission requirements, studying to earn mostly A’s and B’s, and volunteering or working in health care settings. They take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and apply for admission to medical schools, usually in the summer between the junior and senior year. Medical schooling is 4 years of graduate-level, professional education and training, followed by a 3-to-5-year residency program.

    Founded in 1905, the KU School of Medicine, KU Medical Center, 913-588-5200, is proud of its rich legacy as Kansas' only medical school and its international reputation as a leader in biomedical research. KU is the nation's most popular medical school, according to a recent analysis by U.S. News. KU medical students learn basic and clinical sciences from those on the cutting edge of discovery.

    • The University of Kansas
    • School of Medicine
    • Mail Stop 1049
    • 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    • Kansas City, KS 66160

    The School of Medicine Catalog lists requirements and courses for M.D. degree programs.

    The School of Medicine section of the online catalog lists requirements and courses for master's, doctoral, and combined M.D./Ph.D. programs in medicine.

    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of the online catalog lists information about premedical preparation.

  • Commencement

    The University of Kansas holds one formal Commencement ceremony each year. Commencement traditionally begins with a procession of faculty, graduates, and dignitaries along Memorial Drive, down Mount Oread, and into Memorial Stadium. The official Commencement website has more information. Visit the Graduate Studies website for information about the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

    • Commencement 2011: Sunday, May 22, 2011 (projected date)
    • Commencement 2012: Sunday, May 13, 2012 (projected date)
    • Commencement 2013: Sunday, May 19, 2013 (projected date)
  • Mission

    The Mission of the University of Kansas

    The Statement of Institutional Mission, as approved by the Kansas Board of Regents, appears in University of Kansas Profiles or at the reference desk in Watson Library on the Lawrence campus. It is also available from the University of Kansas, Office of Institutional Research and Planning, Carruth O’Leary Hall, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 339, Lawrence, KS 66045-7521, 785-864-4412; and the University of Kansas, Office of the Provost, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 250, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4904. On the KU Medical Center campus, write or call the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, KU Medical Center, 2nd floor, Murphy Administration Bldg., Mail Stop 2015, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160, 913-588-1400.

    The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. The University of Kansas is the only Kansas Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of 63 public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally.

    Lawrence

    Instruction

    The university is committed to offering the highest quality undergraduate, professional and graduate programs, comparable to the best obtainable anywhere in the nation. As the AAU research university of the state, the University of Kansas offers a broad array of advanced graduate study programs and fulfills its mission through faculty, academic and research programs of international distinction and outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the undergraduate experience and are essential for graduate-level education and for research.

    Research

    The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. Research and teaching, as practiced at the University of Kansas, are mutually reinforcing with scholarly inquiry underlying and informing the educational experience at undergraduate, professional, and graduate levels.

    Service

    The university first serves Kansas, then the nation and the world through research, teaching, and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. The university provides service to the state of Kansas through its state- and federally funded research centers. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. Educational, research and service programs are offered throughout the state, including the main campus in Lawrence, the KU health-related degree programs and services in Kansas City and Wichita, as well as the Edwards Campus in Overland Park and other sites in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Topeka and Parsons.

    International Dimension

    The university is dedicated to preparing its students for lives of learning and for the challenges educated citizens will encounter in an increasingly complex and diverse global community. Over 100 programs of international study and cooperative research are available for KU students and faculty at sites throughout the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and the rest of the world. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

    Values

    The university is committed to excellence. It fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

    The University of Kansas Medical Center

    The University of Kansas Medical Center is an integral and unique component of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Board of Regents system. It is composed of

    • School of Medicine -- Kansas City, Wichita and Salina campuses
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Allied Health

    The KU Medical Center trains professionals to meet a wide range of health needs in Kansas — from the critical need for primary care and prevention to the urgent need for highly innovative and specialized clinical care. Further, the Medical Center produces medical scientists who are essential for basic and translational research, supplying the state’s bioscience and biotech workforce and creating economic development. The KU Medical Center serves people throughout the state of Kansas and the region, in rural as well as urban areas. The programs of the KU Medical Center are comprehensive and maintain the high scholarship and academic excellence upon which the University’s reputation is based. The KU Medical Center’s mission is to create an environment for:

    Education. The KU Medical Center educates health care professionals to primarily serve the needs of Kansas as well as the region and the nation. The Medical Center offers high-quality educational experiences to a diverse student population through a full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional, postdoctoral and continuing education programs.

    Research. The KU Medical Center strives to advance the health sciences through internationally recognized research programs in strong basic, clinical, and translational sciences, as well as drug discovery, health services research and public health.

    Patient Care. The KU Medical Center provides exceptional patient care with a focus on quality care and outcomes through hands-on student training, residency programs, affiliations with hospitals and clinics throughout the state, Telemedicine and Telehealth consultations, and student- and faculty-operated clinics to care for the underserved and uninsured.

    Service. The KU Medical Center serves the citizens of Kansas, the region and the nation by developing, implementing and promoting model health care programs, and through numerous charitable, philanthropic and mission-oriented endeavors.

    KU Edwards Campus

    The mission of the Edwards Campus is to bring the high-quality academic programs, research and public service of the University of Kansas to the greater Kansas City community to serve the workforce, economic and community development needs of the region.

    Our Values

    As staff of the KU Edwards Campus, we value:

    • Delivery of high-quality education through the expertise, knowledge and research of KU faculty
    • Our working adult students and their unique needs
    • Service that focuses on meeting students' needs without having to travel to the main campus in Lawrence
    • KU traditions
    • Outreach to the community beyond our academic involvement
    • Our relationship with our expert faculty and their commitment to the students
  • Concerts and recitals

    The Lied Center of Kansas is a multipurpose performing arts facility with a 2,000-seat performing arts hall. It offers outstanding presentations of music, dance, and theatre, as well as lectures by artists and scholars. Purchase tickets online or at the Lied Center Ticket Office, 785-864-2787, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 2 hours before curtain for weekday performances.

    The University Theatre offers information about theatre performances. Ticket orders can be taken by phone at 785-864-3982 or at the University Theatre Ticket Office, 317 Murphy Hall, weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.

    The School of Music, 460 Murphy Hall, 785-864-3436, has information about upcoming concerts and recitals.

    Union Box Office: Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the box office is the main support center for activities and events planned through KU Union Programs. Tickets for SUA events are available, along with discounted tickets to Worlds of Fun and individual stamps. Ticket outlet sales are available to any student organization sponsoring an event open to the KU community. Call 785-864-7469 for more information.

    The KU Edwards Campus offers free cultural and musical performances each semester in a 240-seat auditorium. No tickets are required. For a schedule, visit the Edwards Campus calendar of events.

  • Calendar

    View KU's academic calendars.

    View information about KU Commencement ceremonies.

    Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

    The Graduate Studies 2011-2012 academic calendar can be downloaded as a PDF.

    Medical Center Campus

    The KUMC Graduate Studies 2011-2012 academic calendar is available online.

  • Bookstores

    KU Bookstores in Lawrence are in the Kansas Union, Level 2, 785-864-4640, and in the Burge Union (Law Books), Level 2, 785-864-5697. Call tollfree (800) 458-1111.

    Jayhawk fans in the Kansas City area can shop for KU merchandise and apparel at Jayhawk Central, the KU Edwards Campus bookstore, 12520 Quivira Road, (913) 897-8580. The bookstore also stocks textbooks and supplies for students.

    The KU Medical Center Bookstore is in G014 Orr-Major, Mail Stop 4036, 913-588-2537 or (800) 262-7509.

  • Libraries

    Lawrence

    Library collections at KU contain more than 4.3 million volumes, making KU Libraries one of the top 50 in the country by volumes held. KU Libraries (Watson Library, 1425 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045-7547, 785-864-3956), maintains more than 50,000 current periodicals in paper and electronic format to support the research and teaching needs of the KU community. The libraries hold vast collections of microforms, photographs, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, and other media. The libraries also provide access to a large array of networked bibliographic databases, full-text resources, and the online catalog.

    KU Libraries comprise 8 library facilities. Watson Library houses much of KU’s general collections in the social sciences and humanities, features a recreational reading area, and is home to International Area Studies and the Center for Digital Scholarship. Most science and business materials are in the Anschutz Library, which also houses most government publications and the T.R. Smith Map Collection. The Learning Studio at Anschutz Library provides technology for research and course work; comfortable, flexible furniture configurations and study spaces; and support from experts in research, tutoring, technology, and writing. The Kenneth Spencer Research Library contains manuscripts, rare books, regional history materials, and KU’s archival records with specialized collections in natural history, Irish studies, U.S. radical groups, and many other areas. Other libraries include the Spahr Engineering Library, the Thomas Gorton Music and Dance Library (Murphy Hall), the Murphy Art and Architecture Library (Spencer Museum of Art), and the Library Annex, providing storage for lesser-used library materials.

    KU Edwards Campus

    The Regents Center Library, (913) 897-8570, provides services for KU Edwards Campus students. Come to the front desk for answers to questions, help finding printed and electronic sources, or to order books and articles from the Lawrence or Medical Center campuses.

    KU Medical Center

    Dykes Library of the Health Sciences is among the finest in the Midwest. Its resources include 236,158 print and nonprint volumes, 578 print titles, and 15,152 unique online titles. The library also serves as a place to relax in the lounge, check email, print, and make copies. The Copyright Compliance Office provides support for students and faculty seeking copyright permissions for materials used in papers or presentations.

    The nationally known Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum houses more than 26,000 books and manuscripts, as well as current works in the history of medicine, nursing, and the allied health professions. The library also supports the biomedical ethics and medical humanities curriculum by collecting contemporary secondary works in these areas. Under the auspices of its museum, the library also owns hundreds of medical artifacts.

    Library access

    KU libraries are available to Kansas residents and many other users. For information, visit the KU Libraries website.

  • Museums

    The permanent collection of Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., 785-864-4710, spencerart@ku.edu, is deep and diverse, numbering nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. The museum currently is integrating into its holdings a large ethnographic collection that includes Native American, African, Latin American and Australian objects. Through its collection, exhibitions, and public programming, the Spencer presents distinctive opportunities for dialogue, scholarship, and reflection. Museum hours are

    • Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 pm.
    • Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
    • Closed Mondays

    The Natural History Museum, Dyche Hall, 785-864-4540, naturalhistory@ku.edu, part of the Biodiversity Institute, offers educational programs and exhibits that focus on the biological diversity, past and present, of Kansas and the Great Plains. For more than 140 years scientists and students from the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center have collected and studied life on Earth. One of the world’s most comprehensive biodiversity research resources, the Biodiversity Institute now cares for more than 8 million specimens of plants and animals — prehistoric to living species, microscopic to colossal — gathered from every continent and ocean. Collections include DNA samples, sound recordings, images, and field notes. Museum hours are

    • Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 pm.
    • Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
    • Closed Mondays

    The Wilcox Classical Museum, 103 Lippincott Hall, wilcox@ku.edu, houses collections of plaster casts of Greek and Roman Sculpture and Greek and Roman antiquities. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year. It is not open during the summer or during university holidays.

  • Safety

    The annual security report about KU safety policies, crime statistics, and campus resources is available online or on paper by contacting the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 133, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4060.

    KU Medical Center’s security report is available online.

    The KU Edwards Campus security report is available online.

  • Assistantships

    Graduate teaching assistantships may be available to graduate students through graduate departments. Usual appointments are for one-half-time service. Graduate students should apply directly to the department for GTA appointments.

    Graduate research assistantships are available to graduate students through grants from federal and private agencies and from state-appropriated research funds. For further information, the applicant should write directly to the chair or graduate adviser of the major department.

    For complete information about assistantships, see Graduate Teaching Assistantships in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

    Visit the Graduate Studies website for information about funding opportunities for graduate students at KU.

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. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.