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  • Academic Achievement and Access Center

    The Academic Achievement and Access Center, 785-864-4064, offers tutoring for many entry-level courses, academic success workshops on how to study or manage time, and individual consultations on making a smooth transition to KU. The center provides tutoring for specific courses in math, chemistry, physics, biology, Spanish, French, and Italian. Tutors are KU students who have been recommended by faculty members and trained in tutoring methods. Tutor groups meet 2 days a week. For tutoring in other courses, contact the department offering the course. AAAC also houses Disability Resources.

  • 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 required.

    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.

  • Applied English Center

    The Applied English Center offers English language courses for non-English-speaking students. These courses, ranging from elementary through advanced, are available to those admitted to the center as well as to KU students who need further English instruction before undertaking full-time study in their degree programs. A limited number of Applied English credits are counted toward graduation by some programs at KU.

  • Tutoring and academic assistance

    The University Advising Center, 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.

    College Student Academic Services, 109 Strong Hall, 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.

    The Academic Achievement and Access Center, 785-864-4064, offers tutoring for many entry-level courses, academic success workshops on how to study or manage time, and individual consultations on making a smooth transition to KU. The center provides tutoring for specific courses in math, chemistry, physics, biology, Spanish, French, and Italian. Tutors are KU students who have been recommended by faculty members and trained in tutoring methods. Tutor groups meet two days a week. (For tutoring in other courses, contact the department offering the course.)

    The Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, 785-864-4351, operates HAWK Link, an award-winning recruitment and retention program. HAWK Link offers free tutoring, monthly seminars on academic and personal success, a first-year orientation seminar specifically for HAWK Link students, and academic advising.

    TRIO Supportive Educational Services (SES), 785-864-3971, helps eligible students obtain small grants, tutoring, advising, career counseling, and other services in this federally funded program. Students must be first-generation college students or low-income students or have a documented disability.

    The University Libraries help students, faculty, and staff use technology and information for teaching, learning, and working. The libraries offer instructor-led workshops on computing and information literacy topics, customized classes for KU courses and other groups, consulting services for individuals, and resources for instructors and learners.

    For educational support services at KU Medical Center, contact Learning Specialists, G116 Student Center, Mail Stop 4006, 913-588-6580.

  • Certificate programs

    Engaged Learning Certificates

    The university offers several engaged learning certificates. Students who complete an engaged learning certificate program receive a notation of it on their transcripts.

    Global Awareness

    The Global Awareness Program recognizes undergraduates’ international experiences. Students can receive transcript certification for experiences including study abroad, classes with an international focus, foreign language study, and international co-curricular activities. To qualify for GAP certification, a student must complete 2 of the 3 following components:

    • International experience.
    • Academic component.
    • Co-curricular activities.

    Find out more about GAP, 785-864-7265.

    Service Learning

    Service learning offers a chance for students to use their classroom skills to meet community needs and earn the Service Learning Certificate at the same time. 3 components are required to earn certification in service learning.

    Component 1: Classroom Experience emphasizes academic course work that involves service learning as a method of engaging in the course material. Students must complete the service in a service learning course.

    Component 2: Additional Service is required to broaden service experiences. Students may complete the additional service in several ways:

    • By completing a second service learning course.
    • By participating in an alternative break or mission trip.
    • By volunteering at a local community agency.
    • By serving as a leader in a student group.

    Component 3: Reflection. There are 2 options for completing the reflection component.

    If you have taken 3 or more service learning courses, you have the additional option to submit a reflection paper already completed for a service learning course.

    Find out more about CSL, 785-864-0960.

    Research Experience

    Students must fulfill the requirements of both components to receive Research Experience Program certification on their transcripts.

    Component 1. Students must complete either Option A or Option B.

    • Option A: Course Work. A student must complete at least 3 research/creative methods courses (200 level or above) with a grade of C or higher. Courses must be selected from the approved REP course list.
    • Option B: Course Work + Research/Creative Experience.
      Course Work. A student must complete at least 2 research/creative methods courses (200 level or above) with a grade of C or higher. Courses must be selected from the approved REP course list.
      Research/Creative Experience. A student must participate in a faculty-led research/creative experience for at least 1 semester.

    Component 2: Independent Research/Creative Project. Students must complete a research/creative project that produces 1 of the following:

    • Authorship or co-authorship of an academic publication.
    • Work of art or performance.
    • Thesis (e.g., Senior, Honors).
    • Paper/poster presentation at an international, national, regional, or local conference/symposium.
    • Patentable object, procedure, etc.
    • Discipline-specific research project (requires preapproval from relevant departments), e.g., Web-accessible database, technical report, search engine, etc.

    Find out more about REP, (785) 864-8040.

    Leadership Studies

    Leadership Studies Certification provides students with a curricular foundation from which they can learn to engage the process of leadership more effectively. The curriculum centers on the study of leadership as a process, not an outcome. Students are exposed to theories that generate effective collaboration within and among groups of stakeholders to meet shared group goals and needs. Built from an engaged-learning model, the program connects theory with practice, while fostering critical thinking and reflection skills. Curricular and co-curricular experiences intentionally link leadership as a process with an understanding of systemic influences, stakeholders as central voices, and the ethics of connecting shared values and interests among diverse populations.

    Find out more about LSC, 785-864-0960.

  • Student employment

    The University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, 785-864-3624, connects KU students with paid on- and off-campus part-time work opportunities that build skills and help cover educational costs. Visit KUCareerHawk for more information.

    At KU Medical Center, the Employment Office, 1052 Wescoe Pavilion, Mail Stop 2033, posts job opportunities online.

  • Disability resources

    Disability Resources, 785-864-2620 (V/TTY), coordinates academic accommodations for students with ADHD and learning, physical, medical, psychiatric, and sensory disabilities. After a student provides current documentation of a disability, the office helps provide sign language interpreters, captioning, books in alternate format, note takers, extended time for tests, access to transportation, and other accommodations.

    At KU Medical Center, the Equal Opportunity Office, 1054 Wescoe Pavilion, Mail Stop 2014, 913-588-1206, (voice) TDD: 913-588-7963, provides disability services.

  • Financial aid and scholarships

    Lawrence

    Financial Aid and Scholarships, 785-864-4700, financialaid@ku.edu, annually processes more than $150 million in scholarships, grants, Federal Work-Study, and loans for KU undergraduates. Approximately 63 percent of KU undergraduates receive financial assistance each year. For more information, see Scholarships, below.

    Edwards Campus

    Information about Edwards Campus scholarships and grants is available online. Financial Aid and Scholarships administers need-based financial aid for Edwards Campus students.

    KU Medical Center

    The Department of Student Financial Aid serves students who need financial assistance to attend KU Medical Center. For a copy of the KUMC Financial Aid Guide and any required applications, contact Student Financial Aid, KU Medical Center, 4003 Student Center, Mail Stop 4005, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160, 913-588-5170, financialaid@kumc.edu.

  • Health services

    Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

    Student Health Services, 785-864-9500, is in Watkins Memorial Health Center. Services include general medicine, urgent care, gynecology, allergy injections, immunizations, travel health clinic, nutrition counseling, laboratory services, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, and health promotion through the Health Education Resource office. To reduce waiting time, appointments are encouraged. KU Edwards Campus students have the option to use student health services at KU; you will be charged an additional fee each semester at your first appointment.

    Fees: Students who pay the full Lawrence campus required fees, which includes a health fee assessed at the time of enrollment, are eligible for some services at no additional cost (e.g., most physician visits). Fees are assessed for ancillary services (e.g., laboratory tests, physical therapy), which are typically offered at below median market charges for the Lawrence area.

    Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Health Insurance: At your request, SHS will bill your health insurance company. Any portion not covered by your insurance is your responsibility. Please bring your insurance card the first time you use SHS. All international students must have health insurance. See the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for more information.

    Note: SHS is not a participating provider for Medicare, Medicaid, or HealthWave and, therefore, cannot bill these programs. If you do not have health insurance, a voluntary student health insurance plan is available, sponsored by the Kansas Board of Regents. For more information, call the SHS insurance office at 785-864-9522.

    KU Medical Center

    Student Health Services, 913-588-1941, offers outpatient primary care/urgent care, referrals, immunizations, allergy injections, routine physicals, well-woman exams, contraceptive counseling, care for sexually transmitted infections, exposure management, health education and prevention, and travel medications and immunizations. Services are available for students and spouses or partners.

    Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

    Appointments: Student Health Services operates on a scheduled appointment basis. Every effort is made to accommodate medical needs. Based on staff availability, walk-ins are accepted. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time and bring your insurance card. If a patient is more than 15 minutes late, the appointment must be rescheduled. If you are unable to keep your appointment, notify Student Health Services as soon as possible.

    After-Hours Service: If your primary care physician is in the KU Department of Family Medicine, call 913-588-1908 after clinic hours and on weekends. If your primary care physician is in another KUMC department or outside KUMC, contact that medical office. In case of emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

    Health Insurance: All students taking courses at KUMC must maintain health insurance throughout their enrollment. You may choose any health insurance plan. KUMC offers an insurance plan for enrolled students. The Student Health Fee does not provide health insurance. For more information on insurance options, contact Student Health Insurance Verification at 913-588-4695. Proof of current health insurance (e.g., photocopy of insurance card or letter from health insurance company) and a signed Acknowledgement of the Student Health Insurance Policy form are required. If your insurance changes, bring in a copy of your new insurance card.

  • High school preparation

    Kansas Board of Regents curriculum

    English: 4 units required

    At least 1 year of English or language arts must be successfuly completed for each year of high school.

    Natural science: 3 units required

    At least 1 year must be in chemistry or 1 year must be in physics. Students must successfully complete 3 years of natural sciences selected from the following:

    • 1 year of biology
    • 1 year of advanced biology
    • 1 year of chemistry
    • 1 year of physics
    • 1 year of earth-space science
    • 1 year of principles of technology

    Mathematics: 3 units required

    Students must successfully complete 3 years of mathematics at the Algebra I level and beyond.

    Social sciences: 3 units required

    • 3 years of social science with these specific classes
      (a 1-semester course cannot be used to fulfill more than 1 requirement):
    • 1 semester of U.S. government
    • 1 semester selected from the following:
      -world history
      -world geography
      -international relations
    • 1 year of U.S. history
    • Up to 1 year selected from the following:
      -anthropology
      -current social issues
      -economics
      -race and ethnic group relations and sociology
      -psychology
      -U.S. history
      -U.S. government

    Visit the Office of Admissions for further information.

  • Housing

    Lawrence

    Making the decision to live on campus is an important first choice in your KU career. Get better grades. Graduate on time. Find friends for life. Live green. Living on campus lets you experience all the best KU has to offer. Student Housing offers the basics — living space that's secure, well-maintained, and conveniently located — and Student Housing is committed to providing academic support, leadership development, experiences with different cultures, and even part-time employment. 

    Student Housing offers personal or group tours of all 3 on-campus communities:

    • Residence halls are the largest on-campus community offering traditional 2-person rooms plus renovated suite-style buildings.
    • Scholarship halls offer a close-knit community. 50 residents in each building help with hall duties such as cooking and cleaning and pay less for room and meals.
    • Jayhawker Towers and Stouffer Place are apartments for nontraditional students, graduate students, and students with families.

    Visit KU Student Housing, write to housing@ku.edu, or call 785-864-4560.

    Off-campus housing is also available in Lawrence.

    KU Medical Center

    Apartment complexes, private apartments, and houses are available within walking distance of the Medical Center. Contact the Housing Office, 913-588-4695, housinginfo@kumc.edu.

  • Independent Study

    Students who are unable to enroll in campus sections of KU courses, have scheduling conflicts, or wish to expand their course options may take Independent Study courses for KU credit or on a noncredit basis. The Independent Study program accommodates students’ other educational commitments, work schedules, or family and community responsibilities. Independent Study is a statewide service, authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents. As part of KU Continuing Education, Independent Study offers more than 150 approved college courses similar to those taught in residence. Independent Study courses are available in online and media-supplemented versions. Request the Independent Study catalog by calling 785-864-5823, or contact Independent Study, Continuing Education, 1515 St. Andrews Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047-1619, enroll@ku.edu.

    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.

    Independent Study courses

    All courses use KU departmental abbreviations. The number in parentheses indicates the credit hours for each course.

    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    • AAAS 104 Introduction to African American Studies (3)
    • AAAS 105 Introduction to African History (3)
    • AAAS 106 The Black Experience in the Americas (3)
    • AAAS 306 The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation (3)
    • AAAS 349 Islam (3)
    • AAAS 510 Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
    • AAAS 511 The Civil Rights Movement (3)
    • AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference: Langston Hughes (1 or 2)
    • AAAS 811 The Civil Rights Movement (3)
    • ABSC 160 Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3)
    • ABSC 268 Introduction to Marriage and Family Relations (3)
    • ABSC 342 Adult Development and Aging (3)
    • ABSC 405 Children and Media (3)
    • ABSC 626 Psychology of Adolescence (3)
    • ANTH 100 General Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 104 Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology (4)
    • ANTH 108 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (4)
    • ANTH 304 Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology (4)
    • ANTH 308 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (4)
    • ATMO 105 Introductory Meteorology (5)
    • ATMO 220 Unusual Weather (3)
    • BIOL 100 Principles of Biology (3)
    • BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology (3)
    • CLSX 148 Greek and Roman Mythology (3)
    • CLSX 232 Word Power: Greek and Latin Elements in English (3)
    • EALC 520 Entrepreneurship in East Asia (3)
    • EALC 747 East Asian History and Culture for Teachers (2)
    • ECON 104 Introductory Economics (4)
    • ENGL 101 Composition (3)
    • ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing (3)
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Environmental Literature (3)
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: The Literature of Sports (3)
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Plains Literature (3)
    • ENGL 209 Introduction to Fiction (3)
    • ENGL 210 Introduction to Poetry (3)
    • ENGL 211 Introduction to the Drama (3)
    • ENGL 320 American Literature I (3)
    • ENGL 322 American Literature II (3)
    • ENGL 324 Contemporary Authors: Toni Morrison (3)
    • ENGL 325 Recent Popular Literature (3)
    • ENGL 332 Shakespeare (3)
    • ENGL 351 Fiction Writing I (3)
    • ENGL 353 Screenwriting I (3)
    • ENGL 362 Foundations of Technical Writing (3)
    • ENGL 466 Literature for Children (3)
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Willa Cather (1 or 2)
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Ernest Hemingway (1 or 2)
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Langston Hughes (1 or 2)
    • ENGL 506 Science Fiction (3)
    • ENGL 570 Topics in American Literature: Kansas Literature (3)
    • ENGL 690 Studies in: Science Fiction Novels (3)
    • ENGL 790 Studies in: Science Fiction (3)
    • EURS 580 Directed Study: Masterpieces of World Literature-Reading Nobel Prize Winners (1)
    • EVRN 148 Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies (3)
    • GEOG 102 Principles of Human Geography (3)
    • GEOG 104 Principles of Physical Geography (3)
    • GEOG 148 Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies (3)
    • GEOL 105 History of the Earth (3)
    • HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History (3)
    • HA 267 Art and Culture of Japan (3)
    • HA 300 Introduction to Western Art History (3)
    • HA 535 Impressionism (3)
    • HIST 104 Introduction to African History (3)
    • HIST 128 History of the United States Through the Civil War (3)
    • HIST 129 History of the United States After the Civil War (3)
    • HIST 565 Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union (3)
    • HIST 620 History of Kansas (3)
    • HIST 640 Entrepreneurship in East Asia (3)
    • HIST 747 East Asian History and Culture for Teachers (2)
    • HWC 204 Western Civilization I (3)
    • HWC 205 Western Civilization II (3)
    • LAT 104 Elementary Latin I (5)
    • LAT 108 Elementary Latin II (5)
    • LAT 200 Vergil’s Aeneid (3)
    • MATH 002 Intermediate Mathematics (3)
    • MATH 101 Algebra (3)
    • MATH 104 Precalculus Mathematics (5)
    • MATH 105 Introduction to Topics in Mathematics (3)
    • MATH 115 Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 116 Calculus II (3)
    • MATH 365 Elementary Statistics (3)
    • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics (3)
    • POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
    • POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics (3)
    • PSYC 102 Orientation Seminar in Psychology (1)
    • PSYC 104 General Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 210 Statistics in Psychological Research (3)
    • PSYC 318 Cognitive Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 333 Child Development (3)
    • PSYC 360 Social Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 370 Brain and Behavior (3)
    • PSYC 502 Human Sexuality (3)
    • PSYC 566 Psychology and the Law (3)
    • PSYC 626 Psychology of Adolescence (3)
    • PSYC 642 The Psychology of Families (3)
    • REL 107 Living Religions of the West (3)
    • REL 124 Understanding the Bible (3)
    • REL 307 Living Religions of the West (3)
    • REL 324 Understanding the Bible (3)
    • REL 325 Introduction to Judaism (3)
    • REL 350 Islam (3)
    • REL 475 Loving Relationships (3)
    • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology (3)
    • SOC 130 Comparative Societies (3)
    • SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values (3)
    • SOC 220 Sociology of Families (3)
    • SOC 352 Sociology of Sex Roles (3)
    • SOC 522 American Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
    • SOC 523 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course (3)
    • SOC 534 Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
    • SPAN 100 Spanish Reading Course (3)
    • SPLH 261 Survey of Communication Disorders (3)
    • SPLH 566 Language Development (3)
    • SPLH 764 Seminar in: Communication in Autism (3)

    School of the Arts (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

    • FMS 311 History of the American Sound Film (3)
    • FMS 380 American Popular Culture of: the 1960s (3)
    • FMS 380 American Popular Culture of: the 1970s (3)
    • THR 405 Children and Media (3)

    School of Education

    • C&T 430 Teaching Literature for Young Adults (3)
    • C&T 448 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
    • C&T 709 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction (3)
    • ELPS 450 Foundations of Education (3)
    • ELPS 770 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
    • HSES 244 The History and Foundations of Physical Education (3)
    • HSES 252 The Coaching of Basketball (2)
    • HSES 260 Personal and Community Health (3)
    • HSES 289 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
    • HSES 330 Principles of Nutrition and Health (3)
    • HSES 350 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3)
    • HSES 482 Drugs in Society (3)
    • HSES 489 Health and Human Sexuality (3)
    • PRE 305 Development and Learning of the Young Child (3)
    • PRE 306 Development and Learning of the Adolescent (3)
    • SPED 725 Introduction to the Psychology and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities (3)
    • SPED 743 Methods: Functional Behavior Assessment, Positive Behavior Support, and Classroom Management (3)
    • SPED 761 Foundations of Positive Behavioral Support (1)
    • SPED 762 Functional Assessment Methods for Positive Behavioral Support (1)
    • SPED 763 Development and Implementation of Positive Behavioral Support Plans (1)
    • SPED 764 Intervention Strategies for Positive Behavioral Support: Part I (1)
    • SPED 765 Intervention Strategies for Positive Behavioral Support: Part II (1)
    • SPED 766 Redesigning Environmental Systems (1)
    • SPED 767 Creating Positive Lifestyles through Positive Behavioral Support (1)

    School of Music

    • MEMT 791 Music Education/Music Therapy Techniques: Mainstreaming/Inclusion in Music Education (2 or 3)
    • MUSC 298 Introduction to Jazz (3)

    School of Social Welfare

    • SW 310 Managing Stress: Principles and Techniques for Coping, Prevention, and Wellness (3)
  • KU Info (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.

  • International programs

    International Programs, 785-864-6161, coordinates international activities on the Lawrence campus, working with area studies centers, professional schools, and other units to provide enriched international opportunities for faculty and students. It helps faculty seek external funding for international projects and administers grants and fellowships for graduate students and faculty. It develops programs for international visitors and outreach initiatives aimed at increasing global awareness and cross-cultural expertise among members of the university, the business community, and the general public. The office actively cooperates with state agencies, community organizations, schools, the private sector, and other groups in the community and region that have international interests.

    KU offers Direct Exchange Scholarship programs and other opportunities for study and research (including, where appropriate, foreign language study) at foreign universities through formal agreements. Agreements are now in place with these institutions:

    • University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
    • Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon (France)
    • Gornyi Institute, St. Petersburg University (Russia)
    • University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
    • Ivan Franko University, L’viv (Ukraine)

    Individual departments, especially foreign language departments, also conduct summer sessions abroad in which KU resident graduate credit may be earned. For information, call or write the University of Kansas, Office of Study Abroad, Lippincott Hall, 1410 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 108, Lawrence, KS 66045-7537, 785-864-3742.

    The Center for Global and International Studies, 318 Blake Hall, 785-864-1120, cgis@ku.edu, supports and promotes global and international studies at KU. CGIS offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in global and international studies and supports the introduction of new course offerings and study abroad opportunities. The center also offers outreach activities to K-12 teachers, businesses, and governmental agencies across the region and serves as a resource for the local and international community.

    At KU, in conjunction with almost any major, you can study a foreign language, take courses in a region’s history and culture (sometimes taught in a foreign language in KU’s Language Across the Curriculum program), participate in the Global Awareness Program, and study abroad. 5 academic programs specialize in particular regions: Africa; East Asia; Latin America; Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia; and Western Europe.

    KU Medical Center International Programs

    International Programs, under the direction of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, coordinates and facilitates international activities, handles all immigration matters for KU Medical Center, and offers English as a Second Language classes. The office promotes the exchange of students, residents, and faculty members; sponsors international activities on campus; and handles exchange agreements between KU and international medical schools. Active programs link KU Medical Center with Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

    International awareness

    The University of Kansas believes that the increasing interdependence of the world highlights the importance of an internationally diverse student body. KU was one of only 5 universities in the nation to receive the 2005 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. International students enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the university. Interactions between students from abroad and U.S. students and faculty members are valuable opportunities for all involved to grow in cross-cultural understanding and develop greater awareness of the world’s cultures, ideas, and nationalities.

  • International Student and Scholar Services

    The Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., 785-864-3617, isss@ku.edu, offers a comprehensive range of services for international students, including an international student orientation program each semester. Experienced staff members provide immigration advising and issue U.S. government documents required for international students to obtain visas to enter the United States. Advisers are available to counsel or refer students who need assistance. ISSS coordinates many activities to encourage friendship and understanding between international students and the community.

  • 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.

  • Mount Oread Scholars

    Mount Oread Scholars, 785-864-2819, is a by-invitation-only program for high-ability first-year students with ACT scores higher than 28 who are ranked in the top 20 percent of their graduating classes. Special offerings include targeted advising, enrollment in small courses, and academic support sessions.

  • Multicultural Affairs

    Housed in the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 785-864-4351, operates HAWK Link, an award-winning recruitment and retention program. HAWK Link offers free tutoring, monthly seminars on academic and personal success, a first-year orientation seminar specifically for HAWK Link students, and academic advising. The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors community programming on diversity, support for student-of-color organizations, leadership training, and career exploration programs. The office also provides seminars for students, faculty, and staff on sensitivity, diversity, social justice, and multicultural education topics.

  • Multicultural Scholars Programs

    Multicultural Scholars Programs, 785-864-4902, provide intensive mentoring, support activities, career exploration, and social and cultural programs in allied health, architecture, business, education, humanities, journalism, natural sciences and mathematics, nursing, pharmacy, social sciences, and social work. MSP students may be eligible for scholarships. The programs create a community of students, professors, and administrators whose goals are ensuring academic and career success.

  • Reserve Officers Training Corps

    Programs offer scholarships that pay tuition and fees, furnish books and uniforms, and provide a monthly living allowance.

    • The Air Force ROTC curriculum, 785-864-4676, allows commissioning as an Air Force second lieutenant after a 3- or 4-year program.
    • The Army ROTC curriculum, 785-864-3311, allows commissioning as an Army second lieutenant after a 4-year program.
    • Naval ROTC courses, 785-864-3161, pertain to both Navy and Marine Corps. The curriculum allows commissioning as either an ensign in the Navy or a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after a 4-year program.
  • Study abroad

    The Office of Study Abroad, 1410 Jayhawk Blvd, Lippincott Hall, Room 108, Lawrence KS 66045-7537, 785-864-3742, osa@ku.edu, offers more than 100 programs in 70 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Students may study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, or for a short time, such as over spring or winter break. Some programs focus on a particular field of study; others offer a general curriculum. Students earn KU credit while studying abroad and continue to progress toward completing their academic degrees.

    KU is among 9 public universities in the nation cited by U.S. News and World Report for having top study abroad programs, which the publication said education experts agree on as a key ingredient to student success.

    Students are encouraged to study overseas to enrich their academic experience through cultural immersion, intensive language learning, disciplinary study, and participation in foreign educational systems. Courses are taught in more than 20 different languages (including English), and many semester and academic-year programs allow qualified students with demonstrated language proficiency to choose from regular university course offerings at the overseas institution. Instructional offerings in English are plentiful and incorporate a variety of disciplines.

    Programs vary in structure from exchanges and individually arranged programs to group programs led by KU faculty members. They vary in length from academic-year and semester programs, to summer and fall, winter, or spring break programs. Students earn resident KU credit while studying abroad and maintain progress toward an academic degree. Resident KU credit allows the flexibility of earning credit toward the major, studying abroad during the senior year, and using financial aid for overseas study.

    Students who qualify for grants, loans, or scholarships through Financial Aid and Scholarships may apply these awards to study abroad programs. Scholarships are available from the Office of Study Abroad and from some departments. Information is available in the Office of Study Abroad. Application deadlines are March 1 for fall, academic-year, and summer programs; and October 1 for spring, spring break, and winter break programs. Early application is recommended.

    Graduating seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply for KU’s Graduate Direct Exchange fellowships offered by 10 partner universities in England, France, Germany, and Switzerland, as well as for Fulbright and other nationally competitive grants for graduate study and research abroad. The internal deadline for applications is mid-September in the year before the grant period. Interested students, including juniors, should begin the application process in the spring semester.

    Exchange opportunities (semester and academic year) are available in Australia, China, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Scotland, Sweden, and Wales. Students also may choose to study at one of more than 50 International Student Exchange Program sites. View a complete listing of the Exchange Partners.

    University-affiliated programs (semester and academic year) with a range of course offerings are available in countries around the world.

    Students may seek out other study abroad programs to meet specific geographic and academic needs. KU faculty from a variety of disciplines offer courses overseas. Semester, summer, spring break, and winter break programs are available.

  • TRIO Supportive Educational Services

    SES, 785-864-3971, helps eligible students obtain small grants, tutoring, advising, career counseling, and other services in this federally funded program. Students must be first-generation college students or low-income students or have a documented disability.

  • University Honors Program

    The University Honors Program provides opportunities for outstanding and creative undergraduate students in all schools at KU to develop their full potential during their undergraduate years. The Honors Program brings talented students together in honors classes and seminars to benefit from mutual interests and association. It brings students and faculty members together in a teaching and research environment that ensures high academic achievement and standards. The program also coordinates merit-based scholarship opportunities for qualified students, including KU awards such as the University Scholars Program, and Undergraduate Research Awards. The Honors Student Association and the Honors Ambassador Program provide opportunities for student leadership.

    In general, honors classes are small, oriented to discussion, and taught by full-time members of the faculty. Most honors courses fulfill requirements and deal with introductory fundamentals and principles, but they are likely to do so in more depth than their non-honors equivalents. Honors courses are distinguished by the energetic atmosphere and critical thinking generated by the students in them and the faculty members who teach them.

    Honors students are interested in expanding their knowledge and take a broad range of liberal arts and sciences courses. This is true of students in the professional schools (architecture, engineering, business, etc.) as well as students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Honors program advisers typically recommend that students explore their interests through the broad curriculum choices KU has to offer.

    A first-year, semester-long tutorial experience provides an introduction to an academic area of study in an informal setting that allows students to get to know one another and the instructor. The tutorial explores the research methods of a discipline and acquaints the student with the research resources at KU. Honors advising is personalized in meetings with honors staff, faculty fellows, and specially selected advisers from across the university. The program’s advising committee facilitates early and frequent contact with academic advisers in the students’ areas of interest. Honors students benefit from priority enrollment, which provides flexibility in planning one’s academic curriculum.

    The program does not require a minimum number of honors courses a semester. However, students in the program quickly discover that honors courses engage the intellect, hold the interest, and create the enthusiasm for learning they seek at a university. Students in the professional schools are particularly encouraged to seek out honors course opportunities early, while their curricula still have breadth and flexibility.

    Honors students are strongly encouraged to include research, study abroad experiences, internships, and community service in their academic programs. Consult Honors Program staff about applying these activities toward completion of honors requirements.

    Admission

    Students with strong high school curricula and excellent academic records are encouraged to apply to the University Honors Program. Students with composite ACT scores of 30 or above and unweighted high school grade-point averages of 3.75 or above are more likely to be admitted. Applications are evaluated on the basis of high school curriculum, grades, an essay, activities, and standardized test scores. Applications from first- and second-year students currently attending KU, as well as incoming transfer students, are evaluated on the basis of college course work, an essay, and college activities. Review of applications begins in October and continues through April. Send inquiries to the University Honors Program, 1506 Engel Road, Lawrence, KS 66045-3845. View further information and the online application.

    Completion of the Program

    Students graduate from the program by completing 8 honors units and the first-year, semester-long tutorial. The 8 units must be completed as follows:

    1. 6 honors courses (may include graduate-level courses numbered 700 and above).
    2. 1 out-of-classroom experience such as study abroad, departmental honors, documented research experience, approved and documented internship experience, or approved and documented community service.
    3. The eighth unit may be from either category 1 or category 2. Students also must maintain a minimum 3.25 grade-point average.

    Nunemaker Center

    This unique building, with its modern architectural design, is the home of the Honors Program, near the Daisy Hill residence halls at 15th Street and Engel Road. The Honors Program is home to several faculty fellows who serve the program and bring additional resources to the program to complement the full-time staff. Faculty fellows are available for advising, consultation about majors and careers, guiding research projects, and work with the Honors Council to develop programmatic initiatives.

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of the spaces available at Nunemaker, including several classrooms and study areas, a kitchen, comfortable lounges that include 2 fireplaces, and wireless Internet access. Nunemaker also serves as a gallery for undergraduate art. The center is open days and evenings.

    View Honors courses in the online catalog.

  • Writing Center

    The KU Writing Center, 424 Anschutz Library, 785-864-2399, helps students brainstorm topics, learn research techniques, draft essays, and edit their papers at 9 Writers’ Roosts across campus. Online consultations are also available.

  • Academic calendars

    View KU's academic calendars.

    View information about KU Commencement ceremonies.

  • Commencement

    The University of Kansas holds one formal Commencement ceremony each year. Commencement traditoinally 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)
  • Application for graduation

    Undergraduates must apply online to graduate. Sign on to Enroll & Pay and navigate to Apply for Graduation. If you have questions, contact the Student Records Center, 151 Strong Hall, 785-864-4423, kuregistrar@ku.edu. For spring semester graduation, students should apply for graduation by March 1. The deadline for summer graduation is July 15. The deadline for fall graduation is November 1. Individual schools may set earlier dates. You cannot graduate unless you have completed the AFG by the deadline. Undergraduates must have finished at least 75 hours of course work to apply for graduation. To change your AFG to a different semester, contact your school or college.

    KU Medical Center students apply through Enroll & Pay. KUMC deadlines are April 15 for spring semester, July 15 for summer, and December 1 for fall. KUMC students must reapply to change the AFG to a different semester. View the KUMC AFG policy.

  • University Ombuds Office

    The University Ombuds Office, 34 Carruth O'Leary Hall, 785-864-7261, ombuds28@ku.edu, handles disputes, provides information and referrals, and offers confidential assistance with academic concerns.

  • Women's resources

    The Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-3552, provides information, resources, and assistance on women's and gender-related issues. The ETWRC focuses on the needs of KU students of all genders. The office also provides consultation, information and resources to staff, faculty, community members and individuals at the Edwards campus by request. Services are confidential. ETWRC facilities are also accessible for individuals with disabilities.

  • Testing services

    Testing Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center, 785-864-2768, offers computer-based testing, national paper-based exams, proctoring and scoring services, and survey design and scanning services.

  • Student activities

    Lawrence

    Recreation Services, Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, 785-864-3546, offers resources for physical fitness, intramural team and individual sports, group fitness, classes, personal training, sports clubs, and outdoor pursuits. The Challenge Course offers groups a unique way to create team building, empowerment, leadership, communication, stress management, fun, and flexibility.

    The Student Involvement and Leadership Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-4861, registers student, campus, and community groups and provides services and leadership opportunities to students and student organizations.

    Student Union Activities, Level 4, Kansas Union, 785-864-SHOW (7469), sponsors campus events and activities including the SUA film series.

    The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors programs on diversity, support for student-of-color organizations, leadership training, and career exploration programs. The office also provides seminars for students, faculty, and staff on sensitivity, diversity, social justice, and multicultural education topics.

    KU Medical Center

    At KU Medical Center, Kirmayer Fitness Center, at the southeast corner of Rainbow and Olathe boulevards, can help with fitness needs. Services are available for students, staff, and alumni of KUMC and their sponsored members. Call 913-588-1KFC for information.

    The Office of Student Engagement strives to enrich the lives of all students through out-of-class learning and programming to encourage and maintain a balanced approach to life as well as an appreciation for diversity.

  • Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

    The Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, 3001 Dole Center, 785-864-0630, 785-864-5094 (TDD), offers comprehensive services to people with communicative disorders in the university community and the area. All services are supervised by clinical faculty who maintain the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

  • Sexual violence prevention

    Sexual Violence Prevention Services, Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-3552, provides programs, information, and assistance on issues related to rape, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and other forms of sexual and relationship violence. Workshops are offered to the campus community every semester and are available by request to living groups and student organizations.

  • Safety and crime on campus

    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.

  • Recycling

    The Environmental Stewardship Program, 1503 Sunflower Road, 785-864-2855, kurecycling@ku.edu, helps the campus community develop and implement waste reduction and recycling programs.

  • Orientation

    Orientation and registration information is sent to all newly admitted and readmitted undergraduates. For information, contact New Student Orientation, 145 Strong Hall, 785-864-4270, orientation@ku.edu.

    For information about International Student Orientation, contact International Student and Scholar Services, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., issorientation@ku.edu.

    For information about orientation at the KU Edwards Campus, contact the Student Success program director, (913) 897-8461.

  • Nontraditional students

    The Student Involvement and Leadership Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-4861, offers programs and services to help nontraditional students explore their options.

    The Nontraditional Student Foundation provides support for those who do not conform to the stereotypical image of a college student. NTSF offers the opportunity for students to come together and share ideas to ensure success throughout their academic careers.

  • Legal Services for Students

    Legal Services for Students, 312 Burge Union, 785-864-5665, legals@ku.edu, offers legal advice, consultation, representation, and educational programs. Students who are currently enrolled on the Lawrence campus and have paid required campus fees may receive services at no additional charge.

  • Language laboratory

    The Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, 4070 Wescoe Hall, 785-864-4759, promotes language learning and teaching. In addition to a collection of approximately 12,000 audio and video items in more than 60 languages, the center contains 3 computer labs, a media-enhanced conference room, a soundproofed recording studio, and a viewing area for small groups.

  • Counseling services

    Counseling and Psychological Services Personal Counseling Services can help students with issues related to adjusting to college and other psychological, interpersonal, and family problems. Individual, couple, and group sessions are available.

    The KU Psychological Clinic provides low-cost outpatient mental health services to the university, the community, and the area.

    KU Info helps the extended KU community with questions 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.

    The Academic Achievement and Access Center, the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs also offer information and referrals.

    At KU Medical Center, Counseling and Educational Support Services provide comprehensive educational support, psychological, and psychiatric services to students, residents, and fellows. Contact the office at G116 Student Center, Mail Stop 4006, 913-588-6580. Crisis after-hours: (913) 917-6283.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Computer resources

    KU Information Technology, 785-864-8080, computer labs offer the campus community access to computing resources and a variety of software in support of learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor at KU. A list of computer labs on the Lawrence campus is available here.

    The Kyou portal offers Lawrence and Edwards Campus students up-to-date information and resources. It provides access to such academic services as course schedules, grades, enrollment, financial aid, and library services. The myKUMC student portal gives KU Medical Center students access to announcements, grades, schedules, and resources.

  • Child care

    Hilltop Child Development Center, 1605 Irving Hill Road, 785-864-4940, provides convenient, high-quality care and education for the children of university families. Children of KU students receive highest priority. KU staff and faculty families receive the next highest priority. Hilltop serves children ages 1 to 12. Applications are accepted for children 3 months and older.

    Edna A. Hill Child Development Center, Dole Human Development Center, 785-864-0502, is a distinguished early childhood program on the Lawrence campus. The center comprises the Sunnyside Infant-Toddler and Educare Preschool programs and provides a high-quality, responsive learning environment for children from the surrounding community who have a diverse range of abilities and special needs.

    Space is limited, and both programs have waiting lists.

  • Career services

    The University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, 785-864-3624, offers individualized advising services, career planning courses, outreach programs, the most comprehensive collection of career resources on campus, a nationally award-winning website, and numerous opportunities to connect with leading employers from around the country and the world.

    The Business Career Services Center provides a variety of resources including recruiting (on-campus interviews) for full-time and internship positions facilitated through KU Career Connections/Symplicity, an online job and internship database; individual career advising; and a variety of workshops and events—to name a few. Contact the BCSC for more information at 785-864-5591, bcsc@ku.edu.

    The Engineering Career Center, 785-864-3881, offers School of Engineering students information, resources, and opportunities to help them pursue their career goals. The center offers a jobs/internships database, career fairs, on-campus interviews, employer presentations, individualized career advising, résumé/cv reviews, skill-building workshops, and more.

    The Journalism Career Center, 120 Stauffer-Flint Hall, 785-864-7630, helps students find internships and jobs. Each year, leading media outlets, advertising agencies, and corporations in the state and the nation visit campus to interview students. The Career Center also maintains an online database of internships and jobs that is updated frequently.

    The School of Music Career Services Center, 452 Murphy Hall, 785-864-4466, assists music students with career preparation. The center helps students create distinctive résumés, portfolios, or CVs; prepare for interviews; network with employers and alumni; or find jobs or internships. For more information or an appointment, contact the Career Services Coordinator.

    Students at KU Medical Center should visit their deans' offices for assistance with career planning.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Goals of general education at KU

    1. Enhance the skills and knowledge needed to research, organize, evaluate, and apply new information and develop a spirit of critical inquiry and intellectual integrity.
    2. Acquire knowledge in the fine arts, the humanities, and the social, natural, and mathematical sciences and be able to integrate that knowledge across disciplines.
    3. Improve the core skills of reading, writing, and numeracy, and enhance communication by clear, effective use of language.
    4. Understand and appreciate the development, culture, and diversity of the United States and of other societies and nations.
    5. Become aware of contemporary issues in society, technology, and the natural world and appreciate their complexity of cause and consequences.
    6. Practice an ethic of self-discipline, social responsibility, and citizenship on a local, national, and international level.

    Established by the University Assessment Committee, 2001

  • Immunizations

    Lawrence

    The University of Kansas requires the following immunizations and/or screenings of its student body:

    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella. All newly enrolled or re-enrolled students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show proof of two vaccinations for MMR. History of the disease, unless accompanied by positive titer, is not acceptable.
    • Meningitis. All students living in university-owned group housing must be vaccinated for meningitis or sign a waiver indicating that they refuse to receive the vaccine. Student Health Services strongly recommends that students living in other group housing, such as sorority and fraternity housing or Naismith Hall, receive the vaccination. All students should become knowledgeable about meningitis and its symptoms.
    • Tuberculosis. All newly enrolled or re-enrolled international students must be screened for tuberculosis by Student Health Services upon arrival on campus and before enrollment.

    School of Pharmacy. The School of Pharmacy requires students to provide proof of health insurance coverage and immunizations for MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, tetanus and a current TB skin test.

    All vaccines for immunizations are available through Student Health Services. Call 785-864-9507 to make an appointment. Failure to comply with the requirements above results in an enrollment hold.

    KU Medical Center

    KUMC’s Student Health Center requires completion of childhood immunizations (DPT and polio series), tetanus booster in the last 10 years, and documentation of hepatitis B series and MMR vaccinations. Students who have not had chicken pox must take the varicella immunization. Students who cannot provide documentation of MMR or hepatitis B may obtain titers at the Student Health Center for a fee. Upon entering KUMC, all students must provide documentation of two TB skin tests (PPD) administered and interpreted within 12 months before enrollment. The most recent PPD test should be within three months before enrollment. Students who cannot provide evidence of two PPD tests must take consecutive PPD tests within one to three weeks of each other. All KUMC students must receive an annual TB skin test as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for all health care employees. Any student with a positive TB skin test must meet with a student health provider to discuss KUMC protocol.

  • International undergraduate admission

    The Office of International Undergraduate Admissions handles the admission of international undergraduate students to the University of Kansas. An international applicant is a student who is not a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, refugee, or political asylee. An individual in any nonimmigrant status or with a pending application for permanent residence not yet approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must apply through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, and political asylees apply through the Office of Admissions. International undergraduate applicants should visit the website or contact the office to request an International Student Application packet.

    Application procedure

    Contact the University of Kansas, Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., 785-864-2616, issapps@ku.edu, and request the International Student Application packet, or visit the website.

    Return the completed application to the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, along with original official academic records including diplomas, completion certificates, transcripts, and mark sheets or test results, by the deadline. Students seeking an I-20 for F-1 student status or a DS-2019 for J-1 student exchange visitor status also must submit proof of adequate finances with the application. See Admission Options chart in the international undergraduate application form or online. All documents must be submitted in the language of instruction with an English translation. All forms become the property of KU and will not be returned. Apply online. Submit original transcripts and financial documents to the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions.

    International student admission requirements

    Nonimmigrant international undergraduate applicants may be admitted to KU if they are academically admissible and

    1. Have formally completed secondary education with the required college preparatory curriculum,
    2. Fulfilled the required minimum grade-point average equivalency for their program of study,
    3. Provided required official academic records, and
    4. Submitted official TOEFL or IELTS scores by the established deadline.

    Some academic programs have additional and more selective admission requirements. Please read the description for each program of interest. Students seeking an I-20 for F-1 student status or a DS-2019 for J-1 student exchange visitor status also must verify that adequate financial support is available. Review complete admission requirements and deadlines on the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Charts.

    English proficiency requirements

    Every international undergraduate applicant whose native language is not English must submit either official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination scores as part of the application. Official scores must be less than 2 years old and must be submitted directly by the testing agency to KU. Students who cannot present official scores may apply directly to the Applied English Center as nondegree-seeking students.

    Regular admission

    • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test): 70 or higher overall score.
    • TOEFL (Paper-Based Test): 530 or higher overall score.
    • IELTS, Academic Format: 6.0 or higher overall score.

    Provisional admission

    • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test): overall score below 70.
    • TOEFL (Paper-Based Test): overall score below 530.
    • IELTS, Academic Format: overall score below 6.0.

    Exceptions

    Applicants in the following categories, who otherwise meet requirements for regular undergraduate admission, may be exempt from the requirement to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score with their application. Students admitted with an exemption will be tested for English proficiency prior to enrollment.

    • Sponsored international undergraduate (including KU athletes).
    • Exchange students in KU Study Abroad programs.
    • Native speakers of English.
    • AEC non-degree students who meet admission criteria and are eligible to transition to KU degree programs.
    • U.S. high school graduates who have completed 3 or more years of U.S. high school education and also present ACT or SAT scores.
    • U.S. college or university transfer students who have completed 2 or more semesters of college-level English composition courses.

    Required evaluation by KU Applied English Center before enrollment in KU courses

    Upon arrival and before enrollment, all international students admitted to KU must report to the Applied English Center for evaluation of English proficiency. English proficiency requirements for an exemption from the Applied English Center English proficiency test and enrollment in KU academic classes are higher than English proficiency requirements for regular admission. To be exempt from the AEC English proficiency test or AEC courses, students must have these recent TOEFL or IELTS scores (within the last 2 years):

    • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test):23 or higher on the Reading, Writing, and Listening sections.
    • TOEFL (Paper-Based Test): 57 or higher for each section score and 4.5 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE).
    • IELTS, Academic Format: 6.0 or higher for each part and a total score of 6.5.

    Students with these TOEFL and IELTS scores must come to the AEC to have the scores verified and receive a waiver of the AEC English proficiency test. Other students must register for the AEC English proficiency test. If English proficiency is satisfactory, a student is permitted to begin full-time academic enrollment. If English proficiency is not satisfactory, a student must enroll in intensive (ESL) English language classes or a combination of intensive (ESL) English classes with reduced academic load.

    TOEFL or IELTS scores or the AEC English proficiency test determine whether a student can understand university lectures in English, read academic material quickly with good comprehension, write good paragraphs in answer to questions about the material, complete English sentences grammatically, and write an acceptable short essay in 30 minutes without using a dictionary. If a student does not present sufficient TOEFL or IELTS scores or pass the KU AEC proficiency test, the student must take either part-time or full-time intensive English language courses at KU for one or more semesters until successfully passing the AEC proficiency test. Once a student has passed all parts of the AEC test, the student can begin full-time KU courses, if he or she meets university admission requirements. A few Applied English Center courses are counted toward graduation by some programs at KU.

    To apply directly to the Applied English Center for English language study only, write to the University of Kansas, Applied English Center, Lippincott Hall, 1410 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 204, Lawrence, KS 66045-7537, U.S.A., aec@ku.edu.

    All international students at KU must have health insurance. For information, contact the International Health Insurance Coordinator at International Student and Scholar Services, 2 Strong Hall, or read the health insurance policy online.

    U.S. permanent residents, refugees, and political asylees

    Students from other lands who are U.S. permanent residents, refugees, or political asylees must verify their status and should apply as domestic students through the Office of Admissions. If an application for immigrant status is pending and not yet approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, students must verify their status when they apply for admission through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions.

    Students whose first language is not English

    The Applied English Center determines the English proficiency level of all non-native speakers of English and specifies which Applied English Center courses, if any, these students must take to be eligible to enroll in regular KU courses. This requirement applies to all international students, residents, or citizens of the United States, regardless of whether they have attended or graduated from accredited Kansas or other U.S. high schools.

    Enrollment of international students, including transfer students, in academic courses is restricted until English language proficiency is verified. All students from abroad, including students from English-speaking countries, must visit KU’s Applied English Center for verification of English language skills before enrollment.

    All undergraduates must enroll in the appropriate English course in the first semester at KU. Students must maintain continuous enrollment in appropriate English courses, whether these are Applied English Center or Department of English courses, until they have met English proficiency requirements through the Applied English Center and completed all courses in the Department of English required by their degree programs.

  • Admission

    Nothing can prepare students better for KU’s academic expectations than a challenging program of study in high school. High school students are encouraged to complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum. The Kansas Scholars curriculum has additional requirements; information is available online. Final deadlines for summer and fall terms are

    First-year students: Nov. 1 (early notification scholarship deadline)
      Dec. 1 (final admission and scholarships)
      Apr. 1 (admission only)
    Transfer students: Mar. 1 (admission and scholarships)
      May 1 (admission only)
    International: Dec. 1 (admission, some programs)
      Jan. 15 (fall scholarships)
      Feb. 1 (admission, some programs)
      Mar. 15 (summer admission only)
      Apr. 1 (fall admission only)

    Final deadlines for spring semester are

    First-year/transfer: Dec. 1 (admission only, scholarships not awarded mid-year)
    International: Oct. 1 (admission only)

    New first-year applicants

    New first-year applicants are students who have not completed any college-level course work since high school graduation. Students who complete summer course work after high school graduation, but have already been admitted to KU, are still considered new first-year applicants. Once a student graduates from high school and begins attending a community college or university, he or she must qualify for admission as a transfer applicant. Students who have been admitted to KU may enroll at another college or university while they are still in high school or in the summer before entering KU without affecting their admission status. If you have credits from another institution, have the institution send an official transcript to KU’s Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7576, or to the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions.

    Students who wish to enroll at KU while attending high school should apply under the High School Joint Enrollment Program (described below under Nondegree Applicants).

    Application procedure

    1. The Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships and the International Undergraduate Application for Admission are available online. You can apply online, download a copy from the website, or obtain a copy from KU’s Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7576, 785-864-3911.
      International student applicants must apply through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-2616.
    2. Complete, sign, and return the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships with application fee to the Office of Admissions. The application and fee can be sent directly to KU via the Office of Admissions website. KU uses a secured server for online submission of fees. Fees can be paid by MasterCard, VISA, or electronic check.
      International applicants should complete, sign, and return the application for admission with the application fee to the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions. The application and fee can be sent directly to KU via this office at the address above or via the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions website. KU uses a secured server for online submission of fees. Fees can be paid by MasterCard, VISA, or electronic check.
    3. A first-time applicant must have a 3.25 cumulative high school grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and submit additional scholarship application materials to be considered for KU first-year scholarships. Applicants must complete and postmark the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships by December 1. Applicants are considered for merit-based and/or merit-plus-need scholarships. Information about international undergraduate scholarship requirements and deadlines is available through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions.
    4. Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online. FAFSA applications are available in all high schools or online. KU’s school code is 001948. The priority date is March 1. (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only; international students do not complete the FAFSA.)
    5. Ask your high school to send your current transcript and a list of all courses to be completed in your senior year. Transcripts should include class rank and cumulative grade-point average through at least the end of your junior year. Faxed copies are accepted for admission and scholarship purposes (fax: 877-582-3648).
    6. Official ACT or SAT scores are required. Request that your scores be sent to KU when you register for the test. If you did not have your scores sent to KU, check with your high school counselor to see if they are listed on your high school transcript. Additional copies of ACT scores are available from the American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52234. KU’s ACT code is 1470. Additional copies of SAT scores are available from Admissions Testing Program, The College Board, P.O. Box 6200, Princeton, NJ 08541-6200. KU’s SAT code is 6871.
    7. If you apply while you are still in high school, have a final copy of your transcript sent to the Office of Admissions after you graduate (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office).
    8. If you are completing any college course work while in high school, have the college send an official transcript to the KU Office of Admissions (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office).
    9. If you have completed a General Education Diploma, have the State Department of Education send a copy of your scores to the Office of Admissions. Information about the GED is available on the Kansas Board of Regents website.
    10. KU requires a $350 nonrefundable enrollment deposit from new degree-seeking first-year students who will begin in the summer or fall semesters. Beginning in summer 2012, international degree-seeking freshmen and transfer students will pay the new student fee.
    11. Register to attend a summer, fall, or spring New Student Orientation session. NSO information is sent to all newly admitted and readmitted undergraduates. For information, contact New Student Orientation, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 145, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4270, orientation@ku.edu. (For information about International Student Orientation, contact ISSS, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., issorientation@ku.edu.)
    12. If you are not a native speaker of English, contact the Applied English Center, 204 Lippincott Hall, 785-864-4606, aec@ku.edu, for information about required English language screening.

    First-year admission requirements

    5 of KU’s schools admit first-semester, first-time students: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (including the School of the Arts) and the Schools of Architecture, Design and Planning; Engineering; Journalism and Mass Communications; and Music. The other 6 undergraduate schools (allied health, business, education, nursing, pharmacy, and social welfare), as well as journalism and mass communications, admit students after they have completed 30 to 90 semester credit hours of college work and filed an application for Change of School with the appropriate dean’s office or advising center. See the Admission Options charts below.

    Due to classroom space limitations, first-year admission to the School of the Arts; the School of Architecture, Design and Planning; the School of Engineering; and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is restricted.

    Kansas resident first-year applicants

    The Office of the University Registrar has information about requirements for Kansas resident status.

    Liberal Arts and Sciences. To qualify for admission you must meet 1 of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 21 or above or an SAT score of 980 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Rank in the top third of your high school graduating class or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 2.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    School of the Arts (Liberal Arts and Sciences). Same as CLAS, but grade-point average must be at least 2.5. Admission is competitive. Contact the Department of Dance about required entrance auditions. Art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Visual art applications must be received by December 1, and portfolios must be received by February 1, for the following fall semester. Late visual art applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. Dance applications must be recived by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Architecture, Design and Planning: Department of Architecture. Admission is competitive. Applicants must rank in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating classes with grade-point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and ACT math scores of 26 or higher (600 on math SAT). Applicants are encouraged to complete 3 years of science, including physics, and 3 years of mathematics, including trigonometry and precalculus or calculus, in high school. Applications must be received by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Architecture, Design and Planning: Department of Design. Admission is competitive. To qualify for admission you must meet one of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 23 or above or an SAT score of 1050 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Design applicants also must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Applications must be received by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Engineering. Admission is competitive. Students must be in the top half of their graduating classes, have 3.0 grade-point averages on a 4.0 scale, and have mathematics ACT scores of 22 or higher. Some engineering degree programs require higher math ACT scores. Applications for admission must be submitted by April 1 for the fall semester. Early applications are encouraged.

    Journalism and Mass Communications. Admission is competitive. Students may declare a journalism major directly out of high school and be admitted to the school if they have a composite ACT score of 24 or higher (or equivalent SAT score) and graduate from high school with a 3.0 grade-point average or higher. Applications must be submitted by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Music. Admission is competitive. To qualify for admission you must meet one of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 21 or above or an SAT score of 980 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Rank in the top third of your high school graduating class or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Applicants must also participate in required entrance auditions in music. Contact the School of Music for more information. Applications must be submitted by February 1 for the following fall semester. Early applications are encouraged.

    Kansas Resident Applicants from Home Schools and Nonaccredited High Schools. Students must submit all transcripts and obtain a score of 21 on the ACT or 980 (math and critical reading sections only) on the SAT for admission consideration.

    Out-of-state first-year applicants

    The Office of the University Registrar has information about requirements for Kansas resident status.

    Liberal Arts and Sciences. To qualify for admission you must meet 1 of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 24 or above or an SAT score of 1090 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Rank in the top third of your high school graduating class or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    School of the Arts (Liberal Arts and Sciences). Same as CLAS. Admission is competitive. Contact the Department of Dance about required entrance auditions. Art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Visual art applications must be received by December 1, and portfolios must be received by February 1, for the following fall semester. Late visual art applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. Dance applications must be recived by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Architecture, Design and Planning: Department of Architecture. Admission is competitive. Applicants must rank in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating classes with grade-point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and ACT math scores of 26 or higher (600 on math SAT). Applicants are encouraged to complete 3 years of science, including physics, and 3 years of mathematics, including trigonometry and precalculus or calculus, in high school. Applications must be received by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Architecture, Design and Planning: Department of Design. Admission is competitive. To qualify for admission you must meet one of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 25 or above or an SAT score of 1130 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Design applicants also must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admissions process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Applications must be received by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Engineering. Admission is competitive. Students must be in the top half of their graduating classes, have 3.0 grade-point averages on a 4.0 scale, and have mathematics ACT scores of 22 or higher. Some engineering degree programs require higher math ACT scores. Applications for admission must be submitted by April 1 for the fall semester. Early applications are encouraged.

    Journalism and Mass Communications. Admission is competitive. Students may declare a journalism major directly out of high school and be admitted to the school if they have a composite ACT score of 24 or higher (or equivalent SAT score) and graduate from high school with a 3.0 grade-point average or higher. Applications must be submitted by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Music. Admission is competitive. To qualify for admission you must meet one of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 24 or above or an SAT score of 1090 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Rank in the top third of your high school graduating class or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Applicants must also participate in required entrance auditions in music. Contact the School of Music for more information. Applications must be submitted by February 1 for the following fall semester. Early applications are encouraged.

    Out-of-state applicants from home schools and nonaccredited high schools. Students must submit all transcripts and earn a score of 24 on the ACT or 1090 (math and critical reading sections only) on the SAT for admission consideration.

    Requirements for all applicants

    General education diploma (GED) applicants. To qualify for admission, you must have an overall score of 2550 points and a score of not less than 510 points on each subtest. If you are under the age of 21, you also must submit ACT or SAT scores.

    First-year tnternational student applicants. Admission requirements and deadlines vary depending on the program, the student’s previous level of education, and the semester of entry. See International Undergraduate Admission.

    Non-native speakers of English. If English is not your first language, you must visit the KU Applied English Center, 204 Lippincott Hall, aec@ku.edu, before your first enrollment. This is required even if you graduated from an accredited Kansas or other U.S. high school or are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You may be required to take an English Language Proficiency Test and to enroll in English language courses if you do not pass that test. See Students Whose First Language is Not English for more information.

    High school early admission program. High school students who are interested in becoming full-time, degree-seeking students at KU may be admitted if they have completed all of their requirements for high school graduation early. This program is designed for students with the emotional maturity as well as the academic ability and background necessary to excel at the university at a younger age. Interested students must submit applications for admission, ACT or SAT scores, high school transcripts, and letters of permission/recommendation from their high school principal and their parent(s) or guardian(s) by the appropriate deadlines.

    For information about the High School Joint Enrollment Program, see Nondegree Applicants below.

    Appeals

    Students who are denied admission may appeal the decision formally in writing to the director of admissions. KU’s admission appeals committee reviews appeals.

    Transfer applicants

    Transfer applicants are those who have attended another institution of higher education since graduating from high school or receiving a GED. If you plan to transfer to one of KU’s professional schools, contact the school directly one year before you plan to enter the program.

    Application procedure

    1. The Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships and the International Undergraduate Application for Admission are available online. You can apply online, download a copy from the website, or obtain a copy from KU’s Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7576, 785-864-3911.
      International student applicants must apply through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-2616.
    2. Complete, sign, and return the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships with application fee to the Office of Admissions. The application and fee can be sent directly to KU via the Office of Admissions website. KU uses a secured server for online submission of fees. Fees can be paid by MasterCard, VISA, or electronic check.
      International applicants should complete, sign, and return the application for admission with the application fee to the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions. The application and fee can be sent directly to KU via this office at the address above or via the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions website. KU uses a secured server for online submission of fees. Fees can be paid by MasterCard, VISA, or electronic check.
    3. To be considered for KU transfer scholarships, a transfer applicant must have a 3.25 cumulative college grade-point average and have completed 24 transferrable hours at the time of enrollment. Applicants must complete and postmark the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships by March 1. Applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships. Information about international undergraduate scholarship requirements and deadlines is available through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions.
    4. Apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online. KU’s school code is 001948. The priority date is March 1. (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only; international students do not complete the FAFSA.)
    5. Request an official transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended. To be official, transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution to the Office of Admissions (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office) or delivered directly from the school in a sealed envelope. Faxed copies are accepted for admission and scholarship purposes (fax: 877-582-3648). However, an official transcript showing your final semester grades must be mailed directly from your school to be evaluated for transfer of credit and to finalize your admission to KU.
    6. If you have completed fewer than 24 transferrable college credit hours at the time you apply to KU, ask your high school to send an official copy of your high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office).
    7. Register to attend a summer, fall, or spring New Student Orientation session. NSO information is sent to all newly admitted and readmitted undergraduates. For information, contact New Student Orientation, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 145, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4270, orientation@ku.edu. (For information about International Student Orientation, contact ISSS, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., issorientation@ku.edu.) If you plan to pursue an undergraduate degree-completion program at the KU Edwards Campus, contact the Student Success program director, (913) 897-8461, for information about orientation.
    8. If you are not a native speaker of English, contact the Applied English Center, 204 Lippincott Hall, 785-864-4606, aec@ku.edu, for information about required English language screening.

    Transfer credit evaluation

    All transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 hours at KU regardless of the number of hours of credit they earned from other colleges. To receive transfer credit, you must have attended an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body, such as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits KU. International colleges and universities must be officially recognized by the Ministry of Education in their countries for students to receive transfer credit. KU does not accept grades of D for transfer credit. The Office of Admissions conducts a thorough review of your college credits upon your admission to KU. Before enrollment, new transfer students should understand what credits were accepted by KU and how they fulfill degree requirements. Only transfer students who have been admitted to KU receive an official credit evaluation.

    Transfer admission requirements

    Students who have completed any college course work since high school graduation are considered transfer students, although students with fewer than 24 transferrable credit hours must submit high school transcripts and standardized test scores in addition to college transcripts. For students who have completed fewer than 24 transferrablehours at the time of application, admission decisions are based on both high school and college performance. All transfer applicants must be in good standing at the institution they attended previously and meet additional admission requirements for the school they plan to enter at KU. All transfer applicants must meet appropriate deadlines. See Admission Options charts below.

    Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students interested in transferring into KU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must meet one of these admission standards:

    • Kansas residents: A cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale from a community college, college, or university (students with fewer than 24 transferrable credit hours are reviewed on the basis of both high school and college performance).
    • Out-of-state residents: A minimum of 24 transferrable credit hours from any accredited institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (students with fewer than 24 transferrable credit hours are reviewed on the basis of both high school and college performance).

    Some College departments have competitive admission. See individual department sections.

    School of the Arts (Liberal Arts and Sciences). Admission is competitive. Students must have grade-point averages of at least 3.0. Contact the dance department about required entrance auditions. Art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Visual art applications must be received by December 1, and portfolios must be received by February 1, for the following fall semester. Late visual art applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. Dance applications must be recived by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Professional schools. Transfer admission requirements for the schools (allied health; architecture, design and planning; business; education; engineering;  journalism and mass communications; music; nursing; pharmacy; and social welfare) are more stringent. See Admission Options charts below.

    Non-native speakers of English. If English is not your first language, you must visit the KU Applied English Center, 204 Lippincott Hall, aec@ku.edu, before your first enrollment. This is required even if you graduated from an accredited Kansas or other U.S. high school or are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You may be required to take an English Language Proficiency Test and to enroll in English language courses if you do not pass that test. See Students Whose First Language is Not English.

    Admission options for first-year and transfer students

    If you enter KU as a first-year student, you must enter the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the School of the Arts in CLAS; or the Schools of Architecture, Design and Planning; Engineering; Journalism and Mass Communications; or Music. Transfer students also may enter these schools if they are eligible. Apply as early as possible. Spaces in some programs may fill before the deadlines. In all references to grade-point averages (GPA), A=4.0.

    International students should refer to the Admissions Requirements and Deadlines Charts available on the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions website.

    School Requirements  
    When to apply
      Kansas first-year students Out-of-state first-year students Transfer students  
    College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS)
    • ACT score of 21 or higher or an SAT* score of 980 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum
    • ACT score of 24 or higher or an SAT* score of 1090 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum
    • Transfer students who are Kansas residents must have completed at least 24 transferrable credit hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA from a community college, college, or university.
    • Transfer students who are out-of-state residents must have completed at least 24 transferrable credit hours with a 2.5 or higher GPA from a community college, college, or university.
    • Note: Students who have completed fewer than 24 transferrable hours when they apply must meet different admission requirements.
    • First-year students:
      Fall and summer entry:
      Apr. 1
      Spring entry:
      Dec. 1
    • Transfer students:
      Fall and summer entry:
      May 1

      Spring entry:
      Dec. 1
    School of the Arts (within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
    • ACT score of 21 or higher or an SAT* score of 980 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum

    Admission is competitive. Contact the dance department about required entrance auditions. Visual art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • ACT score of 24 or higher or an SAT* score of 1090 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum

    Admission is competitive. Contact the dance department about required entrance auditions. Visual art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • 3.0 GPA or higher from any college or university, including KU

    Admission is competitive. Contact the dance department about required entrance auditions. Visual art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • Fall entry:
      Visual Art first-year students:
      Jan. 15
      Visual Art transfer students:
      Dec. 1
      Dance:
      Feb. 1
    • Spring entry:
      Visual Art:
      Oct. 1
      Dance:
      Oct. 1
    • Summer entry:
      Visual Art first-year students:
      Jan. 15
      Visual Art transfer students:
      Dec. 1
      Dance:
      Dec. 1

    (Film & Media Studies & Theatre: no application deadlines)

    School of Architecture, Design & Planning Department of Architecture
    • graduate in the top 25 percent of your class at an accredited high school with a 3.0 or higher GPA and
    • take 3 years of science including a course in physics and 3 years of math including trigonometry, precalculus, or calculus (preferred) and
    • have an ACT math score of at least 26 (600 on math SAT)

    Admission is competitive.

    • graduate in the top 15 percent of your class at an accredited high school with a 3.0 or higher GPA and
    • take 3 years of science,
      including a course in physics (recommended), and 3 years of math, including trigonometry, precalculus, or calculus (preferred) and
    • have an ACT math score of at least 26 (600 on math SAT)

    Admission is competitive.

    • at least a 3.5 GPA and
    • a grade of C or higher in appropriate college-level
      calculus and physics courses

    Admission is competitive.

    • First-year students:
      Fall and summer entry:
      Feb. 1
      Spring entry:
      Oct. 1
    • Transfer students:
      Fall entry:
      Feb. 1
      Spring entry:
      Oct. 1
    School of Architecture, Design & Planning Department of Design
    • ACT score of 23 or higher or an SAT* score of 1050 or higher or
    • 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale at an accredited high school

    Admission is competitive. Design applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • ACT score of 25 or higher or an SAT* score of 1130 or higher or
    • 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale at an accredited high school

    Admission is competitive. Design applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • 3.0 GPA or higher from any college or university, including KU

    Admission is competitive. Design applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • First-year students:
      Fall and summer entry:
      Feb. 1
      Spring entry:
      Oct. 1
    • Transfer students:
      Fall and summer entry:
      Dec. 1
      Spring entry:
      Oct. 1
    School of Engineering
    • 3.0 or higher GPA and
    • rank in the top half of your class at an accredited high school and
    • minimum math ACT score of 22 (540 on math SAT) or for architectural engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science, a minimum math ACT score of 28 (640 on math SAT).

    Admission is competitive. Preference is given to students who meet the criteria above and who apply by Jan. 1.

    • 3.0 or higher GPA and
    • rank in the top half of your class at an accredited high school and
    • minimum math ACT score of 22 (540 on math SAT) or for architectural engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science, a minimum math ACT score of 28 (640 on math SAT).

    Admission is competitive. Preference is given to students who meet the criteria above and who apply by Jan. 1.

    Evaluated on a case-by-case basis

    • an overall college GPA of at least 2.5 and
    • minimum score of 22 or higher on the ACT math test or a C or higher in Calculus 1.

    Admission is competitive.

    • First-year students:
      Fall and summer entry:
      Apr. 1
      Spring entry:
      Dec. 1
    • Transfer students:
      Fall and summer entry:
      May 1
      Spring entry:
      Dec. 1
    School of Journalism & Mass Communications
    • 3.0 or higher high school GPA and
    • composite ACT score of 24 or higher (or equivalent SAT score).

    Admission is competitive based on cumulative GPA.

    • 3.0 or higher high school GPA and
    • composite ACT score of 24 or higher (or equivalent SAT score).

    Admission is competitive based on cumulative GPA.

    • 24 or more credit hours at KU or another institution with a 2.5 or higher GPA and
    • take prerequisite classes with the required GPA.

    Admission is competitive based on cumulative GPA.

    • First-year and transfer students:
      Fall and summer entry:
      Feb. 1
      Spring entry:
      Sept. 1
    School of Music
    • ACT score of 21 or higher or an SAT* score of 980 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum.

    Admission is competitive. Contact the school about required entrance auditions.

    • ACT score of 24 or higher or an SAT* score of 1090 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum.

    Admission is competitive. Contact the school about required entrance auditions.

    Transfer students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA from any college or university, including KU.

    Admission is competitive. Contact the school about required entrance auditions.

    • Fall entry:
      Feb. 1
    • Spring entry:
      Oct. 1
    • Summer entry:
      Dec. 1

    *Math and critical reading sections only

    Admission guidelines are subject to change. Direct questions to the KU Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7576, 785-864-3911, fax: 785-864-5017, adm@ku.edu.

    Admission options beyond the first year

    First-year students who plan eventually to enter the schools in the chart below usually begin in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and apply as sophomores or juniors. Apply to KU schools as early as possible. Admission is competitive, and some programs may fill before the deadlines.

    School
    Requirements When to apply
    College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
    • Apply for admission to KU.
    • Complete an application for the major in the department office, meet specific GPA requirements in KU courses, and take certain prerequisites.
    • For details, consult CLAS or the academic department.
    Deadlines vary by major.
    School of Allied Health

    Admission requirements, prerequisites, and entry levels vary by major. For information, contact the student affairs office, 913-588-2729, alliedhealth@kumc.edu.

    Deadlines vary by major.
    School of Business

    To enter as a junior (60 hours or more), a student must

    1. take pre-admission courses and
    2. have a 2.5 or higher GPA overall, at KU and in business and economics courses.

    Admission is based on college GPA and résumé. Admission is competitive. Consult the School of Business Student & Academic Services, 206 Summerfield Hall, 785-864-7500.

    • Fall entry:
      Feb. 15
    • Spring entry:
      Sept. 15
    School of Education

    To enter Curriculum and Teaching as a second-semester sophomore or to enter Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences as a junior (hours vary by program), a student must

    1. have a cumulative 2.75 or higher GPA for all education programs except athletic training and health and physical education, which require a cumulative 2.5 or higher GPA and
    2. complete admission (core) course requirements with a 2.75 or higher GPA,
    3. for teacher education programs, pass the Reading, Writing, and Math sections of the Pre-Professional Skills test (PPST).

    Admission in selective programs is competitive. Consult a pre-education adviser immediately upon entering KU.

    • Fall entry:
      Health & physical education teaching:
      Feb. 1
      Sport management, exercise science, & community health:
      Feb. 1
      Athletic training:
      May 1
    • Spring entry:
      Curriculum & teaching:
      Sept. 21
      Sport management, exercise science, & community health:
      Sept. 21
    School of Journalism & Mass Communications

    Students who do not declare journalism as their major during the first semester of the first year may apply for admission if they have

    1. earned 24 or more credit hours (either at KU or another institution) with a 2.5 or higher grade-point average and
    2. completed or are enrolled in JOUR 101 the semester of application and
    3. earned a 2.0 or higher in JOUR 101 (if applying while enrolled in JOUR 101, admission is rescinded if a 2.0 or higher is not earned).
    • Fall and summer entry:
      Feb. 1
    • Spring entry:
      Sept. 1
    School of Nursing

    To enter as a junior (62 hours or more), a student must

    1. have a 2.5 or higher GPA and
    2. take prerequisite courses and
    3. submit the online application.

    Consult the prenursing adviser, 785-864-2834. Admission is competitive.

    • Fall entry:
      Oct. 15

    No admission for spring or summer. Late applications considered if space permits.

    School of Pharmacy

    To enter as a junior (68 hours or more), a student must

    1. have a 2.5 or higher GPA and
    2. take prerequisite courses.

    Admission is competitive. The PCAT is required. Consult the dean’s office, 785-864-3591.

    • Fall entry:
      Feb. 1

    No admission for spring or summer.

    School of Social Welfare

    To enter as a sophomore (30 hours or more), a student must

    1. have a 2.5 or higher GPA and
    2. complete MATH 101, ENGL 101, and ENGL 102 and
    3. submit application available from 107 Twente Hall.

    Consult presocial work adviser, 785-864-8976, before or during first year.

    • Fall entry:
      Oct. 1 or Feb. 1
    • Transfer students only:
      June 1

    Readmission

    Readmission applies to any former student who has earned a grade in at least 1 hour of credit at KU. Former KU students must submit applications for readmission if their lapse in attendance is 1 semester or more. Applicants may be readmitted if they left KU in good standing and are in good standing with all other institutions they have attended since their enrollment at KU. Contact the Office of Admissions or the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions for deadlines.

    Students who applied to KU and were accepted but never attended must reapply for admission as new first-year or transfer applicants. See the First-Year Applicants or Transfer Applicants sections above. Admission offers are valid only for the semester specified in the admission letter.

    Application procedure

    1. The Undergraduate Application for Readmission and the International Undergraduate Application for Readmission are online. Some schools require students who have been dismissed to petition for readmission. Consult your dean’s office.
    2. Complete, sign, and submit your application for readmission to the Office of Admissions (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office).
    3. If you have attended another institution since KU, have an official transcript from each institution sent to the Office of Admissions (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office).
    4. Apply for federal financial aid online. KU’s school code is 001948. The priority date is March 1. (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.)
    5. You may elect to participate in continuing student enrollment, or you may attend an abbreviated orientation program. If you have questions about which process is best for you, consult your adviser or contact the Student Records Center, 151 Strong Hall, 785-864-4423, enrollment@ku.edu.
    6. International students should apply through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-2616.

    Readmission requirements

    Applicants to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who were academically dismissed must meet readmission requirements. See Probation and Dismissal in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Regulations section of the online catalog.

    Applicants who wish to change schools must meet the requirements and deadlines for the school in which they plan to study.

    School of the Arts, Department of Design, School of Music. Applicants requesting admission after attending another university must meet transfer admission requirements on the Admission Options charts above. Music or dance admission is contingent upon a successful audition. Visual art or design admission is contingent upon a successful portfolio review. Early applications and auditions are encouraged.

    Nondegree applicants

    The nondegree admission category is designed for students who

    • Are attending another college or university and want to enroll at KU for 1 or 2 courses.
    • Are adult students not interested in degrees who would like to enroll in 1 or 2 courses.
    • Want to take a college-level course while still in high school.
    • Want to take undergraduate courses for graduate school or for a certification program.

    Admission as a nondegree student is denied if the applicant has prior academic work at KU and is not eligible for readmission. See Readmission above. Generally, nondegree students are not eligible for student housing and are limited to 6 credit hours a semester unless they receive special permission to exceed the limit. Nondegree students typically are not eligible for federal financial aid. Contact Financial Aid and Scholarships, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 50, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4700, financialaid@ku.edu, for exceptions. Grades earned as a nondegree student do not count automatically toward graduation or in the graduation grade-point average. Some schools may allow students to include them by petition.

    International students interested in nondegree admission should check with the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions for information about requirements and immigration implications.

    Nondegree applicant admission requirements

    4 distinct categories of students qualify for consideration as nondegree students:

    1. Life-long learner applicants. Course work taken in this category is intended for personal enjoyment or to enhance employment opportunities.
    2. High school joint enrollment program. Academically talented high school students may be admitted before high school graduation. Submit the nondegree application for admission along with a letter of recommendation from the high school counselor or principal and a letter of permission from parent(s) or guardian(s). Course work to be completed at KU must be at a level beyond that available in high school. Students interested in the High School Early Admission Program should read First-Year Admission Requirements above.
    3. Visiting students. Students from other colleges or universities who want to transfer course work to institutions where they are seeking degrees may enroll in courses at KU. Check with departments to determine your eligibility and to learn if courses are available.
    4. Post-baccalaureate applicants. Individuals with previous undergraduate degrees may seek admission as nondegree-seeking students. A student who wishes to earn a second baccalaureate degree should not enroll as a nondegree-seeking student. See Transfer Applicants above.

    Applicants interested in graduate course work as degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking students should contact the University of Kansas, Graduate Studies, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-8040, graduate@ku.edu.

    ACT or SAT examinations

    All new first-year and transfer students who have fewer than 24 hours of college credit and who are younger than 21 by the first day of class must complete the ACT or SAT test before they will be considered for admission. Testing Services in Counseling and Psychological Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center, gives the ACT examination periodically and during the week of orientation, but you are strongly encouraged to take it before you arrive on campus. The scores are used for many purposes before the beginning of classes.

    International students generally are exempt from the ACT or SAT requirement, except in the Schools of Architecture, Design and Planning; Business; and Engineering.

    Advanced placement

    AP credit. KU encourages students to take Advanced Placement Examinations in any of the areas under the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) program. KU gives credit only in certain courses with certain scores from the AP examinations. The results of these examinations must be sent to KU directly from CEEB. Departments may grant advanced placement and/or credit on the basis of the test scores. No college grade is assigned when advanced placement credit is given. Instead, a credit is recorded on the student’s KU record. No fee, beyond that charged by CEEB, is assessed for such college credit or placement. For information on how Advanced Placement scores in English and mathematics affect graduation requirements and initial enrollment in all schools, see Degree Requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section and the English and Mathematics department sections of the online catalog. Contact the Office of Admissions, 785-864-3911, or visit CredTran, for information.

    College Level Examination Program (CLEP). General and subject examinations in several fields are accepted at KU as a means of awarding credit for nontraditional work. The manner in which credit is given ranges from awarding credit for a comparable KU course to granting an exemption from prerequisites without an award of credit hours toward the degree. The required minimum score varies with the examination, usually falling within the 50th to 70th percentile range. Contact the Office of Admissions, 785-864-3911, or visit CredTran, for information. CLEP examinations can be taken by appointment at Testing Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center; call 785-864-2768 for more information.

    Credit by Examination. KU offers its own program of advanced credit examinations. See Credit by Examination in Regulations. (Warning: Some medical schools do not accept credit by examination.)

    International Baccalaureate Program. If you have taken International Baccalaureate classes while in high school, check www.admissions.ku.edu to determine the credit given for those classes. An official IB transcript must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions for review. No college grade is assigned when credit is given. Instead, credit is recorded on the KU record. No fee, beyond that charged by IB, is assessed for credit or placement. Contact the Office of Admissions, 785-864-3911, or visit CredTran, for information.

  • Scholarships

    KU is committed to recruiting excellent, motivated undergraduates. Academically talented students who are interested in pursuing their education at KU are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are awarded competitively from both Kansas resident and out-of-state applicant pools. During fiscal year 2009, more than 6,200 KU students received $32.1 million in scholarships, awards, prizes, and loans from KU Endowment. KU’s academic schools and departments also offer scholarships to prospective first-year and upper-level students.

    Information about Edwards Campus scholarships and grants is available online. Financial Aid and Scholarships administers need-based financial aid for Edwards Campus students.

    For more information and a list of scholarships, contact Financial Aid and Scholarships, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 50, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4700, financialaid@ku.edu.

    For information about scholarships, international undergraduate student applicants should contact the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., 785-864-2616.

    First-year students

    To apply, prospective first-year students must complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships. A 3.25 overall high school grade-point average on a 4.0 scale is required for applications to be submitted to the scholarship committee. Students must submit a list of activities and a scholarship essay as part of the complete application for scholarships. Students are evaluated on the high school curriculum, official standardized test scores, high school cumulative grade-point average, demonstrated leadership and community service, and scholarship essay. If your completed application is received by November 1, a letter will be mailed by late January detailing the committee’s decision. Letters are mailed by late March to students whose completed applications are received by the December 1 deadline.

    Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. If you are offered a departmental scholarship, you will be notified directly by the department. Recipients of scholarships from the Schools of Engineering and Journalism and Mass Communications and the Departments of Biological Sciences, Geology, and Physics and Astronomy receive joint award letters from the academic unit and the Office of Admissions. Scholarship applications must be completed and postmarked no later than December 1.

    Note: December is the last possible test date to receive scores in time for the scholarship application deadline.

    Additional merit-based scholarships are available to students in various departments and fields of study. Contact the department of interest for information.

    Transfer students

    To apply, prospective transfer students must complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships. A 3.25 overall college grade-point average and a minimum of 24 transferrable credit hours are required for applications to be submitted to the scholarship committee. Students must submit a co-curricular summary and a scholarship essay as part of the complete application for scholarships. Students are evaluated on the college career based on college curriculum, grade-point average, demonstrated leadership and community service, and scholarship essay. To be eligible for transfer scholarships, students must have completed 24 transferrable college hours when they enroll at KU. Scholarship applications must be complete and postmarked no later than March 1, the final deadline.

    Reduced tuition funding

    The Midwest Student Exchange Program enables residents of Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin to attend KU at reduced tuition levels. Each year, 35 new KU students receive awards from this program. Complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships. Only new first-year students intending to enroll and major in the following programs are considered: African and African-American studies; American studies; astronomy; classics; dance; engineering physics; geology; health education/community health; humanities; journalism and mass communications; Latin American studies; linguistics; microbiology; music education; music therapy; petroleum engineering; physics; religious studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies; Slavic languages and literatures; visual art education; and women’s studies.

  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

    KU is a member of the SOC Consortium created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to service members who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and active and reserve components of the military services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for service members worldwide.

    As a member of the SOC Consortium KU is committed to helping service members with

    1. Reasonable transfer of credit to avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication when possible;
    2. Reduced academic residency requirements: a minimum of 30 hours in residence, not specific to the final year, if all grade-point average requirements and major courses have been completed (see the appropriate school or College for details);
    3. When comparable KU courses exist, credit for Military Training and Experience; and
    4. Award of credit for at least 1 nationally recognized testing program such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), or Excelsior College Examinations (ECE).
  • 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.

  • Employment opportunities

    The University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, 785-864-3624, connects KU students with paid on- and off-campus part-time work opportunities that build skills and help cover educational costs. Visit KUCareerHawk for more information.

    At KU Medical Center, the Employment Office, 1052 Wescoe Pavilion, Mail Stop 2033, posts job opportunities online.

  • Loans

    KU’s student loan program is administered by Financial Aid and Scholarships, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 50, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4700, financialaid@ku.edu.

  • International studies centers

    Center for Global and International Studies

    The Center for Global and International Studies supports and promotes global and international studies at KU. In collaboration with International Programs, CGIS works to provide a single point of contact for faculty with international expertise to help facilitate interdisciplinary research and teaching opportunities. Building on longstanding institutional strength in international studies, the center focuses on topics and themes of transnational scope and on world areas of economic and strategic importance not covered by the existing area studies centers. CGIS contributes to the preparation of students for careers in an increasingly interconnected world by housing undergraduate and graduate degrees in global and international studies, and by supporting the introduction of new course offerings and study abroad opportunities. In addition, the center offers outreach activities to K-12 teachers, businesses, and governmental agencies across the region and serves as a resource for the local and international community.

    Kansas African Studies Center

    The Kansas African Studies Center is a comprehensive National Resource Center funded by Title VI of the U.S. Higher Education Act for the study of Africa. It coordinates and develops the interdisciplinary interests of Africanists at KU and promotes the study and understanding of Africa in the university, the state, and the region. It sponsors research, enhances curriculum, organizes conferences, promotes special projects, acquires library and related resources, conducts outreach programs, and seeks grants and special funding to make these activities possible.

    Center for East Asian Studies

    The Center for East Asian Studies is a National Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. CEAS promotes East Asian language and area studies; coordinates interdisciplinary activities; works with the East Asian Library; advises students in East Asian studies; awards World Language and Area Studies Fellowships in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Uyghur, and Tibetan; and arranges special events related to East Asia on campus. CEAS also offers outreach to schools, businesses, and the community and serves as a regional resource for information about East Asia.

    Center of Latin American Studies

    The nationally recognized Center of Latin American Studies promotes interdisciplinary study of Latin America and its languages through teaching, scholarship, outreach, study abroad, and international exchanges. It administers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and graduate certificate programs in Central American and Mexican Studies and Brazilian Studies. Areas of particular strength are Central America, Mexico, Brazil, and Paraguay. Languages include Spanish, Portuguese, Kachiquel Maya, Quichua, and Haitian Creole. The center coordinates Latin American events on campus including lectures, films, exhibits, and theatrical performances. Exchanges and study abroad programs have been developed in Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. The center offers outreach to schools, businesses, and the community and serves as a resource for the state, the region, and the nation.

    Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

    The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies is one of 16 comprehensive National Resource Centers funded by Title VI of the U.S. Higher Education Act for the study of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, East Central Europe, and the Balkans. It promotes language and area study in an integrated, interdisciplinary framework and in traditional academic disciplines. Languages taught include Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Slovenian, Turkish, and Yiddish. The center administers B.A. co-major and M.A. degree programs in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies and supports study abroad in Russia, Poland, Croatia, and Ukraine. Each year, visiting scholars from the region join KU’s 50 area faculty members in exchange, instructional, and research activities. The center also coordinates and sponsors conferences, lectures, theatre, and outreach activities of interest to KU students, faculty members, K-12 teachers, and the community. It serves as a resource to the state, the Great Plains, and the nation.

  • Advising

    Graduate advising is done at the department and program level. For more information, please contact the director of graduate studies in your department or program.

  • Applied English Center

    The Applied English Center offers English language courses for non-English-speaking students. These courses, ranging from elementary through advanced, are available to those admitted to the center as well as to KU students who need further English instruction before undertaking full-time study in their degree programs. A limited number of Applied English credits are counted toward graduation by some programs at KU.

  • Certificate programs

    View the Graduate Studies policies on graduate certificate programs.

  • Student employment

    The University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, 785-864-3624, connects KU students with paid on- and off-campus part-time work opportunities that build skills and help cover educational costs. Visit KUCareerHawk for more information.

    At KU Medical Center, the Employment Office, 1052 Wescoe Pavilion, Mail Stop 2033, posts job opportunities online.

    Graduate assistantships are available to qualified graduate students. View the Graduate Studies policies on graduate assistantships.

  • Disability resources

    Disability Resources, 785-864-2620 (V/TTY), coordinates academic accommodations for students with ADHD and learning, physical, medical, psychiatric, and sensory disabilities. After a student provides current documentation of a disability, the office helps provide sign language interpreters, captioning, books in alternate format, note takers, extended time for tests, access to transportation, and other accommodations.

    At KU Medical Center, the Equal Opportunity Office, 1054 Wescoe Pavilion, Mail Stop 2014, 913-588-1206, (voice) TDD: 913-588-7963, provides disability services.

  • Financial aid and scholarships

    Fellowships, scholarships, assistantships

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

    Lawrence

    Financial Aid and Scholarships, 785-864-4700, financialaid@ku.edu, administers loans, grants, and need-based financial aid.

    Edwards Campus

    Information about Edwards Campus scholarships and grants is available online. Financial Aid and Scholarships administers need-based financial aid for Edwards Campus students.

    KU Medical Center

    The Department of Student Financial Aid serves students who need financial assistance to attend KU Medical Center. For a copy of the KUMC Financial Aid Guide and any required applications, contact Student Financial Aid, KU Medical Center, 4003 Student Center, Mail Stop 4005, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160, 913-588-5170, financialaid@kumc.edu.

  • Health services

    Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

    Student Health Services, 785-864-9500, is in Watkins Memorial Health Center. Services include general medicine, urgent care, gynecology, allergy injections, immunizations, travel health clinic, nutrition counseling, laboratory services, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, and health promotion through the Health Education Resource office. To reduce waiting time, appointments are encouraged. KU Edwards Campus students have the option to use student health services at KU; you will be charged an additional fee each semester at your first appointment.

    Fees: Students who pay the full Lawrence campus required fees, which includes a health fee assessed at the time of enrollment, are eligible for some services at no additional cost (e.g., most physician visits). Fees are assessed for ancillary services (e.g., laboratory tests, physical therapy), which are typically offered at below median market charges for the Lawrence area.

    Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Health Insurance: At your request, SHS will bill your health insurance company. Any portion not covered by your insurance is your responsibility. Please bring your insurance card the first time you use SHS. All international students must have health insurance. See the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for more information.

    Note: SHS is not a participating provider for Medicare, Medicaid, or HealthWave and, therefore, cannot bill these programs. If you do not have health insurance, a voluntary student health insurance plan is available, sponsored by the Kansas Board of Regents. For more information, call the SHS insurance office at 785-864-9522.

    KU Medical Center

    Student Health Services, 913-588-1941, offers outpatient primary care/urgent care, referrals, immunizations, allergy injections, routine physicals, well-woman exams, contraceptive counseling, care for sexually transmitted infections, exposure management, health education and prevention, and travel medications and immunizations. Services are available for students and spouses or partners.

    Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

    Appointments: Student Health Services operates on a scheduled appointment basis. Every effort is made to accommodate medical needs. Based on staff availability, walk-ins are accepted. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time and bring your insurance card. If a patient is more than 15 minutes late, the appointment must be rescheduled. If you are unable to keep your appointment, notify Student Health Services as soon as possible.

    After-Hours Service: If your primary care physician is in the KU Department of Family Medicine, call 913-588-1908 after clinic hours and on weekends. If your primary care physician is in another KUMC department or outside KUMC, contact that medical office. In case of emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

    Health Insurance: All students taking courses at KUMC must maintain health insurance throughout their enrollment. You may choose any health insurance plan. KUMC offers an insurance plan for enrolled students. The Student Health Fee does not provide health insurance. For more information on insurance options, contact Student Health Insurance Verification at 913-588-4695. Proof of current health insurance (e.g., photocopy of insurance card or letter from health insurance company) and a signed Acknowledgement of the Student Health Insurance Policy form are required. If your insurance changes, bring in a copy of your new insurance card.

  • Housing

    Lawrence

    Living on campus is the easiest way to connect with a diverse mix of people. KU’s affordable, safe, and convenient housing options are right at the heart of campus.

    Student Housing offers personal or group tours of all 3 on-campus communities:

    • Residence halls are the largest on-campus community offering traditional 2-person rooms plus renovated suite-style buildings.
    • Scholarship halls offer a close-knit community. 50 residents in each building help with hall duties such as cooking and cleaning and pay less for room and meals.
    • Jayhawker Towers and Stouffer Place are apartments for nontraditional students, graduate students, and students with families.

    Visit KU Student Housing, write to housing@ku.edu, or call 785-864-4560.

    Off-campus housing is also available in Lawrence.

    KU Medical Center

    Apartment complexes, private apartments, and houses are available within walking distance of the Medical Center. Contact the Housing Office, 913-588-4695, housinginfo@kumc.edu.

  • Independent Study

    Students who are unable to enroll in campus sections of KU courses, have scheduling conflicts, or wish to expand their course options may take Independent Study courses for KU credit or on a noncredit basis. The Independent Study program accommodates students’ other educational commitments, work schedules, or family and community responsibilities. Independent Study is a statewide service, authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents. As part of KU Continuing Education, Independent Study offers more than 150 approved college courses similar to those taught in residence. Independent Study courses are available in online and media-supplemented versions. Request the Independent Study catalog by calling 785-864-5823, or contact Independent Study, Continuing Education, 1515 St. Andrews Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047-1619, enroll@ku.edu.

    Graduate credit. No graduate credit is given for Continuing Education 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 courses, and others) may be offered for graduate credit only if they are assigned a line number, taught by a member of the KU Graduate Faculty, approved by the dean of the school or college offering the course, and confirmed by the dean of Graduate Studies.

    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.

    Independent Study courses

    All courses use KU departmental abbreviations. The number in parentheses indicates the credit hours for each course.

    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    • AAAS 104 Introduction to African American Studies (3)
    • AAAS 105 Introduction to African History (3)
    • AAAS 106 The Black Experience in the Americas (3)
    • AAAS 306 The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation (3)
    • AAAS 349 Islam (3)
    • AAAS 510 Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
    • AAAS 511 The Civil Rights Movement (3)
    • AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference: Langston Hughes (1 or 2)
    • AAAS 811 The Civil Rights Movement (3)
    • ABSC 160 Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3)
    • ABSC 268 Introduction to Marriage and Family Relations (3)
    • ABSC 342 Adult Development and Aging (3)
    • ABSC 405 Children and Media (3)
    • ABSC 626 Psychology of Adolescence (3)
    • ANTH 100 General Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 104 Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology (4)
    • ANTH 108 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (4)
    • ANTH 304 Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology (4)
    • ANTH 308 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (4)
    • ATMO 105 Introductory Meteorology (5)
    • ATMO 220 Unusual Weather (3)
    • BIOL 100 Principles of Biology (3)
    • BIOL 246 Principles of Human Physiology (3)
    • CLSX 148 Greek and Roman Mythology (3)
    • CLSX 232 Word Power: Greek and Latin Elements in English (3)
    • EALC 520 Entrepreneurship in East Asia (3)
    • EALC 747 East Asian History and Culture for Teachers (2)
    • ECON 104 Introductory Economics (4)
    • ENGL 101 Composition (3)
    • ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing (3)
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Environmental Literature (3)
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: The Literature of Sports (3)
    • ENGL 203 Topics in Reading and Writing: Plains Literature (3)
    • ENGL 209 Introduction to Fiction (3)
    • ENGL 210 Introduction to Poetry (3)
    • ENGL 211 Introduction to the Drama (3)
    • ENGL 320 American Literature I (3)
    • ENGL 322 American Literature II (3)
    • ENGL 324 Contemporary Authors: Toni Morrison (3)
    • ENGL 325 Recent Popular Literature (3)
    • ENGL 332 Shakespeare (3)
    • ENGL 351 Fiction Writing I (3)
    • ENGL 353 Screenwriting I (3)
    • ENGL 362 Foundations of Technical Writing (3)
    • ENGL 466 Literature for Children (3)
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Willa Cather (1 or 2)
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Ernest Hemingway (1 or 2)
    • ENGL 495 Directed Study: Langston Hughes (1 or 2)
    • ENGL 506 Science Fiction (3)
    • ENGL 570 Topics in American Literature: Kansas Literature (3)
    • ENGL 690 Studies in: Science Fiction Novels (3)
    • ENGL 790 Studies in: Science Fiction (3)
    • EURS 580 Directed Study: Masterpieces of World Literature-Reading Nobel Prize Winners (1)
    • EVRN 148 Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies (3)
    • GEOG 102 Principles of Human Geography (3)
    • GEOG 104 Principles of Physical Geography (3)
    • GEOG 148 Scientific Principles of Environmental Studies (3)
    • GEOL 105 History of the Earth (3)
    • HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History (3)
    • HA 267 Art and Culture of Japan (3)
    • HA 300 Introduction to Western Art History (3)
    • HA 535 Impressionism (3)
    • HIST 104 Introduction to African History (3)
    • HIST 128 History of the United States Through the Civil War (3)
    • HIST 129 History of the United States After the Civil War (3)
    • HIST 565 Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union (3)
    • HIST 620 History of Kansas (3)
    • HIST 640 Entrepreneurship in East Asia (3)
    • HIST 747 East Asian History and Culture for Teachers (2)
    • HWC 204 Western Civilization I (3)
    • HWC 205 Western Civilization II (3)
    • LAT 104 Elementary Latin I (5)
    • LAT 108 Elementary Latin II (5)
    • LAT 200 Vergil’s Aeneid (3)
    • MATH 002 Intermediate Mathematics (3)
    • MATH 101 Algebra (3)
    • MATH 104 Precalculus Mathematics (5)
    • MATH 105 Introduction to Topics in Mathematics (3)
    • MATH 115 Calculus I (3)
    • MATH 116 Calculus II (3)
    • MATH 365 Elementary Statistics (3)
    • POLS 110 Introduction to U.S. Politics (3)
    • POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
    • POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics (3)
    • PSYC 102 Orientation Seminar in Psychology (1)
    • PSYC 104 General Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 210 Statistics in Psychological Research (3)
    • PSYC 318 Cognitive Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 333 Child Development (3)
    • PSYC 360 Social Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 370 Brain and Behavior (3)
    • PSYC 502 Human Sexuality (3)
    • PSYC 566 Psychology and the Law (3)
    • PSYC 626 Psychology of Adolescence (3)
    • PSYC 642 The Psychology of Families (3)
    • REL 107 Living Religions of the West (3)
    • REL 124 Understanding the Bible (3)
    • REL 307 Living Religions of the West (3)
    • REL 324 Understanding the Bible (3)
    • REL 325 Introduction to Judaism (3)
    • REL 350 Islam (3)
    • REL 475 Loving Relationships (3)
    • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology (3)
    • SOC 130 Comparative Societies (3)
    • SOC 160 Social Problems and American Values (3)
    • SOC 220 Sociology of Families (3)
    • SOC 352 Sociology of Sex Roles (3)
    • SOC 522 American Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
    • SOC 523 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course (3)
    • SOC 534 Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
    • SPAN 100 Spanish Reading Course (3)
    • SPLH 261 Survey of Communication Disorders (3)
    • SPLH 566 Language Development (3)
    • SPLH 764 Seminar in: Communication in Autism (3)

    School of the Arts (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

    • FMS 311 History of the American Sound Film (3)
    • FMS 380 American Popular Culture of: the 1960s (3)
    • FMS 380 American Popular Culture of: the 1970s (3)
    • THR 405 Children and Media (3)

    School of Education

    • C&T 430 Teaching Literature for Young Adults (3)
    • C&T 448 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
    • C&T 709 Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction (3)
    • ELPS 450 Foundations of Education (3)
    • ELPS 770 History and Philosophy of Education (3)
    • HSES 244 The History and Foundations of Physical Education (3)
    • HSES 252 The Coaching of Basketball (2)
    • HSES 260 Personal and Community Health (3)
    • HSES 289 Introduction to Sport Management (3)
    • HSES 330 Principles of Nutrition and Health (3)
    • HSES 350 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries (3)
    • HSES 482 Drugs in Society (3)
    • HSES 489 Health and Human Sexuality (3)
    • PRE 305 Development and Learning of the Young Child (3)
    • PRE 306 Development and Learning of the Adolescent (3)
    • SPED 725 Introduction to the Psychology and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities (3)
    • SPED 743 Methods: Functional Behavior Assessment, Positive Behavior Support, and Classroom Management (3)
    • SPED 761 Foundations of Positive Behavioral Support (1)
    • SPED 762 Functional Assessment Methods for Positive Behavioral Support (1)
    • SPED 763 Development and Implementation of Positive Behavioral Support Plans (1)
    • SPED 764 Intervention Strategies for Positive Behavioral Support: Part I (1)
    • SPED 765 Intervention Strategies for Positive Behavioral Support: Part II (1)
    • SPED 766 Redesigning Environmental Systems (1)
    • SPED 767 Creating Positive Lifestyles through Positive Behavioral Support (1)

    School of Music

    • MEMT 791 Music Education/Music Therapy Techniques: Mainstreaming/Inclusion in Music Education (2 or 3)
    • MUSC 298 Introduction to Jazz (3)

    School of Social Welfare

    • SW 310 Managing Stress: Principles and Techniques for Coping, Prevention, and Wellness (3)
  • KU Info (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.

  • International programs

    International Programs, 785-864-6161, coordinates international activities on the Lawrence campus, working with area studies centers, professional schools, and other units to provide enriched international opportunities for faculty and students. It helps faculty seek external funding for international projects and administers grants and fellowships for graduate students and faculty. It develops programs for international visitors and outreach initiatives aimed at increasing global awareness and cross-cultural expertise among members of the university, the business community, and the general public. The office actively cooperates with state agencies, community organizations, schools, the private sector, and other groups in the community and region that have international interests.

    KU offers Direct Exchange Scholarship programs and other opportunities for study and research (including, where appropriate, foreign language study) at foreign universities through formal agreements. Agreements are now in place with these institutions:

    • University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
    • Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon (France)
    • Gornyi Institute, St. Petersburg University (Russia)
    • University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
    • Ivan Franko University, L’viv (Ukraine)

    Individual departments, especially foreign language departments, also conduct summer sessions abroad in which KU resident graduate credit may be earned. For information, call or write the University of Kansas, Office of Study Abroad, Lippincott Hall, 1410 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 108, Lawrence, KS 66045-7537, 785-864-3742.

    The Center for Global and International Studies, 318 Blake Hall, 785-864-1120, cgis@ku.edu, supports and promotes global and international studies at KU. CGIS offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in global and international studies and supports the introduction of new course offerings and study abroad opportunities. The center also offers outreach activities to K-12 teachers, businesses, and governmental agencies across the region and serves as a resource for the local and international community.

    At KU, in conjunction with almost any major, you can study a foreign language, take courses in a region’s history and culture (sometimes taught in a foreign language in KU’s Language Across the Curriculum program), participate in the Global Awareness Program, and study abroad. 5 academic programs specialize in particular regions: Africa; East Asia; Latin America; Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia; and Western Europe.

    KU Medical Center International Programs

    International Programs, under the direction of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, coordinates and facilitates international activities, handles all immigration matters for KU Medical Center, and offers English as a Second Language classes. The office promotes the exchange of students, residents, and faculty members; sponsors international activities on campus; and handles exchange agreements between KU and international medical schools. Active programs link KU Medical Center with Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

    International awareness

    The University of Kansas believes that the increasing interdependence of the world highlights the importance of an internationally diverse student body. KU was one of only 5 universities in the nation to receive the 2005 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. International students enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the university. Interactions between students from abroad and U.S. students and faculty members are valuable opportunities for all involved to grow in cross-cultural understanding and develop greater awareness of the world’s cultures, ideas, and nationalities.

  • International Student and Scholar Services

    The Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., 785-864-3617, isss@ku.edu, offers a comprehensive range of services for international students, including an international student orientation program each semester. Experienced staff members provide immigration advising and issue the U.S. government forms required for international students to obtain visas to enter the United States. Advisers are available to counsel or refer students who need assistance. ISSS coordinates many activities to encourage friendship and understanding between international students and the community.

  • 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.

  • Multicultural Affairs

    Housed in the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 785-864-4351, sponsors community programming on diversity, support for student-of-color organizations, leadership training, and career exploration programs. The office also provides seminars for students, faculty, and staff on sensitivity, diversity, social justice, and multicultural education topics.

  • Reserve Officers Training Corps

    Programs offer scholarships that pay tuition and fees, furnish books and uniforms, and provide a monthly living allowance.

    • The Air Force ROTC curriculum, 785-864-4676, allows commissioning as an Air Force second lieutenant after a 3- or 4-year program.
    • The Army ROTC curriculum, 785-864-3311, allows commissioning as an Army second lieutenant after a 4-year program.
    • Naval ROTC courses, 785-864-3161, pertain to both Navy and Marine Corps. The curriculum allows commissioning as either an ensign in the Navy or a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after a 4-year program.
  • Study abroad

    The Office of Study Abroad, 1410 Jayhawk Blvd, Lippincott Hall, Room 108, Lawrence KS 66045-7537, 785-864-3742, osa@ku.edu, offers more than 100 programs in 70 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Students may study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, or for a short time, such as over spring or winter break. Some programs focus on a particular field of study; others offer a general curriculum. Students earn KU credit while studying abroad and continue to progress toward completing their academic degrees.

    KU is among 9 public universities in the nation cited by U.S. News and World Report for having top study abroad programs, which the publication said education experts agree on as a key ingredient to student success.

    Students are encouraged to study overseas to enrich their academic experience through cultural immersion, intensive language learning, disciplinary study, and participation in foreign educational systems. Courses are taught in more than 20 different languages (including English), and many semester and academic-year programs allow qualified students with demonstrated language proficiency to choose from regular university course offerings at the overseas institution. Instructional offerings in English are plentiful and incorporate a variety of disciplines.

    Programs vary in structure from exchanges and individually arranged programs to group programs led by KU faculty members. They vary in length from academic-year and semester programs, to summer and fall, winter, or spring break programs. Students earn resident KU credit while studying abroad and maintain progress toward an academic degree.

    Students who qualify for grants, loans, or scholarships through Financial Aid and Scholarships may apply these awards to study abroad programs. Scholarships are available from the Office of Study Abroad and from some departments. Information is available in the Office of Study Abroad. Application deadlines are March 1 for fall, academic-year, and summer programs; and October 1 for spring, spring break, and winter break programs. Early application is recommended.

    Graduating seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply for KU’s Graduate Direct Exchange fellowships offered by 10 partner universities in England, France, Germany, and Switzerland, as well as for Fulbright and other nationally competitive grants for graduate study and research abroad. The internal deadline for applications is mid-September in the year before the grant period. Interested students, including juniors, should begin the application process in the spring semester.

    Exchange opportunities (semester and academic year) are available in Australia, China, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Scotland, Sweden, and Wales. Students also may choose to study at one of more than 50 International Student Exchange Program sites. View a complete listing of the Exchange Partners.

    University-affiliated programs (semester and academic year) with a range of course offerings are available in countries around the world.

    Students may seek out other study abroad programs to meet specific geographic and academic needs. KU faculty from a variety of disciplines offer courses overseas. Semester, summer, spring break, and winter break programs are available.

  • Writing Center

    The KU Writing Center, 424 Anschutz Library, 785-864-2399, helps students brainstorm topics, learn research techniques, draft essays, and edit their papers at 9 Writers’ Roosts across campus. Online consultations are also available.

  • Academic calendars

    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.

  • Commencement

    The University of Kansas holds one formal Commencement ceremony each year. Commencement traditoinally 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)
  • University Ombuds Office

    The University Ombuds Office, 34 Carruth O'Leary Hall, 785-864-7261, ombuds28@ku.edu, handles disputes, provides information and referrals, and offers confidential assistance with academic concerns.

  • Women's resources

    The Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-3552, provides information, resources, and assistance on women's and gender-related issues. The ETWRC focuses on the needs of KU students of all genders. The office also provides consultation, information and resources to staff, faculty, community members and individuals at the Edwards campus by request. Services are confidential. ETWRC facilities are also accessible for individuals with disabilities.

  • Testing services

    Testing Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center, 785-864-2768, offers computer-based testing, national paper-based exams, proctoring and scoring services, and survey design and scanning services.

  • Student activities

    Lawrence

    Recreation Services, Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, 785-864-3546, offers resources for physical fitness, intramural team and individual sports, group fitness, classes, personal training, sports clubs, and outdoor pursuits. The Challenge Course offers groups a unique way to create team building, empowerment, leadership, communication, stress management, fun, and flexibility.

    The Student Involvement and Leadership Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-4861, registers student, campus, and community groups and provides services and leadership opportunities to students and student organizations.

    Student Union Activities, Level 4, Kansas Union, 785-864-SHOW (7469), sponsors campus events and activities including the SUA film series.

    The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors programs on diversity, support for student-of-color organizations, leadership training, and career exploration programs. The office also provides seminars for students, faculty, and staff on sensitivity, diversity, social justice, and multicultural education topics.

    KU Medical Center

    At KU Medical Center, Kirmayer Fitness Center, at the southeast corner of Rainbow and Olathe boulevards, can help with fitness needs. Services are available for students, staff, and alumni of KUMC and their sponsored members. Call 913-588-1KFC for information.

    The Office of Student Engagement strives to enrich the lives of all students through out-of-class learning and programming to encourage and maintain a balanced approach to life as well as an appreciation for diversity.

  • Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

    The Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, 3001 Dole Center, 785-864-0630, 785-864-5094 (TDD), offers comprehensive services to people with communicative disorders in the university community and the area. All services are supervised by clinical faculty who maintain the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

  • Sexual violence prevention

    Sexual Violence Prevention Services, Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-3552, provides programs, information, and assistance on issues related to rape, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and other forms of sexual and relationship violence. Workshops are offered to the campus community every semester and are available by request to living groups and student organizations.

  • Safety and crime on campus

    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.

  • Recycling

    The Environmental Stewardship Program, 1503 Sunflower Road, 785-864-2855, kurecycling@ku.edu, helps the campus community develop and implement waste reduction and recycling programs.

  • Nontraditional students

    The Student Involvement and Leadership Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-4861, offers programs and services to help nontraditional students explore their options.

    The Nontraditional Student Foundation provides support for those who do not conform to the stereotypical image of a college student. NTSF offers the opportunity for students to come together and share ideas to ensure success throughout their academic careers.

  • Legal Services for Students

    Legal Services for Students, 312 Burge Union, 785-864-5665, legals@ku.edu, offers legal advice, consultation, representation, and educational programs. Students who are currently enrolled on the Lawrence campus and have paid required campus fees may receive services at no additional charge.

  • Language laboratory

    The Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, 4070 Wescoe Hall, 785-864-4759, promotes language learning and teaching. In addition to a collection of approximately 12,000 audio and video items in more than 60 languages, the center contains 3 computer labs, a media-enhanced conference room, a soundproofed recording studio, and a viewing area for small groups. P

  • Counseling services

    Counseling and Psychological Services Personal Counseling Services can help students with issues related to adjusting to college and other psychological, interpersonal, and family problems. Individual, couple, and group sessions are available.

    The KU Psychological Clinic provides low-cost outpatient mental health services to the university, the community, and the area.

    KU Info helps the extended KU community with questions 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.

    The Academic Achievement and Access Center, the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs also offer information and referrals.

    At KU Medical Center, Counseling and Educational Support Services provide comprehensive educational support, psychological, and psychiatric services to students, residents, and fellows. Contact the office at G116 Student Center, Mail Stop 4006, 913-588-6580. Crisis after-hours: (913) 917-6283.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Computer resources

    KU Information Technology, 785-864-8080, computer labs offer the campus community access to computing resources and a variety of software in support of learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor at KU. A list of computer labs on campus is available here.

    The Kyou portal offers Lawrence and Edwards Campus students up-to-date information and resources. It provides access to such academic services as course schedules, grades, enrollment, financial aid, and library services. The myKUMC student portal gives KU Medical Center students access to announcements, grades, schedules, and resources.

  • Child care

    Hilltop Child Development Center, 1605 Irving Hill Road, 785-864-4940, provides convenient, high-quality care and education for the children of university families. Children of KU students receive highest priority. KU staff and faculty families receive the next highest priority. Hilltop serves children ages 1 to 12. Applications are accepted for children 3 months and older.

    Edna A. Hill Child Development Center, Dole Human Development Center, 785-864-0502, is a distinguished early childhood program on the Lawrence campus. The center comprises the Sunnyside Infant-Toddler and Educare Preschool programs and provides a high-quality, responsive learning environment for children from the surrounding community who have a diverse range of abilities and special needs.

    Space is limited, and both programs have waiting lists.

  • Career services

    The University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, 785-864-3624, offers individualized advising services, career planning courses, outreach programs, the most comprehensive collection of career resources on campus, a nationally award-winning website, and numerous opportunities to connect with leading employers from around the country and the world.

    The Business Career Services Center provides a variety of resources including recruiting (on-campus interviews) for full-time and internship positions facilitated through KU Career Connections/Symplicity, an online job and internship database; individual career advising; and a variety of workshops and events—to name a few. Contact the BCSC for more information at 785-864-5591, bcsc@ku.edu.

    The Engineering Career Center, 785-864-3881, offers School of Engineering students information, resources, and opportunities to help them pursue their career goals. The center offers a jobs/internships database, career fairs, on-campus interviews, employer presentations, individualized career advising, résumé/cv reviews, skill-building workshops, and more.

    The Journalism Career Center, 120 Stauffer-Flint Hall, 785-864-7630, helps students find internships and jobs. Each year, leading media outlets, advertising agencies, and corporations in the state and the nation visit campus to interview students. The Career Center also maintains an online database of internships and jobs that is updated frequently.

    The School of Music Career Services Center, 452 Murphy Hall, 785-864-4466, assists music students with career preparation. The center helps students create distinctive résumés, portfolios, or CVs; prepare for interviews; network with employers and alumni; or find jobs or internships. For more information or an appointment, contact the Career Services Coordinator.

    Students at KU Medical Center should visit their deans' offices for assistance with career planning.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Immunizations

    Lawrence

    The University of Kansas requires the following immunizations and/or screenings of its student body:

    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella. All newly enrolled or re-enrolled students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show proof of two vaccinations for MMR. History of the disease, unless accompanied by positive titer, is not acceptable.
    • Meningitis. All students living in university-owned group housing must be vaccinated for meningitis or sign a waiver indicating that they refuse to receive the vaccine. Student Health Services strongly recommends that students living in other group housing, such as sorority and fraternity housing or Naismith Hall, receive the vaccination. All students should become knowledgeable about meningitis and its symptoms.
    • Tuberculosis. All newly enrolled or re-enrolled international students must be screened for tuberculosis by Student Health Services upon arrival on campus and before enrollment.

    School of Pharmacy. The School of Pharmacy requires students to provide proof of health insurance coverage and immunizations for MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, tetanus and a current TB skin test.

    All vaccines for immunizations are available through Student Health Services. Call 785-864-9507 to make an appointment. Failure to comply with the requirements above results in an enrollment hold.

    KU Medical Center

    KUMC’s Student Health Center requires completion of childhood immunizations (DPT and polio series), tetanus booster in the last 10 years, and documentation of hepatitis B series and MMR vaccinations. Students who have not had chicken pox must take the varicella immunization. Students who cannot provide documentation of MMR or hepatitis B may obtain titers at the Student Health Center for a fee. Upon entering KUMC, all students must provide documentation of two TB skin tests (PPD) administered and interpreted within 12 months before enrollment. The most recent PPD test should be within three months before enrollment. Students who cannot provide evidence of two PPD tests must take consecutive PPD tests within one to three weeks of each other. All KUMC students must receive an annual TB skin test as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for all health care employees. Any student with a positive TB skin test must meet with a student health provider to discuss KUMC protocol.

  • Admission

    View the Graduate Studies policies on admission.

  • Scholarships

    Visit the Graduate Studies website for information about funding opportunities for graduate students at KU. Financial Aid and Scholarships administers need-based financial aid.

  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

    KU is a member of the SOC Consortium created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to service members who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and active and reserve components of the military services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for service members worldwide.

    As a member of the SOC Consortium KU is committed to helping service members with

    1. Reasonable transfer of credit to avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication when possible;
    2. Reduced academic residency requirements: a minimum of 30 hours in residence, not specific to the final year, if all grade-point average requirements and major courses have been completed (see the appropriate school or College for details);
    3. When comparable KU courses exist, credit for Military Training and Experience; and
    4. Award of credit for at least 1 nationally recognized testing program such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), or Excelsior College Examinations (ECE).
  • Extramural (off-campus) graduate study

    With the approval of the Executive Council of the Graduate Faculty, off-campus centers may be established to permit students to work for graduate residence credit (credit that counts toward a graduate degree). Extramural centers must meet established criteria for faculty, students, programs, resources (library and laboratory, etc.), and administration. Centers for extramural programs have been approved in the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth (journalism and business); the KU Public Management Center at Topeka (public administration and civil engineering); and the KU Edwards Campus for graduate studies in the Kansas City area. Write to KU’s Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213-2402, 785-864-8400 or (913) 897-8400, for information on programs at that campus. Residence credit courses (education and applied behavioral science) are offered in the Leavenworth public school system, although it is not fully recognized as a center.

    The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies coordinates KU extramural programs at the Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center in Parsons, Kansas. These programs are offered by the School of Education, the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, and the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders.

  • 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.

  • Interinstitutional programs and studies

    KU participates in a range of graduate programs involving interinstitutional cooperation in the state, in the region, and with other countries:

    • A cooperative doctoral program is offered in geology with Kansas State University.
    • A cooperative master’s program is offered in civil engineering with Kansas State University.
    • By joint agreement with the Kansas Board of Regents and the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri, students from one state may enroll in certain selected degree programs in the other state at resident fee rates.
    • The Intersearch Degree of Doctor of Philosophy is offered jointly by KU and the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Melbourne, Australia.

    For details, see the appropriate sections of the online catalog and the departments and Graduate Divisions.

  • Graduate student associations

    Lawrence

    Graduate students have many opportunities to become involved in student groups and governance. More information about student groups is available from the Student Involvement and Leadership Center. The Student Senate is the student governance body at KU. The Graduate Student Advisory Board advises student governance on the graduate student experience.

    KU Medical Center

    The Graduate Student Council is composed of representatives from all graduate departments on the KU Medical Center campus. GSC sponsors and organizes the annual Student Research Forum. In SRF, students from basic science, medicine, nursing, and allied health give brief presentations of their research in the format of national research meetings. SRF promotes faculty-student and interdepartmental interactions at the research level. GSC also sponsors social events and participates in philanthropic events. It provides orientation information for incoming graduate students at registration. GSC lobbies for student interests on the Kansas City campus and provides student representation on numerous faculty committees at the medical center.

  • Assistantships

    View the Graduate Studies policies on graduate assistantships.

  • Fellowships and scholarships

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

  • Employment opportunities

    KU and the university communities offer a variety of employment opportunities. For information, contact the University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, 785-864-3624. A listing of current jobs in available online.

    At KU Medical Center, the Employment Office, 1052 Wescoe Pavilion, Mail Stop 2033, posts job opportunities online.

    Graduate assistantships are available to qualified graduate students. View the Graduate Studies policies on graduate assistantships.

  • Loans

    KU’s student loan program is administered by Financial Aid and Scholarships, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 50, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4700, financialaid@ku.edu.

  • International studies centers

    Center for Global and International Studies

    The Center for Global and International Studies supports and promotes global and international studies at KU. In collaboration with International Programs, CGIS works to provide a single point of contact for faculty with international expertise to help facilitate interdisciplinary research and teaching opportunities. Building on longstanding institutional strength in international studies, the center focuses on topics and themes of transnational scope and on world areas of economic and strategic importance not covered by the existing area studies centers. CGIS contributes to the preparation of students for careers in an increasingly interconnected world by housing undergraduate and graduate degrees in global and international studies, and by supporting the introduction of new course offerings and study abroad opportunities. In addition, the center offers outreach activities to K-12 teachers, businesses, and governmental agencies across the region and serves as a resource for the local and international community.

    Kansas African Studies Center

    The Kansas African Studies Center is a comprehensive National Resource Center funded by Title VI of the U.S. Higher Education Act for the study of Africa. It coordinates and develops the interdisciplinary interests of Africanists at KU and promotes the study and understanding of Africa in the university, the state, and the region. It sponsors research, enhances curriculum, organizes conferences, promotes special projects, acquires library and related resources, conducts outreach programs, and seeks grants and special funding to make these activities possible.

    Center for East Asian Studies

    The Center for East Asian Studies is a National Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. CEAS promotes East Asian language and area studies; coordinates interdisciplinary activities; works with the East Asian Library; advises students in East Asian studies; awards World Language and Area Studies Fellowships in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Uyghur, and Tibetan; and arranges special events related to East Asia on campus. CEAS also offers outreach to schools, businesses, and the community and serves as a regional resource for information about East Asia.

    Center of Latin American Studies

    The nationally recognized Center of Latin American Studies promotes interdisciplinary study of Latin America and its languages through teaching, scholarship, outreach, study abroad, and international exchanges. It administers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and graduate certificate programs in Central American and Mexican Studies and Brazilian Studies. Areas of particular strength are Central America, Mexico, Brazil, and Paraguay. Languages include Spanish, Portuguese, Kachiquel Maya, Quichua, and Haitian Creole. The center coordinates Latin American events on campus including lectures, films, exhibits, and theatrical performances. Exchanges and study abroad programs have been developed in Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. The center offers outreach to schools, businesses, and the community and serves as a resource for the state, the region, and the nation.

    Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

    The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies is one of 16 comprehensive National Resource Centers funded by Title VI of the U.S. Higher Education Act for the study of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, East Central Europe, and the Balkans. It promotes language and area study in an integrated, interdisciplinary framework and in traditional academic disciplines. Languages taught include Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Slovenian, Turkish, and Yiddish. The center administers B.A. co-major and M.A. degree programs in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies and supports study abroad in Russia, Poland, Croatia, and Ukraine. Each year, visiting scholars from the region join KU’s 50 area faculty members in exchange, instructional, and research activities. The center also coordinates and sponsors conferences, lectures, theatre, and outreach activities of interest to KU students, faculty members, K-12 teachers, and the community. It serves as a resource to the state, the Great Plains, and the nation.

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