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University of Kansas: Narrative Description


Lawrence, KS 66045
Tel: (785)864-2700
Admissions: (785)864-3911
Fax: (785)864-5006
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates (University of Kansas is a single institution with academic programs and facilities at two primary locations: Lawrence and Kansas City. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional education are the principal missions of the Lawrence campus, with medicine and related professional education the focus of the Kansas City campus). Founded 1866. Setting: 1,100-acre suburban campus with easy access to Kansas City. Endowment: $1.2 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $258 million. Total enrollment: 28,905. Faculty: 1,336 (1,194 full-time, 142 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 10,442 applied, 69% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 86% from top half. 57 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 18,687 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 2,656 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 113 other countries, 24% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 3% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 8% 25 or older, 23% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, Kansas Board of Regents admissions criteria with GPA of 2.0/2.5; top third of high school class; minimum ACT score of 24 or minimum SAT score of 1090, SAT or ACT. Required for some: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $4163 full-time, $138.75 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,117 full-time, $403.90 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $574 full-time, $48 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $5216. College room only: $2576. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 400 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 14% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Center for Community Outreach, Graduate and Professional Association, St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, International Student Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, graduation, Parents' Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, University police department; security guards are included. 5,299 college housing spaces available; 4,759 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Watson Library plus 11 others with 4.8 million books, 4.1 million microform titles, 41,830 serials, 55,284 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $19.1 million. 1,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lawrence, a town about 70,000, is set among the rolling hills of northeast Kansas. The cosmopolitan quality of the campus extends to the community, making a wide variety of cultural, ethnic, and recreational opportunities available to university students. Lawrence offers shopping areas, restaurants, entertainment, and recreational facilities that are either within easy walking distance of the campus or served by the university bus service. Near Lawrence there are several lakes for boating, fishing, and swimming. Metropolitan Kansas City, with its professional sports, ballet, opera, concerts, night spots, galleries, museums, festivals, and international airport, is about 40 miles east of Lawrence. Topeka, the state capital, is 30 miles west.

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