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Very Easy
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Reviews 2344 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Don't worry, don't stress. There's just endless amount of booze; you probably won't get caught.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My favorite classes were not my major classes. Art History and English classes were by far the most interesting/compelling courses for me. Great professors, great options.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The reason I go to school here is because of the alumni. As for job/internship prospects, that clearly depends on an individual's major and personal drive to succeed.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From what my friends have told me, start the process immediately.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Some departments are superb, others are just average. However, it has great resources for those interested in studying abroad, studying languages, and interested in hard sciences. However, their art and design program are not competitive programs in the long run. I'd say take classes there, but take advantage of going abroad to very good art schools at the price of KU enrollment.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm an illustration major. For one, the freshman courses were a joke. A lot of projects that have little to nothing to help improve our illustration skills. I did improve my graphic design skills, and now I can use a xacto knife to a piece of foamcore in a way that puts any novice to shame. However, I wanted to learn to draw, paint, etc., but my course load, even at 18 hours each semester, did not let me do that. The facilities for the design and art program students are great, but the faculty is currently limited to only thee professors, and they only have two professors that work full time. They put much more allure to the program based on the potential of what the program "could be" and not what it currently is. I was disappointed, which made me either consider switching to the graphics program or transferring to better school with a less bullshit program. I wasn't challenged in the way that I wished to be challenged, nor do I feel I gain skills in drawing or painting.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a really lovely college town. There are great places to eat, the living is good, but it can be a bit small. There comes a point when you become a local to the various places; not much to really experience newly.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I've been able to receive some scholarships, but as for financial aid in the form of loans, they weren't worth it to me to accept. :(

4 College Senior

Facilities: The campus is overall a very nice campus. The buildings all aesthetically match while still being different enough that one can easily tell them apart. There are two main places to eat on the main campus and both have a plethora of choices. There are also small food/drink stops all over campus; every library and building has one so you can always find something to eat. The libraries have great study areas and there are lots of computers to use. Printing is easy and each student gets some print money from there tuition each semester and you can always add more. Everyone on campus is friendly and will try to help out if you need it.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I think the diversity on campus is pretty great. There are many different types of students that you could interact with. And really, everyone is pretty accepting. You don't really hear or see any problems people have with fitting in or finding any friends. Even if someone is different, more than likely there's going to be someone who's just as different as them, and they would then connect and become friends.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Our school has one of the top men's basketball programs in the nation. So of course basketball is really big. Almost every game is sold out and students even have to camp out just to get into the games. At other sport events, the fan support is definitely still there. I would say my school has great school spirit. You always see lots of students getting involved.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: When it comes to campus, I feel pretty safe at most times. There usually isn't a lot of violence that goes on during the school year on campus. I always make sure to not walk alone at night and to pay attention to my surroundings. There are security cameras on campus and there are also telephones that notify the police when the button is pressed all along the campus. I believe those are pretty helpful for students.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I absolutely love where I go to school. It's a great place for students and residents as well. The people are friendly and there are a lot of events to attend.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Campus dining is great. There are a lot of options.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I honestly don't pay much attention to those who aren't friends.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: We have a lot of GTA's who are often a few years older than us. The math program at KU however is structured very poorly.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think KU has a great reputation because of the knowledge that is imparted with every student when they leave here.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I didn't live in traditional campus housing so I wouldn't be able to offer a reliable assessment.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is average overall.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lawrence has a great transportation system.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As with any school, KU's financial aid department often poses its own hurdles in receiving funding in an easy manner.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is currently no greek housing for any of the Divine Nine chapters. I've never been involved in Greek life and don't know too much more about it on campus

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I no longer party but when I did it was often hit and miss. Most of the clubs are the same and they could use a lot of improvement.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of variety off campus. However, the pricing is usually a bit steep.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: KU is known to have the some of the best fans/prideful students around and it shows in campus life. There's almost always something going on on campus.


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Amanda Thompson
Overland Park, KS
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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The majority of students at the University of Kansas only have positive things to say about the college. Students have the opportunity to get a quality education at a fairly cheap price, which is something that not a lot of schools can boast. The community around Lawrence offers all of the important features of a great college town. There is entertainment, nightlife, and fine dining seemingly around every corner. You’ll have no problem finding everything you’ll need for four years of good living. Aside from some minor complaints, it’s safe to say that many students would be in favor of spending four more years at KU.

The combination of receiving a quality education and experiencing the freedom and exhiliration of college life makes students feel happy, and more importantly, at home at KU. The University also has a long-standing tradition that dates back to the 1860s, which makes you feel like you’re a part of something bigger than just your own educational advancement. Lawrence is a tight-knit community, and you’ll experience many Midwestern personalities on a daily basis, which can have its good and bad sides. Outside of Kansas, most people do not realize that KU is a great univeristy in a great college town. You will leave here a better person than when you came in—and you’ll have so many people to thank for it.

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