Lawrence, KS
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 2246 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love ku classes. I have a bond with my teachers and ask them questions and go see them in their office for further questions

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I just eat at home most of the time

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is the perfect middle, where it's not super strict where you don't wanna be there but you also know & feel that everyone cares for you! KU has an AMAZING atmosphere

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: KU is definitely more of a bar scene then house parties! On the weekend & even on Wednesday's most students are either at the bars or the frats!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The local restaurants in downtown Lawrence are awesome!!!

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am all for Greek life, especially at my school!! I didn't go greek my freshman year & I still very much enjoyed their parties & went to a few events! Going into my sophomore year I am definitely going to join! Although greek life is kind of big at my school, if you're not apart of it, you won't feel left out! Half of my friend group is greek & the other half is non greek! I recommend trying it out & if it's not for you, it's biggie!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Although I haven't been in every building on campus as I was only a freshman this past school year, the quality of our school is very top notch & up to date, at least in my eyes!

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Like every town, there will be some sort of sexual assault but I honestly feel very safe on my campus!

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: We again, literally have everything from singles, doubles, 2 & 4 person suits, to on-campus apartments! Everyone is sure to find their perfect fit!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many different races & ethnicities on campus but they are obviously still he minority, but being apart of the minority I don't feel as though I am treated any different!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I personally only got $600 my freshman year so not much but if you have good grades & act/say you will get some sort of scholarship! KU is a pretty pricey school for out of state students but it's well worth it!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is literally something for everyone, there are the cheap, not so nice apparments that students usually opt for that are in close proximity to the football stadium and then there are the average priced nicer appartments that are a good 5-10 minute walk from campus & most of the bars and then there are the more pricey fully furnished apartments that are alittle farther (walking wise) to campus, so there is honestly something for everyone!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I honestly love the town of Lawrence, so much so that I want to retire there later in the future!!!

4 College Junior

Athletics: KU basketball - what else can I say? The football team hasn't been doing great lately but games are still fun to go to. Sporting events bring the student body together and are the only time you are surrounded by a hundred other students with such enthusiasm. I don't care about sports but at KU it's hard to ignore how fun the games are as a social event.

3 College Junior

Facilities: It's pretty average. Nothing really stands out. The rec is good, but I don't go there because it's always so packed. The machines are always taken. The libraries are a hugely popular study spot, but I prefer the computer labs because they're less populated and free. Engineering students have free unlimited printing, which is amazing.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Watkins is great. It's SO much better than LMH (Lawrence Memorial Hospital) and is open almost every day. The staff is so friendly. Sometimes appointments are hard to get, it just depends on the time of year and the day of the week. The walk-in clinic also varies with waiting time. The pharmacy is very convenient and the staff is very helpful.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's so much to choose from. Lots of places deliver and most places are open late. You can use your KU card to pay for most food in town. There are lots of local places that are often overlooked but just as good as the chain restaurants. Lawrence is very vegetarian-friendly!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love KU. I probably wouldn't change my decision to come here if I could go back in time. However, I do sometimes wish I had gone to a 2-year school first and transferred here. The intro-level courses are definitely weed-out classes here. Once you get past the weed-outs it's not too bad, but it's very easy for your GPA to suffer if you're not careful.

College Junior

Overall Experience: Since I'm still in school and haven't started looking for a career, I don't know.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys are either really fratty, really nerdy, or totally hipster. There's not much else. Most people are in greek life and act stuck-up and spoiled rich. The people who aren't in greek life are great. Most people are shy but friendly if you approach them first.

3 College Junior

Diversity: KU is very diverse, but everyone pretty much sticks to what they know. There aren't really diverse friendships between students on campus. People don't seem to intermix here.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty run-down and old. Elevators are constantly broken and lobbies are constantly vandalized and trashed. But I don't really know what else you would expect from a bunch of college freshmen. It's easy to find a place to live. The buses are always going between the dorms and classes, so it's very easy to get around. Everything is also within walking distance, but there are lots of hills.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: No matter what day of the week it is, there's always a party in Lawrence. There are many places close to campus, and other places that aren't too close or too far.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: In the evenings and nights it's hard to find stuff to eat on campus. The dining halls have okay food, but the Underground or the Union are better, when they're open. Everything is pretty expensive because it's convenient. Lawrence is very vegetarian-friendly.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is so huge at KU. If you're not involved, it's hard to make friends or find decent parties to go to. Greeks are snobby and think they're better than you. I took an economics class and I was one of 2 non-Greeks in the entire class. Everyone in the class already knew each other and nobody was willing to talk to me, even for our required group projects in the class. They don't even tell you how to join until after it's too late.


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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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