Academics

Location
Lawrence, KS
Undergrads
17,130
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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5 College Freshman

Academics: Top law school. Top professors with real world work experience. Innocence Project. Rigorous academics.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are great and there are so many options of classes to take.

4 College Junior

Academics: Love my classes. Curriculum is great. Registration can be frustrating.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: There are plenty of opportunists for research, internships, and other types of experiences in the biological field.

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4 College Junior

Academics: History department is pretty awesome. Take anything and everything offered by Adrian Lewis. Learned so much from him.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 23rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 30th
    Best Course Variety
  • 93rd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 97th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 293rd
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Hometown
Overland Park, KS
Major
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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The professors at KU vary depending on what major they're in. All professors and graduate teaching assistants offer office hours outside of normal class time where students can come for help or to ask questions. General education classes are often given in big lecture halls, so one-on-one attention can be hard to get. Classes get smaller as the subject matter gets tougher, so individual attention becomes much more common. At the end of each semester, students fill out teacher evaluations to anonymously evaluate the professor’s performance throughout the semester. These evaluations are taken seriously by the University, so professors do what they can to make sure students enjoy the class and learn from it.

In the end, the more students put into classes, the more they will get out of it. Professors are there to help, but only if you ask for it. Communication with teachers is key when it comes to classes that are more major-specific. Relationships with professors are especially important when it’s time to look at graduate school, internships, jobs, or scholarships. The professors at KU want to help you achieve everything you want during your time in college, but you have to be willing to put in a little extra effort, too.

 

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,175
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
370
Total FT Faculty
2,717
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$86,198
Full-Time Retention Rate
79%
Part-Time Retention Rate
76%
Transfer-Out Rate
29%
Graduation Rate
64%
Programs/Majors Offered
145
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 43%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 47%
  • 50 or More Students: 10%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Health Related Programs
  • School of Allied Health
  • School of Architecture and Urban Design
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Social Welfare
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Journalism: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Anschutz Library
  • Watson Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask for help if you need it.
  • Don't get too distracted by parties your freshman year.
  • Get involved!
  • Go to professors' office hours.
  • Keep up in class so you won't be overwhelmed later in the semester.
  • Study in the quite zones of the libraries.
  • Take advantage of dorm life and meet as many people as you can.
Did You Know?
  • KU offers 190 majors in 11 different undergraduate schools.
  • KU has an honors program for especially driven students. For more information, e-mail the honors program at honorsprogram@ku.edu.
  • If you are going right from high school to KU and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher, you are eligible for a myriad of freshman scholarships. To apply, go to www.admissions.ku.edu/freshman/scholarships.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 25% Wilt Chamberlain (did not graduate) - NBA hall of famer
  • 17% Bob Dole - former Senate majority leader (R-KS)
  • 14% Paul Pierce (did not graduate) - NBA player
  • 14% Ben McLemore
  • 8% Alan Mulally - CEO of Ford Motor Company
  • 6% Philip Anschutz - businessman, founder of Qwest
  • 6% William Allan White
  • 3% Lou Montulli - co-founder Netscape Communications
  • 3% Clyde Tombaugh - astronomer, discovered Pluto
  • 3% Scott Bakula
  • 3% Rob Riggle
  • 0% Christopher Sinclair - former CEO of Pepsi-Cola
  • 0% Willaim Inge - award-winning author, playwright

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 78 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 80 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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