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Tuition (in-state)
$24,873 ($10,107)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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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.

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.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: A lot of the professors on campus are fairly relaxed. Registration was a breeze to get through! Class sizes are pretty small, meaning there are lectures but majority of the classes aren't set up this way. The workload depends on which professor you have; it typically ranges from reading a chapter a week to reading 1-2 chapters a day. However, there's plenty of help for any class; whether it's office hours, TAs, study groups, or tutoring. There will always be someone available to help you, don't be afraid to ask for help!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: My major was Business (Accounting) and Cultural studies, with an emphasis on East Asian religion. The workload was pretty easy. My advice is to NEVER take chemistry and calculus within the same semester. With a business major, there is a building on campus, Summerfield Hall, that's specifically for business students; two words: GO THERE! They have a help room (absolutely free) that has saved lives/grades several times. It's literally a building filled with people who has been through the same courses that you are/will be taking & want to help. Also in that hall, they post facts, job employment opportunities, and anything else that is business related.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am just getting more into my major this year. I am enrolled in more classes specifically for my major and am very excited about it.

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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
153
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%
  • Journalism: 2%
  • Pharmacy Studies: 3%
  • Social Work: 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 15 responses

  • 27% Wilt Chamberlain (did not graduate) - NBA hall of famer
  • 16% Bob Dole - former Senate majority leader (R-KS)
  • 16% Ben McLemore
  • 13% Paul Pierce (did not graduate) - NBA player
  • 9% Alan Mulally - CEO of Ford Motor Company
  • 7% Philip Anschutz - businessman, founder of Qwest
  • 4% William Allan White
  • 2% Lou Montulli - co-founder Netscape Communications
  • 2% Clyde Tombaugh - astronomer, discovered Pluto
  • 2% Scott Bakula
  • 2% Rob Riggle
  • 0% Christopher Sinclair - former CEO of Pepsi-Cola
  • 0% Willaim Inge - award-winning author, playwright

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 78 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 80 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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