Lawrence, KS
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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5 College Junior

Facilities: The aesthetics on the KU campus are fantastic with plenty of great student facilities like Ambler Rec. and Anschutz Library with the best backdrop in america, Allen Fieldhouse.

5 College Junior

Facilities: I absolutely love the buildings at the KU campus it has some nice older buildings with lots of charm but also features many new and future state of the art buildings.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Everyone is so nice and respectful. Staff is always willing to help.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Every building is very well conserved and they are beautiful. Campus is absolutely incredible.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Libraries are awesome here some of the best


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 40th
    Best Student Centers
  • 47th
    Best Library
  • 70th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 286th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Overland Park, KS
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Students rarely complain about the University's facilities. There is a variety of different places to eat, hang out, work out, and buy whatever you need. From getting a haircut to bowling to buying a new cell phone or the latest KU gear, the Kansas Union is one of the most popular places to be on campus. It’s at the edge of campus, so it can be a far walk from some buildings, but students generally agree it has a lot to offer.

The most popular facility on campus is the Student Recreation Fitness Center. It is considered one of the best recreation facilities in the nation and recently underwent even more renovations. The Rec has a rock-climbing wall, racquetball courts, basketball courts, an indoor track, and cardio and weight-lifting areas, just to name a few. It opens early and closes late to give students the chance to work out whenever is convenient for them. Robinson Gymnasium is older and less popular than the Rec, but it does have a pool that is available to all students after the swim team is done with practice.


Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,000 acres
Student Centers
  • Burge Union
  • Kansas Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Kansas Union
  • Wescoe Beach
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
The Jaybowl is located on the first level of the Kansas Union
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Milton's Coffee in the Union
  • Pulse Coffeehouses in the Kansas Union and the Studio
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
Mizzou: University of Missouri, KU's biggest rival
  • The Jayhawk: The Jayhawk is a mythical bird that has gone through many transitions in its years at KU. In 1910, Henry Maloy designed the first bird with big sneakers and a grimace. After 36 years, the Jayhawk was redesigned into what fans see today, the smiling, happy Jayhawk.
  • Rock Chalk Chant: Arguably, the most infamous chant in all of college athletics. Theodore Roosevelt pronounced it as the greatest college chant he had ever heard. The chant was born in the mid 1880s by professor E.H.S. Bailey and some associates. After a trip to Wichita, the group of professors returned to Lawrence only to chant, "Rah, Rah! Jayhawk, KU." An English professor decided to change the chant and substituted Jayhawk with "Rock Chalk." The professor felt this made sense because of the transposition of chalk rock, a limestone formation straight out of Mt. Oread. Today, the chant is sung at every athletic event, and it's especially loud during KU basketball games.
  • The Songs: Two songs have stuck with KU during its long and rich tradition. Professor Barlow invented "Crimson and the Blue" in 1891, and "I'm a Jayhawk" was written in 1912, which talks about the universities that were, at the time, the other Big Eight schools. In 1926, the glee club at KU made "I'm a Jayhawk" a nationally-recognized college song.
  • The University Seal: A very important part of the University, the seal comes from a Biblical story in the third chapter of Exodus. According to Reverand R.W. Oliver, the University's first chancellor, the symbolism reflected in the seal is the bush that was on fire but not consumed, so Kansas is ever scorched by heat and drought, yet not destroyed.
Urban Legends
  • People allegedly have sex in the library.
  • There's supposedly a series of steam tunnels running underneath campus that you can sneak into.
  • Wescoe Beach is an actual beach.
Favorite Things To Do
The Student Union Activities group provides a lot of entertainment on campus. Sometimes they have dollar movie night at the Union or re-enactments of the "Price is Right" with a lot of prizes to win. Seeing plays and performances at the Leid Center is also popular with students. Well-known comedians and bands frequent the Leid Center on West Campus. When the weather is nice, there are always students outside. Many gather on Wescoe Beach, the area in front of Wescoe Hall. It's not an actual beach but still remains a gathering place for many students. There are plenty of grassy areas between and behind campus buildings, where students read books, nap, or even line-slack.
Student Organizations Web Site
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
This is just a sampling of the more than 400 clubs and organizations that are available for students.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
The Student Recreation Fitness Center has a 42-foot rock climbing wall.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 75 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 12 responses

  • 26% All the places to eat around town
  • 26% Mass street
  • 19% The Kansas Union
  • 11% Oliver dining hall
  • 11% Wescoe Beach
  • 4% My sorority house
  • 4% My scholarship hall

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 12 responses

  • 43% Rock Chalk Chant
  • 19% All of the traditions
  • 19% The Jayhawk
  • 10% The hawk
  • 10% The Songs
  • 0% The University Seal

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 97 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 13% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 49% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 37% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 96 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 33% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 60% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 50% We've got an art museum, libraries, clubs, etc.
  • 25% Volunteer
  • 19% Drink/party
  • 6% No college student likes staying on campus!

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 71% Working at the bookstore
  • 29% In the dining halls



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