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17,130
Tuition (in-state)
$24,873 ($10,107)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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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 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.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life is great! The staff are warm, welcoming and really friendly throughout the whole campus.The libraries have unlimited resources and amenities available, the librarians are very helpful and willing to aid in any way they possibly can. The campus is pretty live, meaning there's always something going on around the campus to get involved in. At the very beginning of the school year, there's HawkWeek, specifically for freshman to get acquainted and mingle. The campus is filled with a lot of traditions.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Could be a lot better about lawn work.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Ku does very well maintaining their facilities

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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
Hometown
Overland Park, KS
Major
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
488
Campus Size
1,000 acres
Student Centers
  • Burge Union
  • Kansas Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
7
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Kansas Union
  • Wescoe Beach
Bar on Campus
None
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
None
School Slang
Mizzou: University of Missouri, KU's biggest rival
Traditions
  • 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
www.ku.edu/organizations
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
ROTC
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 82 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 15 responses

  • 38% Rock Chalk Chant
  • 19% The Jayhawk
  • 16% All of the traditions
  • 9% The Songs
  • 6% The hawk
  • 3% The University Seal
  • 3% Alma Mater
  • 3% Camping for basketball
  • 3% Walking the Hill

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 14 responses

  • 26% All the places to eat around town
  • 26% Mass street
  • 17% The Kansas Union
  • 14% Wescoe Beach
  • 9% Oliver dining hall
  • 3% My sorority house
  • 3% My scholarship hall
  • 3% Dorm (I stayed in Naismith Hall)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 43% We've got an art museum, libraries, clubs, etc.
  • 26% Volunteer
  • 17% Drink/party
  • 4% No college student likes staying on campus!
  • 4% Take a walk and enjoy the scenery
  • 4% Work on weekends

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 50% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 98 responses

  • 37% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 50% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 13% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 97 responses

  • 61% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 33% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 9 responses

  • 70% Working at the bookstore
  • 30% In the dining halls

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