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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Workload is heavy-just what you would expect for college classes.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I've learned a lot in my classes

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics are what you make of them just like the entire college experience. However, professors have the ability to limit your experience. Meaning that if you notice one professor teaches several courses in your degree program, you aren't getting variety and will start to notice that occasionally they have no clue what they are talking about. You BS your homework and they can BS the lectures. Some professors are really good though. Do your research and don't take a class because it is "easy". That will hurt you in the long run. Take a class because the professor rated well.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have felt challenged here but nothing was impossible to complete. When you get deeper into your major, the classroom environment gets better. Smaller classes make it easier to get to know your professor. I really love my program.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are great instructors and there are duds, but I think you would have that anywhere.


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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
  • 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

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 147 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 94 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 93 responses

  • 23% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 13% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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