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Why KU?

This is the University of Kansas. A top-ranked public research university with a uniquely American spirit. A world of advanced scholarship, invention and discovery. An education that produces global leaders, business giants and visionaries in many fields.

KU is one of only 34 public universities that belong to the prestigious Association of American Universities, an organization made up of the nation’s leading research universities.


  • Easy Transition

    Simple admissions process and classes tailored to your academic and English-language level.

  • More Support

    Free airport pickup, greater attention in smaller classes and language and academic help.

  • Career Growth

    Professional development courses, internship assistance and greater cultural understanding.

By the Numbers

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Located in beautiful Lawrence, KS
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Founded in September 1876
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Offers 200+ degree programs
Best Public School
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Produced 26 Rhodes Scholars


Brian McClendon

Vice President, Google Earth
Class of 1986

Linda Zarda Cook

Former executive director of Shell Gas & Power and CEO of Shell Canada
Class of 1980

Juan Manuel Santos

President, Republic of Colombia Nobel Peace Prize laureate (2016)
Class of 1973

Cynthia Carroll

CEO of Anglo-American, one of the world's largest mining conglomerates
Class of 1982

Heartland of America


A big state with a big heart and a rich history, Kansas is the heartland and technically the center of the United States. KU is located in beautiful Lawrence, Kansas — a true college town on the banks of the Kansas River. Safe and friendly, it boasts international cuisine, extensive outdoor recreation, shopping and a thriving arts scene. Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the “best lil’ college towns” in America. As a KU student, you will have easy access to the capital city of Topeka and cosmopolitan Kansas City. Both cities are less than 40 minutes away and offer shopping, culture, entertainment and thriving businesses that provide corporate connections for internships, employment and career-building experiences.

“After speaking with my dad, I decided to look into KU and immediately thought that it looked very different from the other places I had seen in the U.S. I liked that because, to me, it seemed like a new adventure — to go to a place that I had barely heard of and explore it.”

Saleh AlAmeri, United Arab Emirates