The college experience for a student-athlete is meant to encompass everything from the educational interactions of the classroom and competition of athletics extracurricluar activities. It is important to finish college as a well-rounded individual with a variety of experiences, and at the University of Kansas the opportunites both in and out of the educational realm are endless.
The University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution with lofty goals and a global outlook. The historic buildings and tree-covered campus, along with top-ranked academic programs and growing research endeavors, provide an environment that inspires and challenges students and faculty. Students find a home that is wireless yet historic, on the edge of both prairie and a metropolis with a myriad of opportunities and activities.
KU has more than 40 nationally ranked academic programs, 28 of which are ranked among the nation's top 30 public schools. Two are number one in the nation: special education and city management/urban policy. Among the top 10 rankings are the school of education and programs in community health, occupational therapy, nursing and petroleum engineering.
KU offers nearly 200 fields of study in 13 different schools, from architecture, music and engineering to medicine, social welfare and law.
KU has an enrollment of 30,102 students, including 20,811 undergraduates on the Lawrence campus. KU attracts more than 1,500 international students from more than 110 countries. The average ACT score of 24.8 exceeds the national average.
KU ranks seventh in nation among "most popular" public universities, per US News' Student Choice Awards.
Counselors from US News' "best high schools" rank KU 12th in nation, based on a survey of academic reputation.
KU has produced 25 Rhodes Scholars, more than all of Kansas universities combined.
The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks KU in the top for "Great Colleges to Work For."
Library collections on the Lawrence campus contain more than four million volumes and huge holdings of microforms, manuscripts, maps and photographs. Scholars from all over the world use the Kenneth Spencer Research Library's valuable collections of rare and historic material. At the Medical Center, the Dykes Library for Health Sciences and Clendening History of Medicine Library are major resources for health professionals.
The largest of the Kansas Regents institutions, KU annually grants nearly onethird of the bachelor's, more than one-third of the master's degrees and two-thirds of the doctorates for Regents schools.
The Lawrence campus offers a rich cultural life. Lecturers, scholars, artists, concert musicians, actors and dancers perform at the university's beautiful Lied Center of Kansas, a 2,020-seat performing arts hall. Nearby is the 250-seat Bales Organ Recital Hall. With a 72-foot high ceiling and two-foot thick walls, the hall provides cathedral-like acoustics for its three-manual Hellmuth Wolff pipe organ. The Spencer Museum of Art, with more than 36,000 works of art, has long been considered one of the top teaching museums in the nation.
Location and Campus
Lawrence (population 81,000) is known for arts, alternative music, downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The central campus sits on 1,000 acres in the heart of this historic city, on a limestone ridge known as Mount Oread since the city's founding in 1854.
Student-Athlete Support Services is under the direction of Associate Athletics Director Paul Buskirk. For the current year, Kansas Athletics has allocated more than $1.6 million toward studentathlete academic support, including $400,000 for tutoring services. More than 250 student-athletes are scheduled for more than 900 hours of tutoring each week. Scott Ward, Phd., ensures the highest level of academic support for Kansas men's basketball student-athletes.
Degree & Career Counseling
Earning a degree from the University of Kansas is an achievement that will remain with you the rest of your life. Walking through the Campanile and down the Hill as a part of the graduation ceremonies is a memory that will last a lifetime.
The Degree and Career Counseling staff Student Support Services staff members:
Meet regularly with new students to discuss upcoming academic requirements, transition issues, time management strategies and more.
Facilitate students' career exploration.
Assist students with selection of major.
Assist students with selection of courses which ensure their progress towards a degree.