University of Kansas Profile

The University of Kansas (KU) is a public research university with very high national and international rankings. It is consistently rated as one of the best institutions in the world!

The University has the following major academic divisions: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which includes the School of the Arts; schools of allied health; architecture, design, and planning; business; education; engineering; journalism and mass communications; law; medicine; music; nursing; pharmacy; and social welfare.

Notable KU alumni include: Robert Docking (38th Governor of Kansas), Jane Dee Hull (24th Governor of Arizona), Deane Waldo Malott (former Chancellor of KU and 6th president of Cornell University), Robert Eaton (former CEO of Chrysler Corporation), Christopher A. Sinclair (former CEO of Pepsi-Cola, Co.), Charles E. Spahr (former CEO of Standard Oil of Ohio), Lou Montulli (co-founder of Netscape), etc.

University of Kansas was elected to the American Association of Universities in 1909.

University Rankings:

- Ranked 104th among Tier 1 National Universities (USNWR 2011).

- In the U.S. News & World Report 2009 rankings, it has 42 nationally ranked graduate programs. The city management/urban policy and special education is ranked No. 1.

- KU’s School of Engineering was ranked 41st among public schools nationwide (US News 2009 Issue).

- Rated 11th in the nation among public universities in the percentage of students who participate in study abroad programs before graduation, according to the “Open Doors 2008” report. It is also rated 16th in short-term study abroad programs among public research universities.

- Rated 349th globally in the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings 2008.

- Ranked as the 18th most popular university in the United States as of 2008 (USNWR).

- The KU School of Law is ranked 10th in the nation for the number of hands-on educational opportunities available to its students, according to the September 2008 issue of National Jurist Magazine.

- 25th on the "Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing Colleges and Universities" list (2008).

- In 2007, the City Management and Urban Policy program was ranked 1st in the nation by U.S. News "America's Best Graduate Schools".

- According to the report "Top Academic Workplaces 2005-2007", University of Kansas was one of nine universities cited for most reasonable tenure policies.

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