University of Kansas Online

The University of Kansas opened in 1866 and has grown over the years into a comprehensive, multi-campus research university with nearly 30,000 students. The university’s campuses include the main campus in Lawrence; the KU Medical Center that houses the schools of allied health, medicine, and nursing; the Edwards Campus that offers courses for adult students; and two clinical campuses, including the School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy in Wichita and the School of Medicine in Salina. KU attracts students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. In 2011, the Princeton Review recognized KU as a “Best in the West” school and a “Best Value” school. The university is a member of the Association of American Universities, a select group of 61 public and private research universities that are distinguished for their graduate and professional education as well as research.

Programs Offered

The University of Kansas offers a broad array of high-quality academic programs, including more than 190 undergraduate majors. In addition to this, 42 of KU’s graduate programs are nationally ranked. Programs are available in health professions; architecture, design, and planning; arts; liberal arts and sciences; business; education; engineering; law; medicine; journalism and mass communications; music; nursing; pharmacy; and social welfare. Majors are diverse and include audiology, nurse anesthesia, urban planning, management, special education, mechanical engineering, anthropology, Jewish studies, chemistry, and many more. The KU School of Nursing is one of the many large programs at the university, enrolling 700 students in and of itself in bachelor’s programs; master’s programs in advanced practice areas like nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, and nurse-midwifery; the Ph.D. in Nursing program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, and more.


The University of Kansas has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission since 1913. The university also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs through the following accreditors: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; Commission on English Language Program Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


Admission into the University of Kansas is selective. Those applying for freshman admission must fill out their application, submit $30 fee, submit official ACT or SAT scores, submit high school transcript or GED scores, and submit a list of the classes they took during their senior year. The online application process requires prospective students to create an account and then fill out the application. The admission requirements for graduate programs vary greatly by program and are set by the Office of Graduate Studies. In general, applicants to graduate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, submit transcripts that show a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate course work, submit letters of recommendation, submit all other supporting documents required by the individual graduate program, and meet all other program requirements.

Admissions Contact

University of Kansas
Office of Admissions
1502 Iowa St
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7576

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