University of Kansas

University of Kansas Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of Kansas, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Kansas Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Kansas was awarded 376 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is hospital and health care facilities administration/management.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked KU as #420 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

KU also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in Kansas ranking.

See all of the rankings for University of Kansas.

Is It Hard to Get Into KU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Kansas is 93%, which is higher than many other schools to which you may be applying. But don't think getting into KU is a sure thing. The admissions staff is still going to review your application to see if you are a good fit for the school.

Average Test Scores

KU received ACT scores from 97% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Kansas  ( 23 to 28 )

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University of Kansas Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Kansas, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Kansas is 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Kansas

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Kansas has a freshmen retention rate of 86%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  86 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At KU this rate is 37%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  37 out of 100

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University of Kansas Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,667 undergraduates at KU with 17,257 being full-time and 2,410 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Kansas Cost?

The overall average net price of KU is $18,918. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for KU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,387 $15,380 $17,132 $20,981 $23,231

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of KU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At KU, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $7,130 a year. That adds up to $28,520 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at KU is 5.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do KU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from KU make around $48,800 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for KU students since it is 23% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of Kansas make the most money.

Location of University of Kansas

Located in Lawrence, Kansas, University of Kansas is a public institution. Lawrence is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for KU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 785-864-2700

University of Kansas Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 109 majors graduated from University of Kansas. Of these students, 4,637 received undergraduate degrees and 2,520 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 252 $27,900
Journalism 243 $37,400
Finance & Financial Management 228 $49,200
Nursing 192 $57,500
Marketing 180 $44,700
Health & Physical Education 180 $31,100
Accounting 164 $44,700
General Biology 161 $33,500
Communication & Media Studies 131 $38,800
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 126 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Kansas along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at KU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 8,005 students took at least one online class at University of Kansas. This is an increase from the 7,269 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 8,005 1,982
2017-2018 7,269 2,041
2016-2017 7,012 2,069
2015-2016 5,793 1,706
2013-2014 3,506 760

Learn more about online learning at University of Kansas.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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