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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?

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2021 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 137 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social work.

Overall Quality

KU is ranked #254 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

KU is also ranked #1 out of 28 schools in Kansas.

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 84%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  84 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Kansas

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Kansas enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 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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Excellent Overall Diversity at KU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,596 undergraduates at KU with 17,333 being full-time and 2,263 being part-time.

KU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 92.17 out of 100, KU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  92.17 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Kansas Cost?

The overall average net price of KU is $18,571. 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 +
$13,953 $14,852 $17,136 $21,847 $22,738

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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 4.6%. 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

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

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Location of University of Kansas

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, 4,536 received undergraduate degrees and 2,625 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
Journalism 250 $37,400
General Psychology 239 $27,900
Finance & Financial Management 232 $49,200
Nursing 194 $57,500
Accounting 181 $44,700
Health & Physical Education 169 $31,100
Marketing 159 $44,700
General Business/Commerce 146 $41,100
General Biology 144 $33,500
Communication & Media Studies 131 $38,800

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 7,269 students took at least one online class at University of Kansas. This is an increase from the 7,012 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 7,269 2,041
2016-2017 7,012 2,069
2015-2016 5,793 1,706
2014-2015 4,507 1,079
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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