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University of Kansas Data & Information Overview

905 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
91% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Kansas Ranked?

#197 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in KS
Liberal Arts General Studies Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 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 905 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts general studies.

Overall Quality

KU landed the #197 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when KU held the #420 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 46 colleges in Kansas, KU is ranked at #1.

See all of the rankings for University of Kansas.

Is It Hard to Get Into KU?

91% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
21% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Kansas is 91%, 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

About 21% of students accepted to KU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 650. Math scores were between 530 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Kansas  ( 540 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Kansas  ( 530 to 670 )
KU received ACT scores from 89% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Kansas  ( 22 to 29 )

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University of Kansas Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
85% Full Time Teachers

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

86% Freshmen Retention
47% On-Time Graduation Rate

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 for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at KU for first-time, full-time students is 47%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  47 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Kansas.

University of Kansas Undergraduate Student Diversity

16,439 Full-Time Undergraduates
24.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
52.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,135 undergraduates at KU with 16,439 being full-time and 2,696 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Kansas Cost?

$20,257 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
$29,004 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of KU is $20,257. 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 +
$15,666 $16,288 $18,586 $22,804 $24,161

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,251 a year. That adds up to $29,004 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at KU is 4.3%. 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?

$56,386 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from KU make about $56,386 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future KU graduates since it is 33% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of University of Kansas

Kansas State
16,439 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
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

112 Majors With Completions
4,549 Undergraduate Degrees
2,451 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 112 majors graduated from University of Kansas. Of these students, 4,549 received undergraduate degrees and 2,451 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 282 $31,421
Journalism 237 $37,913
Health & Physical Education 214 $28,152
Finance & Financial Management 204 $49,456
Nursing 204 $56,568
Marketing 175 $41,682
Accounting 168 $45,224
General Biology 153 $30,471
Communication & Media Studies 150 $35,383
General Business/Commerce 141 $45,341

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

Online Learning at KU

90% Take At Least One Class Online
17% Take All Classes Online

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 2019-2020, 24,079 students took at least one online class at University of Kansas. This is an increase from the 8,005 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 24,079 4,611
2018-2019 8,005 1,982
2017-2018 7,269 2,041
2016-2017 7,012 2,069
2015-2016 5,793 1,706

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.


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