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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. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is University of Kansas Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Kansas was awarded 154 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social work.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, KU is ranked #255 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

KU also holds the #1 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

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, University of Kansas is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Kansas is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Kansas

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Kansas has a freshmen retention rate of 83%. 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  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from KU have a four-year graduation rate of 37%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  37 out of 100

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

Excellent Overall Diversity at KU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,338 undergraduates at KU with 17,151 being full-time and 2,187 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 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 90.91 out of 100, KU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  90.91 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Kansas Cost?

The overall average net price of KU is $18,814. 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 +
$14,983 $14,946 $16,525 $21,150 $22,369

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 50% of students took out student loans averaging $6,905 a year. That adds up to $27,620 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at KU is 5.0%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from KU make about $48,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future KU graduates since it is 20% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 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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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 111 majors graduated from University of Kansas. Of these students, 4,355 received undergraduate degrees and 2,721 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 239 $37,400
General Psychology 211 $27,900
Finance & Financial Management 189 $49,200
Nursing 178 $57,500
Health & Physical Education 175 $31,100
Accounting 159 $44,700
Liberal Arts General Studies 136 $32,500
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 135 NA
Marketing 131 $44,700
Communication & Media Studies 127 $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 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 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.


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