University of Kansas
#176 Overall Influence#620 Desirability Rank

University of Kansas

Public research university in Kansas, United States

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The University of Kansas (KU) was founded in 1865. In addition to the flagship campus in Lawrence, there are branch campuses in Wichita, Salinas, Leavenworth, downtown Kansas City (Kansas), and the southern Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. In addition, there are a number of KU-linked research, educational, and medical facilities in other Kansas cities and towns.

With a 28,000+ student body, KU offers some 345 degree programs. Among its most popular offerings are those in architecture and design, in business, and in journalism. Also noteworthy are such specialized programs as those offered by the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, the Beach Center on Disability, and the Ernst F. Lied Center of Kansas. Between 1970 and 1978, KU hosted its famous Integrated Humanities Program, which offered an influential “great books” curriculum.

KU Online offers a broad variety of courses organized into scores of academic disciplines.

Three KU-associated individuals have won the Nobel Prize, to wit:

Other distinguished KU-associated persons include the following:

KU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


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How much does it cost to attend?

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What's it like to attend this school?

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The Campus

Where will you be attending?


Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence KS 66045

On Campus Crime Rates

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7 per 100k

Violent Crime

0 per 100k

What is University of Kansas known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

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Earth Sciences
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Social Work
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Political Science
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Computer Science
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Religious Studies

Other areas of influence

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Criminal Justice

Influential People

Who are University of Kansas's Most influential alumni?

University of Kansas's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of History, Communications, and Business. University of Kansas’s most academically influential people include Paul Ralph Ehrlich, Vernon L. Smith, and Rex Stout.

Paul Ralph Ehrlich
Paul Ralph Ehrlich

American scientist and environmentalist

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Vernon L. Smith
Vernon L. Smith

American economist

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Rex Stout
Rex Stout

American writer

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Frank Harris
Frank Harris

Irish journalist and rogue

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Julius Rebek

Hungarian-born American chemist and expert on molecular self-assembly

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Richard Jantz

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee

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George Kelly
George Kelly

American psychologist and therapist

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Milton Diamond

American sexologist

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Clyde Tombaugh
Clyde Tombaugh

American astronomer

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Philip Anschutz

American entrepreneur

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Juan Nakpil

Filipino architect

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Bill Kurtis
Bill Kurtis

American television journalist, producer, narrator, and news anchor

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