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University of Kansas

Public research university in Kansas, United States

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).

From Wikipedia

The University of Kansas is a public research university with its main campus in Lawrence, Kansas, United States, and several satellite campuses, research and educational centers, medical centers, and classes across the state of Kansas. Two branch campuses are in the Kansas City metropolitan area on the Kansas side: the university's medical school and hospital in Kansas City, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, a hospital and research center in the state's capital of Topeka, and a hospital and research center in Hays. There are also educational and research sites in Garden City, Hays, Leavenworth, Parsons, and Topeka, an agricultural education center in rural north Douglas County, and branches of the medical school in Salina and Wichita. The university is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".

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

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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.

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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 Social Work, History, and Anthropology

Brad Garlinghouse

Brad Garlinghouse

American businessman

Gregory A. Voth

Gregory A. Voth

American chemist

Christian T. Elvey

American astronomer

Mehrdad Izady

Kurdish Iranologist

Bill Downs

Bill Downs

American journalist

Norman D. Newell

Paleontologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History

David Hillis

Evolutionary Biologist

Benno Janssen

American architect

Wendell Mitchell Latimer

American chemist

Lloyd Metzler

Lloyd Metzler

American economist

Mark H. Ashcraft

Chair:Department of Psychology/University of Nevada/Las Vegas

Diane Harper

American medical researcher