The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university and a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. Founded in 1865, the University enrolls 28,000 students and has 2,800 faculty members. KU is the only Kansas Regents University to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a select group of 62 public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally. The National Science Foundation and Carnegie Foundation both classify KU as a top research university.
The university is committed to excellence. It fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of the individual are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.
Considered one of the most beautiful in the nation, KU's central campus occupies 1,000 acres on and around historic Mount Oread in Lawrence, a community of about 100,000 in the forested hills of eastern Kansas. Ten of KU's 13 schools are based here, and are internationally recognized research centers and laboratories.