The University of Kansas (KU) is a comprehensive educational and research institution offering a wide range of high quality academic programs.

The National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation both have classified KU as a top research university, and it has been a member of the elite Association of American Universities since 1909.

Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the oldest foundation of its type at a U.S. public university and one of the largest.


- University of Kansas is ranked 104th among tier 1 National Universities (USNWR 2011).

- Named one of “50 Best Value Public Universities” by the Princeton Review, 2010.

- University of Kansas has "sophistication" and a "bounty of opportunities" and is a "major player in behavioral research" according to the 2010 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

- 18th in the US News 2010 Rankings of Best Graduate Education Programs.

- U.S. News ranked KU as tied for 89th place in its ranking of the Best National Universities in the 2009 list and 349th in its ranking of the World's Best Colleges and Universities.

- Ranked 377th among the world's top institutions in QS World University Rankings 2010.

- Ranked 43rd among national public research universities for the 2008 fiscal year, according to an annual survey from the National Science Foundation.

- University of Kansas is recognized as a top 5 university among large institutions in 12 out of 27 categories in the report, "2008 Great Colleges to Work For", a national survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

- The University of Kansas School of Law is the top law school in the state of Kansas according to the 2008 U.S. News & World Report. KU Law is rated as a top-tier law school at 73rd and rated a "best buy".

- The "MoJo Mini College Guide" includes KU among "10 cool schools that will blow your mind, not your budget". In 2007-08, KU students on the Lawrence campus received more than $181 million in financial aid from private and public funds.

- The School of Law has been named a Best Value Law School by National Jurist magazine.

- The School of Architecture and Urban Planning was named the best in the Midwest and ranked 6th among all undergraduate architecture programs in the U.S in 2007, according to the DesignIntelligence, which annually publishes "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools".

- The Milken Institute placed KU 9th in the world for driving new patents through the innovation pipeline. As of fiscal year 2006, KU holds 45 U.S. patents and has 53 pending.

- University of Kansas is one of 20 "colleges that foster student success" in nation (Source: National Survey on Student Engagement, 2004 DEEP Report).

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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