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University of Kansas, Lawrence

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The University of Kansas (KU) is a public research university with its main campus in Lawrence, Kansas, 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".
Founded March 21, 1865, the university was opened in 1866, under a charter granted by the Kansas State Legislature in 1864 and legislation passed in 1863 under the State Constitution, which was adopted two years after the 1861 admission of the former Kansas Territory as the 34th state into the Union. Disputes over Kansas' establishment as a free or slaveholding state prior to admission to the union prompted an internal civil war known as "Bleeding Kansas" during the 1850s.
Enrollment at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses was 28,401 students in 2016; an additional 3,383 students were enrolled at the KU Medical Center for an enrollment of 28,091 students across the three campuses. The university overall employed 2,814 faculty members in fall 2015.
Kansas's athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I sports as the Jayhawks, as members of the Big 12 Conference. They field 16 varsity sports, as well as club-level sports for ice hockey, rugby, and men's volleyball.

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  • I like to visit the big US colleges and so I came for KU. It's on a hill and it goes up and down which can be exhausting given the humidity in summer. You can also tell it's a basketball school and...  more »
  • The University of Kansas is a big university and it sits on the top of the hill. The grounds are very pretty, there’s a big fountain at one of the entrances, and there is a natural history Museum on.....  more »
  • My family and my daughter went to this university. This university gave us a great impression, a great school. We are so happy when our daughter is studying at this university! A surprisingly large school!!! Too surprised! And that's great!
  • Took 4 years of my time and charged me $10,000 a year in exchange for the opportunity to pay excessive costs for mandatory books I never used and semester long subscriptions to the online portals that taught the entire curriculum and graded the homework on behalf of the professors. 3/5, probably wouldn't go back... however if you like construction, hills, going broke and wind, its the perfect place for you!

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