University of Kansas

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The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU) is an institution of higher learning located in Lawrence, Kansas. The University was founded in 1865 by the citizens of Lawrence, under a charter from the Kansas Legislature, with the assistance of a donation of 40 acres (160,000 m²) of land on Mount Oread in Lawrence from former Kansas Governor Charles Robinson and his wife Sara and a small monetary gift from Amos A. Lawrence. In the Fall 2003, the University enrolled 29,272 students. The total faculty head count was 2,158. The total staff and faculty count was 12,328 employees.

The University's School of Medicine is located in Kansas City, Kansas. The KU Edwards Campus ( is located in Overland Park, Kansas in the Kansas City metro area. There are also educational/research sites in Parsons, Topeka and a branch of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita.

The university enjoys a fine national reputation. The most recent edition of Peterson's Guide to Competitive College ( reports that KU "has a long and distinguished tradition as one of America's premier universities." Another popular college guidebook, The Fiske Guide ( to Colleges, for more than a decade has awarded KU a four-star rating for academics, social life, and overall quality of university life.

KU is home to the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics as well as Kansas Public Radio. Radio station KANU was one of the first public radio stations in the nation. The university is host to several notable museums including the Kansas Natural History Museum, the KU Museum of Anthropology, and the Spencer Museum of Art.

The chancellor of the University of Kansas is Robert Hemenway, who has been serving in that capacity since 1994 and has taken a very active approach toward improving academics.



The University is a large state sponsored university. In addition to a large liberal arts college, it has schools of Education, Medicine, Pharmacy, Fine Arts, Business, Journalism, Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design, Social Welfare and Law. The study of academic Sociology originated at this university, in 1890, for the first time in America .

Notable faculty


KU's academic computing department was an active participant in setting up the Internet and is the developer of the seminal Lynx text based web browser. Lynx itself provided hypertext browsing and navigation prior to Tim Berners Lee's invention of HTTP and HTML.[1] (


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The school's sports teams wearing crimson and royal blue are called the Jayhawks. They participate in the NCAA's Division I-A, and in the Big XII Conference.

In NCAA DI play, the Jayhawks participate in basketball, baseball, cross country, football, golf, rowing, soccer (women only), softball, swimming (women only), tennis (women only), track, and volleyball (women only).


KU Football dates from 1890. While not a national powerhouse like KU's basketball team, the Jayhawk football team has had notable alumni including Gale Sayers, a two time All-American and played for the Chicago Bears and John Riggins, an All-American and played for the Washington Redskins. KU played in the Orange Bowl twice: 1948 and 1968. The Jayhawks currently play in Memorial Stadium. They are currently coached by Mark Mangino.

The Jayhawks have taken part with the University of Missouri Tigers in the longest continual rivalry in college football west of the Mississippi River with the Border War or the Battle for the Indian Drum, which first was played in 1891.


The men's basketball team, currently coached by Bill Self, is a perennial national contender, even though their last national championship was in 1988. In addition, Allen Fieldhouse is considered one of the greatest places to play basketball in the nation. Kansas has counted among its coaches Dr. James Naismith (the inventor of basketball), Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phog Allen (sometimes dubbed "Father of basketball coaching"), and Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown. Ironically, Naismith is the only Kansas coach to have a losing record for his tenure in Lawrence.

The Jayhawks have won 4 national championships. The 1922 and 1923 championships were retroactively awarded by the Helms Foundation in 1936. The 1952 and 1988 championships were won in the NCAA tournament. They have the third most all-time wins in NCAA history, behind Kentucky and North Carolina. The coaches most responsible for Kentucky and North Carolina's lead in wins are Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith, the two coaches with the most wins in NCAA history. They were both players for Kansas under Phog Allen. In addition, several of Smith's assistant coaches became head coaches at KU, including Roy Williams, Larry Brown, and Dick Harp.

KU Men's Basketball Final Four history

KU basketball coaches

KU alumni in basketball hall of fame

KU NBA basketball players(2004-2005)

Distinguished alumni

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