The University of Kansas is a national, public, research university, with more than 29,000 students — including more than 8,000 graduate and professional students — enrolled in over 200 fields of study. KU is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and enjoys an excellent academic reputation. For example, 55 graduate programs are ranked nationally by U.S. News, including the special education and city management and urban policy master’s programs, which are No. 1 in the nation among public universities. Major categories of research strength include drug discovery and development, renewable energy, remote sensing, education, and life span studies.
In 2010, KU’s externally sponsored research expenditures totaled $224.6 million. The latest National Science Foundation survey of federally funded science and engineering research expenditures ranks KU 44th among peer universities. The School of Pharmacy ranks fourth in the nation in NIH research funding.
KU locations include the main campus in Lawrence; the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas; the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park; and clinical branches of the KU School of Medicine in Wichita and Salina.
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