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10 great things

The Hill
You can see KU for miles around, its crimson rooflines accenting the wide blue sky. We admit getting to the top of Mount Oread is physically daunting at first. Stairs, sidewalks, streets - they're all a workout. But nothing worth achieving is ever easy, and from the top the vista is endless.
The Campus
Students are known to be transformed by their first walk along Jayhawk Boulevard, past the distinguished stone edifices from Snow to Spooner halls. Walk beneath the steadfast gaze of bronzed mentor Uncle Jimmy Green and you too will know: This is where I want to be.
The Town
The campus may be jaw-dropping gorgeous, but we also rave about the artsy downtown and its bustling tree-lined streets overflowing with eateries, small shops and galleries. The jazz, classical, rock, hip-hop and sidewalk music scene is renowned. Or just sail away on nearby Clinton Lake.
The Program
Still deciding what you want to do when you grow up? At KU you can find your passion, in the arts or the sciences or anything in between. KU has about 200 fields of study taught by expert teachers and researchers, and nearly 50 are nationally ranked, many in the top 10. A KU degree comes with cachet.
The Price
Kansans like to get a good price, be it for corn or college, and KU offers more for your investment in time and tuition. This is a value-added education: top-ranked, nationally respected programs and low tuition rates that are fixed for 4 years! That's why the Fiske Guide calls KU "one heck of a deal." Sweet.
The World
We are not just in Kansas anymore. The economy is global, and so is a KU education. We strive to give every student an international learning experience, here or over there. Nearly a third of all students study abroad and Jayhawks can be found around the world.
The Research
Yes, all major universities do research, but when Forbes Magazine named only 10 as "IQ campuses" for trailblazing research, KU was one. And KU is one of 35 public universities in a select group of North American schools chosen on the basis of national significance in graduate studies and research. At KU, you are part of something great.
The Chant
When you hear the long, slow, Gregorian cadences of KU's world-famous Rock Chalk chant, you understand why it's been declared the greatest college yell since it was created by a KU chemistry professor in 1886. It cheers the heart and soul of any Jayhawk: Rock Chalk Jayhawk Kaaay-youuuuuuu.
The Game
You know basketball is big here. But it's not just because of the national championships, raucous and revered Allen Fieldhouse, NBA stars from Chamberlain to Pierce or even because four of the most successful college coaches of all time played or coached here. It's also because James Naismith, our first coach, happens to have invented the game. Great things start here.
The Jayhawk
It's the only one in the whole wide world, special because it is unique but also because this mascot embodies qualities we cherish: forward-looking, happy and confident, eager to compete, able to soar. Above all Jayhawks are loyal. Be one and you become part of a global family.
Video A Great Place To Be

Alma Mater

Kansas. A great place to be.

Let's start from the beginning. A band of contrarians -- opposed to slavery, promoters of freedom for all -- settled a western outpost between the Kaw and Wakarusa rivers in the 1850s. After the town was platted, a great university was begun on Hogback Ridge, high above the river valley and below a boundless, expansive blue sky.

Then great things began to happen here.

Unlimited sources of inspiration and innovation exist among these hills and valleys of Kansas. The inventor of basketball started a tradition here. The man who discovered vitamins A and D graduated. Helium was extracted from gas for the first time. The first African-American woman to entertain at the White House graduated a year before a young man who discovered Pluto enrolled.

Future astronauts were launched into their careers, along with artists, business leaders, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, presidential candidates and governors, two of them women. National championships have been won -- and lost. And many pharmacists, teachers, nurses, doctors, musicians, artisans, journalists, architects, engineers and lawyers are proud Jayhawks for life.

An ideal campus, simultaneously historic and wireless. Next to a metropolis, bordering the rolling prairie. Nationally ranked programs, internationally renowned research. High-tech, hands-on and interactive classrooms. A top 10 venue for the performing arts -- and athletics.

Tranquil mornings, a diverse exciting nightlife. Truly a "castle on a hill," as one scribe wrote a century after Whitman.

Now for the future. What can you do at KU?

The opportunities are boundless.

Do something.


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