Capture Higher Ed is proud to introduce one of our newest partners, the University of Kansas.
When settlers arrived at present-day Lawrence, Kan., on the curve of the Kaw River in August 1854, their goal was to ensure that the new Kansas Territory entered the union as a free state. Another goal was to establish a university. Founded just a few months after the Civil War ended, the University of Kansas officially opened in September of 1866.
With five campuses throughout the state — Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Wichita and Salina — KU has become a major public research and teaching university with almost 28,500 students and 2,600 faculty members united by a mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities and make discoveries that change the world.
Offering 370 degree programs, the university has 13 schools (including the only schools of pharmacy and medicine in Kansas) and consistently earns high marks for its academics with nationally recognized programs in special education, city management, speech-language pathology, rural medicine, clinical child psychology, nursing, occupational therapy and social welfare.
Kansas is ranked 42nd by U.S. News and World Report for graduate academic programs, and the institution has produced 27 Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas schools combined. Astronauts, artists, authors, business leaders, senators and governors, Pulitzer Prize winners and a Nobel laureate have launched their careers at this excellent university.
Kansas houses 12 major research centers including the state’s only designated National Cancer Institute. The school also is a leader in the study of lifespan issues, the humanities, transportation, the environment, biosciences, biodiversity, polar ice sheets and much more. Ten core service laboratories and two affiliated centers at the university specialize in such fields as biomedical research, molecular structures, technology commercialization, and oil recovery. KU has service centers statewide that offer training and professional development in law enforcement, firefighting, child development, health education and public management.
The university’s main campus in Lawrence tops Mount Oread, known informally as the Hill. The long, curved limestone ridge was named by the town founders, who for a decade after their arrival in the area endured bitter conflicts with pro-slavery factions from Missouri.
Near the turn of the 20th century, Kansas graduate James Naismith invented the game of basketball at the university. (He also discovered vitamins A and D.)
Members of the Big 12 Conference, the Kansas Jayhawks have a storied athletics tradition with 13 NCAA Division I championships: five in men’s basketball, one in men’s cross country, three in men’s indoor track and field, three in men’s outdoor track and field, and one in women’s outdoor track and field.
KU’s mission — to be a major comprehensive research and teaching university and a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor — is broken into five parts: Instruction, Research, Service, International Dimension and Values.