University of Kansas

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The University of Kansas
Latin: Universitas Kansiensis
MottoVidebo visionem hanc magnam quare non comburatur rubus (Latin)
Motto in English
"I will see this great vision in which the bush does not burn." (Exodus 3:3)[1]
EstablishedMarch 21, 1865 (1865-03-21)[3]
AffiliationKansas Board of Regents
Academic affiliation
Endowment$1.61 billion (2017)[4]
ChancellorDouglas Girod
ProvostCarl W. Lejuez (interim)
Academic staff
Students28,510 total (Fall 2018)
38°57′29″N 95°14′52″W / 38.95806°N 95.24778°W / 38.95806; -95.24778Coordinates: 38°57′29″N 95°14′52″W / 38.95806°N 95.24778°W / 38.95806; -95.24778
CampusCollege town, Urban,
1,100 acres (450 ha)
ColorsCrimson and Blue[6]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IBig 12
MascotsBig Jay and Baby Jay
University of Kansas wordmark.svg
The Chi Omega Fountain at the University of Kansas
A basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a public university in Lawrence, a hilly city in northeastern Kansas.[7] It is often abbreviated as "KU". KU held its first classes in 1866.[7] As of Spring 2011, over 30,000 students attended school there.

History[change | change source]

On February 20, 1863, Kansas Governor Thomas Carney signed into law a bill creating the state university in Lawrence.[8] The law was made if Lawrence gave a gift of a $15,000 endowment fund and a place for the university. The place would need to be in or near the town, of not less than forty acres (16 ha) of land.[9]

On November 2, 1863, Governor Carney said Lawrence had met the conditions to get the state university. In 1864, the university was officially organized.[10]

The university opened for classes on September 12, 1866, and the first class graduated in 1873.[10]

Sports[change | change source]

Kansas' athletics teams are called the Jayhawks. Kansas has 16 varsity teams, all of which compete in the Big 12 Conference. They are known for their men's basketball team, which most recently won a national championship in 2008.

Other locations[change | change source]

The KU Medical Center, which is one branch of the University of Kansas, is located in Kansas City, Kansas, which is east of Lawrence. Another branch of KU, called the Edwards Campus, is located in Overland Park, Kansas.

References[change | change source]

  1. "University seal - The University of Kansas". February 27, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  2. " – USA TODAY's 2006 College Tuition & Fees Survey". September 5, 2006. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  3. "KU Info: When Was KU Founded?". Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  4. As of June 30, 2017. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY2016 to FY2017" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 6, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  5. "About KU • The University of Kansas". Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  6. "KU primary & secondary color palette". University of Kansas. December 29, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1
  8. "History of KU - Kansas Historical Society". Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  9. Griffin, C.S. "The University of Kansas and the Years of Frustration, 1854–64". Retrieved December 4, 2009.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History". Archived from the original on May 4, 2011.

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