The oldest and the largest public university in the state of Kansas is the University of Kansas. While there are numerous campus locations across the entire state, the main campus is located in the city of Lawrence, Kansas. The university was established in 1865 and has an enrollment of 19,000 undergraduates as of fall 2014. Their school colors are crimson (red) and blue.
The school motto is “I shall see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” The motto is a religious quote from the Bible’s book of Exodus.
The University of Kansas is a large public university that has over 345 degree programs. With so many degree programs, the special education and the urban policy programs seem to stand above the rest. A U.S. News & World Report ranked these programs as the best in the nation in their respective fields. The graduate school is also recognized as a top 25 program among public schools.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Kansas as a top 100 overall university and a top 50 public university in the United States.
The Kansas Jayhawks are currently a member of the Big 12 conference. KU currently fields 16 varsity sports teams, which includes 6 men’s and 10 women’s sports. Kansas Jayhawks sports teams have won a combined 11 national championships. The school is most famous for its men’s basketball program, which has won 3 of the school’s national championships. The men’s basketball team has won or shared 56 conference titles, which is a NCAA record. They have also won the last eleven Big 12 regular season conference championships. Their famous arena, Phog Allen Fieldhouse, is named after the school’s most famous basketball coach. With their tradition, coaching and talent, the Kansas Jayhawks are always a threat to win it all during March Madness.
Famous Kansas Jayhawks Alumni
- Billy Mills – the second American Indian to win a gold medal in the Olympics.
- Wilt Chamberlain – NBA Hall of Famer who holds the record for most points scored in a single game.
- Dean Smith – the late, great basketball coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels.
- Adolph Rupp – the late, great basketball coach for the Kentucky Wildcats.
- Paul Rudd – actor/comedian
- Don Johnson – actor
- Gale Sayers – NFL Hall of Fame football player with the Chicago Bears.