Campuses

The University of Kansas operates many of its undergraduate and graduate programs, including Special Education, at two campuses: the Main Campus in Lawrence and the Edwards Campus in Kansas City.

Main Campus and Lawrence: Founded in 1865 and located on Mount Oread in the center of Lawrence, Kansas, the beautiful University of Kansas campus has a history of commitment to excellence in education, research and service. The KU community is comprised of a diverse group of students, faculty and staff motivated to ensure the success of every KU student. The University is rich in student tradition and offers a rewarding student life. With more than 25,000 students, the Lawrence Campus has hundreds of student organizations to choose from.

Lawrence is a beautiful city of nearly 80,000 people surrounded by wooded hills, river valleys, Kansas farmland and the tall-grass prairie. The city, which is located about 40 miles west of Kansas City and 30 miles east of Topeka, the state capital, offers the comfort and charm of a small-sized city, the services and learning opportunities of a large university community and easy access to two major cities in either direction. The tree-lined downtown area has specialty shops, quirky coffeehouses and wonderful restaurants that cater to both student and permanent residents. Lawrence also embraces artistic expression, which has allowed it to become a major art center in the Midwest. The city's many historic venues have attracted up-and-coming musicians and critically acclaimed entertainment acts. Regularly ranked among the best College Towns in America, Lawrence offers students access to two major cities while also the traditional features of a college town plus.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation ranked Lawrence among its "Dozen Most Distinctive Destinations" in 2000. Add to that a top 15 "Best Small Art Towns in America" rating and the KU Lied Center's badge as a "Top 10 U.S. University Presenter" for the performing arts and it's easy to see that Lawrence is a vibrant community with many amenities.

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#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Wayne Sailor directs KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, to develop a national center to assist schools
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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