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Freshman class grows again

On Sept. 26, we announced that KU’s freshman class has grown for the fifth-straight year — and done so in record-breaking fashion.

The 2016 freshman class includes 4,233 new Jayhawks on campus, an increase of 1.1 percent from last year. This is the fourth-largest class in history and the largest since 2008. Moreover, these freshmen are the most academically talented in KU history, with an average ACT score of 25.7 and an average GPA of 3.58 — both all-time highs.

Beyond the freshman class, the university’s overall enrollment has grown for the third-straight year to 28,401.

As the Chancellor explained in her Sept. 26 message, this is a banner class and an indication that we are doing a lot of things right in the minds of prospective students and their families.

The scholarship deadline for the freshman class of 2017 is Nov. 1. If you know any talented prospective students, encourage them to apply by Nov. 1.

Regents to consider KU weapons policy

In January, the Kansas Board of Regents approved its new weapons policy and gave the individual universities until October 2016 to submit their policies to the board. The Regents are expected to consider KU's policy at the November board meeting.

Just a reminder that we continue to share information at, and we encourage you to use this page to help answer questions from internal and external audiences.

Chancellor authors essay on science, engineering

Earlier this week, The Conversation published an essay from Chancellor Gray-Little titled, “Science is key to U.S. standing, but presidential candidates largely ignore it.” In the piece, the Chancellor writes about how science and engineering issues are vital to our prosperity, our well-being, our status as a global leader and our national security.

KU leaders share message on marketplace of ideas

In response to recent events across our nation and our university, Chancellor Gray-Little, Provost Bendapudi and KU Medical Center Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Girod on Sept. 27 co-authored a message titled, “Our marketplace of ideas.” As you continue to engage with students and colleagues on current events – or as you respond to questions from external constituents – we encourage you to share this message or use it to help shape conversations.

Climate Study closes Oct. 14

On Sept. 13, KU launched the "Your Voice. Your KU" climate study, a university-wide examination of the living, learning and working environment at KU.

As we approach the Oct. 14 close of the survey, we hope KU Communicators like you can help encourage participation among students and employees in your unit. To help you do this, Marketing Communications has created social media assets for you to use on any KU accounts you manage or, if you are inclined, on your personal accounts.

New to KU Communicators

Please welcome the following individuals:

Mark Sheaves, communications coordinator, CLAS
Alex Folsom, web communications coordinator, CLAS
Kristina Clark, Communications Coordinator, School of Public Affairs and Administration
Jon Sabillon, Communications Coordinator, University Career Center

Message Themes

10/3 - 11/6


11/7 - 12/4


Upcoming Events


Brad Paisley concert


Climate Survey closes


KBOR meeting


Scholarship deadline


KBOR meeting


#KUfacts: Takeru Higuchi, “father of physical pharmacy,” developed time-release medication capsules. #KUdiscoveries

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Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state and the hopes we have for our world.


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