The University of Kansas (KU) is a public research university and the largest and oldest public university in the U.S. state of Kansas
University of Kansas campuses are located in Lawrence, Wichita, Overland Park, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, with the main campus located in Lawrence on Mount Oread, the highest location in Lawrence. The university was opened in 1866, under a charter granted by the Kansas Legislature in 1864 following enabling legislation passed in 1863 under the Kansas Constitution. The university’s Medical Center and University Hospital are located in Kansas City, Kansas. The Edwards Campus is in Overland Park, Kansas, in the Kansas City metropolitan area. There are also educational and research sites in Parsons and Topeka, and branches of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita and Salina. Enrollment at the Lawrence and Edwards campuses was 23,597 students in fall 2014; an additional 3,371 students were enrolled at the KU Medical Center for a total enrollment of 26,968 students across the three campuses. The university overall employed 2,663 faculty members in fall 2012. The 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings listed KU as 101st in the category “national universities” and 47th among public universities. The U.S. News & World Report “Americas Best Graduate Schools” rankings have ranked 49 KU programs since 2008, 35 of which are ranked in the top 40 among public university programs. The university is one of the 62 members of the Association of American Universities.