Who We Are

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the foundation of KU. Great ideas start here. We encourage you to learn more about us below and in the links to the left.

Education Essentials

The College takes pride in furthering the liberal arts and sciences tradition at KU. From liberal arts and sciences' origins 1,600 years ago to now, one idea has remained constant: all citizens must have a broad base of knowledge to succeed. The liberal arts and sciences is an important educational foundation for all.

The College is part of most KU students' experience. We teach all general education requirements. We also enroll about 60% of all students on the Lawrence campus - more than any other school. No matter your major, our goal is to ensure that your experience with the College prepares you with fundamental skills and knowledge that will serve you well in any career.

Most Diverse School at KU

Maybe you want to dance. Maybe you want to conduct research on gamma-ray bursts. We say: Why not do both? In the College you can pursue your passions — all of them. The College is home to more than 50 departments and programs, the School of the Arts and the School of Public Affairs & Administration. Areas of study span the Arts, Humanities, International & Interdisciplinary studies, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. We offer dozens of majors, minors and certificates.

Fostering new ideas

The College brings the research and insights of more than 50 departments and programs together. The possibilities are endless. We have more than 600 faculty whose curiosity about the world constantly leads to new discoveries and advancements. Students play an active part in the creation of new ideas, too, either as research assistants or undertaking their own projects. In the College, we study our past, present and future from a broad variety of perspectives.

Why KU
  • Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
  • KU offers courses in 40 languages
  • Graduates of the College have won Emmys, discovered new species, and been named to Forbes' "most powerful women" lists
  • No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
  • 46 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