Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Recruiting our next generation of Jayhawks

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dear Jayhawks,

This week, we saw good news that accompanied our annual 20th day enrollment announcement.

Our new class of freshmen has the highest average ACT score and the highest average high school GPA of any class in history. Our six-year graduation rate and freshman retention rate are the highest they’ve ever been.

We also grew our university’s overall headcount for the fifth straight year. The Edwards Campus in particular saw a 12.5 percent student credit hour increase in its academic programs.

All of this is a testament to the good work you do each day to attract, recruit and retain talented students.

These efforts are always ongoing, of course. Next week, we will have a special opportunity to welcome prospective students and families to Lawrence for our annual Crimson & Blue Day. On Friday, Oct. 12, high school students, transfer students and their families will participate in campus tours, academic sessions, resource fairs and other customized appointments to help them explore KU. More information, including a full schedule of events, is available at admissions.ku.edu/crimsonandblue.

All of us contribute to our recruitment efforts, so I want to thank you in advance for helping to showcase the best parts of being a Jayhawk.

So if you see a prospective student on campus next Friday, stop and say hello — or ask and see if they need directions! 

Again, thank you for all that you do to attract great students to our university and to help them develop into the leaders of tomorrow.

Respectfully,

Doug

Douglas A. Girod
Chancellor
University of Kansas

 



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
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.

KU is in the midst of a comprehensive effort to ensure the university is ranked among the top tier of public international research universities.

Through Bold Aspirations, our strategic plan, we're changing the way we prepare students for success. We're fostering research and scholarship across all disciplines. And we're sharing the benefits of a flagship university with our state and world.