Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Why students should choose KU

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Our first mission as a university is to educate the students who will go on to become leaders in our state, nation and world. As Kansas’ flagship research university, we are able to give those students unique opportunities that will better prepare them for prosperous careers and successful lives.

We’re in the midst of recruiting the incoming class of fall 2013 in advance of the November 1 freshman scholarship deadline. Recruiting is a year-round effort, and admissions representatives are working with faculty and staff across KU and with the KU Alumni Association to recruit the next class of Jayhawks.

As they talk with students and their families, our recruiters are able to outline the tremendous opportunities available to students thanks to your work and the work of your colleagues throughout the university.

While our aspirational peers are research universities around the nation, we do recruit more than two-thirds of our undergraduates from Kansas. That makes it important to demonstrate to Kansas students the value of choosing KU.

KU is the top-ranked university in the state and has Kansas’ top-ranked engineering and business schools, according to the 2013 U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” rankings. We also have more ranked graduate programs than all other public universities in Kansas combined, which is a testament to the overall quality of our academic offerings.

Our global reach, which is strengthened by our area studies centers and our nationally recognized study abroad program, prepares students for lives in an interconnected world. We also teach more foreign languages than any other school in the Big 12, including languages taught at just a few other universities.

Our university conducts more sponsored research than all other universities in the state combined. This gives students more opportunities to work with faculty mentors on their research, or to conduct research of their own.

We offer more than 600 student clubs and organizations, which enrich our students’ lives and educations. We’re also one of only 50 universities to offer all three ROTC programs: Air Force, Army and Navy.

Thanks to KU Endowment donors, we offer $50 million in scholarships and grants to undergraduates, including four-year renewable scholarships. Scholarships and financial aid make the tremendous opportunities available at KU an option for even more students. And, of course, our recruitment efforts are helped by our beautiful campus and welcoming community.

We were successful this fall in growing the size of the freshman class, while also setting record marks for their academic preparation and diversity. That success is due to the hard work of staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends. But they’re only able to tell prospective students about the amazing opportunities here because of the work you do to make those opportunities a reality.

If you know of a student who would make a great Jayhawk, let us know. Share with him or her all the opportunities available here, and why you believe KU is such a special place. And make sure any students interested in joining us next fall visit by November 1.

Bernadette Gray-Little

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.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," 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.