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Founded

1864

Main Campus Location:

Lawrence, Kansas (pop. 93,917)

Accredited By

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Undergrad Population

18,734

Graduate Population

6,158

Number of Colleges

3

Nickname

Jayhawks

School Colors

Crimson and Blue

Mascot

Big Jay and Baby Jay

TRADITIONS

The main campus of the University of Kansas is located in Lawrence, Kansas, where there are about 26,000 students. The School of Health Professions, the School of Medicine, and the School of Nursing are housed at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, about 40 minutes west of the Lawrence campus.

For over 100 years University of Kansas fans have been shouting the Rock Chalk Chant. Chemistry professor E.H.S. Bailey in 1886 came up with the chant for the Science Club. It started out as “Rah, Rah, Jay Hawk, K.U.” repeated three time. Someone else suggested Rock Chalk to rhyme with Jayhawk and to reference the chalky limestone formation found on the college property. By 1889 the cheer had changed to “Rock-Chalk-Jay-Hawk, K-U-U-U” said long and drawn out twice, then followed by three staccato repetitions.