KU State Relations

As Kansas' flagship university, the University of Kansas has a special responsibility to the people, communities and economy of the state. It awards more than 6,000 degrees each year, providing businesses and communities with educated workers. It also commercializes discoveries, creating jobs and businesses through its research. And it provides services that improve the health and well-being of Kansans.

State Relations communicates regularly with legislators and other state officials, answering questions and providing information on issues. It also provides policymakers with insights into how specific bills and policies affect the university.

State Relations also represents students, faculty, alumni and the Jayhawk community in the Statehouse, and strives to ensure they are informed about bills and policies of interest to them.

At this page you can learn more about KU's state agenda, how the university is funded, policymakers who are KU graduates and generally stay informed about issues of interest to Jayhawks. You can also find out how to join Jayhawks for Higher Education, a group of alumni and friends who advocate on behalf of the university.


"Even on an ordinary Saturday, when I am pressed for time to complete the (at times) overwhelming amount of schoolwork I have, there are moments so extraordinary — like looking up at the sun through the mosaic of colored leaves on campus — that remind me why I love what I do and why I love KU." - Sam Henkin, first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography, University of Kansas #exploreKU

The University of Kansas — Shaping those who shape the world Their feats are outstanding, extraordinary — even mythical. They are known as heroes. Discoverers. Innovators. Legends. But before they began shaping the world, they were each shaped themselves on a legendary Hill known as Mount Oread. And they all share one name that you should share too: Jayhawk. (See notable alumni at http://bit.ly/1qAGSaj)


Internationally recognized programs
Millions in grants and contracts for research
Generous financial support for students
Research projects that stretch to Antarctica, Greenland, and numerous points in between
Birthplace and home of Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology
A thriving field program that sends undergraduate and graduate students throughout the world
Industry recruiters who visit annually to hire KU Geology's graduating students