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.


Junior architecture student Zach Zielke steps along the tessellated tiles winding through the gallery of the Art & Design building. After completing the pathway as a class project, his roommate, junior Anthony Schmiedeler, snapped a photo to show off Zielke’s work. Zielke says the installation was an intervention — to encourage students and visitors to pause and consider the displays of artwork instead of using the gallery as a shortcut through the building. “The gallery allows the creativity and hard work of KU art students to be seen and appreciated,” Schmiedeler says. “By exploring different campus buildings, students can garner an appreciation for the great diversity of the university.” As you continue to explore KU, make sure to stop by the gallery to see the new tiles and the gallery artwork! KU School Of The Arts KU Design Department KU Architecture

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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