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Why KU Business?

Location

The University of Kansas School of Business is located in Lawrence, Kansas, located only an hour from the beautiful Flint Hills in the American Midwest. With a long and proud history, Lawrence was the center of the Free State movement in the region before and during the Civil War. The Midwestern values from that time are still evident today in the down-to-earth, hard-working attitudes of the residents, who value integrity and trust. For more than a century, the KU School of Business has been the choice of some of the brightest minds in the country. Lawrence is just a 45 minute drive from Kansas City, home to the headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Cerner Corporation and Russell Stover Candies.

Evolving education

The AACSB accredited University of Kansas School of Business strives year after year to improve the quality of education it provides. In the past two years alone, 27 different members of our faculty and staff have received awards for their work and 29 faculty members accounted for more than 70 publications. Our faculty pride themselves in providing real-world learning experiences. Freshman can apply to be admitted directly into the School of Business straight out of high school allowing them, early on, to learn business skills and professionalism, receive more internship opportunities and make informed decisions about their future. 

Preparation

In addition to the numerous majors the School of Business offers, students are encouraged to take advantage of the student programs and organizations available. Student mentoring pairs students with an alumnus, alumna or other friend of KU to help prepare them for life in the workforce. The Business Honors Program allows elite students of the school a chance to complete challenging goals while involving themselves in the school, often in leadership positions. There are 20 student organizations or clubs, and some of them are local chapters of national or international organizations like the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) and the International Association of Students in Economics and Business Management (AIESEC). All of them are designed to enhance the KU School of Business experience and help students jump start their careers. The Business Career Services Center helps students locate internships and jobs, perfect résumés and prepare for interviews.

“I was fortunate to have had two exceptional internship experiences during my time at the KU Business School – one with a financial services company in Wichita, Kansas, and another with a United States Congressman in Washington D.C. The guidance provided by the KU Career Services team, particularly the resume workshops and mock interview sessions, helped make these experiences possible.” - Andrew Ek, manager of college relations, Koch Industries

Alumni network

The connection alumni feel to their alma mater is strong and it’s no different at Kansas. Because of this, there are alumni groups in many major cities in the country and around the world. They feel such a love of KU that they often return to Lawrence to give back to the school that started their success. The KU Alumni Association’s “Dinner with a Dozen Business Hawks,” features a free dinner and offers a unique learning and networking opportunity with the School of Business alumni in attendance. Large and successful companies like J.P. Morgan Chase & Company, AT&T and Microsoft, offer business students at KU internships and jobs every semester. Each year, the Business Career Fair draws in more than 100 companies from across the country. Often, the representatives from many of the companies are KU alumni who come back because they know the students here are some of the best in the country.


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The school and accounting program are accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Our Finance Scholars travel to Wall Street every year
Students in Applied Portfolio Management class manage a fund valued at $1 million
Business students get hands-on experience valuing and analyzing investments
Top 20 undergraduate accounting program —Bloomberg Businessweek
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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
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