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KU Campus Fountain
The Chi Omega Fountain at the University of Kansas
Allen Fieldhouse
A basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse at the University of Kansas

The University of Kansas is a public university in Lawrence, Kansas, a hilly city in northeastern Kansas. It is often abbreviated as "KU". KU held its first classes in 1866. As of Spring 2011, over 30,000 students attended school there.


Kansas' athletics teams are called the Jayhawks. Kansas has 16 varsity teams, all of which compete in the Big 12 Conference. They are known for their men's basketball team, which most recently won a national championship in 2008.

Other locations

The KU Medical Center, which is one branch of the University of Kansas, is located in Kansas City, Kansas, which is east of Lawrence. Another branch of KU, called the Edwards Campus, is located in Overland Park, Kansas.

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