Kansas' World-Class Engineering Schoool

KU is the only institution in Kansas and one of the only 63 in The United States designated a top research University in North America by the association of American Universities.

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KU offers unparalleled research opportunities and resources. Students from every engineering department have access to world-class facilities and laboratories the day they step on campus. Groundbreaking research includes unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with ice-penetrating radar that provide a deeper understanding of how changes to polar ice affect the planet, cartilage that seamlessly integrates with the body and allows patients a full recovery with no side effects, and building materials that adapt and utilize the environment to provide space heating and cooling. 

Aerospace Engineering

KU Aerospace Engineering is one of the top programs in the world in aircraft, engine, and spacecraft design education. Knowledge gained in KU’s top-flight labs from world-renowned faculty resulted in KU graduates leading the design and development of the Boeing 777 and Cessna Citation. KU is a pioneer in unmanned aerial vehicle development and deployment. Four NASA astronauts earned degrees at KU, including a member of the 2017 astronaut class.

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Through their research into subjects ranging from cancer and joint replacement to HIV prevention and improved drug delivery, more than 70 faculty members support KU’s bioengineering program, which helps students find cures, promote well-being, and build healthy communities. KU offers an undergraduate certificate and an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree in this field.

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Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

Creating stronger bridges, more durable steel, better roads, and new ways of utilizing energy sources for building applications are among the ways KU civil, environmental, and architectural engineers make the world a safer, more sustainable place. The founders and five of the seven chief executives from leading global engineering firm Black & Veatch are KU Engineering graduates.

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Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

It’s no accident that Lawrence is the center of the Google universe. KU EECS graduates include the co-creator of Google Earth. The department is a leader in big data, computer networking, radar, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. KU is also at the forefront of cybersecurity. In 2018, KU was one of six institutions in the U.S. selected by the National Security Agency to oversee a cybersecurity lablet to secure the Internet of Things.

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Engineering Physics

From nanoscience and renewable energy research to studying particle physics at the Large Hadron Collider or developing new astrophysical models for the origins of the universe, KU’s Engineering Physics program offers a unique breadth and depth of opportunities. Extensive physics training plus expertise in a variety of engineering disciplines provide career flexibility.

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Mechanical Engineering

Whether it’s advanced materials, biomechanics, emerging transportation technologies, or a variety of other fields, mechanical engineers have a vast network of career opportunities available to them due to the remarkable versatility of this degree. The former CEOs of Ford Motor Company and Chrysler earned degrees from the KU School of Engineering.

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Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

This degree offers broad applications in the bioengineering and medical fields. From nanomedicines that detect, cure, or replace damaged and diseased cells and tissues to better energy-efficient batteries, chemical engineers create a broad range of products to sustain the planet and power the world.

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IHAWKe (Indigenous, Hispanic, African-American, Women, KU Engineering) is an academic support program founded to address the needs of historically underrepresented students. The program seeks to recruit, retain and graduate innovative, team-oriented engineers who change the world, connect with others and conquer their classes. This is done through advising, peer mentoring, tutoring and various engaging engineering activities for students.

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Study Abroad

A wide range of study abroad options allows KU Engineering students the opportunity to gain real-world experience, expand their horizons, and acquire skills that are in high demand in the workforce. KU has ties to more than 160 study abroad programs in over 70 countries.

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The KU School of Engineering boasts the best students in Kansas. 2020 freshmen average an ACT composite score of 29 and a math ACT score above 29, making KU engineering students by far the most highly qualified in the state.  To be directly admitted as an engineering major, students must have at least a 3.0 high school GPA and a minimum math ACT score of 26 or math SAT score of 610. Students with a minimum 3.0 high school GPA and math ACT score of 22-25 (or math SAT score of 540-600) may be admissible to the School of Engineering. 


95% Career Outcome Rate

The Engineering Career Center offers workshops, career fairs, networking events, and individual career advising to help students explore future career and educational options. Whether your next career step is an internship/job in industry or the pursuit of research experience and a graduate degree, the Engineering Career Center can help. 

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Financial Assistance

KU Engineering provides outstanding financial assistance. A majority of students from Kansas receive generous scholarship packages, and a majority of out-of-state students receive the equivalent of in-state-tuition.