A World-Class Engineering School

KU is one of 71 AAU research universities in the world and the ONLY ONE in Kansas

A map of the United States and the locations of AAU schools within 300 miles of Lawrence, KSKU is one of seven public AAU schools within about 500 miles.

  • Since 2012, 8 new buildings have added +700,000 SQFT of world class research and classroom facilities
  • KU offers nearly 500 student organizations
  • Lawrence was the city with the highest growth in tech workers per capita in the U.S. in 2019-2020
  • Brian McClendon co-creator of Google Earth, is a 1986 KU Engineering graduate and a KU Engineering research professor
  • KU graduates average higher lifetime earnings than alumni from any other university in the state
  • KU Engineering freshmen have the highest average ACT score in the state — by far.


An aerial view of campus from the campanile

What do KU Engineering students like best about the school?-

Mary Sevart

My favorite part of KU Engineering is the level of community I have found within the School. I’ve made my closest friends in engineering these past few years, and I feel a sense of community every time I walk into the buildings.

Mary Sevart
Major: Chemical Engineering; Hometown: Wichita, Kan. 2022 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, KU Society of Women Engineers Co-President, Engineering Ambassador, Undergraduate Researcher
Joseph Nordling

The company connections that are available to students. Whether it is the career fairs or company visits, KU Engineering allows students to experience what being a real engineer is like. There are also ample opportunities to participate in summer internships and to take lessons learned in class and apply them to the real world.

Joseph Nordling
Major: Computer Science; Hometown: Roeland Park, Kan. SELF Fellow, Engineering Ambassador, KU Machine Learning Club President, Undergraduate Researcher, KU Bowling Team
Beth Lee

The professors want every student to be successful. Anytime you have questions or are struggling, the professors are there to help you. Plus, studying abroad in Ireland and Germany was amazing. I made such great friends and had so many wonderful experiences while staying on track to graduate in four years!

Beth Lee
Major: Civil Engineering; Hometown: Blue Springs, Mo. SELF Fellow, Engineering Ambassador, German Club, Tau Beta Pi, Undergraduate Researcher
Alexander Tucker

Our professors are very receptive to discussions about their research and other experiences. This is an excellent way to learn beyond what is taught in class and it has helped me immensely as I seek internships and other opportunities.

Alexander Tucker
Major: Mechanical Engineering Hometown: Tonganoxie, Kan. SELF Fellow, Engineering Ambassador, KU Car Club Treasurer, KU Society of Manufacturing Engineering President

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General Admission Requirements

GPA: 3.0
Math ACT: 22+
Math SAT: 540+
Test-optional pathway also available.


Financial Aid & Scholarship

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.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Career Opporunities

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. 

the average starting salary for KU School of Engineering graduates.
of 2021 KU Engineering graduates accepted a job offer or continued their education.

Engineering Career Center

Top Employers

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Boeing
  • DuPont
  • ExxonMobil
  • Garmin
  • Microsoft
  • NASA
  • Pfizer
  • SpaceX
  • Tesla

Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program

SELF Fellows at the Earl W Parsons leadership lodge

The program develops future engineering leaders in business, industry and entrepreneurship. Fellows are eligible for more than $30,000 in financial support, plus other KU grants and scholarships. Fellows have a 100% employment rate at the time of graduation.

Engineering Statistics

in 2022.
KU is a national leader in producing Goldwater Scholars
Women enrollment (13% of U.S. engineers are women)
of KU Engineering graduates earn their degree in 4 years
KU Engineering student to faculty ratio (ASEE peer group ratio is 36:1)

Aerospace Engineering

The department is one of the top programs in the world in aircraft, engine, and spacecraft design education and a pioneer in unpiloted aerial vehicle development and deployment.

Aerospace engineering logo


Interdisciplinary research ranges from cancer diagnostics and tissue engineering to improved drug delivery and neuromuscular therapies. With world-class facilities and strong ties to the KU Medical Center, KU bioengineering is becoming a national leader.

Bioengineering Logo

Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering

Featuring some of the top structural, water quality, and lighting research labs in the region, KU civil, environmental, and architectural engineers make the world a safer, more sustainable place.

Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering Logo

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

The department is a leader in big data, cybersecurity, wireless communications, computer networking, radar, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality.

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Engineering Physics

This program offers a unique breadth and depth of opportunities. Pairing extensive physics training and expertise in a variety of engineering disciplines, this degree provides outstanding career flexibility.

Engineering Physics

Mechanical Engineering

Advanced materials, medical devices, and emerging transportation technologies are among the vast network of career opportunities available to mechanical engineers due to the remarkable versatility of this degree.

Mechanical Engineering

Chemical & Petroleum Engineering

The department prepares students to be inspired leaders who can solve the world’s greatest challenges in areas including artificial intelligence, data science, energy, food, novel materials, pharmaceuticals, tissue engineering, and sustainability.

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Speaking at an IHAWKe event


IHAWKe is an academic support program founded to address the needs of historically underrepresented students, including Indigenous, Hispanic, Black, Asian, women, first generation, queer and trans, military-affiliated, and students with disabilities. 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, and engaging engineering activities offered throughout the academic year.