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KU Awards

University Awards

Administered by the Office of Student Affairs, the University Awards are a set of seven different awards that recognize undergraduate excellence at KU. Typically awarded to graduating seniors at Commencement, the awards process begins in January each year.

Women's Awards and the Women of Distinction Calendar

Administered by the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, the Women's Awards and the Women of Distinction Calendar are a KU tradition recognizing outstanding KU women students, faculty, staff and alumnae. The nomination process usually begins late in the fall semester and continues through the spring semester each year. A recognition event takes place each  semester.

Men of Merit Poster

The Men of Merit Poster recognizes KU men who "redefine masculinity by challenging norms, taking action, and leading by example while making outstanding achievements and contributions to KU and/or the Lawrence community." The nomination process usually takes place in the fall semester, with a spring recognition event.


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Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.