On March 21, 1865 — three weeks before the official end of the American Civil War — the Board of Regents for the State of Kansas met for the first time to discuss the state’s new flagship institution of higher education: the University of Kansas.
For the next 150 years, the university educated leaders, built healthy communities, and made discoveries that changed the world. A Jayhawk named Barnum Brown discovered Tyrannosaurus rex in 1902. Another, Vernon Smith, received the Nobel Prize for economics 100 years later. The inventor of basketball taught at KU; so did the inventor of the time-release capsules used in contemporary pharmaceuticals. But these achievements represent just a piece of the history behind Kansas’ storied university.
Thousands of leaders — including astronauts, artists, authors, senators, governors, teachers, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, musicians, architects, engineers, and lawyers — have mastered their disciplines on the Hill. Today almost 28,000 students come to KU each fall from every U.S. state and over 100 countries.
As we prepare to celebrate the sesquicentennial in 2015, please share your ideas, inspiration, and vision for KU's next 150 years.
Please visit the Kenneth Spencer Research Library online KU150 celebration.