Founded in 1865, the University of Kansas is an R1-rated public research university with more than 50 graduate programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report. KU enrolls 28,500 students and employs nearly 2,900 faculty members across five campuses (Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park, Wichita and Salina). The Office of Research oversees 10 university research centers, two state surveys, and about a dozen core laboratories. Faculty and staff on all KU campuses generated $275.4 million in externally funded research expenditures in FY2020. Collectively, that activity fuels KU’s mission to be an institution “making discoveries that change the world.” It’s also among the reasons KU retains membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities — one of just 34 U.S. public institutions among 64 that are transforming lives through education, research and innovation.