Lawrence is located 40 miles west of Kansas City. A town of 88,000 that includes two universities (KU and Haskell Indian Nations University), Lawrence is known for its diversity and sense of community. A rich cultural milieu is obvious as one walks the tree lined streets of downtown. Outdoor sculptures, gardens, sidewalk cafes, coffee houses and well-preserved historical landmarks are symbolic of the care and artistic energy which make Lawrence unique. The Lied Center on the KU campus brings Broadway musicals, classical music and avant garde dance to town. Public and private art galleries, theater, and an active music scene offering variety of leisure time activities. Recreational opportunities abound such as sailing on Clinton Lake, cycling the many bike paths, watching the bald eagles return each winter to fish from the cottonwood trees along the Kaw River, or watching nationally ranked student athletes at KU. More information can be obtained about Lawrence and its community on www.lawrenceks.org, www.downtownlawrence.com, www.lawrence.com, www.explorelawrence.com.
The University of Kansas
The University of Kansas is the flagship institution of the Kansas university system. It is a major comprehensive research and teaching university of 29,000 students, 1500 faculty, and 3000 full-time non-faculty staff members, that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor. The University of Kansas is the only Kansas Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a select group of fifty-eight public and private research institutions that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally. The 1,000 acre Lawrence campus located on a hill called Mount Oread offers many cultural and extracurricular activities. For additional information on the campus, visit the KU website.