Since its founding, the University of Kansas, KU, has embodied the aspirations and determination of the abolitionists who settled on the curve of the Kaw River in August 1854. Their first goal was to ensure that the new Kansas Territory entered the union as a free state. Another was to establish a university. Today, KU has become a major public research and teaching institution of 28,000 students and 2,600 faculty. Its diverse elements are united by their mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 1909, KU consistently earns high rankings for its academic programs. Its faculty and students are supported and strengthened by endowment assets of more than $1.44 billion. It is committed to expanding innovative research and commercialization programs.
The Kansas University Medical Center, KUMC, Kansas City, KS, is part of the KU system and has the state's only designated National Cancer Institute, NCI, NIH, Cancer Center. KUMC serves the state of Kansas through its excellence in education, research, patient care and community engagement. Currently, KUMC has 2.059 students enrolled in its many programs, MD, MD/PhD, Residents, Graduate and others. In addition, there are 2,084 total number of employees at KUMC.