The first union was built on campus in 1926 as a campus community center.  The unions are still the "living rooms" of campus, and include three locations – the Kansas Union and Burge Union at the Lawrence Campus and Jayhawk Central at the Edwards Campus. The KU Memorial Unions Corporation manages the KU Bookstore (with seven locations). The KU Bookstore is the official bookstore of KU. The Corporation also includes KU Dining Services, with more than 20 campus locations, including The Market (inside the Kansas Union) and The Underground (located in Wescoe Hall). The KU Bookstore and KU Dining Services are not-for-profit, with proceeds supporting student programs, such as Student Union Activities.
The University of Kansas is a major public comprehensive research and teaching university fully accredited by the North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission. KU offers the highest-quality academic programs (142 bachelor, 129 masters, and 100 doctorate and professional degree programs.) The academic programs are supported by 12 libraries and several museums, including art and natural history. Top national ranked programs in public administration, special education, occupational therapy, speech-langugae-pathology, environmental policy and management, education, petroleum engineering, and physical therapy provide outstanding undergraduate and graduate academic opportunities. Excellent programs are available in architecture, art, business, design, education, engineering, health professions, journalism, liberal arts, law, medicine, music, nursing, pharmacy, and social welfare. The student population is 20% minority and comes from all 50 US states and 110 countries. The university has over 2800 faculty. The Applied English Center is fully accredited by CEA. The university provides a full range of student services, on-campus housing, and many part-time employment opportunities. There are endless opportunities at the university, tuition/fees and housing costs are reasonable, and an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree from the University of Kansas is valued all over the world.
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ , 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).