I applied to the KU Graduate School for fall of 2015. Upon receiving my application, one of the prospective graduate advisors from the department asked if I would fly out there, as he liked to meet all of his strong candidates. I contacted the department and asked if they had any funding for potential graduate students to come and visit and I was told that, yes, they do. I was given the financial paperwork and was told to book my flight and hotel. Once they were booked, I could fill out the paperwork with the totals and the department would reimburse me for much of the cost. The flight and hotel ended up being just over $500 and I submitted the paperwork. A week before my flight, however, the secretary from the department contacted me and said that KU would not be covering my expenses. She said that only prospective students who are officially invited by the department qualify for travel funding and that I was merely "encouraged" to visit by this prospective graduate advisor and not officially invited by the department. I was mad, but really wanted to go to KU, so I didn't make a fuss as I felt it may hurt my chances if I did. I made the visit and wasn't impressed with how I was received. My schedule they arranged for me was changed at the last minute and I wasn't told anything about it, so three of the six people I flew there to see weren't available at the time I showed up at their office or had gone home for the day. Two of the people I met with were nice and helpful, but the third was surprisingly hostile. He talked at me for 15 minutes about how hard of a professor he is and then walked me to his door. I felt like he was trying to intimidate me for some reason. When I left the department, I asked if they could validate my parking for the guest lot at the Allen Fieldhouse that they directed me to. The first person didn't know what parking validation even was, the second person told me "no". It ended up being just over $15, not a big deal, but it bothered me that they couldn't even validate the parking for a potential graduate student who had made the effort to come visit.Now six months later, I still haven't heard about the status of my application. Class starts in a few weeks so I am sure that the answer is a "no", but for the cost of the application fee, they could at least send me a rejection letter. Several emails to the department regarding my application status have gone unanswered. They led me on and lied to me about travel funding until after I had already booked my trip. What a scam. If it was a company, I would send all of my relevant correspondence with them to the BBB.
My situation provided me with some perspective that most other students didn't get. I spent two years at Fort Hays State University competing in athletics when I decided to give that up and concentrate on academics. I transferred to KU with the understanding that I was going to get the best education in the state. When I went up there to enroll, I felt like a second class citizen. Since I didn't start at KU, people treated me like I wasn't good enough to go there in the first place. I expressed a desire to take astronomy and was told that it would be too tough for me because it required math (I'm now an engineer and graduated with honors). While that hurt, I took their advice. Next, I found out that 29 credit hours from Fort Hays wouldn't transfer. When I went to the administration office to find out why, they said that they commonly don't accept transfer credits from less-demanding junior colleges. Fort Hays is NOT a junior college. My class experience wasn't any better. Two of my teachers were some the snarkiest people I've ever met. It wasn't uncommon for them to humiliate one or two students in class for no apparent reason. I was raised to show respect for my teachers, referred to one of them as "sir" during a class discussion, and he made a sarcastic joke about the military because of it. Something about being too smart to be a drill sergeant. On top of that, the classes were the easiest I had ever had. I was pretty frustrated that I spent the highest tuition in the state for classes that required no critical thinking. Socially, I fit in pretty well. It didn't take long to find a group on friends. But people didn't make eye contact and smile or greet strangers like they did at Fort Hays. Also, a lot of people smoked. I decided I had enough and wanted to transfer out and go back to Fort Hays. Of course they charged the highest transcript fee I had ever seen, because KU is more of a business than an education institution. I finished out at Fort Hays. FHSU took all of KU's credits and worked to apply those credits to my major. I learned way more at Fort Hays than I ever would have at KU. To sum this up, I've gone to Barton County Community College during high school and a summer, Deakin University in Australia, KU, Fort Hays - where I graduated with honors in Media Studies, and K-State - where I graduated with honors in Mechanical Engineering. As a school, KU was easily the worst. Both Fort Hays and K-State are much better. Fort Hays is the best value for your money, and K-State has the best atmosphere. In my experience, the only thing KU has going for it is Lawrence. Lawrence is a nice place. Do yourself a favor and review these school ratings here on Google. Also, see if schools are docked because of athletics and completely ignore those reviews. Unless of course you are a star athlete and are only using college as a springboard to the pros. Good luck in your college search.
THE school to go to in the state of Kansas with a degree seeking program for just about everyone. Home to one of the blue blood basketball programs, its our bread and butter. Make sure to catch a game here if you're even remotely a fan of the sport. The is great too with so much to see and do, and being a half hour away from Kansas City gives you even more options.
Yes, it's a great town to be in... but KU is a business, not a school. They have successfully built a school that cares more about taking your money than anything else. If you expect something to change or get done, good luck. KU parking and Transit is one of the most pathetic excuses for a parking department. Some teachers really are amazing and like I said you can't beat the going out scene but do yourself a favour, find a school that at least shows even a it more interest in your well being.
If you are trying to be a MD there is no better school in Kansas! JAYHAWK for life!!!!