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It All Started Here

On the morning of September 12, 1866, forty-nine students attended the first day of classes at the University of Kansas. The number of enrolled students would climb to fifty-five by the end of the week; twenty-six women and twenty-nine men.

Although annual tuition was a whopping $30, the students were not ready to attend college as they had a hodge-podge of education under their belts. So what would turn into a great university started out more like a high school. The students would take prep courses instead of college level coursework. It would take until 1873 for the first group of students to become University of Kansas graduates.

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