Why is it KU instead of UK?
Well, there isn't a definitive answer. There are lots of theories, none of them seems to be singularly responsible. We can tell you it is not because the University of Kentucky already had it. The two schools were founded at the same time. It seems most likely that it was simply accepted practice, since many of the schools in our area chose the same acronyms (Colorado (CU), Nebraska (NU), Oklahoma (OU). And keep in mind, early on the school was called Kansas State University. KU may have simply dropped the "S" from the acronym. Chris Lazzarino, associate editor of Kansas Alumni magazine, did significant research on the subject and has an online article you should check out. (scroll down past the picture)