When was KU founded?

There is some debate as to when KU officially started. The University of Kansas was named as the official university for the State of Kansas when Gov. Carney signed the act to begin the university on March 1, 1864. This act was put into action during the first meeting of the Board of Regents, which was on March 21st, 1865. This is the establishment date recognized on the University Seal. The first day of classes was on September 12, 1866, which some consider to be the official date KU was founded.


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