History and Current Status

The University of Kansas was officially founded in September 1866. Engineering courses have been offered at KU since 1869. One of the first four degrees awarded by the University of Kansas was a B.A. in Civil and Topographical Engineering to Murray Harris in 1873.  This was the first engineering degree awarded in the State of Kansas.  The School of Engineering was organized in 1891 and was the first in Kansas.  The first Dean of the School was Frank O. Marvin, who previously was Chair of the Civil Engineering Department.  The civil engineering program is currently accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (  The most recent review of the program by ABET was in 2012.  The KU Civil Engineering Program has been a part of the ABET accreditation process dating back to at least 1936 (then the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development), when future Dean of the School, Ivan C. Crawford, was a member of the accreditation team1.

1Maloney, J.O. (1989). A History of the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas 1868-1988. KU School of Engineering. Lawrence, Kansas. 438 pp.


Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

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