KU Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Val Stella works with students in a laboratory at KU. KU Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Val Stella works with students in a laboratory at KU. The region’s proximity to five universities makes it the location of choice for R&D firms, technology, animal science, bioscience industry and manufacturing. Businesses profit from the available skilled technical and well-educated workforce.

The corridor is anchored by two major universities – the University of Kansas located in Lawrence and Kansas State University in Manhattan.

They are joined by Baker University, Washburn University and Haskell Indian Nations University. Each university offers its own unique expertise and produces potential employees with expertise in biosciences, animal health and business administration, among other areas of study.

The University of Kansas

Founded in 1866, the University of Kansas is a comprehensive educational and research insitutuion with more than 30,000 students.  KU is a member of the prestigious Associatio of American Universities, the only one in Kansas and one of only five in surrounding states. Thirty-five of its graduate programs are ranked in the Top 40 among public institutions, according to U.S. News & World Report.

In fiscal 2011, research expenditures at KU grew to $240.1 million, a 6.9 percent increase from the previous year.  The University is classified as a top research university by the National Science Foundation and Carnegie Foundation.  Its Center for the Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets is a Science & Technology Center established by the NSF in 2005 to develop technologies and computer models to measure and predict the response of sea level change to the mass balance of ice sheets in Greenland and Antartica.  Its School of Pharmacy is ranked fourth among all schools of pharmacy in NIH research funding.

Major academic divisions at the university include: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences which includes the School of the Arts and the School of Public Affairs and Administration; schools of architecture; design and planniing; business; education; engineering; health professions; journalism and mass communication; law; medicine; music; nursing; pharmacy; and social welfare.

In addition to the main campus in Lawrence, the university the Edwards Campus in Overland Park and the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Clinical campuses for the School of Medicine and School of Pharamacy in Wichita and the School of Medicine in Salina.

Kansas State University

Kansas State University is recognized by the Princeton Review as one of America's best colleges, and U.S. News & World Report lists the university amongthe top 75 public universities in the U.S.  Kansas State University is implementing an aggressive plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025.

Located in Manhattan, known locally as "The Little Apple," Kansas State is home to more than 23,800 students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries.   The colleges resident within the university offer a wide range of studies including: agriculture, planning and design; arts and sciences, business administration, engineering, human ecology, technology and aviation, and veterinary medicine.  The Graduate School offers 65 master's degrees, 45 doctoral degrees and 22 graduates certificates in multiple disciplines across campus.

The Kansas State University Research and Extension conductions practical research and delivers those results through offices in all 105 Kansas counties to improve the lives of Kansans.

K-State is the leading American university in food safety research and training and is home to the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center. 

Kansas State University is home to more national CASE/Carnegie Professors of the Year than any other public research university in America. It is also the only public university since 1986 to rank among the top 10 of all U.S. schools for all five of these major scholarship programs: Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall.

Baker University

Baker University is a private liberal arts university located in Baldwin City. With a combined student population of 4,000 at its multiple campuses, Baker is home to a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City; the School of Professional & Graduate Studies,  School of Education and School of Nursing located in Baldwin City and on multiple campuses across the region.

Baker is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, the Kansas State Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Baker's School of Nursing program is highly ranked and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

Baker University was founded in 1858 and is affiliated with the United  Methodist Church.

Haskell Indian Nation Univeristy

For more than 117 years, American Indians and Alaska Natives have been sending their children to Haskell, and Haskell has responded by offering innovative curricula oriented toward American Indian/Alaska Native cultures.

Haskell has an average enrollment of over 1000 students each semester. Students represent federally recognized tribes from across the United States and are as culturally diverse as imaginable. Students select programs that will prepare them to enter baccalaureate programs in elementary teacher education, American Indian studies, business administration, and environmental science; to transfer to another baccalaureate degree-granting institution; or to enter directly into employment. Haskell continues to integrate American Indian/Alaska Native culture into all its curricula. This focus of the curriculum, besides its intertribal constituency and federal support through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, makes Haskell unique and provides exciting challenges as Haskell moves into the 21st century.

Washburn University

Located in the center of Topeka, Washburn University offers more than 200 programs leading to certification, associate, bachelor, master's and juris doctor degrees through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the schools of Applied Studies, Business, Law and Nursing.  

Since 1941, Washburn has been continuously accredited or approved by the Higher Learning Commission. Washburn University School of Law's Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program was recognized again as a top program by U.S. News and World Report, it its 2012 rankings. The legal writing program moved up to 13th in the nation. Washburn University School of Law is one of only a few law schools in the country with full-time, tenured and tenure-track legal writing faculty who are involved in service and scholarship in the national legal writing community.

Washburn is home to 7,230 students and is annually ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.  Forty percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students. The school was established in 1865.