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Use bachelor's degree or bachelor's rather than B.A. or B.S.; master's degree or master's rather than M.A. or M.S.; doctoral degree or doctorate rather than Ph.D. or Ed.D.
     She has a bachelor's degree in English, a master’s in translation and a doctorate in comparative literature.

Follow AP style in the use of apostrophe and capitalization:
     Bachelor of Arts, bachelor’s in psychology
     Master of Science, master’s in journalism

When use of the abbreviation is required, use periods within: B.A., M.S. AP makes an exception for MBA.
In general, do not use Ph.D. Doctoral is the adjective, doctorate the noun. Doctoral degree and doctorate are interchangeable. Do not use doctorate degree.

Acceptable in all references for the K.S. "Boots" Adams Alumni Center.

The Adams Campus is 220 acres of land 12 miles southwest of KU's main campus. It serves groups as a training ground for team building and cooperation.

Follow U.S. Postal Service specifications when giving a mailing address: The University of Kansas, department or office name, building name, street address and room number, Lawrence, KS 66045.
     The University of Kansas
     Office of the Provost
     Strong Hall
     1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 250
     Lawrence, KS 66045

Note: The four-digit ZIP-code extension is not necessary.

Not Office of Admissions & Scholarships. See also Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Advisor, not adviser, in all university publications. News releases use AP style: adviser.

When referring to the KU sports venue named for longtime basketball coach Forrest C. "Phog" Allen, fieldhouse is one word.

Do not use. See Health Professions, School of

Used for both KU's song and for the university in alumni contexts. Capitalize when referring to KU's song. KU's Alma Mater is Crimson and the Blue.
     They sang the Alma Mater. My alma mater is the University of Kansas.

Use alumni when referring to a group of men and women. Use of the term alum is discouraged.

On second reference, alumni association or association.

Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center is acceptable on first reference. On second reference, use recreation center, fitness center, or center.

The men's hall is K.K. Amini; the women's hall is Margaret Amini.

Names of schools, departments, and offices use the ampersand:

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Office of International Recruitment & Undergraduate Admissions


Not Anschutz Science Library.

KU operates two apartment complexes for students, Jayhawker Towers and McCarthy Hall, and is building a third in its Central District. The university also operates Sunflower Apartments, temporary guest housing used primarily by new KU faculty and staff who are searching for permanent residences.

Stouffer Place apartments were demolished in 2016.

Formerly the School of Architecture & Urban Planning.

The softball field at Rock Chalk Park carries this name. 

The official name of the department. Use history of art when referring to the discipline or its faculty members. 

The School of the Arts is housed within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and encompasses the departments of Dance, Film & Media Studies, Theatre, and Visual Art.

See Kansas Athletics Inc. 

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