University of Kansas Cheerleading

Considering KU?

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If you're even slightly considering trying out at KU in the next few years (or you're a cheer coach who'd like to stay informed), please let me know! I'll keep you updated on KU tryouts and any clinics we have.

Email me!Email your answers to me at Corey@KUcheer.com (and I won't share your info with anyone other than KU Admissions):

  1. What's your name, mailing address, and cellphone?
  2. Who do you cheer for?
  3. What year do you graduate high school? (Or if you already graduated, when might you try out for KU?)
  4. What unspotted standing tumbling do you have?
  5. What's your best unspotted tumbling pass? What about on a non-spring mat floor?
  6. Ladies: What's your all-girl stunt position?
    Guys: What's your max bench press?
  7. What's your coed stunting experience? Best stunt?
  8. What colleges are you considering?
  9. How'd you hear about Kansas cheerleading?
  10. What's your GPA and ACT score? Any ideas what you'll major in?

What we're about

We may have great cheerleading at KU, but we're not running a "cheer factory." I care about your education and your personal development because those are the main factors in how enjoyable and successful your life will be.

My vision for the squad is that we have fun together and encourage and support one another like family. We treat people how they want to be treated, and when conflicts arise we handle them with open honest communication. Regardless of our talent level, we steadily progress our skills and fitness level by working hard at practice and outside practice, and we go out of our way to help our teammates progress. At games, we believe we can help the team win by leading the crowd, and we'll do it better than anyone in the country. Off the court, we represent ourselves, the squad, and the university in a manner we can all be proud of. We attend all our classes and do the work the teacher asks, which hopefully leads to everyone graduating with at least a 3.0 GPA. And when it's time to have fun, we do it in a responsible manner so that it doesn't hurt our squad or our academics. We take pride in everything we do, and we're willing to work hard to make something to be proud of.

The following values define how we try to act in everything we do:

  • Academics first
  • Care about the program
  • Humble confidence
  • Improve F.A.S.T. through disciplined habits
       (Fitness, Academics, Skills, mental Toughness)
  • Encourage each other
  • Vigilant accountability
  • Enjoy the college cheer experience

Benefits

In addition to getting one of the best educations in the midwest, living in an awesome college town, and cheering at the best college basketball games in the country, KU cheerleaders receive:

  • $750/year stipend + $100 if 3.0 GPA
  • 5% discount at Naismith Hall if at least 10 squad members live there
  • Free adidas apparel and shoes
  • Two tickets to each home football game
  • Uniforms and warm-ups provided by KU
  • Per diems during travel to away games
  • Access to KU Athletics' trainers, nutritionist, sport psychologist, weight room (one of the best in the country), and strength & conditioning staff

Facilities

We practice at Robinson Center on the KU campus, which has both a spring floor and non-spring floor.

Coaches

We have three coaches for about 30 cheerleaders. Coach bios are in the Roster section. We capitalize on the unique strengths of each coach to best help our cheerleaders develop their skills.

Visiting KU

Check out KU at one of the school's Campus Visit days.

KU admissions & costs

Visit KU's Undergraduate Admissions site to see admission requirements and costs & scholarships. Note that the scholarship deadline is November 1!

Frequently asked questions

What's the time commitment of cheering at KU?

On average, we have two 2-hour evening practices per week, one game per week, and two morning 1-hour strength & conditioning workouts. The nationals (competition) squad must stay at KU in January (over the second half of winter break) for practices and the trip to Disneyworld for UCA nationals. Everyone usually has to cheer some games during holiday breaks. Summer practices and camps are usually contained in two 7 to 10-day blocks. We also encourage squad members to go to open gyms, but it's not required.

Is there a weight or size requirement?

No, there is not.

What are the tryout requirements?

See the Selection Criteria section of the Tryouts page.