About Us

Mini College is an educational event held the first week of every June. KU alumni and spouses, and other inquisitive adults, come to the Lawrence campus to listen to lectures by excellent professors and participate in tours and discussions. Although our audience comes from all walks of life and from across the U.S. (and sometimes beyond), what Mini Collegians have in common is an enduring curiosity and interest in learning.

Jessica Beeson

Mini College was created in 2009 by Jessica Proctor Beeson, c’05, who then worked in the dean’s office of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  After budget cuts forced the University to withdraw support of Mini College in 2016, several alumni stepped in to keep the tradition alive. It has continued as an all-volunteer effort with the cooperation of the University.

The lecturers, too, volunteer their time and knowledge, appreciative of the attentiveness of a mature and inquiring audience.