for U.S. incoming freshmen
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times

2012 Freshman Profile

  ACT GPA
75th Percentile 28 3.95
50th Percentile 25 3.62
25th Percentile 22 3.21
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
How U.S. freshmen apply to KU

(Not an incoming U.S. freshman?)

It's easy! No essays or co-curricular transcripts, and you'll automatically be considered for KU's renewable scholarships if you submit a complete application by Nov. 1.

Apply now »

Or, apply by mail (pdf), which takes longer.

A complete application includes:

  • Admission application and $30 fee (unless you qualify for a fee grant)
  • Self-reported ACT or SAT scores. KU's ACT code is 1470, and SAT code is 6871.
  • Self-reported grades and GPA from high school course work
  • List of your senior year courses (if you're applying or Honors, you'll need to upload a copy of your transcript or have it sent to the Office of Admissions)

Discrepancies between a student's self-reported admissions and official transcript may result in a student's admission to the University of Kansas being rescinded.

Updating your application

Use the Apply Now button to continue working on your unsubmitted application. If you need help, see the online application FAQs or email help@applyweb.com. Once you've submitted your application, you can still update your application.

If you have updated ACT or SAT scores or an improved seventh semester GPA after you have been admitted, update your information at admissions.ku.edu/update by Feb. 1 of your senior year.

What's next?

You'll get an email when your application has been received in our office, but you can always check your admission status.

After you're admitted to KU, see the admitted students page for your next steps in becoming a Jayhawk. You can schedule a visit any time, and don't forget to file the FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline for financial aid.

How U.S. transfers apply to KU

(Not an incoming U.S. transfer?)

It's easy! No essays or co-curricular transcripts, and you'll automatically be considered for KU's renewable scholarships if you submit a complete application by Feb. 1.

Apply now »

Or, apply by mail (pdf), which takes longer.

A complete transfer application includes:

  • Admission application and $30 fee (unless you qualify for a fee grant)
  • Official transcripts from each college you’ve attended. A faxed transcript (sent directly from the college) is acceptable for admission consideration only, but we won’t award transfer credit until we receive official transcripts mailed or sent electronically from the college via an electronic transcript provider.

If you have fewer than 24 transferable semester credit hours, we'll also need

  • Final, official high school transcript (or GED scores) with your graduation date mailed from your high school or the state GED agency.
  • ACT or SAT scores

Updating your application

Use the Apply Now button to continue working on your unsubmitted application. If you need help, see the online application FAQs or email help@applyweb.com. Once you've submitted your application, you can still update your application.

What's next?

You'll get an email when your application has been received in our office, but you can always check your admission status.

After you're admitted to KU, see the admitted students page for your next steps in becoming a Jayhawk. You can schedule a visit any time, and don't forget to file the FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline for financial aid.

How international students apply to KU

Are you an International Student?

You are classified by KU as an international student, and you should apply through the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) if:
  • You are not a U.S. citizen
  • You are currently in any non-immigrant status
  • Your application for U.S. permanent residence is pending (not yet approved)
  • You do not have approved U.S. permanent residence
  • You do not have approved refugee status
  • You do not have approved political asylum
  • You once had an immigration status but are currently considered out-of-status

Where you attended high school does not determine which admission office or which application you should use.  Which admission office you use does not determine your residency status for tuition purposes.  Eligibility for in-state tuition is determined by the KU Residency Specialist in the Registrar's Office

You should apply through the KU Office of Admissions if: 

  • You are a U.S. citizen
  • You have dual citizenship with the U.S. and are eligible for a U.S. passport
  • You are an approved U.S. permanent resident, refugee, or political asylee

If you are uncertain of your status, you may present your papers to an ISS imigration advisor for determination of status, e-mail iss@ku.edu, or call 785-864-3617.

Apply now »

Types of International Undergraduates who Apply through IRUA

Freshman-First Year
You are a freshman applicant if: 
(a) you are currently enrolled in high school (secondary school) and will graduate before enrollment in college or university
or
(b) you have already graduated from high school (secondary school) and you have never been enrolled in a regular session at any college or university after high school graduation.
The Process
To be admitted to KU as an degree-seeking undergraduate, international students must have completed a secondary education with a college preparatory curriculum.  International students must also have fulfilled the minimum grade point equivalency, provided official academic records and test scores, met the application deadlines, and if in F-1 or J-1 status, provide verified financial support for one academic year.  

Students who are undecided on a major should apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).  As a student in CLAS, you will take general education courses, which will apply toward most degrees.  When you decide upon a major, you can apply to another KU academic division or professional school.  

Students can also apply for first-year admission to the School of the Arts; the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning; the School of Business; the School of Engineering; the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and the School of Music.  Students who wish to major in these areas but do not meet the admission requirements can be admitted to CLAS to take the prerequisite coursework. 

Students who have chosen select CLAS majors, education, the health professions, nursing, pharmacy, or social welfare also begin their studies in CLAS.  When these students have completed prerequisites for admission to their programs, they apply to the appropriate academic division or professional school.
Requirements
Freshmen must graduate from high school with a college preparatory curriculum and a grade average equivalent to 2.4 or higher on the 4.0 scale: 

1. Four years of English or your native language
2. Three years of natural science, one of which must be in chemistry or physics.  The others must be selected from the following: 

  • One year of biology
  • One year of advanced biology
  • One year of chemistry
  • One year of physics
  • One year of earth-space science
  • One year principles of technology

3. Three years of mathematics at the level of Algebra I or higher: Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, or Statistics.  Pre-calculus or Calculus is strongly recommended for engineering or architecture majors. 
4. Three years of social sciences, such as government, history, current social issues, economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, race and ethnic group relations, or philosophy. 

Specific admission requirements depend upon a student's level (freshman or transfer) and chosen program of study.  Review the requirements for specific majors. If you are undecided on a major, you should apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) where you will take general education courses, which apply to most degrees, until you choose a major. 

Students who do not meet the admission requirements for direct admission to the School of the Arts; the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning; the School of Business; the School of Engineering; the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and the School of Music can be admitted to CLAS to take prerequisite coursework. 

In addition to transcripts or marksheets, you must present an official diploma or graduation certificate, official examination results, or other proof of graduation particular to your country.  We use equivalent admission criteria for applicants from all countries.  Meeting the minimum grade point average does not guarantee admission.

Freshman requirements by country: 
Freshmen must provide evidence of graduation from high school (grades 9-12), such as diploma, certificate, or set of examination results.  Freshmen must also provide evidence they meet the minimum grade average, such as an official transcript or mark sheet showing grades and completion of a college preparatory curriculum. 

KU IRUA Admissions staff will convert the grades to the 4.0 system.  Because grading scales vary between countries and regions, and some KU programs might have higher grade average requirements, each application is reviewed for admissibility upon receipt of official academic records.  We use equivalent admission criteria for applicants from all countries.  

Admission to KU is selective.  Meeting the minimum grade average does not guarantee admission.  Some programs also have additional course requirements and SAT/ACT score requirements for admission.

Credentials and Requirements by Country for Admission to CLAS
USA
Successful completion of year 12 with a 2.5 GPA and completion of college preparatory curriculum.
Argentina
Original or attested copy of high school transcripts and Bachiller or Bachillerato, with English translation.

On the typical 10-point grading scale, an average score of 6.5 or higher.

Australia
Official copies of transcripts and diploma. Names and grading conventions for year 12 certificates vary by territory or state:

1. Australian Capitol Territory (ACT): Year 12 secondary school certificate with 13 or higher

2. New South Wales: NSW Higher School Certificate with band 3 65 HSC Marks (P) or higher

3. Northern Territory: Year 12 secondary school certificate with a C+ or 65% average or higher

4. Queensland: Queensland Senior Certificate with Sound Achievement (SA), C+, or higher, etc.

Bahrain
Tawjahiya Secondary School Certificate with a 55% average or higher
Bangladesh
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with a 40 - 55% average (2nd Division) or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) and Advanced Level (A Level) Examination Certificates.
Botswana
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education with a 2nd Class, 2nd Division, or C average.
Brazil
Certified copies of transcripts for grades 10 - 12. Examination results and Certificado de Concueso de Segundo Grau, with English translations. Grade average of 6 or higher on the standard 10-point scale.
Brunei
Brunei-Cambridge Certificate of Education Ordinary Level with Third Class Honors (C+) or see GCE 'O' Level 'A' Level criteria.
Cambodia
Baccalaureat (Baccalaureate) with D grade or 70% or higher.
Canada
Official copies of transcrips and diploma. Names and grading conventions for Year 12 Certificates vary by territory or state:

1. High School Completion Certificate (Nova Scotia)

2. Statement of graduation on transcript (Saskatchewan and Yukon)

English translations, if applicable.

Grade averages will be assessed according to regional variations and admission requirements for your KU program of study.

China High School Diploma
School-attested and sealed copies of official transcripts for grades 9 - 12. Huikao or Xueye Shuiping Ceshi and school-attested copy of Biye Zhengshu, with English translation.

If you do not have your Biye Zhengshu at the time of application, a school official must provide an official letter stating the date it will be issued to you.

Upon your arrival, you will be asked to present your original Biye Zhengshu and grade 12 transcript, in Chinese with an English translation, before you are admitted to enroll.

A minimum grade average of 75% on the Chinese grading scale is required for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. High minimum is required for Architecture, Engineering, and other programs.

Chile
Original or attested copy of high school transcripts and Licencia De Educacion Media, with English translations. Grade average of 4.75 on the typical 7-point grading scale.
Colombia
Original or attested copy of high school transcripts and Bachiller or Bachillerato or Titulo de Bechiller Academico, with English translations. 7.9 grade average or higher on the typical ten-point grading scale. 3.9 or higher on the five-point scale.
Ecuador
Attested copies of transcripts and Bachillerato or Titulo de Bachiller, with English translations. Grade average of 7.5 on a ten-point scale or 13 on a 20-point scale.
Egypt
Thanaweya a' Amana or Secondary Education Certificate with a 64% average or higher or see GCE 'O' Level and 'A' Level criteria.
Fiji
Fiji School Leaving Certificate or Form 7 Certificate with a 6 average or higher.
France
Baccalaureat General with an overall score of 11 or higher.
GCSE - O Level
Official University of Cambridge, Edexcel, AQA, or other testing organization's examination report must be presented with a minimum of 5 preparatory subjects passed with a grade of D or higher. Passed in a minimum 5 college preparatory subjects with grade of D or higher.
Ghana
Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination with D (7) average or lower in 5 college preparatory subjects is required. Student should also present WAEC Examination Certificate issued by West African Examinations Council (WAEC)

Attested copies of coursework and an official West African Exams Council (WAEC) academic results certificate. Contact WAEC to arrange for a certificate to be sent directly to KU. Alternately e-mail permission to IRUA for KU to check the WAEC results online, along with exam number, year, serial number, and PIN.

Hong Kong
School attested and sealed copies of transcripts for Grades 9 - 12 or Forms 3 - 6. Official HKDSE results certificate, sent directly from the Exams Board to KU. If applicable, attested copy of O- and A-Level results certificate, showing at least five subjects passed.

For students in the HKDSE cohort, Level 3 or higher in Chinese, English, and Liberal Studies AND Level 2 or higher in Math and two or three additional electives fulfilling the remainder of the college preparatory curriculum.

If appliant does not have the HKDSE results certificate at the time of application, a school official must provide a letter stating the applicant's anticipated results and the date the official results will be issued.

Admitted stuents must present official HKDSE before they will be permitted to enroll.

India
Students who are still in high school must submit an attested copy of the Secondary School Certificate (Grade 10) and attested mark sheets or progress reports from each year of secondary school (Grades 9 - 11).

Students who have finished secondary school must submit an attested copy of the Higher Secondary School Certificate or Indian School Certificate Examination (Grade 12).

50% or higher grade average on the standard Indian grading scale for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; 60% or higher for admission to KU's School of Engineering or School of Architecture.

Admitted students must present original HSC or ISCE before they will be permitted to enroll.
Indonesia
Surat Tanda Belajar (STTB) or Sekolah Menengah Unum Tingat Atas (SMA) GPA of 6 or higher in five academic subjects.
International Baccalaureate
Completion with an overall IB score of 24 or higher or score of 4.0 or higher for each subject.
Iran
Peesh-daneshgahii Diplome (High School Diploma or Certificate of Completion of Secondary School) with 13 average or higher.
Israel
Teudat Bagrut with academic track (Matriculation Certificate) with 65% averate or better.
Japan
Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with a 3.5 or C+ average. Official or attested copies of transcripts for Grades 9 - 12, with English translation. Attested copy of the Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate, in Japanese with an English translation.

3.5 (C+) or higher grade average on the standard Japanese grading scale.

If applicant is still in high school, official final transcript and leaving certificate must be sent by the school, prior to enrollment.

Jordan
Tawjihi-Academic (General Secondary Education Certificate) with 65% average or higher.
Kazakhstan
Attestat with C+ or 74% or higher grade average.
Kenya
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a C+ (7) average or higher and attested high school transcripts. Arrange with KNEC to have an official transcript, showing at least five academic subjects passed, sent directly to KU. If applicable, an official Cambridge certificate, showing at least five academic subjects passed.
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Original or attested copies of transcripts for grades 9 - 12, with English translation. If still in high school, the school must send an official transcript showing graduation or Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo (High School Certificate) before university enrollment. Average weighted rank of college preparatory courses must be between 1 and 5.
Kuwait
Shahadat Al-Thanawiya-Al-A'ama (Secondary School Diploma) with a 75% average. Official or attested copies of transcripts for grades 9 - 11, with English translation. Grade 12 transcript with English translation. If still in high school, applicants must have the school send an official transcript showing graduation before they will be permitted to enroll. 75% average score in college preparatory courses.
Laos
Baccalaureat II with a score of 13.9 or higher.
Macau
Attested copies of transcripts for grades 10 - 12 or Formes 3 - 5. Senior Secondary School Certificate, Curso Complementar dos Liceus with English translation. As grading scales vary, grades must calculate to equivalent of 2.5 on the 4.0 scale by the KU admissions officer. Or General Certificate at O-Level showing at least five academic subjects passed. Submit A-Level results, if applicable.
Malaysia
SPM Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (Matriculation Certificate or Certificate of Education) with C6 or higher.
Mauritius
See GCE O-Level Criteria.
Mexico
Certificado de Bachillerato (Baccalaureate Certificate) with a 7.0 average or better.
Mongolia
School Leaving Certificate (Gerchilgee) after 12 years with e.5 (79%) (C+) average or higher.
Myanmar
Basic Education Standard Exam Diploma A (Academic) with a 3 or 49% average or higher.
Nepal
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 45% (second division) or higher.
Nigeria
Attested copies of coursework and an official West African Exams Council (WAEC) academic results certificate. Contact WAEC to arrange for a certificate to be sent directly to KU. Alternately, e-mail permission to IRUA for KU to check the WAEC results online, along with exam number, year, serial number, and PIN.

Generally, five passed college preparatory subjects graded 5 (C+) or lower are required for admission.

If academic records are not mailed to KU by the school, they will need to undergo a time-consuming verification process. Applicants from Nigeria are encouraged to make their applications as early as they can.

Oman
Thanawiya Amma (General Secondary School Certificate) with 70% average or better.
Pakistan
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 45% (2nd Class) average or above.
Panama
Diploma de Bachiller with a 3.5 or 75% or better.
Peru
Official or attested copies of transcripts and Bachillerato Academic or Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa, with English translations. Grade average of 12 or higher on the typical 20-point scale.
Phillipines
High School Diploma with 84% (Grade C+) or better.
Qatar
Al-Thanawiya Aama Qatari (General Secondary School Certificate) with 69% average or better.
Russia
Attestat o srednem (polnom) obrazovanii (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education) with a 3.5 GPA.
Saudi Arabia
A copy of the Leaving Certificate for Intermediate School, attested by the Ministry of Education, with an English translation.

If applicant has finished Upper Secondary School, a copy of the Leaving Certificate, attested by the Ministry of Education.

If applicant is still in high school, we require school attested transcripts for grades 9-11, with English translations.

75% or higher grade average on the standard Saudi grading scale.

Admitted students must present original Secondary School Leaving Certificate, with an English translation, before they will be permitted to enroll.

Singapore
Singapore Cambridge GCE O-Level: five academic subjects with 7 or lower, or CGE A-Level D (pass) or higher.
South Africa
Senior Certificate with Matriculation Endorsement with D average or matriculation endorsement with 55% or higher.
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Collegiate GCE A Levels with C grade (Credit Pass) in 3 subjects or 55% and above and Senior Secondary School GCE O-Levels with five passes (C grade or 55%) in college preparatory subjects.
Sweden
Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with 'G' grade (Godkand) in five college preparatory subjects.
Taiwan
Attested copies of mark sheets for grades 9 - 12 and Senior High School Diploma or Certificate of Graduation, in Chinese with an English translation. 65% or higher on the standard Taiwanese grading scale.
Tanzania
Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) with minimum E/5 average or higher issued by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania.
Thailand
Matayom VI (Secondary) Certificate/M6 with 65% average or higher.
Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (Secondary School [Lyceum] Diploma) with a minimum grade of 3.5 (orta) or 65% average or higher.
UAE
Attested transcripts with English translations, showing courses taken and marks earned for each year. Attested Secondary School Leaving Certificate, with English translation.

The science section is considered equivalent to the college-preparatory curriculum required for admission to KU. A 75% grade average or higher is acceptable for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Uganda
Uganda Certificate of Education with a C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Examination Certificate with five academic subjects passed.
Ukraine
Attestat, Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education or Matriculation Certificate with a Grade 6 or higher.
United Kingdom
See GCSE criteria.
Vietnam
Attested copy of Baccalaureat II (Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong or Bang Tot Gnhiep Bo Tuch Van Hoa) with English translation. Attested record of courses taken and grades earned, with English translation. 6.25 or higher on a 10-point scale.
West African Examination Certificate
Completion of a minimum of five college preparatory subjects with a 6 or better. Contact WAEC to arrange for a certificate to be sent directly to KU. Alternately, e-mail permission to IRUA for KU to check the WAEC results online, along with exam number, year, serial number, and PIN.
Zambia
Zambian School Certificate Examination and GCE O-Level with five academic subjects passed with grade of C or 6 or higher.
Zimbabwe
See General Certificate of Education - Ordinary Level with five academic subjects passed with grade of C or 6 or higher.
How to Apply
1. Complete the KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions application
2. Pay the $85 application fee.  Online applicants must pay by credit card. 
3. Have each secondary school (grades 9-12) and post-secondary school (grades 13+) you have attended send official transcripts to KU IRUA.  We must receive your transcripts in the school's sealed envelope.  Your transcripts must be presented in the language of instruction with an English translation.  
4. Provide school-attested proof of high school graduation particular to your country (see above). 
5. Contact Educational Testing Service to have your TOEFL scores sent to KU.  Alternately, you can contact IELTS to have your IELTS scores sent. 
6. Send proof of adequate financial resources for one year (F-1 or J-1 visa applicants)
7. Send a copy of the biographical information page of your passport.  If you are in the United States in any status other than F-1 or J-1, please also provide proof of your status.
8. If someone is helping you with your application, complete the Third Party Release page of the application form.  This document is required if an educational agent is handling your application. 

You should apply by the application deadline for the program and term you wish to enter.  Some KU schools or departments have additional admission criteria and require additional application materials. 

Please complete all forms in English.  Your application materials will become the property of the University of Kansas and will not be returned or forwarded.  

If you apply online, you can check the status of your application by logging into your application account with the username and password you created when you applied.  If you have questions, contact world@ku.edu.
Transfer
You are a transfer applicant if you have attended any institution (including college, university, preparatory, or vocational-technical program) since you graduated from high school (secondary school) Students transferring with fewer than 24 credit hours (one full year of study) of post secondary study will be evaluated on a combination of their high school and college grades.  They are required to submit both high school and college records for admission.  
The Process
To be admitted to KU as an degree-seeking undergraduate, international students must have completed a secondary education with a college preparatory curriculum.  International students must also have fulfilled the minimum grade point equivalency, provided official academic records and test scores, met the application deadlines, and if in F-1 or J-1 status, provide verified financial support for one academic year.  

Students who are undecided on a major should apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).  As a student in CLAS, you will take general education courses, which will apply toward most degrees.  When you decide upon a major, you can apply to another KU academic division or professional school.  

Students can also apply for first-year admission to the School of the Arts; the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning; the School of Business; the School of Engineering; the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and the School of Music.  Student who wish to major in these areas but do not meet the admission requirements can be admitted to CLAS to take the prerequisite coursework. 

Students who have chosen select CLAS majors, education, the health professions, nursing, pharmacy, or social welfare also begin their studies in CLAS.  When these students have completed prerequisites for admission to their programs, they apply to the appropriate academic division or professional school. Requirements If you are transferring with fewer than 24 credit hours, or less than one year of post-secondary study, your application will be evaluated according to a combination of your college/university and high school grades.  You must submit college/university and high school transcripts.
Requirements
Specific admission requirements depend upon a student's level (freshman or transfer) and chosen program of study.  Review the requirements for specific majors.  If you are undecided on a major, you should apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), where you will take general education courses, which apply to most degrees, until you choose a major.  

Students who do not meet the admission requirements for direct admission to the School of the Arts; the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning; the School of Business; the School of Engineering; the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and the School of Music; can be admitted to CLAS to take prerequisite coursework.  

In addition to transcripts or marksheets, you must present an official diploma or graduation certificate, official examination results, or other proof of graduation particular to your country (see Freshman Requirements).  We use equivalent admission criteria for applicants from all countries.  Meeting the minimum grade point average does not guarantee admission. 

Students on F-1 visas who wish to transfer from a school within the United States to KU should review International Student Services' transfer-out policies.
How to Apply
1. Complete the KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions application
2. Pay the $85 application fee.  Online applicants must pay by credit card. 
3. Have each secondary school (grades 9-12) and post-secondary school (grades 13+) you have attended send official transcripts to KU IRUA.  We must receive your transcripts in the school's sealed envelope.  Your transcripts must be presented in the language of instruction with an English translation.  
4. Provide school-attested proof of high school graduation particular to your country (see above). 
5. Contact Educational Testing Service to have your TOEFL scores sent to KU.  Alternately, you can contact IELTS to have your IELTS scores sent. 
6. Send proof of adequate financial resources for one year (F-1 or J-1 visa applicants)
7. Send a copy of the biographical information page of your passport.  If you are in the United States in any status other than F-1 or J-1, please also provide proof of your status.
8. If someone is helping you with your application, complete the Third Party Release page of the application form.  This document is required if an educational agent is handling your application. 

You should apply by the application deadline for the program and term you wish to enter.  Some KU schools or departments have additional admission criteria and require additional application materials. 

Please complete all forms in English.  Your application materials will become the property of the University of Kansas and will not be returned or forwarded.  

If you apply online, you can check the status of your application by logging into your application account with the username and password you created when you applied.  If you have questions, contact world@ku.edu.

Readmit

You are a readmit applicant if you are a former student returning to KU after a break in your undergraduate studies.  You must have previously attended the University of Kansas in a degree program, enrolled in KU classes, and earned grades.  If you have NEVER been enrolled in degree-program classes or are a previous applicant who has never been enrolled at KU, you should select Freshman or Transfer as your option for admission.  
The Process and Requirements
READMISSION TO KU AFTER ABSENCE FROM ENROLLMENT
All former KU students who wish to return to the University of Kansas after a break in their studies are required to apply for readmission by the deadlines listed below.
REQUIRED MATERIALS
As a part of the application, students must account for their activity since leaving the university, describe the activity, and provide official transcripts of any schools they have attended since their last enrollment at KU.  For those in F-1 or J-1 status, documents showing financial resources for one academic year must be submitted with the application.
READMISSION APPLICATION DEADLINES
Students are encouraged to submit their readmission application before the deadline and must submit all transcripts no later than one week prior to the official start of the semester they wish to re-enter

Students Applying from outside the USA
  • Summer: March 15 or earlier for some majors
  • Fall: April 1 or earlier for some majors
  • Spring: October 1 or earlier for some majors
Students Applying from within the USA
  • Summer: May 24
  • Fall: August 8
  • Spring: January 7
LATE APPLICATIONS
Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.  There is no guarantee of admission or that applications will be processed by the first day of classes for late applicants.
ACADEMIC STANDING
Applicants may be readmitted if they left KU in good academic standing and are in good standing with all other institutions they have attended since their enrollment at KU.  Readmission is not guaranteed to students who left or were dismissed from KU.  Please check the readmission policy and GPA requirement of the school or division to which you seek readmission.
DISMISSED STUDENTS
If you were dismissed from KU and wish to be readmitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a minimum 2.5 GPA from the school(s) attended since your last KU enrollment is required.  You must also fulfill other requirements of the college.  Please read information on the CLAS website.
How to Apply
1. Complete the KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) application
2. Attach a legible copy of your passport
3. If in F-1 or J-1 status, attach proof of available financial resources to pay for all educational, living, and other expenses for one year. 
4. If you have attended another school since last enrolled at KU, have official academic records sent directly to IRUA from the school. 
5. If you have not attended another school since last enrolled at KU, write an essay explaining your activities.
ESL-non-degree English Language Studies
You are an ESL applicant if you wish to improve your English as a non-degree seeking student at the KU Applied English Center. Students with any level of proficiency may apply directly to the KU Applied English Center on this application. 
How to Apply
1. Please complete the KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions online application.  Before you can submit an application for the first time, you'll need to sign up for an account with CollegeNet.  Once you have a CollegeNet account, you can begin filling out a school application. To apply to the AEC, you must select ESL-English Language Study on your application. 
2. Pay the $85 application fee.  Online applicants must pay by credit card. 
3. Attach a legible copy of your passport. 
4. If in F-1 or J-1 status, attach proof of available financial resources to pay for all educational, living, and other expenses for one year.  AEC Cost Sheet (pdf)
 5. Attach an original, certified English transcript of your academic courses and grades from the last educational institution you attended.  Photocopies must be certified as true copies.

To be considered for admission to the AEC, applicants must graduate from high school with a grade point average equivalent to 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Non-degree exchange student through the KU Study Abroad Program
You are a KU Study Abroad Exchange Student if you are currently studying at a KU partner university affiliated with the KU Office of Study Abroad exchange program.
The Process
Students should first contact the KU Office of Study Abroad for complete instructions for proper completion of the online application form and required application materials.
How to Apply
1. Contact the Office of Study Abroad for specific instructions before submitting the online application
2. Using special instructions, complete the KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) application.
3. Attach a legible copy of your passport.
4. If J-1 status, attach proof of available financial resources to pay for all educational, living, and other expenses for one year. 
5. Send an original, certified English transcript of your academic courses and grades from the KU partner institution you are currently attending.
Non-degree Visiting Student
You are a non-degree visiting applicant if you will take the majority of your courses at another school with special permission to simultaneously enroll in a few KU undergraduate courses. Visiting high school or college students with special permission may enroll in a few KU undergraduate courses while continuing to study at the school they are authorized to attend.  Select this option if you will be attending KU while on another school's I-20 or DS-2019 or are in another nonimmigrant visa classification that permits visiting student enrollment. 
The Process
Students complete the online application, pay the $85 application fee, provide original, certified English transcripts of their academic courses from the last educational institution attended, a copy of passport, a letter from school official giving permission to enroll at KU as a visiting student, and if in F-1 or J-1 status, a copy of their I-20 or DS-2019.  

F-1 or J-1 Students may only pursue non-degree programs under special circumstances: 
  • Visiting high school or college students with special permission who wish to enroll in a few KU undergraduate courses may do so, IF the students continue to study at the schools they are authorized to attend AND the students remain on the I-20 or DS-2019 of the schools they are authorized to attend. 

Non F-1 or J-1 Students may apply as non-degree visiting students for the following purpose: 

  • To enroll in one or two KU courses as a visiting student, while attending high school or another college or university

In general, non-degree seeking students are not eligible for student housing.  They are limited to six credit hours per semester, unless they receive special permission to exceed the limit.  Grades earned as a non-degree seeking student do not automatically count toward graduation or in the graduation grade-point average.  Some schools may allow students to include such grades by petition. 

Students who have been denied regular admission as first year or transfer students are not eligible for non-degree seeking admission.  Nor are other degree-seeking students who did not meet admission deadlines.  Admission as a non-degree seeking student is denied if the applicant has prior academic work at KU and is not eligible for readmission.

How to Apply
1. Complete the KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) online application
2. Pay the $85 application fee.  Online applicants must pay by credit card. 
3. Attach a legible copy of your passport. 
4. Provide original, certified English transcripts of your academic courses and grades from the last educational institution you attended. Photocopies must be certified as true copies. 
5. If in F-1 or J-1 status, attach a copy of your I-20 or DS-2019 form. 
6. Attach a letter from a school official giving permission to enroll at KU as a visiting student.
Non-degree Other Student
You are a non-degree other applicant if: 
(a) You are not on a student visa and are permitted to take part time enrollment
or
(b) You are a recent graduate on a student visa who is currently on approved Optional Practical Training or Academic Training and want to take a few KU undergraduate courses part time while working
International Students who Apply through Other KU Application Centers
The Process
Students complete the online application, pay the $85 application fee, provide original, certified English transcripts of their academic courses and grades from the last educational institution attended, a copy of passport, a description of academic plan, and if in F-1 or J-1 status, a copy of their I-20 or DS-2019.  

F-1 or J-1 Students may only pursue non-degree programs under special circumstances: 
  • Students who have recently graduated and wish to take part-time, undergraduate courses while working may do so, if the students are on approved Optional Practical Training or Academic Training


Non F-1 or J-1 Students may apply as non-degree visiting students for the following purposes: 

  • To enroll in one or two KU courses as an adult student who is not pursuing a degree
  • To take undergraduate courses for graduate school or for a certification program

In general, non-degree seeking students are not eligible for student housing.  They are limited to six credit hours per semester, unless they receive special permission to exceed the limit.  Grades earned as a non-degree seeking student do not automatically count toward graduation or in the graduation grade-point average.  Some schools may allow students to include such grades by petition. 

Students who have been denied regular admission as first-year or transfer students are not eligible for non-degree seeking admission.  Nor are other degree-seeking students who did not meet admission deadlines.  Admission as a non-degree seeking student is denied if the applicant has prior academic work at KU and is not eligible for readmission.

How to Apply
1. Complete the KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA) online application
2. Pay the $85 application fee. Online applicants must pay by credit card. 
3. Attach a legible copy of your passport. 
4. Provide original, certified English transcripts of your academic courses and grades from the last educational institution you attended.  Photocopies must be certified as true copies. 
5. If in F-1 or J-1 status, attach a copy of the I-20 or DS-2019 form. 
6. Attach statement identifying academic goals during KU study.

 

International Students who Apply through other KU Application Centers

KU Academic Accelerator Program
The Academic Accelerator Program is targeted toward academically qualified and fully admissible students who have advanced levels of English and are looking for an immersive first year experience at a U.S. university.  Over the course of a 12-month period, students in this program take a combination of language and academic courses and have access to a broad array of cultural programming and student services.  Full details of this program and the application form are available at internationalku.com.  For more information, contact admissions@internationalku.com or call 1-617-758-8482.
KU Graduate Studies
Postgraduate studies after completion of a bachelor's degree may be pursued at the master's or doctoral degree level.  Details about academic programs and the application forms are available at graduate.ku.edu


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