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.

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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

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The University of Kansas welcomes applications from all qualified applicants.  To apply for admission, international undergraduates should:

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  1. Complete the online application for admission or mail the paper application to KU International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions (IRUA)
  2. Pay the $85 application fee.  Online applicants can pay by credit card. Paper applicants must pay by check or money order issued to the University of Kansas. Checks must be issued by a bank in the United States and show the bank’s United States mailing address.
  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.
  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, you must complete, sign, and send the Third Party Release 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 submit a paper application, check the status by e-mailing world@ku.edu.

Academic records

You must provide official academic records from each secondary and post-secondary institution you have attended.

Faxes, scans, or photocopies of your official academic records are not considered official. Your school must mail the original academic records directly to our office. All documents must:

  • Be in the native language of instruction with English translations
  • Bear the official school seal and the signature of an administrative official
  • Bear your full name
  • Provide dates of enrollment, courses for each term of study, and grades you earned
  • Indicate the diploma or certificate you completed or will complete
  • Note the grading scale and number of credit hours completed whenever possible

All records will become the property of KU and will not be returned or forwarded.

Freshmen:You are a freshman if you have completed secondary school but have not yet enrolled in a regular session at any college or university. You must submit official records such as official transcripts, mark sheets, diplomas, certificates, or official examination results proving completion of secondary education (high school) and grades achieved.

Transfer students: You are a transfer student if you have completed secondary school and been enrolled in a college or university. You must present official transcripts from all post-secondary-level (college or university) coursework. You may not disregard your college record and apply as a freshman. All college and university academic records must be submitted. If you have completed fewer than 24 hours of university or college coursework since high school, you must also submit your high school records.

The University of Kansas does not establish contractual agreements with agents for the application process.  We have been informed of incidents of unauthorized individuals, claiming to be University of Kansas representatives, taking money from prospective students.  Such individuals do not work for the University of Kansas. 

The University of Kansas does not charge fees (aside from the application fee) for admitting international undergraduate students, for issuing or processing I-20’s or DS-2019’s, or for processing scholarships. If you are approached by someone who claims to work for the University of Kansas, or who requests you pay a fee that is more than what is listed on the application for admission, be aware that this person is in business for himself, herself, or another organization.  He or she is not employed by the University of Kansas. 

Be cautious about paying another person to handle your application. Dealing directly with the University of Kansas Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions is the best way to ensure we receive your application and fees.  We suggest you carefully research and check the references of any agent who offers to assist you.

If you are unsure about the amount of fees you are required to pay, or if you have questions about regarding whether someone is a legitimate representative of the University of Kansas, please feel free to e-mail world@ku.edu or call 785-864-2616.


Steps for International students
Not an international student?
Shannon O'Hagan
International rep