KU Core Exemptions

Each of the KU Core’s six educational goals has one or more distinct learning outcomes, which can be met by a variety of courses,  educational experiences or exemptions. Visit KU Core for additional information.

Exemptions from Quantitative Literacy Requirement Goal 1,
Learning Outcome 2

 
 
Score
Goal 1, Learning
Outcome 2 Completion
ACT Mathematics part scores ≥ 26 Learning Outcome complete
SAT Mathematics part scores ≥ 600 Learning Outcome complete
International Baccalaureate ≥ 6 Learning Outcome complete
Math Placement Exam ≥ 3 Learning Outcome complete

Exemptions from Written Communication Requirements Goal 2,
Learning Outcome 1

 
 
Score
Goal 2, Learning
Outcome 1 Completion
ACT English or verbal part scores ≥ 27 1 of 2
courses
complete
SAT English or verbal part scores ≥ 600 1 of 2
courses
complete
Advanced Placement Language and Composition Exam 3 1 of 2
courses
complete
Advanced Placement Language and Composition Exam ≥ 4 Learning Outcome complete
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Exam 3 1 of 2
courses
complete
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Exam ≥ 4 Learning Outcome complete
International Baccalaureate 5 1 of 2
courses
complete
International Baccalaureate ≥ 6 Learning Outcome complete

Exemptions from Oral Communication Requirement Goal 2,
Learning Outcome 2

Students with two high school courses in speech or debate (totaling two semesters) with a grade of B or higher may be exempt from the oral communication learning outcome. Students who qualify for this exemption should contact the Department of Communication Studies, 102 Bailey Hall.

Exemptions from Culture and Diversity Requirement Goal 4,
Learning Outcome 2

International students who have met all of the following three requirements will be granted an exemption from completion of Goal 4, Learning Outcome 2.

  1. Students must have begun their studies at KU with a non-immigrant visa (visa categories A, B, C, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R, or TN);
  2. Students must have met the KU English Proficiency Requirement; and
  3. Students must have completed one semester of full-time study in a degree program at KU.

Approved by the University Core Curriculum Committee 4/11/13.

Exemption for Associate of Arts degree

Students who have earned an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited Kansas public college, public university, or public community college will be considered to have met Goals 1 through 3 of the KU Core (general education).

Associate of Arts degree holders to whom this policy applies must meet all additional requirements of their chosen program of study as well as the requirements of goals 4 through 6 of the KU Core.  Requirements may include additional lower-division coursework or minimum grades for specific courses.

This policy does not apply to students with an initial KU entry term prior to Fall 2013.

Policy on Applicability of Associate of Arts Degree to the KU Core.

Exemption for prior bachelor’s degree

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution shall be exempted from the KU Core when enrolling in an undergraduate degree program at KU. The U.S. Department of Education provides a list of approved regional accrediting agencies. All degree requirements for the bachelor’s degree being earned at KU must be completed; such requirements will be defined by the academic unit.

KU Core policy as revised October 9, 2015.


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