In general, to be admitted to KU as an undergraduate, international students must have completed a secondary education with a college preparatory curriculum. They must also have fulfilled the minimum grade point equivalency, provided official academic records and test scores, met the applicable deadlines, and verified financial support for one academic year.
Specific admission requirements depend upon a student’s level (freshman or transfer) and chosen program of study. Above, you will find requirements for specific majors. (Click the accordion links.) 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.
Freshmen must provide evidence of graduation from high school (grades 9-12), such as diploma, certificate, or set of official 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.
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.
Review the credentials and grade requirements particular to your country for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:
Successful completion of year 12 with a 2.5 GPA and completion of college preparatory curriculum.
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.
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.
Tawjahiya Secondary School Certificate with a 55% average or higher
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 General Certificate of Secondary Education with a 2nd Class, 2nd Division, or C average.
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-Cambridge Certificate of Education Ordinary Level with Third Class Honors (C+) or see GCE 'O' Level 'A' Level criteria.
Baccalaureat (Baccalaureate) with D grade or 70% or higher.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanaweya a' Amana or Secondary Education Certificate with a 64% average or higher or see GCE 'O' Level and 'A' Level criteria.
Fiji School Leaving Certificate or Form 7 Certificate with a 6 average or higher.
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.
Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination with D (7) average or better 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.
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.
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.
Surat Tanda Belajar (STTB) or Sekolah Menengah Unum Tingat Atas (SMA) GPA of 6 or higher in five academic subjects.
Completion with an overall IB score of 24 or higher or score of 4.0 or higher for each subject.
Peesh-daneshgahii Diplome (High School Diploma or Certificate of Completion of Secondary School) with 13 average or higher.
Teudat Bagrut with academic track (Matriculation Certificate) with 65% averate or better.
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.
Tawjihi-Academic (General Secondary Education Certificate) with 65% average or higher.
Attestat with C+ or 74% or higher grade average.
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a C+ (7) average or better 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.
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.
Baccalaureat II with a score of 13.9 or higher.
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.
SPM Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (Matriculation Certificate or Certificate of Education) with C6 or better.
See GCE O-Level Criteria.
Certificado de Bachillerato (Baccalaureate Certificate) with a 7.0 average or better.
School Leaving Certificate (Gerchilgee) after 12 years with e.5 (79%) (C+) average or higher.
Basic Education Standard Exam Diploma A (Academic) with a 3 or 49% average or higher.
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 45% (second division) or higher.
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 better 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.
Thanawiya Amma (General Secondary School Certificate) with 70% average or better.
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 45% (2nd Class) average or above.
Diploma de Bachiller with a 3.5 or 75% or better.
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.
High School Diploma with 84% (Grade C+) or better.
Al-Thanawiya Aama Qatari (General Secondary School Certificate) with 69% average or better.
Attestat o srednem (polnom) obrazovanii (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education) with a 3.5 GPA.
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 Cambridge GCE O-Level: five academic subjects with 7 or lower, or CGE A-Level D (pass) or higher.
Senior Certificate with Matriculation Endorsement with D average or matriculation endorsement with 55% or higher.
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.
Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with 'G' grade (Godkand) in five college preparatory subjects.
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.
Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) with minimum E/5 average or higher issued by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania.
Matayom VI (Secondary) Certificate/M6 with 65% average or higher.
Lise Diplomasi (Secondary School [Lyceum] Diploma) with a minimum grade of 3.5 (orta) or 65% average or higher.
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 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.
Attestat, Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education or Matriculation Certificate with a Grade 6 or higher.
See GCSE criteria.
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.
Zambian School Certificate Examination and GCE O-Level with five academic subjects passed with grade of C or 6 or higher.
See General Certificate of Education - Ordinary Level with five academic subjects passed with grade of C or 6 or higher.