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Now you’re ready to get serious about KU.

As a student who plans to become a Jayhawk, you should know and prepare for KU’s admission process. The steps of that process, which you can find in the timeline below, will take you from your junior year in high school to the end of your senior year.

As early as possible, join our mailing list, visit campus, and contact your admissions rep. You should also review the majors we offer and the requirement you’ll meet to earn admission. We encourage you to use our Net Price Calculator to see what a KU education might cost and to search for outside scholarships that could help support your goals.

If you have already been admitted to KU, visit the admitted student timeline for your next steps.

Rock Chalk Checklist

Use our Rock Chalk Checklist to weigh KU against the other colleges you’re considering. Kansans should download the in-state checklist and students from outside Kansas should download the out-of-state checklist.

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Junior Year



PSAT registration/National Merit Scholarship entry

If you plan to take the PSAT — which is required for the National Merit Scholarship Program — register for test dates, which occur in October. Your results could increase the amount KU offers in scholarships.




KU accepts credit or placement for some CLEP, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Original scores must be sent directly to KU from CLEP, AP, or IB. AP exams traditionally take place in May.


Senior Year



Register for ACT/SAT

You’ll likely take your college entrance exams — the ACT and the SAT — sometime in the fall. Register early to select your preferred dates. Our codes are 1470 for the ACT and 6871 for the SAT.


Nov. 1:

Scholarship and University Honors Program deadline

To be considered for scholarships and the University Honors Program, submit a complete admission application by this deadline. (The honors application requires an essay.)



Retake ACT/SAT

For KU scholarship reconsideration, improved scores for tests taken through December will be accepted until Feb. 1. Our codes are 1470 for the ACT and 6871 for the SAT.



Obtain transcripts

With your seventh semester completed, you can now request your official transcripts, which KU will require you to submit if you are admitted.


Jan. 1:

FAFSA opens

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available online on this date. You must file to be considered for federal loans, grants, and work-study and some state and university aid. KU’s school code is 001948.


Feb. 1:

Priority application deadline

If you have not yet applied, Feb. 1 is the priority deadline.


Feb. 1:

ACT/SAT/GPA deadline

You can submit improved ACT/SAT scores or your updated seventh semester GPA up to this date to be reconsidered for KU scholarships.


March 1:

FAFSA priority date

To be eligible for limited funds from some programs, including the KU Pell Advantage, file your FAFSA by this date — earlier if you can. You may still file
 after March 1, but limited funds may not be available. KU’s school code is 001948.


May 1:

Kansas aid deadline

If you are a student from Kansas, this is your deadline to apply for state aid. The Board of Regents has a list of state scholarships for which you may qualify.


Nebraska Regional Representative
Admissions Representative
Chicago Regional Representative
Admissions Representative
International Admissions Representative
Minnesota Regional Representative
Assistant Director, Colorado Regional Representative
Wichita Regional Representative
Admissions Representative
Southern California Regional Representative
St. Louis Regional Representative
Chicago Regional Representative
Admissions Representative
Admissions Representative
Admissions Representative
Assistant Director for Freshmen Recruitment, Admissions Representative
Admissions Representative
Admissions Representative
Texas Regional Representative
Transfer Admissions Representative


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