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No test scores are necessary, and we strive to respond as quickly as possible to every complete, submitted application.

Important admission deadlines

Nov. 1
Freshman early action deadline
Dec. 1
Freshman scholarship deadline
May 1
Transfer scholarship deadline

Assured admission standards

First-year students are assured admission into KU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or School of Social Welfare if they meet one of these combinations:

  • A 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale, no test scores required or regardless of test score submitted
  • An ACT score of at least 21 or an SAT score of at least 1060 plus a GPA of at least 2.0

Transfer students are assured admission with 24+ transferable credit hours at a GPA of 2.5 or higher from a regionally accredited community college, college, or university.

All students are encouraged to apply, as we individually review each application for these factors: 

  • Cumulative high school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores, if available
  • GPA in the core curriculum
  • Strength of courses
  • College transcripts, if sent

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Students in a dorm room

Application requirements

    Applications from students starting their college careers at KU must include:

    • A list of senior year courses.
      If you're applying to the University Honors Program, you'll need to upload a copy of your transcript or have it sent to the Office of Admissions.
    • Self-reported grades and GPA from high school coursework.
    • If applicable, official GED or HiSET high school equivalency exam scores.

    Applications from students transferring to KU must include:

    • Official transcripts from each college attended.
      A faxed transcript (sent directly from the college) is acceptable for admission consideration, 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 applicable, official high school transcripts or GED high school equivalency exam scores.
      If you’re transferring with fewer than 24 transferable credit hours, you’ll also need to provide a final, official high school transcript (or GED high school equivalency exam scores) with your graduation date mailed from your high school or the state GED agency.

    Optional steps after applying

    Optional steps

    After applying, students can go even further to stay on top of the admission process.

    Check your admission status at any time.
    Update application details or the status of your decision.
    Attend an on-campus event for a closer look at KU.

    Students with specific statuses

    International students work with International Admissions, an office separate from the KU Office of Admissions that assists prospective students from outside the U.S. (Students who are in the process of applying for permanent residency are considered domestic students.)

    The University of Kansas welcomes all undergraduate and graduate applicants regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, should follow the same application procedure for all other domestic, undergraduate KU applicants. Citizenship status will remain confidential.

    Kansas law KS 76-731a allows undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition if they meet specific in-state requirements. If you qualify, submit this application and affidavit, which is a written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation and signed by a notary public to be used as evidence, to the Office of the University Registrar within 30 days of the first day of your first semester.

    If you submitted only your JST, you should apply for admission as a freshman. If you have earned additional course credit from a college or university after graduating from high school, you should apply as a transfer. The Office of Admissions encourages our student veterans to email transfercredit@ku.edu to discuss individual situations.

    Apply as a readmit if you attended KU before; you earned grades of A, B, C, D, F, WG, I, S, or U; and it has been one semester or longer since you have attended KU. There is no fee for the readmit application, which contains a place for you to list your activities since leaving KU and include any schools you've attended.

    Readmission is not guaranteed to students who left or were dismissed from KU. You may be readmitted if you left KU in good academic standing and are in good standing with all other institutions you've attended since your enrollment here.

    Applicants to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences who were academically dismissed will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Dismissed readmits must submit official transcripts from all schools attended since leaving KU by the related deadline to be considered for readmission.

    Spring: Jan. 5
    Summer: May 25
    Fall: Aug. 19

    Apply as a nondegree-seeking student if you are a student visiting from another college or university and want to transfer a KU course to your home institution, are a high school student who plans to take a college-level course during high school, are taking a class for personal enrichment but not to obtain a degree, or are only seeking a certificate.

    Nondegree-seeking students are limited to six credit hours per semester and generally do not receive financial aid or live in university housing. Courses taken as nondegree-seeking do not automatically apply toward a KU degree.

    Graduate students work with Graduate Admissions, an office separate from the KU Office of Admissions that assists prospective graduate students.

    Ready to apply?

    We respond as quickly as possible to completed applications, which don’t require test scores or transcripts. If you need more information, join our mailing list or contact your admissions rep.