Apply to the University of Kansas

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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
Aug. 1
Fall transfer scholarship deadline

Assured admission standards

The University of Kansas is test optional. First-year students are assured admission into KU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Education & Human Sciences, or the School of Social Welfare if they meet one of these admissions requirements:

  • A cumulative high school GPA (weighted or unweighted) of 3.25 or higher
  • An ACT score of at least 21 or an SAT score of at least 1060 with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

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.

If you are an incoming freshman and do not meet the assured admission requirements, you are encouraged to apply. KU will review your application individually.

UNIV 101 class with Jinah Parker
Cheering students at KU vs Tennessee basketball game
Students in a dorm room

Application requirements

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

    • Self-reported GPA from high school coursework.
    • If applicable, official GED or HiSET high school equivalency exam scores.
    • We highly encourage you to submit your ACT and/or SAT test scores. The scores will not negatively impact your admission eligibility but may be used in professional school admission decisions.

    Applications from students transferring to KU must include:

    • Official transcripts from each college attended.
      Transcripts must be sent directly from each college to the KU Office of Admissions for admission consideration. They can be sent electronically through an authorized transcript vendor to Faxed transcripts sent directly from the college can be used for admission consideration only. Official transcripts must be received to award transfer credit.

    Transcripts can be mailed to the following address:

                      KU Office of Admissions

                      Attn: Application Processing       

                     1502 Building, 1502 Iowa Street

                      Lawrence, KS 66045

    • 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 to discuss individual situations.

    Apply as a readmit if you attended KU before; you earned grades of A, B, C, D, F, W, 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.

    If you are readmitted to KU you will be contacted by an Academic Success Navigator to assist with your early advising appointment scheduling to help you have a successful re-start at KU. If you need to connect with the Navigator Team after being readmitted, contact us at or 785-864-1218. There are also Readmit FAQs available on the Academic Success website at

    Readmission is not guaranteed for 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.

    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 and don’t require test scores for admission. If you need more information, join our mailing list or contact your admissions rep.