Planning for high schoolers

Preparing for college doesn't happen overnight. It's never too early to start thinking about becoming a Jayhawk. To start preparing, you should

Additionally, there are some things you'll need to do at specific times of the year.

Junior year timeline


  • If you plan to take the PSAT — which is required for the National Merit Scholarship Program — register early for test dates in October. Your results could increase your KU scholarship offer if you are named a National Merit Semifinalist.


  • Register for the ACT or SAT. We encourage you to take the February or April exams. Register early to select your preferred dates. Our codes are 1470 for the ACT and 6871 for the SAT.


  • Plan to visit campus. You can register for a KU Junior Day starting in January and pick from multiple visit dates throughout the spring.


  • Take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. You could receive college credit or higher placement in KU courses based on your score. Send your test scores directly to KU from AP or IB if you decided to attend KU.


  • Apply to be a Jayhawk! The application opens on July 1.

Senior year: See our list of deadlines for freshmen

College search checklist

Deciding which college is right for you can be a challenge. As you visit colleges, download the Rock Chalk Checklist and compare KU to the other schools on your list. You should consider factors such as cost, academics and majors, housing, and other campus resources.