First Year Experience seminar

Requirements & Deadlines for Freshmen

We encourage all students to apply. At KU, we consider more than grades and test scores.


2016 freshmen at a glance


4233 new jayhawks            30% freshmen enter with IB/AP credit            Average ACT score of 25.7 and Average GPA of 3.58           41% of students are out-of-state

Assured Admissions By meeting our assured admission requirements, you are guaranteed entry into KU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.



ACT 21+ GPA 3.25+ OR ACT 24+ GPA 3.0+
And

GPA 2.0+

in high school college-prep curriculum, as well as any college credit taken in high school

Major-specific requirements

If the program you want to apply to is in a school outside of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, you may need to meet additional requirements. Click for details on selective majors:

Architecture

Admission is selective.

  • Must be admissible to KU by assured admission or individual review
  • 3.2+ cumulative high school GPA and
  • 24+ ACT (1160+ SAT*)
  • Complete the Architecture Interest Profile on your KU application for admission, or separately at arcd.ku.edu

*SAT scores refer to tests taken after March 2016. For tests taken before March 2016, please use this table to convert your score.

Business
  • Must be admissible to KU by assured admission or individual review
  • 3.25+ cumulative high school GPA and
  • 25+ ACT (1200+ SAT*)

*SAT scores refer to tests taken after March 2016. For tests taken before March 2016, please use this table to convert your score.

Dance

Admission is selective.

  • Must be admissible to KU by assured admission or individual review
  • An audition is required for entry into the B.F.A program
Design

Admission is selective.

  • Must be admissible to KU by assured admission
  • 3.4+ cumulative high school GPA and
  • 24+ ACT (1160+ SAT*)

If you're applying after Nov. 1 or do not meet the above requirements, you will need to answer three essay questions and submit a portfolio of 10-20 images with a color inventory sheet. Students must also have either a 3.0 GPA or a 24+ ACT (1160+ SAT) score. Additional information can be found through the Department of Design.

*SAT scores refer to tests taken after March 2016. For tests taken before March 2016, please use this table to convert your score.

Education

Admission is selective.

Teacher education program

  • Apply in the fall of your sophomore year at KU
  • Letters of recommendation and essays are required

Sport management, community health, health and physical education, and exercise science programs

  • Apply by the end of your sophomore year at KU
  • Letters of recommendation and essays are required
Engineering

Admission is selective.

  • Must be admissible to KU by assured admission or individual review
  • 3.0+ cumulative high school GPA and
  • 22-25 ACT (SAT MATH 550-610) to be admitted to the first-year general engineering program, OR
  • 26-27 MATH ACT (SAT MATH 620-650) to be admitted directly to the aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, engineering physics, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, OR
  • MATH ACT of 28+ (SAT 660+) to be admitted directly to the computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and interdisciplinary computing programs

*SAT scores refer to tests taken after March 2016. For tests taken before March 2016, please use this table to convert your score.

Health Professions

Admission is selective.

Students enter these programs after two years of undergraduate study at KU or another institution.

In all programs, prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, and math must be completed with a grade of C or better. All grades (including courses that were repeated) are used in the calculation of the GPA. Additional requirements vary by program.

  • Clinical laboratory science, 2.70+ college GPA
  • Health information management, 2.50+ college GPA
  • Respiratory care, 2.50+ college GPA

See healthprofessions.ku.edu for details.

Journalism and mass communications

Must be admissible to KU by assured admission

Music

Admission is selective.

  • Must be admissible to KU by assured admission or individual review
  • Successful completion of audition on primary instrument or voice
Nursing

Admission is selective.

Students enter these programs after two years of undergraduate study at KU or another institution.

  • 2.5+ college GPA
  • Complete prerequiste courses and
  • Submit nursing application: nursing.kumc.edu
Pharmacy

Admission is selective.

Students enter these programs after two years of undergraduate study at KU or another institution.

  • 2.5+ college GPA
  • Complete prerequisite courses
  • Submit PCAT scores
  • Submit applicant profile form at pharmacy.ku.edu
  • Submit three letters of recommendation with accompanying forms to rxadmissions@ku.edu
Social Welfare

Admission is selective.

Students enter these programs after one year of undergraduate study at KU or another institution.

  • 2.5+ college GPA
  • Complete MATH 101, ENGL 101, and ENGL 102
  • Submit online application at socwel.ku.edu
Visual Art

Admission is selective.

  • Must be admissible to KU by assured admission or individual review
  • Complete essay questions
  • Submit a portfolio of work
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