College prep curriculum

The University of Kansas uses the following course curriculum as a standard when we review applications for undergraduate admission.

By taking high school courses that fit these criteria, you'll be better prepared for college courses, and you'll satisfy one of the steps for assured admission.

Students attending a Kansas high school must take courses approved by the Board of Regents to complete this curriculum. All out-of-state students and Kansas residents attending a non-accredited or home-school must take equivalent courses.

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Recommended College Prep Curriculum

English: 4 units required

One unit taken each year of high school. One-half unit may be speech.

Natural Science: 3 units required

Complete three units during high school from the following, one of which must be chemistry or physics:

  • Biology
  • Advanced biology (second-year biology)
  • Earth/space science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Principles of technology
  • Physical science

Mathematics: 3 units required

Meet one of these two sets of criteria:

  1. Complete three units during high school from the following and meet the ACT/SAT college readiness math benchmark (22+ ACT/550+ SAT on math section)
    • Algebra I
    • Geometry
    • Algebra II
    • Any course with Algebra II as a prerequisite
  2. Or complete four units, with one unit taken in the graduating year. One of the four units may be any math course prescribed by the school district and must be designed to prepare students for college. The remaining three units must be selected from the following:
    • Algebra I
    • Geometry
    • Algebra II
    • Any course with Algebra II as a prerequisite

Social Science: 3 units required

Complete three units during high school from the following (course work must include instruction in U.S. history, U.S. government, and geography):

  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • U.S. government (additional course)
  • U.S. history (additional course)
  • Current social issues
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Race and ethnic group relations

Electives: 3 units required

Complete three units during high school from the following:

  • English
  • Math
  • Natural science
  • Social science
  • Fine arts
  • Computer/information systems
  • Foreign languages
  • Personal finance
  • Speech, debate, forensics
  • Journalism
  • Career and technical education
Application Deadlines

for Summer 2017 
Must apply by May 30, 2017

for Fall 2017 
Must apply by Aug. 14, 2017

for Spring 2018 
Must apply by Jan. 9, 2018

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