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Admission of Domestic Undergraduate Students


To outline admission terminology and requirements of new undergraduate, domestic freshman, or transfer applicants to the University of Kansas.

Applies to: 

Undergraduate, domestic freshmen and transfer applicants.

Policy Statement: 

The University of Kansas has assured admission criteria that align with the Kansas Board of Regents qualified admission criteria.


Freshman student: A student is considered a freshman if they have not enrolled in any college coursework the fall term after their graduation/GED/HiSET completion or beyond.

Transfer student: A student is considered a transfer student if they have enrolled in any college coursework the fall after their graduation/GED/HiSET completion or beyond. 

Assured Admission Criteria for Freshmen:

  • 3.25+ High School GPA
  • 2.0+ High School GPA and 21+ ACT/1060+ SAT
  • 2.5+ GPA in college coursework, when applicable

Assured Admission Criteria for Transfers:

  • 24+ transferrable credit hours
  • 2.5+ GPA in transferrable coursework

If a transfer student has less than 24 transferrable hours, they are still considered a transfer student but required to also meet freshman admission standards. These students are required to submit final, official high school transcripts and official test scores (as appropriate) in addition to all official college transcripts for admission review.

Any student that does not meet assured admission criteria for the University of Kansas will be reviewed by individual review.


Office of Admissions
1502 Building
1502 Iowa Street
Lawrence, KS 66045

Approved by: 
Director of Admissions
Approved on: 
Friday, November 13, 2020
Effective on: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Transfer, admission standards, undergraduate applicants
Change History: 

03/10/2023: Updated contact section.
09/21/2021: Updated to reflect adjustment to KBOR guidelines.
12/08/2020: Current practices documented within KU Policy Library. 

Academic Categories: 
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