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Admission to the School of Business

Admission is competitive. Students should apply during the semester in which they will complete the minimum requirements for competitive admission. Applicants satisfying these requirements are ranked by academic merit and their professional résumés, then considered for admission to the School of Business based on rank and available space.

Apply online. The deadline is September 15 for spring admission or February 15 for fall admission. All applicants must have taken the ACT or SAT examination and have official scores on record with KU. Current KU students may arrange to take the ACT through Testing Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center, 785-864-2768. Applicants who are not currently KU students must first apply to KU and submit official transcripts for all previous colleges and universities attended to the Office of Admissions along with the application.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Prebusiness Preparation

Students planning to enter the School of Business as juniors should work toward completing pre-admission requirements during the first 2 years. Every student contemplating a major in the school should enroll in a mathematics course during the first semester at KU. It is highly recommended that students complete a Culture and Society course (category SC) and PSYC 104. Students must take ACCT 200, ACCT 201, IST 301, DSCI 301, ECON 142, and ECON 144 before admission to the school. See the Office of Admissions for more information.

Minimum Requirements

To satisfy minimum standards for admission to the School of Business, a student must

  1. Complete 60 college credit hours including ACCT 200, ACCT 201, IST 301, DSCI 301, ECON 142, and ECON 144 (or their equivalents). It is strongly recommended that PSYC 104 and a Culture and Society (SC) course also be completed.
  2. Achieve a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in
    (a) all course work,
    (b) all professional course work (business and economics),
    (c) all KU course work, and
    (d) all KU professional course work.
  3. File an ACT or SAT score with KU, including transfer and international students. Those who entered KU without this score should take the ACT examination at KU Testing Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center, 785-864-2768.

Because admission is competitive, students who meet the minimum admission standards may not be admitted.

Guaranteed admission to the School of Business is possible when the following requirements have been met at the time of application:

  1. Completion of 60 college credit hours.
  2. Completion of ACCT 200, ACCT 201, and DSCI 301 at KU.
  3. Achievement of a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in (a) all course work and (b) all KU course work.
  4. Achievement of a grade-point average of 3.0 in all professional course work (business and economics).
  5. ACT or SAT score on file with KU.

Transfer Students

Transfer students may find it to their advantage to enter KU before the junior year, because some required courses may be available only at KU. Students attending Kansas community colleges should consult their advisers and a KU School of Business adviser about course equivalents and articulation agreements to ensure progress toward the degree. The Office of Admissions  provides a guide to how classes at your current or former school transfer to KU. You must submit official transcripts of course work completed to the Office of Admissions before a final determination can be made.

Readmission

Students must submit an application for readmission to KU if their lapse in attendance is one semester or more. See the Office of Admissions for more information. Students may be readmitted to the School of Business if they left the school in good standing and it has been less than five years since they last attended.

5-Year Rule

If a student does not complete the business degree within 5 years of last attendance, the student must reapply through the competitive admission process. Students also must complete degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission to the business school regardless of the initial program.

Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed from the school must reapply through the competitive admission process.

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