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  • Academic Achievement and Access Center

    The Academic Achievement and Access Center, 785-864-4064, offers tutoring for many entry-level courses, academic success workshops on how to study or manage time, and individual consultations on making a smooth transition to KU. The center provides tutoring for specific courses in math, chemistry, physics, biology, Spanish, French, and Italian. Tutors are KU students who have been recommended by faculty members and trained in tutoring methods. Tutor groups meet two days a week. For tutoring in other courses, contact the department offering the course. AAAC also houses Disability Resources.

  • Academic calendars

    View KU's academic calendars.

    View information about KU Commencement ceremonies.

  • Academic records

    Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

    The Student Records Center, 151 Strong Hall, offers assistance and services.

    • For questions about enrollment, transcripts, or tuition and fees, call 785-864-4423.
    • For questions about residency, call 785-864-4472.
    • For veterans' services, call 785-864-4423.

    The academic transcript lists all KU courses attempted and completed and other academic information. You may order academic transcripts online.

    KU Medical Center

    At KU Medical Center, contact the Office of the Registrar, 3014 Student Center, Mail Stop 4029, 913-588-7055, for information about student records, loan deferments, registration, tuition and fee payment, or veterans' benefits.

    Current KU Medical Center students or alumni of KUMC programs order transcripts from the Office of the Registrar, KU Medical Center, 3013 Student Center, Mail Stop 4029, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.

  • Admission of undergraduate students

    Nothing can prepare students better for KU’s academic expectations than a challenging program of study in high school. High school students are encouraged to complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum. Prospective Kansas Scholars also are required to complete at least 2 years of foreign language and 1 additional year of mathematics. Final deadlines for summer and fall terms are

    First-year students: Nov. 1 (early notification scholarship deadline)
      Dec. 1 (admission and scholarships)
      Apr. 1 (admission only)
    Transfer students: Mar. 1 (admission and scholarships)
      May 1 (admission only)
    International: Dec. 1 (admission, some programs)
      Jan. 15 (admission and scholarships)
      Mar. 15 (summer admission only)
      Apr. 1 (fall admission only)

    Final deadlines for spring semester are

    First-year/transfer: Dec. 1 (admission only, scholarships not awarded mid-year)
    International: Oct. 1 (admission only)

    New first-year applicants

    New first-year applicants are students who have not completed any college-level course work since high school graduation. Students who complete summer course work after high school graduation, but have already been admitted to KU, are still considered new first-year applicants. Once a student graduates from high school and begins attending a community college or university, he or she must qualify for admission as a transfer applicant. Students who have been admitted to KU may enroll at another college or university while they are still in high school or in the summer before entering KU without affecting their admission status. If you have credits from another institution, have the institution send an official transcript to KU’s Office of Admissions.

    Students who wish to enroll at KU while attending high school should apply under the High School Joint Enrollment Program (described below under Nondegree Applicants).

    Application procedure

    1. The Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships is available online. You can apply online, download a copy from the website, or obtain a copy from KU’s Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7576, 785-864-3911.
    2. Complete, sign, and return the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships with application fee to the Office of Admissions. The application and fee can be sent directly to KU via the Office of Admissions website. KU uses a secured server for online submission of fees. Fees can be paid by MasterCard, VISA, or electronic check. (International student applicants must apply through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-2616.)
    3. A first-time applicant must have a 3.25 cumulative high school grade-point average on a 4.0 scale  to be considered for KU first-year scholarships. Applicants must complete and postmark the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships by December 1. Applicants are considered for merit-based and/or merit-plus-need scholarships.
    4. Apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA applications are available in all high schools. KU’s school code is 001948. The priority deadline is March 1.
    5. Ask your high school to send your current transcript and a list of all courses to be completed in your senior year. Transcripts should include class rank and cumulative grade-point average through at least the end of your junior year. Faxed copies are accepted for admission and scholarship purposes (fax: 877-582-3648). A final official transcript showing your graduation date must be mailed directly from your school to finalize your KU admission.
    6. Official ACT or SAT scores are required. Request that your scores be sent to KU when you register for the test. If you did not have your scores sent to KU, check with your high school counselor to see if they are listed on your high school transcript. Additional copies of ACT scores are available from the American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52234. KU’s ACT code is 1470. Additional copies of SAT scores are available from Admissions Testing Program, The College Board, P.O. Box 6200, Princeton, NJ 08541-6200. KU’s SAT code is 6871.
    7. If you apply while you are still in high school, have a final copy of your transcript sent to the Office of Admissions after you graduate (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office).
    8. If you are completing any college course work while you are still in high school, have the college send an official transcript to the KU Office of Admissions (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office).
    9. If you have completed a General Education Diploma, have the State Department of Education send a copy of your scores to the Office of Admissions. Information about the GED is available on the Kansas Board of Regents website.
    10. KU requires a $200 nonrefundable enrollment deposit from new degree-seeking first-year students who will begin in the summer or fall semesters. International and transfer students are exempt.
    11. Register to attend a summer, fall, or spring orientation and enrollment session. Orientation and registration information is sent to all newly admitted and readmitted undergraduates. For information, contact New Student Orientation, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 145, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4270, orientation@ku.edu. (For information about International Student Orientation, contact ISSS, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., issorientation@ku.edu.)
    12. If you are not a native speaker of English, contact the Applied English Center, 204 Lippincott Hall, 785-864-4606, aec@ku.edu, for information about required English language screening.

    First-year admission requirements

    5 of KU’s schools admit first-semester, first-time students: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (including the School of the Arts) and the Schools of Architecture, Design and Planning; Engineering; Journalism and Mass Communications; and Music. The other 6 undergraduate schools (allied health, business, education, nursing, pharmacy, and social welfare), as well as journalism and mass communications, admit students after they have completed 30 to 90 semester credit hours of college work and filed an application for Change of School with the appropriate dean’s office or advising center. See the Admission Options charts below.

    Due to classroom space limitations, first-year admission to the School of the Arts; the School of Architecture, Design and Planning; and the School of Engineering is restricted.

    Kansas resident first-year applicants

    The Office of the University Registrar has information about requirements for Kansas resident status.

    Liberal Arts and Sciences. To qualify for admission you must meet 1 of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 21 or above or an SAT score of 980 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Rank in the top third of your high school graduating class or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 2.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    School of the Arts (Liberal Arts and Sciences). Same as CLAS, but grade-point average must be at least 2.5. Admission is competitive. Contact the Department of Dance about required entrance auditions. Art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Applications must be received by December 1 (visual art) or February 1 (dance) for the following fall semester.

    Architecture, Design and Planning: Department of Architecture. Admission is competitive. Applicants must rank in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating classes with grade-point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and ACT math scores of 26 or higher (600 on math SAT). Applicants are encouraged to complete 3 years of science, including physics, and 3 years of mathematics, including trigonometry and precalculus or calculus, in high school. Applications must be received by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Architecture, Design and Planning: Department of Design. Admission is competitive. To qualify for admission you must meet one of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 23 or above or an SAT score of 1070 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Design applicants also must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Applications must be received by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Engineering. Admission is competitive. Students must be in the top half of their graduating classes, have 3.0 grade-point averages on a 4.0 scale, and have mathematics ACT scores of 22 or higher. Some engineering degree programs require higher math ACT scores. Applications for admission must be submitted by April 1 for the fall semester. Early applications are encouraged.

    Journalism and Mass Communications. Admission is competitive. Students may declare a journalism major directly out of high school and be admitted to the school if they have a composite ACT score of 24 or higher (or equivalent SAT score) and graduate from high school with a 3.0 grade-point average or higher.

    Music. Admission is competitive. To qualify for admission you must meet one of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 21 or above or an SAT score of 980 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Rank in the top third of your high school graduating class or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Applicants must also participate in required entrance auditions in music. Contact the School of Music for more information. Applications must be submitted by February 1 for the following fall semester. Early applications are encouraged.

    Kansas Resident Applicants from Home Schools and Nonaccredited High Schools. Students must submit all transcripts and obtain a score of 21 on the ACT or 980 (math and critical reading sections only) on the SAT for admission consideration.

    Out-of-state first-year applicants

    The Office of the University Registrar has information about requirements for Kansas resident status.

    Liberal Arts and Sciences. To qualify for admission you must meet 1 of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 24 or above or an SAT score of 1090 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Rank in the top third of your high school graduating class or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    School of the Arts (Liberal Arts and Sciences). Same as CLAS. Admission is competitive. Contact the Department of Dance about required entrance auditions. Art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Applications must be received by December 1 (visual art) or February 1 (dance) for the following fall semester.

    Architecture, Design and Planning: Department of Architecture. Admission is competitive. Applicants must rank in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating classes with grade-point averages of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and ACT math scores of 26 or higher (600 on math SAT). Applicants are encouraged to complete 3 years of science, including physics, and 3 years of mathematics, including trigonometry and precalculus or calculus, in high school. Applications must be received by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Architecture, Design and Planning: Department of Design. Admission is competitive. To qualify for admission you must meet one of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 25 or above or an SAT score of 1150 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Design applicants also must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admissions process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Applications must be received by February 1 for the following fall semester.

    Engineering. Admission is competitive. Students must be in the top half of their graduating classes, have 3.0 grade-point averages on a 4.0 scale, and have mathematics ACT scores of 22 or higher. Some engineering degree programs require higher math ACT scores. Applications for admission must be submitted by April 1 for the fall semester. Early applications are encouraged.

    Journalism and Mass Communications. Admission is competitive. Students may declare a journalism major directly out of high school and be admitted to the school if they have a composite ACT score of 24 or higher (or equivalent SAT score) and graduate from high school with a 3.0 grade-point average or higher.

    Music. Admission is competitive. To qualify for admission you must meet one of the following requirements:

    • Achieve an ACT score of 24 or above or an SAT score of 1090 (math and critical reading sections only) or above or
    • Rank in the top third of your high school graduating class or
    • Complete the Kansas Board of Regents’ Qualified Admission curriculum with at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Applicants must also participate in required entrance auditions in music. Contact the School of Music for more information. Applications must be submitted by February 1 for the following fall semester. Early applications are encouraged.

    Out-of-state applicants from home schools and nonaccredited high schools. Students must submit all transcripts and earn a score of 24 on the ACT or 1090 (math and critical reading sections only) on the SAT for admission consideration.

    General education diploma (GED) applicants. To qualify for admission, you must have an overall score of 2550 points and a score of not less than 510 points on each subtest. You also must submit ACT or SAT scores.

    First-year tnternational student applicants. Admission requirements and deadlines vary depending on the program, the student’s previous level of education, and the semester of entry. See International Undergraduate Admission.

    Non-native speakers of English. If English is not your first language, you must visit the KU Applied English Center, 204 Lippincott Hall, aec@ku.edu, before your first enrollment. This is required even if you graduated from an accredited Kansas or other U.S. high school or are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You may be required to take an English Language Proficiency Test and to enroll in English language courses if you do not pass that test. See Students Whose First Language is Not English.

    High school early admission program. High school students who are interested in becoming full-time, degree-seeking students at KU may be admitted if they have completed all of their requirements for high school graduation early. This program is designed for students with the emotional maturity as well as the academic ability and background necessary to excel at the university at a younger age. Interested students must submit applications for admission, ACT or SAT scores, high school transcripts, and letters of permission/recommendation from their high school principal and their parent(s) or guardian(s) by the appropriate deadlines.

    For information about the High School Joint Enrollment Program, see Nondegree Applicants below.

    Appeals

    Students who are denied admission may appeal the decision formally in writing to the director of admissions. KU’s admission appeals committee reviews appeals.

    Transfer applicants

    Transfer applicants are those who have attended another institution of higher education since graduating from high school or receiving a GED. If you plan to transfer to one of KU’s professional schools, contact the school directly one year before you plan to enter the program.

    Application procedure

    1. The Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships is available online. You can apply online, download a copy from the website, or obtain a copy from KU’s Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7576, 785-864-3911.
    2. Complete, sign, and return the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships with application fee to the Office of Admissions. The application and fee can be sent directly to KU via the Office of Admissions website. KU uses a secured server for online submission of fees. Fees can be paid by MasterCard, VISA, or electronic check. (International student applicants must apply through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-2616.)
    3. To be considered for KU transfer scholarships, a transfer applicant must have a 3.25 cumulative college grade-point average and have completed 24 hours at the time of enrollment. Applicants must complete and postmark the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships by March 1. Applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships.
    4. Apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. KU’s school code is 001948. The priority deadline is March 1.
    5. Request an official transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended. To be official, transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution to the Office of Admissions (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office) or delivered directly from the school in a sealed envelope. Faxed copies are accepted for admission and scholarship purposes (fax: 877-582-3648). However, an official transcript showing your final semester grades must be mailed directly from your school to be evaluated for transfer of credit and to finalize your admission to KU.
    6. If you have completed fewer than 24 college credit hours at the time you apply to KU, ask your high school to send an official copy of your transcript and ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office).
    7. Register to attend a summer, fall, or spring orientation and enrollment session. Orientation and registration information is sent to all newly admitted and readmitted undergraduates. For information, contact New Student Orientation, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 145, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4270, orientation@ku.edu. (For information about International Student Orientation, contact ISSS, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., issorientation@ku.edu.) If you plan to pursue an undergraduate degree-completion program at the KU Edwards Campus, contact the Student Success program director, 913-897-8461, for information about orientation.
    8. If you are not a native speaker of English, contact the Applied English Center, 204 Lippincott Hall, 785-864-4606, aec@ku.edu, for information about required English language screening.

    Transfer credit evaluation

    All transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 hours at KU regardless of the number of hours of credit they earned from other colleges. To receive transfer credit, you must have attended an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body, such as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits KU. International colleges and universities must be officially recognized by the Ministry of Education in their countries for students to receive transfer credit. KU does not accept grades of D for transfer credit. The Office of Admissions and your school conduct a thorough review of your college credits upon your admission to KU. Before enrollment, new transfer students should understand what credits were accepted by KU and how they fulfill degree requirements. Apply for admission as a first step. Only transfer students who have been admitted to KU receive an official credit evaluation.

    Transfer admission requirements

    Students who have completed any college course work since high school graduation are considered transfer students, although students with fewer than 24 credit hours must submit high school transcripts, standardized test scores, and college transcripts. For students who have completed fewer than 24 hours when they apply, admission decisions are based on both high school and college performance. All transfer applicants must be in good standing at the institution they attended previously and meet additional admission requirements for the school they plan to enter at KU. All transfer applicants must meet appropriate deadlines. See Admission Options charts below.

    Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students interested in transferring into KU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must meet one of these admission standards:

    • Kansas residents: A cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale from a community college, college, or university (students with fewer than 24 credit hours are reviewed on the basis of both high school and college performance).
    • Out-of-state residents: A minimum of 24 credit hours from any accredited institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (students with fewer than 24 credit hours are reviewed on the basis of both high school and college performance).

    Some College departments have competitive admission. See individual department sections.

    School of the Arts (Liberal Arts and Sciences). Admission is competitive. Students must have grade-point averages of at least 3.0. Contact the dance department about required entrance auditions. Art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images. Applications must be received by December 1 (visual art) or February 1 (dance) for the following fall semester.

    Professional schools. Transfer admission requirements for the schools (allied health; architecture, design and planning; business; education; engineering;  journalism and mass communications; music; nursing; pharmacy; and social welfare) are more stringent. See Admission Options charts below.

    Non-native speakers of English. If English is not your first language, you must visit the KU Applied English Center, 204 Lippincott Hall, aec@ku.edu, before your first enrollment. This is required even if you graduated from an accredited Kansas or other U.S. high school or are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You may be required to take an English Language Proficiency Test and to enroll in English language courses if you do not pass that test. See Students Whose First Language is Not English.

    Admission options for first-year and transfer students

    If you enter KU as a first-year student, you must enter the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the School of the Arts in CLAS; or the Schools of Architecture, Design and Planning; Engineering; Journalism and Mass Communications; or Music. Transfer students also may enter these schools if they are eligible. Apply as early as possible. Spaces in some programs may fill before the deadlines. In all references to grade-point averages (GPA), A=4.0.

    School Requirements   When to apply
      Kansas first-year students Out-of-state first-year students Transfer students  
    College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS)
    • ACT score of 21 or higher or an SAT* score of 980 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum
    • ACT score of 24 or higher or an SAT* score of 1090 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum
    • Transfer students who are Kansas residents must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a 2.0 or higher GPA from a community college, college, or university.
    • Transfer students who are out-of-state residents must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a 2.5 or higher GPA from a community college, college, or university.
    • Note: Students who have completed fewer than 24 hours when they apply must meet different admission requirements.
    • Kansas first-year students and out-of-state first-year students:
      Fall and summer entry: Apr. 1
      Spring entry: Dec. 1
    • Transfer students:
      Fall and summer entry: May 1
      Spring entry: Dec. 1
    School of the Arts (within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences)
    • ACT score of 21 or higher or an SAT* score of 980 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum

    Admission is competitive. Contact the dance department about required entrance auditions. Visual art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • ACT score of 24 or higher or an SAT* score of 1090 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum

    Admission is competitive. Contact the dance department about required entrance auditions. Visual art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • 3.0 GPA or higher from any college or university, including KU

    Admission is competitive. Contact the dance department about required entrance auditions. Visual art applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • Fall entry:
      Visual Art: Dec. 1
      Dance: Feb. 1
    • Spring entry:
      Visual Art: Oct. 1
      Dance: Oct. 1
    • Summer entry:
      Visual Art: Dec. 1
      Dance: Dec. 1

    (Film & Media Studies & Theatre: no application deadlines)

    School of Architecture, Design & Planning Department of Architecture
    • graduate in the top 25 percent of your class at an accredited high school with a 3.0 or higher GPA and
    • take 3 years of science including a course in physics and 3 years of math including trigonometry, precalculus, or calculus (preferred) and
    • have an ACT math score of at least 26 (600 on math SAT)

    Admission is competitive.

    • graduate in the top 15 percent of your class at an accredited high school with a 3.0 or higher GPA and
    • take 3 years of science,
      including a course in physics (recommended), and 3 years of math, including trigonometry, precalculus, or calculus (preferred) and
    • have an ACT math score of at least 26 (600 on math SAT)

    Admission is competitive.

    • at least a 3.5 GPA and
    • a grade of C or higher in appropriate college-level
      calculus and physics courses

    Admission is competitive.

    • Kansas first-year students and out-of-state first-year students:
      Fall and summer entry: Feb. 1
      Spring entry: Oct. 1
    • Transfer students:
      Fall entry: Feb. 1
      Spring entry: Oct. 1
    School of Architecture, Design & Planning Department of Design
    • ACT score of 23 or higher or an SAT* score of 1070 or higher or
    • 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum

    Admission is competitive. Design applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • ACT score of 25 or higher or an SAT* score of 1150 or higher or
    • 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum

    Admission is competitive. Design applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • 3.0 GPA or higher from any college or university, including KU

    Admission is competitive. Design applicants must answer 3 essay questions as part of the online admission process and submit a portfolio of 10 to 20 images.

    • Fall and summer entry: Feb. 1
    • Spring entry: Oct. 1
    School of Engineering
    • 3.0 or higher GPA and
    • rank in the top half of your class at an accredited high school and
    • minimum math ACT score of 22 (540 on math SAT) or for architectural engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science, a minimum math ACT score of 28 (640 on math SAT).

    Admission is competitive. Preference is given to students who meet the criteria above and who apply by Jan. 1.

    • 3.0 or higher GPA and
    • rank in the top half of your class at an accredited high school and
    • minimum math ACT score of 22 (540 on math SAT) or for architectural engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science, a minimum math ACT score of 28 (640 on math SAT).

    Admission is competitive. Preference is given to students who meet the criteria above and who apply by Jan. 1.

    Evaluated on a case-by-case basis

    • an overall college GPA of at least 2.5 and
    • minimum score of 22 or higher on the ACT math test or a C or higher in Calculus 1.

    Admission is competitive.

    • Kansas first-year students and out-of-state first-year students:
      Fall and summer entry: Apr. 1
      Spring entry: Dec. 1
    • Transfer students:
      Fall and summer entry: May 1
      Spring entry: Dec. 1
    School of Journalism & Mass Communications
    • 3.0 or higher high school GPA and
    • composite ACT score of 24 or higher (or equivalent SAT score).

    Admission is competitive.

    • 3.0 or higher high school GPA and
    • composite ACT score of 24 or higher (or equivalent SAT score).

    Admission is competitive.

    • 24 or more credit hours at KU or another institution with a 2.5 or higher GPA and
    • completed or are enrolled in JOUR 101 the semester of application and
    • earned a C or higher in JOUR 101 (admission is rescinded if a C or higher is not earned).

    Admission is competitive.

    • Transfer students:
      Fall and summer entry: Feb. 1
      Spring entry: Sept. 1
    School of Music
    • ACT score of 21 or higher or an SAT* score of 980 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum.

    Admission is competitive. Contact the school about required entrance auditions.

    • ACT score of 24 or higher or an SAT* score of 1090 or higher or
    • rank in the top one-third of your high school class or
    • 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale in the Kansas Qualified Admissions curriculum.

    Admission is competitive. Contact the school about required entrance auditions.

    Transfer students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA from any college or university, including KU.

    Admission is competitive. Contact the school about required entrance auditions.

    • Fall entry: Feb. 1
    • Spring entry: Oct. 1
    • Summer entry: Dec. 1

    *Math and critical reading sections only

    Admission guidelines are subject to change. Direct questions to the KU Office of Admissions, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045-7576, 785-864-3911, fax: 785-864-5017, adm@ku.edu.

    Admission options beyond the first year

    First-year students who plan eventually to enter the schools in the chart below usually begin in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and apply as sophomores or juniors. Apply to KU schools as early as possible. Admission is competitive, and some programs may fill before the deadlines.

    School
    Requirements When to apply
    College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
    • Apply for admission to KU.
    • Complete an application for the major in the department office, meet specific GPA requirements in KU courses, and take certain prerequisites.
    • For details, consult CLAS or the academic department.
    Deadlines vary by major.
    School of Allied Health

    Admission requirements, prerequisites, and entry levels vary by major. For information, contact the student affairs office, 913-588-2729, alliedhealth@kumc.edu.

    Deadlines vary by major.
    School of Business

    To enter as a junior (60 hours or more), a student must

    1. take pre-admission courses and
    2. have a 2.5 or higher GPA overall, at KU and in business and economics courses.

    Admission is based on college GPA, ACT/SAT score, and résumé. Admission is competitive. Consult the School of Business Student & Academic Services, 206 Summerfield Hall, 785-864-7500.

    • Fall entry: Feb. 15
    • Spring entry: Sept. 15
    School of Education

    To enter Curriculum and Teaching as a second-semester sophomore or to enter Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences as a junior (hours vary by program), a student must

    1. have a cumulative 2.75 or higher GPA for all education programs except athletic training and health and physical education, which require a cumulative 2.5 or higher GPA and
    2. complete admission (core) course requirements with a 2.75 or higher GPA,
    3. for teacher education programs, pass the Reading, Writing, and Math sections of the Pre-Professional Skills test (PPST).

    Admission in selective programs is competitive. Consult a pre-education adviser immediately upon entering KU.

    • Fall entry,
      Health & physical education teaching: Feb. 1
      Sport science & community health: Feb. 1
      Athletic training: May 1
    • Spring entry,
      Curriculum & teaching: Sept. 24
      Sport science & community health: Sept. 24
    School of Journalism & Mass Communications

    Students who do not declare journalism as their major during the first semester of the first year may apply for admission if they have

    1. earned 24 or more credit hours (either at KU or another institution) with a 2.5 or higher grade-point average and
    2. completed or are enrolled in JOUR 101 the semester of application and
    3. earned a C or higher in JOUR 101 (if applying while enrolled in JOUR 101, admission is rescinded if a C or higher is not earned).
    • Fall and summer entry: Feb. 1
    • Spring entry: Sept. 1
    School of Nursing

    To enter as a junior (62 hours or more), a student must

    1. have a 2.5 or higher GPA and
    2. take prerequisite courses and
    3. submit the online application.

    Consult the prenursing adviser, 785-864-2834. Admission is competitive.

    • Fall entry: Oct. 15

    No admission for spring or summer. Late applications considered if space permits.

    School of Pharmacy

    To enter as a junior (68 hours or more), a student must

    1. have a 2.5 or higher GPA and
    2. take prerequisite courses.

    Admission is competitive. The PCAT is required. Consult the dean’s office, 785-864-3591.

    • Fall entry: Feb. 1

    No admission for spring or summer.

    School of Social Welfare

    To enter as a sophomore (30 hours or more), a student must

    1. have a 2.5 or higher GPA and
    2. complete MATH 101, ENGL 101, and ENGL 102 and
    3. submit application available from 107 Twente Hall.

    Consult presocial work adviser, 785-864-8976, before or during first year.

    • Fall entry: Oct. 1 or Feb. 1
    • Transfer students only: June 1

    Readmission

    Readmission applies to any former student who has earned a grade in at least 1 hour of credit at KU. Former KU students must submit applications for readmission if their lapse in attendance is 1 semester or more. Applicants may be readmitted if they left KU in good standing and are in good standing with all other institutions they have attended since their enrollment at KU. Contact the Office of Admissions or the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions for deadlines.

    Students who applied to KU and were accepted but never attended must reapply for admission as new first-year or transfer applicants. See the First-Year Applicants or Transfer Applicants sections above. Admission offers are valid only for the semester specified in the admission letter.

    Application procedure

    1. The Undergraduate Application for Readmission is online. Some schools require students who have been dismissed to petition for readmission. Consult your dean’s office.
    2. Complete, sign, and submit your application for readmission to the Office of Admissions (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office).
    3. If you have attended another institution since KU, have an official transcript from each institution sent to the Office of Admissions (or for international students, to the ISSS Undergraduate Admissions Office).
    4. Apply for federal financial aid. KU’s school code is 001948. The priority deadline is March 1.
    5. You may elect to participate in continuing student enrollment, or you may attend an abbreviated orientation program. If you have questions about which process is best for you, consult your adviser or contact the Student Records Center, 151 Strong Hall, 785-864-4423, enrollment@ku.edu.
    6. International students should apply through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-2616.

    Readmission requirements

    Applicants to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who were academically dismissed must meet readmission requirements. See Probation and Dismissal in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Regulations section of the online catalog.

    Applicants who wish to change schools must meet the requirements and deadlines for the school in which they plan to study.

    School of the Arts, Department of Design, School of Music. Applicants requesting admission after attending another university must meet transfer admission requirements on the Admission Options charts above. Music or dance admission is contingent upon a successful audition. Visual art or design admission is contingent upon a successful portfolio review. Early applications and auditions are encouraged.

    Nondegree applicants

    The nondegree admission category is designed for students who

    • Are attending another college or university and want to enroll at KU for 1 or 2 courses.
    • Are adult students not interested in degrees who would like to enroll in 1 or 2 courses.
    • Want to take a college-level course while still in high school.
    • Want to take undergraduate courses for graduate school or for a certification program.

    Admission as a nondegree student is denied if the applicant has prior academic work at KU and is not eligible for readmission. See Readmission above. Generally, nondegree students are not eligible for student housing and are limited to 6 credit hours a semester unless they receive special permission to exceed the limit. Nondegree students typically are not eligible for federal financial aid. Contact Financial Aid and Scholarships, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 50, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4700, financialaid@ku.edu, for exceptions. Grades earned as a nondegree student do not count automatically toward graduation or in the graduation grade-point average. Some schools may allow students to include them by petition.

    Nondegree applicant admission requirements

    4 distinct categories of students qualify for consideration as nondegree students:

    1. Life-long learner applicants. Course work taken in this category is intended for personal enjoyment or to enhance employment opportunities.
    2. High school joint enrollment program. Academically talented high school students may be admitted before high school graduation. Submit the nondegree application for admission along with a letter of recommendation from the high school counselor or principal and a letter of permission from parent(s) or guardian(s). Course work to be completed at KU must be at a level beyond that available in high school. Students interested in the High School Early Admission Program should read First-Year Admission Requirements above.
    3. Visiting students. Students from other colleges or universities who want to transfer course work to institutions where they are seeking degrees may enroll in courses at KU. Check with departments to determine your eligibility and to learn if courses are available.
    4. Post-baccalaureate applicants. Individuals with previous undergraduate degrees may seek admission as nondegree-seeking students. A student who wishes to earn a second baccalaureate degree should not enroll as a nondegree-seeking student. See Transfer Applicants above.

    International students interested in nondegree admission should check with the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions for information about requirements and immigration implications.

    Applicants interested in graduate course work as degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking students should contact the University of Kansas, Graduate Studies, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 213, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-8040, graduate@ku.edu.

    ACT or SAT examinations

    All new first-year and transfer students who have fewer than 24 hours of college credit and who are younger than 21 by the first day of class must complete the ACT or SAT test before they enroll. Testing Services in Counseling and Psychological Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center, gives the ACT examination periodically and during the week of orientation, but you are strongly encouraged to take it before you arrive on campus. The scores are used for many purposes before the beginning of classes.

    International students generally are exempt from the ACT or SAT requirement, except in the Schools of Architecture, Design and Planning; Business; and Engineering.

    Advanced placement

    AP credit. KU encourages students to take Advanced Placement Examinations in any of the areas under the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) program. KU gives credit only in certain courses with certain scores from the AP examinations. The results of these examinations must be sent to KU directly from CEEB. Departments may grant advanced placement and/or credit on the basis of the test scores. No college grade is assigned when advanced placement credit is given. Instead, a credit is recorded on the student’s KU record. No fee, beyond that charged by CEEB, is assessed for such college credit or placement. For information on how Advanced Placement scores in English and mathematics affect graduation requirements and initial enrollment in all schools, see Degree Requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section and the English and Mathematics department sections of the online catalog. Contact the Office of Admissions, 785-864-3911, for information.

    College Level Examination Program (CLEP). General and subject examinations in several fields are accepted at KU as a means of awarding credit for nontraditional work. The manner in which credit is given ranges from awarding credit for a comparable KU course to granting an exemption from prerequisites without an award of credit hours toward the degree. The required minimum score varies with the examination, usually falling within the 50th to 70th percentile range. Contact the Office of Admissions, 785-864-3911, for information. CLEP examinations can be taken by appointment at Testing Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center; call 785-864-2768 for more information.

    Credit by Examination. KU offers its own program of advanced credit examinations. See Credit by Examination in Regulations. (Warning: Some medical schools do not accept credit by examination.)

    International Baccalaureate Program. If you have taken International Baccalaureate classes while in high school, check www.admissions.ku.edu to determine the credit given for those classes. An official IB transcript must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions for review. No college grade is assigned when credit is given. Instead, credit is recorded on the KU record. No fee, beyond that charged by IB, is assessed for credit or placement. Contact the Office of Admissions, 785-864-3911, for information.

  • Advising

    The University Advising Center, 785-864-2834, provides comprehensive individual academic advising for new and continuing students. The center assists students who are undecided, changing majors, or on academic probation, and helps students make the transition to departmental or school advising once they’ve declared a major.

    To contact an adviser on the KU Edwards Campus, visit the Regents Center reception desk or call 913-897-8400.

    At KU Medical Center, deans' offices provide academic information and support. Visit the School of Allied Health or the School of Nursing for information.

  • Application for graduation

    Undergraduates must apply online to graduate. Sign on to Enroll & Pay and navigate to Apply for Graduation. If you have questions, contact the Student Records Center, 151 Strong Hall, 785-864-4423, kuregistrar@ku.edu. For spring semester graduation, students should apply for graduation by March 1. The deadline for summer graduation is July 15. The deadline for fall graduation is November 1. Individual schools may set earlier dates. You cannot graduate unless you have completed the AFG by the deadline. Undergraduates must have finished at least 75 hours of course work to apply for graduation. To change your AFG to a different semester, contact your school or college.

    KU Medical Center students apply through Enroll & Pay. KUMC deadlines are April 15 for spring semester, July 15 for summer, and December 1 for fall. KUMC students must reapply to change the AFG to a different semester. View the KUMC AFG policy.

  • Applied English Center

    The Applied English Center offers English language courses for non-English-speaking students. These courses, ranging from elementary through advanced, are available to those admitted to the center as well as to KU students who need further English instruction before undertaking full-time study in their degree programs. A limited number of Applied English credits are counted toward graduation by some programs at KU.

  • Bookstores

    KU Bookstores in Lawrence are in the Kansas Union, Level 2, 785-864-4640, and in the Burge Union (Law Books), Level 2, 785-864-5697. Call tollfree (800) 458-1111.

    Jayhawk fans in the Kansas City area can shop for KU merchandise and apparel at Jayhawk Central, the KU Edwards Campus bookstore, 12520 Quivira Road, 913-897-8580. The bookstore also stocks textbooks and supplies for students.

    The KU Medical Center Bookstore is in G014 Orr-Major, Mail Stop 4036, 913-588-2537 or (800) 262-7509.

  • Career planning

    The University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, 785-864-3624, offers individualized advising services, career planning courses, outreach programs, the most comprehensive collection of career resources on campus, a website, and numerous opportunities to connect with leading employers from around the country and the world.

    The Business Career Services Center provides a variety of resources including recruiting (on-campus interviews) for full-time and internship positions facilitated through KU Career Connections/Symplicity, an online job and internship database; individual career advising; and a variety of workshops and events—to name a few. Contact the BCSC for more information at 785-864-5591, bcsc@ku.edu.

    The Engineering Career Center, 785-864-3881, offers School of Engineering students information, resources, and opportunities to help them pursue their career goals. The center offers a jobs/internships database, career fairs, on-campus interviews, employer presentations, individualized career advising, résumé/cv reviews, skill-building workshops, and more.

    The Journalism Career Center, 120 Stauffer-Flint Hall, 785-864-7630, helps students find internships and jobs. Each year, leading media outlets, advertising agencies, and corporations in the state and the nation visit campus to interview students. The Career Center also maintains an online database of internships and jobs that is updated frequently.

    The School of Music Career Services Center, 452 Murphy Hall, 785-864-4466, assists music students with career preparation. The center helps students create distinctive résumés, portfolios, or CVs; prepare for interviews; network with employers and alumni; or find jobs or internships. For more information or an appointment, contact the Career Services Coordinator.

    Students at KU Medical Center should visit their deans' offices for assistance with career planning.

  • Certificate programs

    Students who complete a certificate program receive a notation of it on their transcripts. The Global Awareness Program, 785-864-7265, recognizes study abroad, foreign language study, courses with an international focus, and all other international experiences. The Research Experience program, (785) 864-8040, requires research course work; research or a special project; and a paper, presentation, or recital based on the project. Service Learning, 785-864-0960, links academic studies to community involvement. The program recognizes service learning courses, community projects, and papers or other evidence of students’ reflections on service learning.

  • Child care

    Hilltop Child Development Center, 1605 Irving Hill Road, 785-864-4940, provides convenient, high-quality care and education for the children of university families. Children of KU students receive highest priority. KU staff and faculty families receive the next highest priority. Applications for admission to Hilltop are accepted for children 3 months and older.

    Edna A. Hill Child Development Center, Dole Human Development Center, 785-864-0502, is a distinguished early childhood program on the Lawrence campus. The center comprises the Sunnyside Infant-Toddler and Educare Preschool programs and provides a high-quality, responsive learning environment for children from the surrounding community who have a diverse range of abilities and special needs.

    Space is limited, and both programs have waiting lists.

  • Commencement

    The University of Kansas holds one formal Commencement ceremony each year. Commencement traditoinally begins with a procession of faculty, graduates, and dignitaries along Memorial Drive, down Mount Oread, and into Memorial Stadium. The official Commencement website has more information.

    Commencement 2011: Sunday, May 22, 2011 (projected date)

  • Computer resources

    KU Information Technology, 785-864-8080, computer labs offer the campus community access to computing resources and a variety of software in support of learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor at KU. A list of computer labs on campus is available here.

    The Kyou portal offers Lawrence and Edwards Campus students up-to-date information and resources. It provides access to such academic services as course schedules, grades, enrollment, financial aid, and library services. The myKUMC student portal gives KU Medical Center students access to announcements, grades, schedules, and resources.

  • Concerts and recitals

    The Lied Center of Kansas is a multipurpose performing arts facility with a 2,000-seat performing arts hall. It offers outstanding presentations of music, dance, and theatre, as well as lectures by artists and scholars. Purchase tickets online or at the Lied Center Ticket Office, 785-864-2787, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 2 hours before curtain for weekday performances.

    The University Theatre offers information about theatre performances. Ticket orders can be taken by phone at 785-864-3982 or at the University Theatre Ticket Office, 317 Murphy Hall, weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.

    The School of Music, 460 Murphy Hall, 785-864-3436, has information about upcoming concerts and recitals.

    Union Box Office: Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the box office is the main support center for activities and events planned through KU Union Programs. Tickets for SUA events are available, along with discounted tickets to Worlds of Fun and individual stamps. Ticket outlet sales are available to any student organization sponsoring an event open to the KU community. Call 785-864-7469 for more information.

  • Counseling services

    Counseling and Psychological Services Personal Counseling Services can help students with issues related to adjusting to college and other psychological, interpersonal, and family problems. Individual, couple, and group sessions are available.

    The KU Psychological Clinic provides low-cost outpatient mental health services to the university, the community, and the area.

    KU Info helps the extended KU community with questions about KU life and beyond. You can call them at 785-864-3506, email them at kuinfo@ku.edu, or stop by any of their 3 campus info desks.

    The Academic Achievement and Access Center, the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs also offer information and referrals.

    At KU Medical Center, contact Student Counseling Services, G116 Student Center, Mail Stop 4006, 913-588-6580. Crisis after-hours: 913-588-6283.

  • Disability resources

    Disability Resources, 785-864-2620 (V/TTY), coordinates academic accommodations for students with ADHD and learning, physical, medical, psychiatric, and sensory disabilities. After a student provides current documentation of a disability, the office helps provide sign language interpreters, captioning, books in alternate format, note takers, extended time for tests, access to transportation, and other accommodations.

  • Financial aid and scholarships

    Lawrence and Edwards Campuses

    Financial Aid and Scholarships, 785-864-4700, financialaid@ku.edu, annually processes more than $150 million in scholarships, grants, Federal Work-Study, and loans for KU undergraduates. Approximately 63 percent of KU undergraduates receive financial assistance each year. For more information, see Scholarships, below.

    KU Medical Center

    The Department of Student Financial Aid serves students who need financial assistance to attend KU Medical Center. For a copy of the KUMC Financial Aid Guide and any required applications, contact Student Financial Aid, KU Medical Center, 4003 Student Center, Mail Stop 4005, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160, 913-588-5170, financialaid@kumc.edu.

  • Goals of general education at KU

    1. Enhance the skills and knowledge needed to research, organize, evaluate, and apply new information and develop a spirit of critical inquiry and intellectual integrity.
    2. Acquire knowledge in the fine arts, the humanities, and the social, natural, and mathematical sciences and be able to integrate that knowledge across disciplines.
    3. Improve the core skills of reading, writing, and numeracy, and enhance communication by clear, effective use of language.
    4. Understand and appreciate the development, culture, and diversity of the United States and of other societies and nations.
    5. Become aware of contemporary issues in society, technology, and the natural world and appreciate their complexity of cause and consequences.
    6. Practice an ethic of self-discipline, social responsibility, and citizenship on a local, national, and international level.

    Established by the University Assessment Committee, 2001

  • Health services

    Lawrence

    Student Health Services, 785-864-9500, is in Watkins Memorial Health Center. Services include general medicine, urgent care, gynecology, allergy injections, immunizations, travel health clinic, nutrition counseling, laboratory services, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology, and health promotion through the Health Education Resource office. To reduce waiting time, appointments are encouraged. KU Edwards Campus students have the option to use student health services at KU; you will be charged an additional fee each semester at your first appointment.

    Fees: Students who pay the full Lawrence campus required fees, which includes a health fee assessed at the time of enrollment, are eligible for some services at no additional cost (e.g., most physician visits). Fees are assessed for ancillary services (e.g., laboratory tests, physical therapy), which are typically offered at below median market charges for the Lawrence area.

    Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Health Insurance: At your request, SHS will bill your health insurance company. Any portion not covered by your insurance is your responsibility. Please bring your insurance card the first time you use SHS. All international students must have health insurance. See the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for more information.

    Note: SHS is not a participating provider for Medicare, Medicaid, or HealthWave and, therefore, cannot bill these programs. If you do not have health insurance, a voluntary student health insurance plan is available, sponsored by the Kansas Board of Regents. For more information, call the SHS insurance office at 785-864-9522.

    KU Medical Center

    Student Health Services, 913-588-1941, offers outpatient primary care/urgent care, referrals, immunizations, allergy injections, routine physicals, well-woman exams, contraceptive counseling, care for sexually transmitted infections, exposure management, health education and prevention, and travel medications and immunizations. Services are available for students and spouses or partners.

    Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

    Appointments: Student Health Services operates on a scheduled appointment basis. Every effort is made to accommodate medical needs. Based on staff availability, walk-ins are accepted. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time and bring your insurance card. If a patient is more than 15 minutes late, the appointment must be rescheduled. If you are unable to keep your appointment, notify Student Health Services as soon as possible.

    After-Hours Service: If your primary care physician is in the KU Department of Family Medicine, call 913-588-1908 after clinic hours and on weekends. If your primary care physician is in another KUMC department or outside KUMC, contact that medical office. In case of emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

    Health Insurance: All students taking courses at KUMC must maintain health insurance throughout their enrollment. You may choose any health insurance plan. KUMC offers an insurance plan for enrolled students. The Student Health Fee does not provide health insurance. For more information on insurance options, contact Student Health Insurance Verification at 913-588-4695. Proof of current health insurance (e.g., photocopy of insurance card or letter from health insurance company) and a signed Acknowledgement of the Student Health Insurance Policy form are required. If your insurance changes, bring in a copy of your new insurance card.

  • High school preparation

    Kansas Board of Regents curriculum

    English: 4 units required

    At least 1 year of English or language arts must be successfuly completed for each year of high school.

    Natural science: 3 units required

    At least 1 year must be in chemistry or 1 year must be in physics. Students must successfully complete 3 years of natural sciences selected from the following:

    • 1 year of biology
    • 1 year of advanced biology
    • 1 year of chemistry
    • 1 year of physics
    • 1 year of earth-space science
    • 1 year of principles of technology

    Mathematics: 3 units required

    Students must successfully complete 3 years of mathematics at the Algebra I level and beyond.

    Social sciences: 3 units required

    • 3 years of social science with these specific classes
      (a 1-semester course cannot be used to fulfill more than 1 requirement):
    • 1 semester of U.S. government
    • 1 semester selected from the following:
      –world history
      –world geography
      –international relations
    • 1 year of U.S. history
    • Up to 1 year selected from the following:
      –anthropology
      –current social issues
      –economics
      –race and ethnic group relations
      –sociology
      –psychology
      –U.S. history
      –U.S. government

    Visit the Office of Admissions for further information.

  • Housing

    Lawrence

    Making the decision to live on campus is an important first choice in your KU career. Get better grades. Graduate on time. Find friends for life. Live green. Living on campus lets you experience all the best KU has to offer. Student Housing offers the basics — living space that's secure, well-maintained, and conveniently located — and Student Housing is committed to providing academic support, leadership development, experiences with different cultures, and even part-time employment. 

    Student Housing offers personal or group tours of all 3 on-campus communities:

    • Residence halls are the largest on-campus community offering traditional 2-person rooms plus renovated suite-style buildings.
    • Scholarship halls offer a close-knit community. 50 residents in each building help with hall duties such as cooking and cleaning and pay less for room and meals.
    • Jayhawker Towers and Stouffer Place are apartments for nontraditional students, graduate students, and students with families.

    Visit KU Student Housing, write to housing@ku.edu, or call 785-864-4560.

    Off-campus housing is also available in Lawrence.

    KU Medical Center

    Apartment complexes, private apartments, and houses are available within walking distance of the Medical Center. Contact the Housing Office, 913-588-4695, housinginfo@kumc.edu.

  • Immunizations

    Lawrence

    The University of Kansas requires the following immunizations and/or screenings of its student body:

    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella. All newly enrolled or re-enrolled students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show proof of two vaccinations for MMR. History of the disease, unless accompanied by positive titer, is not acceptable.
    • Meningitis. All students living in university-owned group housing must be vaccinated for meningitis or sign a waiver indicating that they refuse to receive the vaccine. Student Health Services strongly recommends that students living in other group housing, such as sorority and fraternity housing or Naismith Hall, receive the vaccination. All students should become knowledgeable about meningitis and its symptoms.
    • Tuberculosis. All newly enrolled or re-enrolled international students must be screened for tuberculosis by Student Health Services upon arrival on campus and before enrollment.

    School of Pharmacy. The School of Pharmacy requires students to provide proof of health insurance coverage and immunizations for MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, tetanus and a current TB skin test.

    All vaccines for immunizations are available through Student Health Services. Call 785-864-9507 to make an appointment. Failure to comply with the requirements above results in an enrollment hold.

    KU Medical Center

    KUMC’s Student Health Center requires completion of childhood immunizations (DPT and polio series), tetanus booster in the last 10 years, and documentation of hepatitis B series and MMR vaccinations. Students who have not had chicken pox must take the varicella immunization. Students who cannot provide documentation of MMR or hepatitis B may obtain titers at the Student Health Center for a fee. Upon entering KUMC, all students must provide documentation of two TB skin tests (PPD) administered and interpreted within 12 months before enrollment. The most recent PPD test should be within three months before enrollment. Students who cannot provide evidence of two PPD tests must take consecutive PPD tests within one to three weeks of each other. All KUMC students must receive an annual TB skin test as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for all health care employees. Any student with a positive TB skin test must meet with a student health provider to discuss KUMC protocol.

  • Information and referrals

    KU Info answers questions about campus events and activities, KU services and facilities, and academic policies and procedures. KU Info gets more than 300 questions a day about KU life and beyond. You can call them at 785-864-3506, email them at kuinfo@ku.edu, or stop by any of their 3 campus info desks.

  • International programs

    International Programs, 785-864-6161, coordinates lectures, exhibits, and performances; creates new courses; promotes study abroad and other international experiences; and sponsors scholarly exchanges, special projects, and research activities.

    The Center for Global and International Studies, 318 Blake Hall, 785-864-1120, cgis@ku.edu, supports and promotes global and international studies at KU. CGIS offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in global and international studies and supports the introduction of new course offerings and study abroad opportunities. The center also offers outreach activities to K-12 teachers, businesses, and governmental agencies across the region and serves as a resource for the local and international community.

    At KU, in conjunction with almost any major, you can study a foreign language, take courses in a region’s history and culture (sometimes taught in a foreign language in KU’s Language Across the Curriculum program), participate in the Global Awareness Program, and study abroad. 5 academic programs specialize in particular regions: Africa; East Asia; Latin America; Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia; and Western Europe.

  • International Student and Scholar Services

    The Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., 785-864-3617, isss@ku.edu, offers a comprehensive range of services for international students, including an international student orientation program each semester. Experienced staff members provide immigration advising and issue the U.S. government forms required for international students and scholars to obtain visas to enter the United States. Advisers are available to counsel or refer students who need assistance. ISSS coordinates many activities to encourage friendship and understanding between international students and the community.

  • International undergraduate admission

    The Office of International Undergraduate Admissions handles the admission of international undergraduate students to the University of Kansas. An international applicant is a student who is not a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, refugee, or political asylee. An individual in any nonimmigrant status or with a pending application for permanent residence not yet approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must apply through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, and political asylees apply through the Office of Admissions. International undergraduate applicants should visit the website or contact the office to request an International Student Application packet.

    Application procedure

    Contact the University of Kansas, Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., 785-864-2616, issapps@ku.edu, and request the International Student Application packet, or visit the website.

    Return the completed application to the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, along with original official academic records including diplomas, completion certificates, transcripts, and mark sheets or test results, by the deadline. Students seeking an I-20 for F-1 student status or a DS-2019 for J-1 student exchange visitor status also must submit proof of adequate finances with the application. See Admission Options chart in the international undergraduate application form or online. All documents must be submitted in the language of instruction with an English translation. All forms become the property of KU and will not be returned. Apply online. Submit original transcripts and financial documents to the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions.

    International student admission requirements

    Nonimmigrant international applicants may be admitted to KU if they are academically admissible and

    1. Have formally completed secondary education,
    2. Fulfilled the required minimum grade-point average equivalency,
    3. Provided official academic records, and
    4. (Effective fall 2011) Submitted official TOEFL or IELTS scores by the established deadlines.

    Some academic programs have additional and more selective admission requirements. Please read the description for each program of interest. Students seeking an I-20 for F-1 student status or a DS-2019 for J-1 student exchange visitor status also must verify that adequate financial support is available. See KU’s International Student Viewbook.

    English proficiency requirements (effective fall 2011)

    Every international undergraduate applicant whose native language is not English must submit either official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination scores as part of the application. Official scores must be less than 2 years old and must be submitted directly by the testing agency to KU. Students who cannot present official scores may apply directly to the Applied English Center as nondegree-seeking students.

    Regular admission

    • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test): 70 or higher overall score.
    • TOEFL (Paper-Based Test): 530 or higher overall score.
    • IELTS, Academic Format: 6.0 or higher overall score.

    Provisional admission

    • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test): overall score below 70.
    • TOEFL (Paper-Based Test): overall score below 530.
    • IELTS, Academic Format: overall score below 6.0.

    Exceptions

    Applicants in these categories, who otherwise meet requirements for regular undergraduate admission, may be admitted with an exemption from the requirement to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score with their applications:

    • Sponsored international undergraduate applicants.
    • Native speakers of English.
    • Participants in official KU reciprocal exchange programs and students currently enrolled in the KU Applied English Center.
    • Other requests for exemption from the requirement to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Required evaluation by KU Applied English Center before enrollment in KU courses

    Upon arrival and before enrollment, all international students admitted to KU must report to the Applied English Center for evaluation of English proficiency. English proficiency requirements for an exemption from the Applied English Center English proficiency test and enrollment in KU academic classes are higher than English proficiency requirements for regular admission. To be exempt from the AEC English proficiency test or AEC courses, students must have these recent TOEFL or IELTS scores (within the last 2 years):

    • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test):23 or higher on the Reading, Writing, and Listening sections.
    • TOEFL (Paper-Based Test): 57 or higher for each section score and 4.5 or higher on the Test of Written English (TWE).
    • IELTS, Academic Format: 6.0 or higher for each part and a total score of 6.5.

    Students with these TOEFL and IELTS scores must come to the AEC to have the scores verified and receive a waiver of the AEC English proficiency test. Other students must register for the AEC English proficiency test. If English proficiency is satisfactory, a student is permitted to begin full-time academic enrollment. If English proficiency is not satisfactory, a student must enroll in intensive (ESL) English language classes or a combination of intensive (ESL) English classes with reduced academic load.

    TOEFL or IELTS scores or the AEC English proficiency test determine whether a student can understand university lectures in English, read academic material quickly with good comprehension, write good paragraphs in answer to questions about the material, complete English sentences grammatically, and write an acceptable short essay in 30 minutes without using a dictionary. If a student does not present sufficient TOEFL or IELTS scores or pass the KU AEC proficiency test, the student must take either part-time or full-time intensive English language courses at KU for one or more semesters until successfully passing the AEC proficiency test. Once a student has passed all parts of the AEC test, the student can begin full-time KU courses, if he or she meets university admission requirements. A few Applied English Center courses are counted toward graduation by some programs at KU.

    To apply directly to the Applied English Center for English language study only, write to the University of Kansas, Applied English Center, Lippincott Hall, 1410 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 204, Lawrence, KS 66045-7537, U.S.A., aec@ku.edu.

    All international students at KU must have health insurance. For information, contact the International Health Insurance Coordinator at International Student and Scholar Services, 2 Strong Hall, or read the health insurance policy online.

    U.S. permanent residents, refugees, and political asylees

    Students from other lands who are U.S. permanent residents, refugees, or political asylees must verify their status and should apply as domestic students through the Office of Admissions. If an application for immigrant status is pending and not yet approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, students must verify their status when they apply for admission through the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions.

    Students whose first language is not English

    The Applied English Center determines the English proficiency level of all non-native speakers of English and specifies which Applied English Center courses, if any, these students must take to be eligible to enroll in regular KU courses. This requirement applies to all international students, residents, or citizens of the United States, regardless of whether they have attended or graduated from accredited Kansas or other U.S. high schools.

    Enrollment of international students, including transfer students, in academic courses is restricted until English language proficiency is verified. All students from abroad, including students from English-speaking countries, must visit KU’s Applied English Center for verification of English language skills before enrollment.

    All undergraduates must enroll in the appropriate English course in the first semester at KU. Students must maintain continuous enrollment in appropriate English courses, whether these are Applied English Center or Department of English courses, until they have met English proficiency requirements through the Applied English Center and completed all courses in the Department of English required by their degree programs.

  • Language laboratory

    The Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, 4070 Wescoe Hall, 785-864-4759, promotes language learning and teaching. In addition to a collection of approximately 12,000 audio and video items in more than 60 languages, the center contains 3 computer labs, a media-enhanced conference room, a soundproofed recording studio, and a viewing area for small groups. Portable equipment is available for checkout.

  • Legal Services for Students

    Legal Services for Students, 312 Burge Union, 785-864-5665, legals@ku.edu, offers legal advice, consultation, representation, and educational programs. Students who are currently enrolled on the Lawrence campus and have paid required campus fees may receive services at no additional charge.

  • Libraries

    Lawrence

    Library collections at KU contain more than 4.3 million volumes. The University Libraries system (Watson Library, 1425 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045-7547, 785-864-3956), maintains more than 45,000 current periodicals in paper and electronic format to support the research and teaching needs of the KU community. The libraries hold vast collections of microforms, photographs, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, and other media. The libraries also provide access to a large array of networked bibliographic databases, full-text resources, and the online catalog.

    The University Libraries comprise 8 library facilities. Watson Library houses much of KU’s general collections in the social sciences and humanities. Most science and business materials are in the Anschutz Library, which also houses most government publications and the T.R. Smith Map Collection. Anschutz Library’s new Learning Commons provides technology for research and course work; comfortable, flexible furniture configurations and study spaces; and support from experts in research, tutoring, technology, and writing. The Kenneth Spencer Research Library contains manuscripts, rare books, regional history materials, and KU’s archival records with specialized collections in natural history, Irish studies, U.S. radical groups, and many other areas. Other libraries include the Spahr Engineering Library, the Thomas Gorton Music and Dance Library (Murphy Hall), the Murphy Art and Architecture Library (Spencer Museum of Art), and the Library Annex, providing storage for lesser-used library materials.

    KU Edwards Campus

    The Regents Center Library, 913-897-8570, provides services for KU Edwards Campus students. Come to the front desk for answers to questions, help finding printed and electronic sources, or to order books and articles from the Lawrence or Medical Center campuses.

    KU Medical Center

    Dykes Library of the Health Sciences is among the finest in the Midwest. Its resources include 236,158 print and nonprint volumes, 578 print titles, and 15,152 unique online titles. The library also serves as a place to relax in the lounge, check email, print, and make copies. The Copyright Compliance Office provides support for students and faculty seeking copyright permissions for materials used in papers or presentations.

    The nationally known Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum houses more than 26,000 books and manuscripts, as well as current works in the history of medicine, nursing, and the allied health professions. The library also supports the biomedical ethics and medical humanities curriculum by collecting contemporary secondary works in these areas. Under the auspices of its museum, the library also owns hundreds of medical artifacts.

  • Mount Oread Scholars

    Mount Oread Scholars, 785-864-2819, is a by-invitation-only program for high-ability first-year students with ACT scores higher than 28 who are ranked in the top 20 percent of their graduating classes. Special offerings include targeted advising, enrollment in small courses, and academic support sessions.

  • Multicultural Affairs

    Housed in the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 785-864-4351, operates HAWK Link, an award-winning recruitment and retention program. HAWK Link offers free tutoring, monthly seminars on academic and personal success, a first-year orientation seminar specifically for HAWK Link students, and academic advising. The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors community programming on diversity, support for student-of-color organizations, leadership training, and career exploration programs. The office also provides seminars for students, faculty, and staff on sensitivity, diversity, social justice, and multicultural education topics.

  • Multicultural Scholars Programs

    Multicultural Scholars Programs, 785-864-4902, provide intensive mentoring, support activities, career exploration, and social and cultural programs in allied health, architecture, business, education, humanities, journalism, natural sciences and mathematics, nursing, pharmacy, social sciences, and social work. MSP students may be eligible for scholarships. The programs create a community of students, professors, and administrators whose goals are ensuring academic and career success.

  • Museums

    The permanent collection of Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St., 785-864-4710, spencerart@ku.edu, is deep and diverse, numbering nearly 36,000 artworks and artifacts in all media. The collection spans the history of European and American art from ancient to contemporary, and includes broad and significant holdings of East Asian art. The museum currently is integrating into its holdings a large ethnographic collection that includes Native American, African, Latin American and Australian objects. Through its collection, exhibitions, and public programming, the Spencer presents distinctive opportunities for dialogue, scholarship, and reflection. Museum hours are

    • Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 pm.
    • Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
    • Closed Mondays

    The Natural History Museum, Dyche Hall, 785-864-4540, naturalhistory@ku.edu, part of the Biodiversity Institute, offers educational programs and exhibits that focus on the biological diversity, past and present, of Kansas and the Great Plains. For more than 140 years scientists and students from the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center have collected and studied life on Earth. One of the world’s most comprehensive biodiversity research resources, the Biodiversity Institute now cares for more than 8 million specimens of plants and animals — prehistoric to living species, microscopic to colossal — gathered from every continent and ocean. Collections include DNA samples, sound recordings, images, and field notes. Museum hours are

    • Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 pm.
    • Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
    • Closed Mondays

    The Wilcox Classical Museum, 103 Lippincott Hall, wilcox@ku.edu, houses collections of plaster casts of Greek and Roman Sculpture and Greek and Roman antiquities. The museum is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year. It is not open during the summer or during university holidays.

  • Nontraditional students

    The Student Involvement and Leadership Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-4861, offers programs and services to help nontraditional students explore their options.

    The Nontraditional Student Foundation provides support for those who do not conform to the stereotypical image of a college student. NTSF offers the opportunity for students to come together and share ideas to ensure success throughout their academic careers.

  • Online Learning

    The University of Kansas offers semester based hybrid and fully online courses at both thegraduate and undergraduate levels. Similar to on-campus courses, the availability of hybrid and online courses varies by semester.

    To determine which online courses are offered in a specific semester, refer to the Timetable of Classes (classes.ku.edu) and use the “limit search to online courses” tool to search for current course offerings.

    Independent Study

    Independent study is a research experience or directed readings independently pursued through an academic department. Contact your academic department to discuss independent study opportunities to investigate a special research problem or directed readings in an area not covered by regular courses.

     

  • Orientation

    Orientation and registration information is sent to all newly admitted and readmitted undergraduates. For information, contact New Student Orientation, 145 Strong Hall, 785-864-4270, orientation@ku.edu.

    For information about International Student Orientation, contact International Student and Scholar Services, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., issorientation@ku.edu.

    If you plan to pursue an undergraduate degree-completion program at the KU Edwards Campus, contact the Student Success program director, 913-897-8461, for information about orientation.

  • Recycling

    The Environmental Stewardship Program, 1503 Sunflower Road, 785-864-2855, kurecycling@ku.edu, helps the campus community develop and implement waste reduction and recycling programs.

  • Reserve Officers Training Corps

    Programs offer scholarships that pay tuition and fees, furnish books and uniforms, and provide a monthly living allowance.

    • The Air Force ROTC curriculum, 785-864-4676, allows commissioning as an Air Force second lieutenant after a 3- or 4-year program.
    • The Army ROTC curriculum, 785-864-3311, allows commissioning as an Army second lieutenant after a 4-year program.
    • Naval ROTC courses, 785-864-3161, pertain to both Navy and Marine Corps. The curriculum allows commissioning as either an ensign in the Navy or a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after a 4-year program.
  • Safety and crime on campus

    The annual security report about KU safety policies, crime statistics, and campus resources is available online or on paper by contacting the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 133, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4060.

    KU Medical Center’s security report is available online.

    The KU Edwards Campus security report is available online.

  • Scholarships

    KU is committed to recruiting excellent, motivated undergraduates. Academically talented students who are interested in pursuing their education at KU are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Scholarships are awarded competitively from both Kansas resident and out-of-state applicant pools. During fiscal year 2009, more than 6,500 KU students received $34.5 million in scholarships, awards, prizes, and loans from KU Endowment. KU’s academic schools and departments also offer scholarships to prospective first-year and upper-level students.

    For more information and a list of scholarships, contact Financial Aid and Scholarships, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 50, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4700, financialaid@ku.edu.

    First-year students

    To apply, prospective first-year students must complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships. A 3.25 overall high school grade-point average on a 4.0 scale is required for applications to be submitted to the scholarship committee. Students must submit a list of activities and a scholarship essay as part of the complete application for scholarships. Students are evaluated on the high school curriculum, official standardized test scores, high school unweighted cumulative grade-point average, demonstrated leadership and community service, and scholarship essay. If your completed application is received by November 1, a letter will be mailed by late January detailing the committee’s decision. Letters are mailed by late March to students whose completed applications are received by the December 1 deadline.

    Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. If you are offered a departmental scholarship, you will be notified directly by the department. Recipients of scholarships from the Schools of Engineering and Journalism and Mass Communications and the Departments of Biological Sciences, Geology, and Physics and Astronomy receive joint award letters from the academic unit and the Office of Admissions. Scholarship applications must be completed and postmarked no later than December 1.

    Note: December is the last possible test date to receive scores in time for the scholarship application deadline.

    School of the Arts, Department of Design, School of Music. Additional merit-based scholarships are available to majors in music, dance, visual art, and design. For more information, contact the appropriate unit.

    Transfer students

    To apply, prospective transfer students must complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships. A 3.25 overall college grade-point average and a minimum of 24 credit hours are required for applications to be submitted to the scholarship committee. Students must submit a co-curricular summary and a scholarship essay as part of the complete application for scholarships. Students are evaluated on the college career based on the strength of the college curriculum, grade-point average, demonstrated leadership and community service, and scholarship essay. To be eligible for scholarships, students must have completed 24 college hours when they enroll at KU. If your completed application is received by November 1, a letter will be mailed by late January detailing the committee’s decision. Letters are mailed by late March to students whose completed applications are received by December 1. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Scholarship applications must be complete and postmarked no later than March 1, the final deadline.

    International students

    International student applicants may contact the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 17, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, U.S.A., 785-864-2616.

    Reduced tuition funding

    The Midwest Student Exchange Program enables residents of Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin to attend KU at reduced tuition levels. Each year, 35 new KU students receive awards from this program. Complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships. Only new first-year students intending to enroll and major in the following programs are considered: African and African-American studies; American studies; astronomy; classics; dance; engineering physics; geology; health education/community health; humanities; journalism and mass communications; Latin American studies; linguistics; microbiology; music education; music therapy; petroleum engineering; physics; religious studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies; Slavic languages and literatures; visual arts education; and women’s studies.

  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

    KU is a member of the SOC Consortium created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to service members who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and active and reserve components of the military services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for service members worldwide.

    As a member of the SOC Consortium KU is committed to helping service members with

    1. Reasonable transfer of credit to avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication when possible;
    2. Reduced academic residency requirements: a minimum of 30 hours in residence, not specific to the final year, if all grade-point average requirements and major courses have been completed (see the appropriate school or College for details);
    3. When comparable KU courses exist, credit for Military Training and Experience; and
    4. Award of credit for at least 1 nationally recognized testing program such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), or Excelsior College Examinations (ECE).
  • Sexual violence prevention

    Sexual Violence Prevention Services, Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-3552, provides programs, information, and assistance on issues related to rape, sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, and other forms of sexual and relationship violence. Workshops are offered to the campus community every semester and are available by request to living groups and student organizations.

  • Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

    The Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, 3001 Dole Center, 785-864-0630, 785-864-5094 (TDD), offers comprehensive services to people with communicative disorders in the university community and the area. All services are supervised by clinical faculty who maintain the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

  • Student activities

    Lawrence

    Recreation Services, Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center, 785-864-3546, offers resources for physical fitness, intramural team and individual sports, group fitness, classes, personal training, sports clubs, and outdoor pursuits. The Challenge Course offers groups a unique way to create team building, empowerment, leadership, communication, stress management, fun, and flexibility.

    The Student Involvement and Leadership Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-4861, registers student, campus, and community groups and provides services and leadership opportunities to students and student organizations.

    Student Union Activities, Level 4, Kansas Union, 785-864-SHOW (7469), sponsors campus events and activities including the SUA film series.

    The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors programs on diversity, support for student-of-color organizations, leadership training, and career exploration programs. The office also provides seminars for students, faculty, and staff on sensitivity, diversity, social justice, and multicultural education topics.

    KU Medical Center

    At KU Medical Center, Kirmayer Fitness Center, at the southeast corner of Rainbow and Olathe boulevards, can help with fitness needs. Services are available for students, staff, and alumni of KUMC and their sponsored members. Call 913-588-1KFC for information.

    The Office of Student Engagement strives to enrich the lives of all students through out-of-class learning and programming to encourage and maintain a balanced approach to life as well as an appreciation for diversity.

  • Student employment

    The University Career Center, 110 Burge Union, 785-864-3624, connects KU students with paid on- and off-campus part-time work opportunities that build skills and help cover educational costs. Visit KUCareerHawk for more information.

    At KU Medical Center, the Employment Office, 1052 Wescoe Pavilion, Mail Stop 2033, posts job opportunities online.

  • Study abroad

    The Office of Study Abroad (1410 Jayhawk Blvd, Lippincott Hall, Room 108, Lawrence KS 66045-7537, 785-864-3742, osa@ku.edu, offers more than 100 programs in 70 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Students may study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, or for a short time, such as over spring or winter break. Some programs focus on a particular field of study; others offer a general curriculum. Students earn KU credit while studying abroad and continue to progress toward completing their academic degrees.

    Students are encouraged to study overseas to enrich their academic experience through cultural immersion, intensive language learning, disciplinary study, and participation in foreign educational systems. Courses are taught in more than 20 different languages (including English), and many semester and academic-year programs allow qualified students with demonstrated language proficiency to choose from regular university course offerings at the overseas institution. Instructional offerings in English are plentiful and incorporate a variey of disciplines.

    Programs vary in structure from exchanges and individually arranged programs to group programs led by KU faculty members. They vary in length from academic-year and semester programs, to summer and fall, winter, or spring break programs. Students earn resident KU credit while studying abroad and maintain progress toward an academic degree. Resident KU credit allows the flexibility of earning credit toward the major, studying abroad during the senior year, and using financial aid for overseas study.

    Study Abroad strives to keep costs down while maintaining a high standard of academic and experiential quality. KU exchange agreements with universities in Costa Rica, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong and the International Student Exchange Program offer tuition, room, and board costs similar to Lawrence costs.

    Students who qualify for grants, loans, or scholarships through Financial Aid and Scholarships may apply these awards to study abroad programs. Scholarships are available from the Office of Study Abroad and from some departments. Information is available in the Office of Study Abroad. Application deadlines are March 1 for fall, academic-year, and summer programs; and October 1 for spring, spring break, and winter break programs. Early application is recommended.

    Graduating seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply for KU’s Graduate Direct Exchange fellowships offered by 10 partner universities in England, France, Germany, and Switzerland, as well as for Fulbright and other nationally competitive grants for graduate study and research abroad. The internal deadline for applications is mid-September in the year before the grant period. Interested students, including juniors, should begin the application process in the spring semester.

    Exchange opportunities (semester and academic year) are available in Australia, China, Costa Rica, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Scotland, Sweden, and Wales. Students also may choose to study at one of more than 50 International Student Exchange Program sites. University-affiliated programs (semester and academic year) with a range of course offerings are available in countries around the world. Students may seek out other study abroad programs to meet specific geographic and academic needs. KU faculty from a variety of disciplines offer courses overseas. Semester, summer, spring break, and winter break programs are available.

    Faculty-led semester programs

    • Western Civilization in Italy and France

    Faculty-led summer programs

    • Advanced Language and Culture in Holzkirchen, Germany
    • Arabic Language and Culture in Ifrane, Morocco
    • Archaeology Field School in Costa Rica
    • Architecture in Germany
    • Architecture in Italy: Reading the City—Siena and Its Neighbors
    • Architecture in Spain and France
    • Art and Photography in Europe
    • Bilingual Spanish Language Intensive for Social Workers
    • British Summer Institute in the Humanities
    • Classics in Greece
    • Croatian Language and Culture in Zadar
    • Culture and History of the Swahili Coast in Tanzania
    • Culture, Spirituality, and Social Work in Korea
    • Design in Italy
    • Education in Carpi, Italy
    • Engineering in New Zealand
    • Engineering in Poland
    • Environmental Studies of Europe in Freiburg, Germany
    • Environmental Studies of India
    • Ethnographic Field Methods in the Peruvian Amazon
    • French Language and Culture in Paris
    • German Language and Culture in Eutin
    • Graduate Business in China
    • Health Care and Social Services in Sweden
    • International Media and Marketing Communications in Argentina
    • International Social Work: A Costa Rican Perspective
    • Internships in Dublin, Ireland
    • Internships in London, England
    • Irish Studies in Belfast
    • Italian Language and Culture in Florence
    • Japanese Language and Culture in Hiratsuka, Japan
    • Kansas Asia Scholars in China
    • Law in Istanbul, Turkey
    • Law in Limerick, Ireland
    • Medicinal Plants and Culture in Peru
    • Music Therapy in Thailand
    • Peruvian Culture and Disability in Lima
    • Polish Summer Language Institute in Warsaw
    • Portuguese Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil
    • Prelaw Institute in Cambridge, England
    • Professional Studies in Stuttgart, Germany
    • Rome: Discovering the Ancient City in Context
    • Russian Language and Culture in St. Petersburg
    • Shakespeare in Performance
    • South African Society, Politics, and Culture
    • Spanish Language and Culture in Barcelona
    • Spanish Language and Culture in Puebla, Mexico
    • Sport and Culture in Munich, Germany
    • Technology and Culture in Europe (Architecture)
    • Theatre in Greece
    • Ukrainian Language and Culture in L'viv
    • Understanding Ghana Today
    • When East Meets West in Turkey

    Faculty-led fall break programs

    • Metalsmithing in London, England

    Faculty-led winter break programs

    • Architecture in Asia
    • Business in India
    • International Social Work in India
    • Marine Biology in Honduras
    • Theatre and the Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
    • The Costa Rica Experience (Honors)

    Faculty-led spring break programs

    • Graduate Business in Clermont-Ferrand, France
    • Humanities and Western Civilization in London, England
    • Preparing for International Careers in London
    • The London Review (Honors)
  • Testing services

    Testing Services, 2150 Watkins Memorial Health Center, 785-864-2768, offers computer-based testing, national paper-based exams, proctoring and scoring services, and survey design and scanning services.

  • TRIO Supportive Educational Services

    SES, 785-864-3971, helps eligible students obtain small grants, tutoring, advising, career counseling, and other services in this federally funded program. Students must be first-generation college students or low-income students or have a documented disability.

  • Tutoring and academic assistance

    The University Advising Center, 785-864-2834, provides comprehensive individual academic advising for new and continuing students. The center assists students who are undecided, changing majors, or on academic probation, and helps students make the transition to departmental or school advising once they’ve declared a major.

    College Student Academic Services, 109 Strong Hall, provides additional full-time advisers for students who entered KU before fall 1987 and students at all levels who have policy or petition questions or issues.

    The Academic Achievement and Access Center, 785-864-4064, offers tutoring for many entry-level courses, academic success workshops on how to study or manage time, and individual consultations on making a smooth transition to KU. The center provides tutoring for specific courses in math, chemistry, physics, biology, Spanish, French, and Italian. Tutors are KU students who have been recommended by faculty members and trained in tutoring methods. Tutor groups meet two days a week. (For tutoring in other courses, contact the department offering the course.)

    The Office of Multicultural Affairs, Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center, 785-864-4351, operates HAWK Link, an award-winning recruitment and retention program. HAWK Link offers free tutoring, monthly seminars on academic and personal success, a first-year orientation seminar specifically for HAWK Link students, and academic advising.

    TRIO Supportive Educational Services (SES), 785-864-3971, helps eligible students obtain small grants, tutoring, advising, career counseling, and other services in this federally funded program. Students must be first-generation college students or low-income students or have a documented disability.

    The University Libraries help students, faculty, and staff use technology and information for teaching, learning, and working. The libraries offer instructor-led workshops on computing and information literacy topics, customized classes for KU courses and other groups, consulting services for individuals, and resources for instructors and learners.

    For educational support services at KU Medical Center, contact Learning Specialists, G116 Student Center, Mail Stop 4006, 913-588-6580.

  • University Honors Program

    The University Honors Program provides opportunities for outstanding and creative undergraduates in all schools at KU to develop their full potential during their undergraduate years. The Honors Program brings talented students together in honors classes and seminars to benefit from mutual interests and association. It brings students and faculty members together in a teaching and research environment that ensures high academic achievement and standards. The program also coordinates merit-based scholarship opportunities for qualified students, including KU awards such as the University Scholars Program, Undergraduate Research Awards, and the Dean’s Scholars Program. The Honors Student Association and the Honors Ambassador Program provide opportunities for student leadership.

    In general, honors classes are small, oriented to discussion, and taught by full-time members of the faculty. Most honors courses fulfill requirements and deal with introductory fundamentals and principles, but they are likely to do so in more depth than their non-honors equivalents. Honors courses are distinguished by the energetic atmosphere and critical thinking generated by the students in them and the faculty members who teach them.

    Honors students are interested in expanding their knowledge and take a broad range of liberal arts and sciences courses. This is true of students in the professional schools (architecture, engineering, business, etc.) as well as students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Honors program advisers typically recommend that students explore their interests through the broad curriculum choices KU has to offer.

    A first-year, semester-long tutorial experience provides an introduction to an academic area of study in a setting that allows students to get to know one another and the instructor. The tutorial explores the research methods of a discipline and acquaints the student with the research resources at KU. Honors advising is personalized in meetings with honors staff, faculty fellows, and specially selected advisers from across the university. The program’s advising committee facilitates early and frequent contact with academic advisers in the students’ areas of interest. Honors students benefit from priority enrollment, which provides flexibility in planning one’s academic curriculum.

    The program does not require a minimum number of honors courses a semester. However, students in the program quickly discover that honors courses engage the intellect, hold the interest, and create the enthusiasm for learning they seek at a university. Students in the professional schools are particularly encouraged to seek out honors course opportunities early, while their curricula still have breadth and flexibility.

    Honors students are strongly encouraged to include research, study abroad experiences, internships, and community service in their academic programs. Consult University Honors Program staff about applying these activities toward completion of honors requirements.

    Admission

    Students with strong high school curricula and excellent academic records are encouraged to apply to the University Honors Program. Students with composite ACT scores of 30 or above and unweighted high school grade-point averages of 3.75 or above are more likely to be admitted. Applications are evaluated on the basis of high school curriculum, grades, an essay, activities, and standardized test scores. Applications from first- and second-year students currently attending KU, as well as incoming transfer students, are evaluated on the basis of college course work. Review of applications begins in December and continues through April. Send inquiries to the University Honors Program, 1506 Engel Road, Lawrence, KS 66045-3845. View further information and the online application.

    Completion of the Program

    Students graduate from the program by completing 8 honors units and the first-year, semester-long tutorial. The 8 units must be completed as follows:

    1. 6 honors courses (may include graduate-level courses numbered 700 and above).
    2. 1 out-of-classroom experience such as study abroad, departmental honors, documented research experience, approved and documented internship experience, or approved and documented community service.
    3. The eighth unit may be from either category 1 or category 2.

    Students must also maintain a minimum 3.25 grade-point average.

    Nunemaker Center

    This unique building, with its modern architectural design, is the home of the Honors Program, near the Daisy Hill residence halls at 15th Street and Engel Road. The Honors Program is home to several Faculty Fellows who serve the program and bring additional resources to the program to complement the full-time staff.  Faculty Fellows are available for advising, consultation about majors and careers, guiding research projects, and work with the Honors Council to develop programmatic initiatives.

    Students are encouraged to take advantage of the spaces available at Nunemaker, including several classrooms and study areas, a kitchen, comfortable lounges that include two fireplaces, and wireless Internet access. Nunemaker also serves as a gallery for undergraduate art. The center is open days and evenings.

    View Honors courses in the online catalog.

  • University Ombuds Office

    The University Ombuds Office, 34 Carruth O'Leary Hall, 785-864-7261, ombuds28@ku.edu, handles disputes, provides information and referrals, and offers confidential assistance with academic concerns.

  • Women's resources

    The Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center, 400 Kansas Union, 785-864-3552, provides information, resources, and assistance on women's and gender-related issues. The ETWRC focuses on the needs of KU students of all genders. The office also provides consultation, information and resources to staff, faculty, community members and individuals at the Edwards campus by request. Services are confidential. ETWRC facilities are also accessible for individuals with disabilities.

  • Writing Center

    The KU Writing Center, 424 Anschutz Library, 785-864-2399, helps students brainstorm topics, learn research techniques, draft essays, and edit their papers at 9 Writers’ Roosts across campus. Online consultations are also available.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.