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Admission to the KU School of Engineering and its degree programs is competitive.

Students may be admitted to an engineering or computer science degree program as freshmen (first year) students, but all admissions, for both in-state and out-of-state students, are selective. Applications are judged on several factors, such as high school record, scores on national tests, academic record at college or university level, and trend of grades and more. High school transcripts and ACT scores (or equivalent SAT scores) are required.

Minimum Academic Standards for Admission

To be considered for admission to the School of Engineering, beginning first-year students must meet or exceed the following minimum standards:

  • Have a 3.0 unweighted grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be in the top 50 percent of the graduating class of an accredited high school or the equivalent.
  • Have a mathematics ACT score of 22 (or math SAT score of 540). Five engineering degree programs — architectural engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and interdisciplinary computing — require a minimum math ACT score of 28 before applicants will be considered.

Important: Simply meeting these requirements won't guarantee admission to a School of Engineering degree program. Students who perform beyond these minimums will have a better probability of being admitted.

Students not admitted directly to the School of Engineering but who are admissible to the university may be admitted to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as a pre-engineering student. They can later re-apply to the School of Engineering during the semester they are completing the admission requirements for transfer students.

Transfer Admission Standards

Applications from all transfer students, whether from other institutions or from other academic schools at the University of Kansas, are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Transfer students must have a college grade-point average of 2.5 or higher to be considered. In addition, students must have grades of C or better in those courses in math (must include calculus), science, and engineering applicable to the engineering degree.

Students are admitted to the Information Technology program as juniors. They must have completed pre-requisite courses and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better.

Already Applied to KU, But Not Engineering?

Don't worry. It's not too late to change your mind if you’ve already applied to KU and selected a major outside the School of Engineering. If you think one of the 12 engineering or computer science majors is a better fit for your talents, you can still change your requested major — preferably before May 1 — and be considered for admission to the School of Engineering and all the benefits that go with it.

To update your application, visit Undergraduate Admissions and click on “Change application term, major, mailing address, and/or email address.”

Please contact a member of our recruitment team, 785-864-3881, if you have any difficulty.

Application Deadlines For New Freshman and Transfer Applicants

Important dates for prospective undergraduate students
September 15 Priority deadline for current KU students to apply for spring admission to Engineering.
November 1 Final deadline for scholarship consideration for incoming freshmen planning to enter in fall or summer semesters.
February 15 Priority deadline for current KU students to apply for summer or fall admission to Engineering.
May 1 Enrollment Deposit due.

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