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Your chances of getting into University of Kansas

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for University of Kansas
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at KU is 92.5%.  Its admission rate is the 18th lowest in Kansas.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into KU and can you get accepted?

University of Kansas is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 14,129 out of the 15,275 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 43 percent on standardized admission tests. University of Kansas typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.66. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into KU?

92% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to University of Kansas you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.66 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1210 on the SAT
  • Score 25 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into University of Kansas?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into KU are to have around a 3.66 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.66 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as KU accepts 92% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at KU is 3.66 on the 4.0 scale. 33% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #2 in Kansas for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since KU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted University of Kansas students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 33.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 23.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 10.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 7.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 7.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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KU SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Kansas. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 12% of students submitted SAT scores and 80% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for University of Kansas
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 550
Math 25th Percentile 540
Composite 25th Percentile 1090
SAT Scores for University of Kansas
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 660
Math 75th Percentile 670
Composite 75th Percentile 1330
Average SAT Score 1210

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to University of Kansas?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at KU is 1210 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1090-1330. Students who get into University of Kansas score in the top 43 percent of all SAT test takers..  KU ranks #2 in the state of Kansas for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1210 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. KU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1090 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1090, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 970, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of Kansas is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1210 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1210, you have around a 92% chance of being admitted. A 1330 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 96% chance of getting in.

University of Kansas admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1330 and Above Good >96%
1210 to 1330 Avg + 92%-96%
1090 to 1210 Avg - 86%-92%
970 to 1090 Reach 76%-86%
Less than 970 Low <76%
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KU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for University of Kansas
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 21
Math 25th Percentile 20
Composite 25th Percentile 21
ACT Scores for University of Kansas
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 29
Math 75th Percentile 27
Composite 75th Percentile 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into KU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to KU is 25, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 21 and 29.  The school ranks #2 in Kansas for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 25. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 21 and score in the score in the top 43 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 17.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 80 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Kansas.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as University of Kansas is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into KU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 25 score has around 92% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 96% with a 29 ACT score.

University of Kansas admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >96%
25 to 29 Avg + 92%-96%
21 to 25 Avg - 86%-92%
17 to 21 Reach 76%-86%
Less than 17 Low <76%
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High School Class Rank

54% of University of Kansas freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 26% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Kansas students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 26%
Top 25% of class 54%
Top 50% of class 84%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

University of Kansas admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,266 7,009 15,275
Accepted 7,897 6,232 14,129
Acceptance Rate 96% 89% 92%
Enrolled 2,248 1,871 4,119
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 30% 29%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 318 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Kansas is $40.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Kansas and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Kansas Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Kansas
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because University of Kansas is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.66 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1210 and ACT of 25 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=155317 IPEDS survey data for University of Kansas.


Does University of Kansas prefer SAT or ACT?

12% of students submit their SAT scores to KU. 80% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Kansas?

92% of those who apply are granted admission to KU. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Kansas?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1090 and 1330. The average SAT score is 1210. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Kansas?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 29. The average ACT score is 25. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.