Getting In


Admission to the KU School of Engineering (and its degree programs) is selective.

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.

**All references to SAT scores refer to math tests taken after February 2016. For tests taken before February 2016 please use this table to convert your score.

Direct Admission into Degree Program for incoming Freshmen

Students with a 3.0+ high school GPA and a 26+ Math ACT (620+ Math SAT*) or meet eligibility requirements for MATH 125 (Calculus I) may be admitted directly into their chosen major, with the exception of those seeking admission into an EECS program. Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Computing students must have a 3.0+ high school GPA and a 28+ Math ACT (660+ Math SAT*) or eligibility for MATH 125 for direct admission.

Minimum Academic Standards for Admission to the First-Year General Engineering Program

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

  • Must be admissible to the University of Kansas by assured admissions or individual review AND
  • Have a 3.0+ GPA AND
  • Have a mathematics ACT score of 22+ (or math SAT score of 550+**).

Students with a 22-25 Math ACT (550-610 Math SAT**) or meet eligibility requirements for Math 104 (Pre-Calculus) are admitted to the School of Engineering in the First-Year General Engineering non-degree program for undergraduate students. First-year Engineering students have one academic year (two semesters and one summer) to transition into a degree program. Admission to a degree program is possible after one of the following is met:

  • Complete 12+ credit hours at KU, earn a "B" or higher in Math 104 (Pre-Calculus), earn a "C" or higher in all science and engineering courses, and earn a KU GPA of 2.5+ OR
  • Earn a "C" or better in MATH 125 (Calculus I), earn a "C" or better in all science and engineering courses, and earn a KU GPA of 2.5+


Students not admitted directly to the School of Engineering or their major 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

Transfer students must meet the following:

  • Be admissible to KU AND
  • Earn a cumulative college transferable grade-point average of 2.5+ AND
  • Earn a "C" or better in MATH 125 (Calculus I or its direct equivalent) AND
  • Earn grades of "C" or better in math, science, and engineering applicable to the engineering degree.

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. Students must also complete their last 30 hours of credit at KU. For more information on transfer credits, see Undergraduate Admissions.

Information Technology

Students interested in the Information Technology program are admitted as juniors. They must have completed 60 hours of pre-requisite courses including foundational courses in math, science, and computer science and have a 2.5+ cumulative GPA or better. The Information Technology program resides at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS. Click here for more information.

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."

Admission for current KU Students

Students who are currently enrolled at KU, needs to meet the following:

  • Earn a 2.5+ KU GPA
  • Earn a C or better in MATH 125 or equivalent
  • Earn a C or better in all math, science, and/or engineering courses

Current students admitted to other academic units may apply to the School of Engineering by completing a Change of School form. This must be turned in to the School of Engineering Dean's Office by the appropriate deadlines indicated below.

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

Deadlines For Incoming Freshmen Students

November 1   Final deadline for scholarship consideration for incoming freshmen planning to enter in fall or summer semesters.
December 1   Final deadline to apply for the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program for incoming freshmen
May 1   Enrollment Deposit due.


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