University of Kansas: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Kansas is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 93%. Located in Lawrence, Kansas, KU frequently ranks among the top 50 public universities in the country, and wins high marks for both academics and quality of student life. The university has several strong research centers, and its high level of research and instruction earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. In athletics, the Kansas Jayhawks compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

Considering applying to University of Kansas? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, University of Kansas had an admissions rate of 93%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 93 students were admitted, making KU's admissions process less selective.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 15,093
Percent Admitted 93%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 29%

SAT and ACT Scores and Requirements

University of Kansas requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. The vast majority of students submit ACT scores, and the school does not provide SAT data. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 98% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 30
Math 21 28
Composite 22 29

This admissions data tells us that most of KU's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of Kansas scored between 22 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 22.


Note that University of Kansas does not superscore SAT or ACT results; your highest composite score will be considered. KU does not require the SAT or ACT writing section or SAT Subject tests.


In 2019, the average high school GPA of University of Kansas' incoming freshmen class was 3.6, and over 71% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 or higher. This data suggests that most successful applicants to KU have primarily A and high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Kansas Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Kansas Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Kansas. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

University of Kansas, which accepts over 90% of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Kansas is looking for students who have completed a challenging college preparatory curriculum in addition to students with good grades. Note that certain programs at KU are more selective and have higher admissions standards.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of students who got in had high school GPAs of "B-" or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1000 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher. Higher numbers significantly improve your chances of acceptance.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and University of Kansas Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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