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KU Raises Admission Standards

LAWRENCE, KAN.- Free State High School senior, Holly Flitcraft, has known she wanted to attend the University of Kansas since she “‘was a little kid.” However, the new admissions standards from the 2016-2017 academic year had her preparing a little bit harder during her senior year.

“My teachers made it a big deal and really stressed about how we really need to keep our grades up and study for tests and for the ACT,“ Flitcraft said.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved the new admission standards for 2016 on June 20, 2012. Under the new requirements, state schools are allowed to propose different admission requirements, and upon approval are able to implement them. Prior to the changes, the University allowed those with an ACT score of at least 21, those ranked top one-third of class, or students who earned at least a 2.0 in qualified college preparation courses automatic admission.

Director of Admissions, Lisa Pinamonti Kress, said students now have two ways to be automatically admitted.

“They can meet our assured admission requirements, which those requirements are a 21 ACT with a 3.25 cumulative GPA or a 24 ACT with a 3.0 GPA.”

Pinamonti Kress says she hopes these changes will bring about both a higher retention rate for students and a higher academic profile to the University. However, those who do not meet the automatic admission requirements are still encouraged to apply. Those students will be prompted to answer two to four short answer questions, and then their application will be reviewed.