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Qualified Admission Precollege curriculum

This precollege curriculum is the basis of admissions standards enacted with the graduating class of 2015 and after.

SubjectUnits requiredCourses to take
English44 approved units of English, one unit taken each year of high school, 1/2 unit may be Speech
Natural sciences3

3 approved units, one unit must be Chemistry or Physics. Common courses include:

  • Biology
  • Advanced Biology (2nd Year)
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Aerospace
  • Astronomy
  • Marine Science
  • Botany
  • Microbiology
  • Geology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Principles of Technology
  • Physical Science
  • Meteorology
  • Genetics
  • Zoology
Math3 or 4

3 approved units from the following IF student also obtains a 22 ACT math subscore, 570 math subscore on the SAT if taken March 2016 or after, or 540 SAT math subscore on the previous SAT:

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Any course with Algebra II as a prerequisite


4 approved units, with one unit taken in the graduating year. Three units selected from the following:

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Any course with Algebra II as a prerequisite

The fourth unit may be prescribed by the school district and must be designed to prepare students for college.

Social sciences33 approved units that include instruction in U.S. History, U.S. Government, and geography. Most social science courses include this type of instruction.

3 approved additional units. Common courses include:

  • English
  • Math
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Journalism
  • Computer/Information Systems
  • Foreign Languages
  • Personal Finance
  • Speech, Debate, Forensics
  • Career and Technical Education
One unit = 1 year or 2 semesters

This curriculum helps prepare you for university-level work. Kansas residents must earn a 2.0 or higher GPA on the precollege curriculum. Out-of-state residents must earn a 2.5 or higher GPA. Additional admission requirements are:

Achieving one of the following: 

  • A 21 or higher composite score on the ACT assessment OR
  • A 1020 or higher on the SAT ERW+M if taken after March 2016 OR
  • 980 or higher on the SAT CR + M if taken before March 2016 OR
  • Rank in the top third of your graduating class

AND, if applicable, achieving a 2.0 GPA or higher on all college credit taken in high school. Students who don't meet these requirements should apply early for full consideration. Additional information may be requested.

The Kansas Board of Regents approves Kansas courses. For a full list refer to the Qualified Admissions section of their website. Be sure to ask your high school counselor which courses in your high school meet these requirements. The specific courses may vary from school to school.

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