Tests, superscores and pre-college curriculum

ACT/SAT scores

K-State is test-optional, which means admission can be granted using other academic information. However, most university scholarships and awards for freshmen require an ACT or SAT.

K-State will accept superscores for the ACT Composite and SAT ERW+M. The highest total score will be accepted via student self-reporting, from high school transcripts or from the testing agency. The freshman application for admission allows for superscore submission. Superscores will be used for admission and scholarship awarding.

Qualified admission recommended precollege curriculum

Challenging academics in high school are important to your success. The following curriculum is recommended for high school and homeschooled students. This curriculum will help prepare you for university-level work.

Subject Units recommended* Courses to take
English 4

4 years of English, one unit taken each year of high school, 1/2 unit may be Speech

Natural sciences 3

3 years of Natural Science. For students entering STEM majors taking, one year of Chemistry or Physics is recommended. 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
Math 3 or 4

3 years of Math if the student also obtains a 22 ACT math subscore, 570 math subscore on the SAT. Common courses include:

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


4 years of Math, with one unit taken in the graduating year. Common courses include:

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Any course with Algebra II as a prerequisite
Social sciences 3

3 years of Social Science that include instruction in U.S. History, U.S. Government, and geography. Most social science courses include this type of instruction.

Electives 3

3 years of additional preparatory work. 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

Semester-long courses which combine to total years of instruction are encouraged.


*For freshmen students who graduated between 2015 and 2020 the above curriculum was required. For those classes, Kansas residents were required to earn a 2.0 or higher GPA on the precollege curriculum. Out-of-state residents were required to earn a 2.5 or higher GPA.