Kansas State University ready to help applicants with new freshmen admission standards
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
MANHATTAN — The six public universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents — including Kansas State University — are using new qualified admission standards for the class of 2015.
The university's admissions staff members are helping high school seniors through the application process, as the new standards may be confusing.
"The new admission standards really concentrate on college preparation course work," said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students at K-State. "We've always been a school that prides itself on retention and graduation rates. These new standards help us ensure that every single student who becomes a member of the K-State family is going to be successful here."
K-State is the No. 1 choice among Kansas high school seniors and currently has the highest freshman-to-sophomore retention rate in the state. The university plans to continue its leadership in these areas.
"It has never been more important for students and families to ask questions and to fully engage in the college search and college preparation process early," said Emily Lehning, assistant vice president for student life and director of new student services. "Each student who applies to Kansas State University has an admission representative who will work with him or her, the student's family and the student's school counselor to complete the application and gather the necessary documentation for our staff to make an admission decision."
Lehning says the first step to enrolling in college is completing the application for admission. Families should reach out to the admissions office at Kansas State — and at other schools considered a top choice — and work through the application process and any required steps with the help of an admissions representative.
"We strongly encourage students, parents and high school counselors to have a student apply early," Bosco said. "If there is any hesitation about the new standards, relax. Give our people a chance to evaluate the courses the student has been taking in high school, in addition to ACT scores, class rank and grades. The same quality students who have been coming to K-State for years are going to be admitted and will be our future student leaders, graduates and alumni."
Nov. 1 is the priority deadline for incoming freshman to submit their application for Kansas State University scholarships.