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Applying for Admission

Admission to all programs in the School of Engineering is competitive. Having strong grades in high school or from a community college or university will improve your chances of being admitted.

All engineering students should come to college with math, science, communication skills, and computer abilities. High ACT or SAT scores will improve your chances of being accepted to one of KU's engineering programs. Coursework in a foreign language is useful for future employment or study abroad but is not required for admission.

Individuals who plan to apply for admission to the architectural engineering program should have an ACT Math score of 28 or higher and also should be ready for the challenges presented in architectural studio courses. It is helpful to have completed a course in computer-aided design (CAD) as well as a course in freehand sketching.


Generous alumni from School of Engineering programs strongly value the opportunities they received as students. They want to ensure others have access to the wonderful experiences that they enjoyed.

Students interested in receiving scholarships should pay careful attention to application deadlines and submit an activities summary and scholarship essay with their application for admission. Students who follow these steps will automatically be considered for all University, School of Engineering, and departmental scholarships for which they are eligible.

Exchange Scholarship

The Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship is renewable funding (up to $10,859 per year) for out-of-state students from qualifying U.S. states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin). It is available to eligible freshmen and transfers who enroll at any time, and it cannot be combined with any other renewable KU scholarship for nonresidents. Click here to find out more information.

Kansas/Missouri Tuition Reciprocity

Architectural Engineering students from Missouri may be able to take advantage of in-state tuition rates through a tuition reciprocity agreement with the state of Missouri. The agreement provides a set number of in-state fee waivers and covers most of the eligible students in the program. Click here to find out more information - scroll down to the section titled "Prospective Students from Missouri."

The Office of Student Financial Aid coordinates several programs that help ensure a college education is within reach. Learn about your options.

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