Undergraduate Admission to the School of Business

There are two paths for admission to the School of Business:

  1. Freshman admission
  2. Competitive admission (standard process)

Freshman Admission

Incoming freshmen are eligible for direct entry to the School of Business. Students must meet all three of the following requirements:

  • Achieve 25 or higher ACT composite score (or 1150 or higher SAT in critical reading and math),
  • Earn 3.25 or higher high school GPA, and
  • Indicate a business major on the application to KU.

BUS 110, BUS 120, BUS 210, and BUS 220 – These courses are designed to connect students to life at KU and to opportunities within the School of Business. Students will learn academic success, personal success in the transition to college, opportunities for leadership development, problem solving, decision making, and business professionalism. Students will also be provided opportunities to create lasting connections with School of Business staff, advisors, and faculty. Experiential learning activities outside of the classroom will be integrated into the course.

Note: Freshman admission is not an option for students who change their major to business or pre-business after enrollment at KU. Students admitted as freshmen must complete the same degree requirements as students who go through the competitive admission process.

Competitive Admission

Students going through the competitive admission process should apply during the semester in which they will complete the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants satisfying these requirements are ranked by academic merit and their professional résumés, then considered for admission to the School of Business based on rank and available space.

Apply online. The deadline is September 15 for spring admission or February 15 for fall admission. Applicants who are not currently KU students must first apply to KU and submit official transcripts for all previous colleges and universities attended to the Office of Admissions along with the application.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.


Prebusiness Preparation

Students planning to enter the School of Business as juniors should work toward completing pre-admission requirements during the first 2 years. Every student contemplating a major in the school should enroll in a mathematics course during the first semester at KU. It is highly recommended that students complete a Culture and Society course (category SC) and PSYC 104. Students must take ACCT 200, ACCT 201, IST 301, DSCI 301, ECON 142, and ECON 144 before admission to the school. See the Office of Admissions for more information.

General Admission Requirements

2 English courses — ENGL 101 Composition and ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing (or ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English) — are required. Students must enroll in English immediately and continuously until they have completed ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or their equivalents. See the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements page.


Minimum Requirements

To satisfy minimum standards for admission to the School of Business, a student must

  1. Complete 60 college credit hours including ACCT 200, ACCT 201, IST 301, DSCI 301, ECON 142, and ECON 144 (or their equivalents). It is strongly recommended that PSYC 104 and a Culture and Society (SC) course also be completed.
  2. Achieve a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in
    (a) all course work,
    (b) all professional course work (business and economics),
    (c) all KU course work, and
    (d) all KU professional course work.

Because admission is competitive, students who meet the minimum admission standards may not be admitted.

Guaranteed admission to the School of Business is possible when the following requirement has been met at the time of application (in addition to the minimum requirements listed above):

  1. Achievement of a grade-point average of 3.0 in all professional course work (business and economics).

Transfer Students

Transfer students may find it to their advantage to enter KU before the junior year, because some required courses may be available only at KU. Students attending Kansas community colleges should consult their advisors and a KU School of Business advisor about course equivalents and articulation agreements to ensure progress toward the degree. The Office of Admissions provides a guide to how classes at your current or former school transfer to KU. You must submit official transcripts of course work completed to the Office of Admissions before a final determination can be made.

At least 30 hours of junior/senior professional course work must be completed at KU (courses in residence) for the student to be eligible for graduation. As of fall 2008, only transfer grades of C or higher apply toward graduation from the KU School of Business.

64-Hour Rule

A maximum of 64 hours of community college course work can be applied toward a KU business degree. All subsequent credit hours earned at a community college or other 2-year institution add an equivalent number of hours to the 120-hour minimum required to graduate.

10-Year Rule

Transfer business credits are limited to a 10-year span in which they can be considered equivalent to a KU School of Business course and satisfy any corresponding requirement. This 10-year limit begins on the date of completion of the credit. After 10 years, transfer business credits are treated as elective business credit, and a course repeat or update may be necessary.

Tentative Evaluation of Credit

Before enrolling in a non-KU course, students must submit KU’s standard Request for Tentative Evaluation of Credit form to Student and Academic Services for approval.


Students must submit an application for readmission to KU if their lapse in attendance is one semester or more. See the Office  of Admissions for more information. Students may be readmitted to the School of Business if they left the school in good standing and it has been less than 5 years since they last attended.

5-Year Rule

If a student does not complete the business degree within 5 years of last attendance, the student must reapply through the competitive admission process. Students also must complete degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission to the business school regardless of the initial program.


Students who have been dismissed from the school must reapply through the competitive admission process.

Contact Info

School of Business

Summerfield Hall
1300 Sunnyside Ave., Room 203
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
Neeli Bendapudi, Dean
Douglas Houston, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

School of Business

Summerfield Hall
1300 Sunnyside Ave., Room 206
Lawrence, KS 66045
Jason O'Connor, Assistant Dean

School of Business

Summerfield Hall
1300 Sunnyside Ave., Room 350
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
Lisa Ottinger, Director, M.Acc. Program
Catherine Shenoy, Director, MBA Program
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