Freshmen Application Information

Students can complete the online University of Kansas application by going to This application serves as the application for admission to KU, admission to the Department of Design and eligibility for scholarships. If a student does not meet the Department of Design’s assured admissions criteria, the student must submit a portfolio to be considered for admission. Admission is highly competitive.

Assured Admissions

Please apply by November 1 to be considered for assured admissions. Students must be admissible to KU by assured admission and meet both of these academic requirements: 

  • 24+ ACT (1160+ SAT) and
  • 3.4+ GPA on a 4.0-point scale


  • Scholarships: November 1
  • Portfolio: Students who meet assured admissions requirements will not need to submit a portfolio.​

Admission by Review 

Students applying after November 1 or who do not meet the assured admissions criteria are considered for admission by review and must submit a portfolio. Students must also meet at least one of these academic requirements:  

  • 24+ ACT (1160+ SAT) or
  • 3.0+ GPA on a 4.0 scale


Portfolios will not be reviewed until after the February 1 deadline.

Scholarship Information

Renewable Scholarships
Completing the online application for admission also serves as the application for renewable scholarships. Please visit to learn more about financial aid offered at KU. Students must apply by the November 1 deadline for eligibility. 


If you have any questions about your application to the Department of Design please contact

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