Incoming Freshmen

Admission to the Department of Design is selective and competitive. 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

Requirements for Fall 2022 Applicants

Applicants must submit a portfolio and must be admissible to KU by assured admission or individual review. 

21+ ACT (1060+ SAT) and 3.25+ GPA or 24+ ACT (1160+ SAT) and 3.0+ GPA

If you have not had the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, your application will be given a holistic review with or without test scores.



  • Priority Consideration - November 1, 2021
  • Final Deadline - February 1, 2022

Portfolios are not reviewed until after the deadlines. Decision letters are sent approximately one month after the deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis at the beginning of each month after the deadlines.



If you have questions about your application to the Department of Design please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Joan Weaver, at or 785-864-3167.