Incoming Freshmen, Fall 2019

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

Direct Admission

Please apply to KU by Nov. 1 to be considered for direct admission to the Department of Design. 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


  • Must apply by Nov. 1

Students who meet direct admission requirements do not submit a portfolio. 

Admission by Review 

Students who do not meet the direct admission criteria, or apply after Nov. 1, may be considered for admission by a review.  Students must submit a portfolio and meet at least one of these academic requirements: 

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


  • Priority Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Final Deadline: Feb. 1

Portfolios are not reviewed until after the deadlines. Decision letters are sent one month after the deadline. 

Application Deadlines

  • Nov. 1: Direct Admission, Priority Consideration for Admission by Review, and University Scholarships
  • Feb. 1: Final Consideration for Admission by Review


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

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