Kansas Qualified Admissions Quick Facts

High School Graduates Beginning Academic Year 2014-2015 and After

What are Qualified Admissions?

Qualified Admissions (QA) is a set of standards used by the six state universities to review applicants for undergraduate admission. The universities that use QA are Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburgh State University, the University of Kansas, and Wichita State University. These standards are set by the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body for the state universities.


What are the new standards effective?

State universities will use the standards for 2015 summer applicants. The standards will apply to freshmen entering high school in the fall of 2011.


What are the new QA standards?

Students graduating from an accredited Kansas high school, under the age of 21, MUST;

q       Complete the precollege or Kansas Scholars Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA; AND

q       Achieve ONE of the following:

q       ACT score of 21 or higher; OR

q       SAT score of 980 or higher; OR

q       Graduate in the top one-third of their class; AND

q       Achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher on and college credit taken in high school.


New standards were also approved for graduates of unaccredited high schools (including home-schooled students), GED students, students 21 or older and international student. The standards can be viewed online at www.kansasregents.org in the December Board agenda.


Were changes made to the precollege curriculum?

Yes. Changes were made to the English and Math requirements. Electives were added to the curriculum. (For complete details see the chart at right.)


4 approved units of English, one unit taken each year of high school, unit may be Speech.

Natural Science

3 approved units from the following, one unit must be Chemistry or Physics:

q       Biology

q       Advanced Biology (2nd Year Biology)

q       Earth/Space Science

q       Chemistry

q       Physics

q       Principles of Technology


3 approved units from the following:

q       Algebra I

q       Algebra II

q       Geometry

q       Any Course with Algebra II as a prerequisite

AND students must meet the ACT college readiness math benchmark (22)


4 approved units. One taken in the graduating year. Three units from the following:

q       Algebra I

q       Algebra II

q       Geometry

q       Any Course with Algebra II as a prerequisite.

The fourth unit may be prescribed by the school district and must be designed to prepare students for college


Dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and online courses may be used to fulfill the requirement Courses completed in middle school/junior high do NOT fulfill the requirement

Social Science

3 approved units

Students must complete the following:

q       One unit of U.S. History

q       Minimum of 1/2 unit of U.S. Government


Minimum of 1/2 unit from the following:

q       World History

q       World Geography

q       International Relations


Approved courses from the following may be used to complete the requirement:

q       Psychology

q       Economics

q       U.S. Government (additional course)

q       U.S. History (additional course)

q       Current Social Issues

q       Sociology

q       Anthropology

q       Race and Ethic Group Relations


3 approved units from the following:

q       English

q       Math

q       Natural Science

q       Social Science

q       Fine Arts

q       Computer/Information Systems

q       Foreign Languagages

q       Personal Finance

q       Speech, Debate, Forensics

q       Journalism

q       Career and Technical Education