Credentials and Requirements for Freshman Admission to CLAS

Freshmen must provide evidence of graduation from high school (grades 9-12), such as diploma, certificate, or set of examination results.  Freshmen must also provide evidence they meet the minimum grade average, such as an official transcript or mark sheet, showing grades and completion of a college preparatory curriculum.

KU IRUA Admissions staff will convert the grades to the 4.0 system.  Because grading scales vary between countries and regions, and some KU programs might have higher grade average requirements, each application is reviewed for admissibility upon receipt of official academic records.  We use equivalent admission criteria for applicants from all countries.         

Admission to KU is selective.  Meeting the minimum grade average does not guarantee admission.  Some programs also have additional course requirements and SAT/ACT score requirements for admission.

USA
Successful completion of year 12 with a 2.5 GPA and completion of college preparatory curriculum.
Argentina
Original or attested copy of high school transcripts and Bachiller or Bachillerato, with English translation.

On the typical 10-point grading scale, an average score of 6.5 or higher.

Australia
Official copies of transcripts and year 12 certificate or diploma. Names and grading conventions for year 12 certificates vary by territory or state:

1. Australian Capitol Territory (ACT): Year 12 secondary school certificate with a 13 average or higher

2. New South Wales: NSW Higher School Certificate with band 60%/Band 3 or higher

3. Northern Territory: Year 12 secondary school certificate with 13 average or higher

4. Queensland: Queensland Senior Certificate with Sound Achievement (SA) or higher

Bahrain
Tawjahiya Secondary School Certificate with a 55 percent average or higher
Bangladesh
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with a 40 - 55 percent average (2nd Division) or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) and Advanced Level (A Level) Examination Certificates.
Bolivia
Bachiller with 45/70 or 4.5/7
Botswana
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education with a 2nd Class, 2nd Division, or C average.
Brazil
Certified copies of transcripts for grades 10 - 12. Examination results and Certificado de Concueso de Segundo Grau, with English translations. Grade average of 6 or higher on the standard 10-point scale.
Brunei
Brunei-Cambridge Certificate of Education Ordinary Level with Third Class Honors (C+) or see GCE 'O' Level 'A' Level criteria.
Cambodia
Baccalaureat (Baccalaureate) with D grade or 70 percent or higher.
Cameroon
Baccalaureat de l'Enseignement Secondaire with an 11 average or higher.
Canada
Official copies of transcripts and diploma. Names and grading conventions for Year 12 Certificates vary by territory or state. Grade averages will be assessed according to regional variations and college prep curriculum.
China High School Diploma
School-attested and sealed copies of official transcripts for grades 9 - 12. Huikao or Xueye Shuiping Ceshi and school-attested copy of Biye Zhengshu, with English translation.

If you do not have your Biye Zhengshu at the time of application, a school official must provide an official letter stating the date it will be issued to you.

Upon your arrival, you will be asked to present your original Biye Zhengshu and grade 12 transcript, in Chinese with an English translation, before you are admitted to enroll.

A minimum grade average of 75 percent on the Chinese grading scale is required for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. High minimum is required for Architecture, Engineering, and other programs.

Chile
Original or attested copy of high school transcripts and Licencia de Educacion Media, with English translations. Grade average of 4.75 on the typical 7-point grading scale.
Colombia
Original or attested copy of high school transcripts and Bachiller or Bachillerato or Titulo de Bechiller Academico, with English translations. 7.9 grade average or higher on the typical 10-point grading scale. 3.9 or higher on the 5-point scale.
Ecuador
Attested copies of transcripts and Bachillerato or Titulo de Bachiller, with English translations. Grade average of 7.5 on a 10-point scale or 13 on a 20-point scale.
Egypt
Thanaweya a' Amana or Secondary Education Certificate with a 64 percent average or higher or see GCE 'O' Level and 'A' Level criteria.
Ethiopia
Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination (EHEEE) with a 50% average (good) or higher
Fiji
Fiji School Leaving Certificate or Form 7 Certificate with a 6 average or higher.
France
Baccalaureat General with an overall score of 11 or higher.
GCE
Official University of Cambridge, Edexcel, AQA or other testing organization's examination report must be presented with equivalent of 150 UCAS points in a combination of AS and A level results. Students must also show school transcripts demonstrating a minimum of eleven years of education and college-preparatory course requirements.
GCSE/IGCSE
Official University of Cambridge, Edexcel, AQA, or other testing organization's examination report must be presented with a minimum of five college preparatory subjects passed with a grade of D or higher. Students must also show school transcripts demonstrating a minimum of eleven years of education. In some cases, GCE is also required.
Ghana
Attested copy of West African School Certificate or Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination with a minimum score of C6 in five subjects and high school transcripts showing a curriculum that prepared you for university study in Ghana. Contact WAEC to arrange for a certificate to be sent directly to KU. Alternately, e-mail permission to IRUA for KU to check the WAEC results online, along with exam number, year, serial number, and PIN.
Guatemala
Bachiller en Ciencias y Letras with a 75% average or higher.
Guinea
Attestation de Reussite et Releve De Notes 11/20
Hong Kong
School attested and sealed copies of transcripts for Grades 9 - 12 or Forms 3 - 6. Official HKDSE results certificate, sent directly from the Exams Board to KU. If applicable, attested copy of O- and A-Level results certificate, showing at least five subjects passed.

For students in the HKDSE cohort, Level 3 or higher in Chinese, English, and Liberal Studies AND Level 2 or higher in Math and two or three additional electives fulfilling the remainder of the curriculum that prepared you for university studies in Hong Kong.

If applicant does not have the HKDSE results certificate at the time of application, a school official must provide a letter stating the applicant's anticipated results and the date the official results will be issued.

Admitted students must present official HKDSE before they will be permitted to enroll.

India
Students who are still in high school must submit an attested copy of the Secondary School Certificate (Grade 10) and attested mark sheets or progress reports from each year of secondary school (Grades 9 - 11).

Students who have finished secondary school must submit an attested copy of the Higher Secondary School Certificate or Indian School Certificate Examination (Grade 12).

50 percent or higher grade average on the standard Indian grading scale for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; 60 percent or higher for admission to KU's School of Engineering or School of Architecture.

Admitted students must present original HSC or ISCE before they will be permitted to enroll.
Indonesia
Surat Tanda Belajar (STTB) or Sekolah Menengah Unum Tingat Atas (SMA) GPA of 6 or higher in five academic subjects.
International Baccalaureate
Completion with an overall IB score of 24 or higher or score of 4.0 or higher for each subject.
Iran
Peesh-daneshgahii Diplome (High School Diploma or Certificate of Completion of Secondary School) with 13 average or higher.
Israel
Teudat Bagrut with academic track (Matriculation Certificate) with 65 percent average or better.
Japan
Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with a 3.5 or C+ average. Official or attested copies of transcripts for Grades 9 - 12, with English translation. Attested copy of the Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate, in Japanese with an English translation.

If applicant is still in high school, official final transcript and leaving certificate must be sent by the school, prior to enrollment.

Jordan
Tawjihi-Academic (General Secondary Education Certificate) with 65 percent average or higher.
Kazakhstan
Attestat with C+ or 74 percent or higher grade average.
Kenya
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a C+ (7) average or higher and attested high school transcripts. Arrange with KNEC to have an official transcript, showing at least five academic subjects passed, sent directly to KU. If applicable, an official Cambridge certificate, showing at least five academic subjects passed.
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Original or attested copies of transcripts for grades 9 - 12, with English translation. If still in high school, the school must send an official transcript showing graduation or Inmungye Kodung Hakkyo (High School Certificate) before university enrollment. Average weighted rank of college preparatory courses must be between 1 and 5.
Kuwait
Shahadat Al-Thanawiya-Al-A'ama (Secondary School Diploma) with a 75 percent average. Official or attested copies of transcripts for grades 9 - 11, with English translation. Grade 12 transcript with English translation. If still in high school, applicants must have the school send an official transcript showing graduation before they will be permitted to enroll. 75 percent average score in college preparatory courses.
Laos
Baccalaureat II with a score of 13.9 or higher.
Macau
Attested copies of transcripts for grades 10 - 12 or Formes 3 - 5. Senior Secondary School Certificate, Curso Complementar dos Liceus with English translation. As grading scales vary, grades must calculate to equivalent of 2.5 on the 4.0 scale by the KU admissions officer. Or General Certificate at O-Level showing at least five academic subjects passed. Submit A-Level results, if applicable.
Malaysia

SPM Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (Matriculation Certificate or Certificate of Education), STPM Sijil Tinggi Perekolahan Malaysia (Advanced Certificate of Education), UEC/(United Education Certificate), or MICSSUE (Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examinations). Equivalent of 2.5 grade point average when converted to a 4.0 scale. Malaysian grading scales may vary.

Mauritius
See GCE O-Level Criteria.
Mexico
Certificado de Bachillerato (Baccalaureate Certificate) with a 7.0 average or better.
Mongolia
School Leaving Certificate (Gerchilgee) after 12 years with e.5 (79 percent) (C+) average or higher.
Myanmar
Basic Education Standard Exam Diploma A (Academic) with a 3 or 49 percent average or higher.
Nepal
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 45 percent (second division) or higher.
Nigeria
Attested copy of West African School Certificate or Nigerian Council Exam Council Exam (NECO) with a minimum score of C6 in five subjects or higher and high school transcripts showing curriculum that prepared you for university study in Nigeria. Contact WAEC or NECO to arrange for a certificate to be sent directly to KU. Alternately, e-mail permission to IRUA for KU to check the WAEC results online, along with the exam number, year, serial number, and PIN. If academic records are not mailed to KU by the school, they will need to undergo a time-consuming verification process. Applicants from Nigeria are encouraged to make their applications as early as they can.
Oman
Thanawiya Amma (General Secondary School Certificate) with 70 percent average or better.
Pakistan
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with 45 percent (2nd Class) average or above. If in British system, General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) and Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level) and Advanced Level (A Level) Examination Certificates.
Panama
Diploma de Bachiller with a 3.5 or 75 percent or better.
Peru
Official or attested copies of transcripts and Bachillerato Academic or Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa, with English translations. Grade average of 12 or higher on the typical 20-point scale.
Philippines
High School Diploma with 84 percent (Grade C+) or better.
Qatar
Al-Thanawiya Aama Qatari (General Secondary School Certificate) with 69 percent average or better.
Russia
Attestat o srednem (polnom) obschem obrazovanii (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education) with a 3.5 GPA.
Saudi Arabia
A copy of the Leaving Certificate for Intermediate School, attested by the Ministry of Education, with an English translation. If you are still in high school, school attested transcripts for grades 9-11, with English translations confirming a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses completed and a curriculum preparing you for university study in Saudi Arabia.

If applicant has finished Upper Secondary School, a copy of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Shahadat Al-Marhat Al-Thanawiyyat), attested by the MInistry of Education. 75 percent or higher grade average on the standard Saudi grading scaled. Religious and vocational secondary tracks are not considered college preparatory and are excluded.

Admitted students must present original Secondary School Leaving Certificate in the Science Stream (Shahadat Al-Marhat Al-Thanawiyyat), with an English translation, before they will be permitted to enroll.

Senegal
Baccalaureat with an 11 average or higher
Singapore
Singapore Cambridge GCE O-Level: five academic subjects with 7 or lower, or CGE A-Level D (pass) or higher.
South Africa
Senior Certificate with Matriculation Endorsement with D average or matriculation endorsement with 55 percent or higher.
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Collegiate GCE A Levels with C grade (Credit Pass) in 3 subjects or 55 percent and above and Senior Secondary School GCE O-Levels with five passes (C grade or 55 percent) in college preparatory subjects.
Sweden
Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with 'G' grade (Godkand) in five college preparatory subjects.
Taiwan
Attested copies of mark sheets for grades 9 - 12 and Senior High School Diploma or Certificate of Graduation, in Chinese with an English translation. 65 percent or higher on the standard Taiwanese grading scale.
Tanzania
Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) with minimum E/5 average or higher issued by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania.
Thailand
Matayom VI (Secondary) Certificate/M6 with 65 percent (2.5) average or higher.
Trinidad and Tobago
Carribean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CXC / CSEC) or Carribean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with a 3.5 average or better.
Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (Secondary School [Lyceum] Diploma) with a minimum grade of 3.5 (orta) or 65 percent average or higher.
UAE
Attested Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Tawjihiyya), with English translation. A 75 percent grade average or higher is acceptable for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Official high school transcripts confirming completion of required college preparatory curriculum for the UAE with a minimum 2.5 GPA in all courses completed must be sent directly from school to KU.
Uganda
Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of two Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least one subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. In addition, Uganda Certificate of Education with a C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Examination Certificate with five academic subjects passed is required.
Ukraine
Attestat, Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education or Matriculation Certificate with a Grade 6 or higher.
United Kingdom
See GCSE criteria.
Venezuela
Bachiller or Titulo de Educacion Media General en Ciencias with an 11/20 Average or better.
Vietnam
Attested copy of Baccalaureat II (Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong or Bang Tot Nghiep Bo Tuch Van Hoa) with English translation. Attested record of courses taken and grades earned, with English translation. 6.25 or higher on a 10-point scale.
West African Examination Certificate
Completion of a minimum of five college preparatory subjects with a 6 or better. Contact WAEC to arrange for a certificate to be sent directly to KU. Alternately, email permission to IRUA for KU to check the WAEC results online, along with exam number, year, serial number, and PIN.
Zambia
Zambian School Certificate Examination and GCE O-Level with five academic subjects passed with grade of C or 6 or higher.
Zimbabwe
See General Certificate of Education - Ordinary Level with five academic subjects passed with grade of C or 6 or higher.