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For More Info About QA Precollege and Kansas Scholars Curricula

How Do I Get Into A College or University?

Getting Into A Regents' University in Kansas

Beginning with the Class of 2015, if you are planning to attend one of the six state regents universities in Kansas, it is important that you understand qualified admissions (QA). 

Qualified Admissions are a set of standards used by the six state universities to review applicants for undergraduate admission. These standards are set by the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing body for the state universities. 

The following QA standards apply. Students graduating from an accredited Kansas high school, under the age of 21, MUST:

  • Complete the QA Precollege or Kansas Scholars Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA; AND
  • Achieve ONE of the following:
  1. ACT score of 21 or higher; OR
  2. SAT score of 980 or higher; OR
  3. Graduate in the top one-third of their class: AND
  • Achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher on any college credit taken in high school. 

Under the QA standards, students MUST complete either the QA Precollege Curriculum or Kansas Scholars Curriculum. (See the QA Currriculum and Kansas Scholars Curriculum at the bottom of this page.) (The Kansas Scholars Curriculum is one of the requirements Kansas residents must meet to receive State Scholar designation.) Although there are many similarities the curricula ARE NOT the same. 

Getting into a State Community College

While community colleges in Kansas are under the Kansas Board of Regents, no minimum GPA or ACT/SAT score is required. You should take the required high school classes and graduate from an accredited high school or have a GED and take the ACT exam. However, at Cowley College in order to take regular classes, students need the scores below in the subject area on the ACT. Remedial classes take time and money, but do not count toward graduation requirements! AVOID REMEDIAL CLASSES!

ACT English Score 20 + to take Freshman Comp 1
ACT Math Score 21+ to take College Algebra
ACT Reading 18+  to be exempt from a Reading Skills Class

Other community colleges in Kansas may have different ACT requirements for regular classes. 

Getting into Oklahoma Colleges or Community Colleges

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education information with First-Time Entering Students table can be found at the following website:

QA Precollege Curriculum and Kansas Scholars Curriculum

  QA Precollege Curriculum   Kansas Regents Scholars Curriculum  
English 4 Approved units, 1/2 unit may be Speech   Same  
Natural Science 3 approved units from the following, one unit must be Chemistry or Physics   3 approved units, including:  
  Biology Chemistry Biology  
  Advanced Biology Physics Chemistry  
  Earth/Space Science Principles of Technology Physics  
Math 3 approved units from the following:  OR 4 approved units with one taken in the graduating year. Three units from the following: 4 approved units. Students must complete the following  
  Algebra 1 Algebra 1 Algebra 1  
  Geometry Geometry Geometry  
  Algebra 2 Algebra 2 Algebra 2  
  Any course with Algebra 2 as a prerequisite Any course with Algebra 2 as a prerequisite And at least one from the following:  
      Analytic Geometry Probability and Statistics
  Students must meet the ACT college readiness math benchmark (22) The fourth unit may be prescribed by the school district and must be designed to prepare students for college. Trigonometry Functions
      Advanced Algebra Calculus
Social Science 3 approved units including:   Same  
  1 unit US History   Other Courses used  
  1/2 unit US Government   may be:  
  1/2 unit World History, World Geography, or International Relations   Psychology, Economics, US Govt.(add'l course US History (add'l course), Sociology, Anthropology, Race & Ethnic Group Relations
Foreign Language not required   2 units of one foreign language  
Electives 3 approved units    not required