Kansas Qualified Precollege Curriculum

What are Qualified Admissions?

Qualified Admissions (QA) are 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, Pittsburg 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.

When are the new standards effective?

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

What are the new QA standards?

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

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

For a complete list of courses and the admissions standards, visit www.kansasregents.org/qualified_admissions.



4 approved units of English, one unit taken each year of high school, 1/2 unit may be Speech

Natural Science

3 approved units from the following, one unit must be Chemistry or Physics:
Biology, Adv. Biology (2nd year), Earth Science, Environmental Science, Aerospace, Marine Science, Botany, Microbiology, Geology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Principals of Technology, Physical Science, Meteorology, Genetics, Zoology


3 approved units from the following: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Any course with Algebra II as a prerequisite AND students must meet the ACT college readiness math benchmark of 22
4 approved units, with one unit taken in the graduating year. Three units selected from the following: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Any course with Algebra II as a prerequisite. The fourth unit may be prescribed by the school and must be designed to prepare students for college

Social Science 3 approved units that includes instruction in U.S. History, U.S. Government, Geography.
Electives 3 approved units from the following: English, Math, Natural Science, Social Science, Fine Arts, Computer/Information systems, Foreign Languages, Personal Finance, Speech, Debate, Forensics, Journalism, Career Technical Education

Kansas Scholars

What is the Kansas Scholars Curriculum?

The Kansas Scholars Curriculum is one of the requirements Kansas residents must meet in order to receive State Scholar designation during the Senior year. This curriculum is NOT the same as the Qualified Admissions Curriculum.

What are the other requirements to become a State Scholar?

  • Students must have taken the ACT between April of the sophomore year and December of the senior year.
  • Students must be a Kansas resident.
  • Students must have their curriculum and 7th semester GPA certified on the official roster by the high school counselor, registrar, or similar official.

What is the benefit of completing the Kansas Scholars Curriculum?

Students that complete the curriculum, and meet the other requirements, may be designated as State Scholars, which makes them eligible to receive State Financial Aid as provided by the Kansas Legislature.

The academic profile of scholars included an average ACT of 30 and an average GPA of 3.90.

State Scholars may receive up to $1,000 annually for up to four undergraduate years (five, if enrolled in a designated five-year program) based on financial need and the availability of State funds.

How is financial need determined?

Financial need is measured by the Federal Methodology using data submitted on the FAFSA.

Scholars Curriculum

English Same as the Qualified Admissions Curriculum
Natural Science 3 approved units including: Biology, Chemistry, Physics. A fourth year of science is recommended.

4 approved units. Students must complete the following: Algebra I*, Algebra II, Geometry. *Algebra taken in the 8th Grade is accepted.
In addition, students must complete at least one of the following: Analytic Geometry, Trigonometry, Advanced Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Functions, Calculus.

Social Science Same as the Qualified Admissions Curriculum.
Foreign Language 2 approved units of one foreign language.

For more information about the Kansas Scholars Curriculum or State Scholar designation, contact the Kansas Board of Regents at 785.296.3421 or visit the Board's website at www.kansasregents.org.