Freshman Admissions

Kutztown University operates on rolling admissions. We recommend that you apply between August and December of your senior year of high school to ensure consideration before the class is full. A favorable admission decision is based upon your qualifications at the time of the offer and is contingent upon the maintenance of those standards through graduation from high school. A final high school transcript that includes your graduation date is required.

Four Steps to Completing an Application

1. Complete and submit the admissions application. If you need to update or edit information on the application, please contact the Office of Admissions.

2. Pay the non-refundable $35 application fee. KU subscribes to the College Board and NACAC fee waiver programs.

3. Send an official high school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. GED results must be sent directly from the Department of Education.

4. Submit SAT or ACT scores.  KU will accept test scores printed on the official high school transcript.  Please check with your high school to determine whether your scores will appear on your transcript.  Was your ability to sit for the SAT or ACT impacted by COVID-19?  Please expand the tab below to learn about our testing policy for the class entering in Fall 2022.

  • SAT and ACT Policy

    In Spring 2020, in response to COVID-19, KU elected to waive the SAT/ACT requirement for students unable to sit for an exam.  We are aware that testing sites will have limited capacity and will potentially cancel additional tests in the coming months.  As a result of this limitation to students, we have extended our policy for students entering in Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Fall 2022 and will be test-optional in rendering admissions decisions. 

    Some students will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions Exceptions Committee using additional criteria such as rigor of high school coursework, trends in grades over four years, and GPA in core areas such as Math, English, Science, and Social Studies.  

    There will also be students who are given strong consideration for our mandatory summer STARS program. Admission into this program requires attendance at a 5-week summer program and successful completion of 2 (two) 3-credit college courses in order to matriculate in the Fall semester.  Students will be notified with their admission whether they are admitted to this program, or whether they are admitted for Fall. 

    Students who are unable to submit an SAT/ACT score will still be considered for merit scholarships.  Should students sit for an exam, scores will be accepted throughout the year until May 1 to potentially increase the amount of the merit award received.   

    Each student is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and additional information might be requested by the Office of Admissions. If it is determined that additional information is needed to complete an admissions review, students will be contacted directly.  

  • Visual and Performing Arts Major Requirements

    The following programs require additional items: 

    Art portfolios can be submitted via SlideRoom.  Music auditions can be scheduled directly through the Music Department.

  • Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and CLEP

    Advanced Placement Credits and CLEP scores can be reviewed for academic credit. AP and CLEP scores will not be taken from high school or college transcripts. An official score report must be sent from the College Board directly to KU.  Scores of 3 or higher on some AP exams and scores passed at the 50th percentile for CLEP may be considered for credit at KU. 

    KU also reviews dual enrollment coursework for college courses at the 100-level or higher with a minimum grade of C-.  Please arrange for the college transcript to be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions directly from the institution.

  • Recommended Coursework for Applicants

    Kutztown University strongly encourages students to pursue a college-preparatory program in high school.  This includes:

    • Four years of Language Arts
    • Three years of Mathematics
    • Three years of Science
    • Three years of Social Studies
  • Summer Talent Academy for Rising Stars (STARS) Program

    The Summer Talent Academy for Rising Stars (STARS) Program supports selected incoming freshmen designed to familiarize them with the rigor of KU’s academic offerings while offering mentorship, advisement, support, and social activities.  The program is a five-week on-campus experience that provides two courses (six college-level credits). 

  • Providing Resources and Opportunities for Future Standouts (PROFS) Program for current or former members of the foster care system

    Students who are current or former members of the foster care system are invited to become part of the PROFS program at KU, which connects students to campus resources that will help them succeed.  Learn about the benefits of this program here!

  • Average Yearly Cost of Tuition and Scholarships

    Learn more about the average yearly cost of tuition here, and scholarships available to incoming students here!

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