Undergraduate Studies Information

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas! KU prides itself in maintaining open and diverse campus and classroom atmospheres which facilitate creativity and an uncommon breadth of learning. The Department of Mechanical Engineering strives to produce an engineer knowledgeable in the latest advances of his or her field AND in the world around him or her.

The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering at KU requires successful completion of 128 hours of appropriate coursework. Students may enter the School of Engineering as freshmen, but all admissions, both in state and out-of-state, are on a selective basis. General requirements for admission to the university are included under Admission in the General Information chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog.

High School Preparation

Preparation for an engineering career begins in high school with basic mathematics and science courses. Prospective engineering students should take at least mathematics through trigonometry and one year of both chemistry and physics. A well-rounded background in English, history, economics, and social studies, preferably with some computer operations and programming and advanced mathematics, affords flexibility in choosing a field of concentration. In general, a strong college preparatory program provides a good background for the student who plans to major in mechanical engineering.


Application is through the University of Kansas, Office of Admissions and Scholarships, Kansas University Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66045. The application form should request admission to the School of Engineering, with a major in Mechanical Engineering (major code 0444). Math ACT scores or college level math course grades demonstrating this preparation are required. Applications for admission are judged on several factors, including but not limited to, high school record, scores on national tests, academic records at college or university levels, and trend of grades. High school transcripts and enhanced ACT scores are required. (Equivalent SAT scores may be substituted).

Minimum Academic Standards for Admission

To be considered for admission to the School of Engineering, as a freshman, you must meet or exceed the following minimum standards:

  • MUST be a graduate of an accredited high school or equivalent.
  • MUST be in the top 50% of your high school’s graduating class, or equivalent.
  • MUST meet eligibility requirements for MATH 104 (Math ACT score of 22), or equivalent.

Admission Deadlines

For entering freshmen students

  • Fall Semester: April 1st
  • Spring Semester: December 1st
  • Summer Semester: April 1st For transfer students
  • Fall Semester: June 1st
  • Spring Semester: December 1st
  • Summer Semester: June 1st

Transfer Admission Standards

Students wishing to transfer to the School of Engineering from other units of the University of Kansas who are in good academic standing and who met the requirements for admission to the School of Engineering when first admitted to the University are admitted to the School of Engineering. Students wishing to transfer to the School of Engineering who are in good academic standing but did not meet admission requirements when first admitted are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Transfers between engineering departments, including changing from “Undecided, ” are allowed if the student is in good academic standing.

Applications from transfer students from other institutions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The strength of the institution, accreditation status, and the history of other transfer students from this institution are factors in admission. In some cases, a grade-point average higher than that required for continuing School of Engineering students may be required for admission. In general, students with grade-point averages under 2.5 are not considered for admission. No upper-level engineering credits from non-ABET-accredited engineering programs are acceptable as transfer credit for engineering programs.

Request Undergraduate Program Information

Please email kume@ku.edu with your name and mailing address along with your request for information. Stop by the Department's office, 3138 Learned Hall, to pick up brochures and hard copies of enrollment requirements and information as needed.

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