LEAD Program Eligibility


LEAD Program Eligibility

To qualify presumptively for the KU LEAD Program as an in-coming, first-year KU undergraduate student, students must:

  • Gain admission to the program before their first in-residence year, or during the first semester of their first in-residence year, as an undergraduate at KU;
  • Enroll in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences seeking a B.A. degree; and
  • Have a minimum 26 ACT score, earn a 3.5 high school GPA, and complete an essay.

To qualify discretionarily for the KU LEAD Program as an in-coming, first-year KU undergraduate student, students must:

  • Gain admission to the program before their first in-residence year, or during the first semester of their first in-residence year, as an undergraduate at KU;
  • Enroll in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences seeking a B.A. degree; and
  • Have a 24 ACT score, a 3.35 high school GPA, or better, complete an essay, and submit a statement addressing the student’s interest in the program and/or the student’s preparedness for the program.
  • *If you have been admitted to KU without an ACT or SAT score, please contact Morgan Mathews at morganmathews@ku.edu for further information.

To qualify discretionarily for the KU LEAD program as an undergraduate student transferring to KU from another undergraduate institution, students must:

  • Have an exemplary, college-level academic record;
  • Have a minimum 26 ACT score and 3.5 high school GPA, and complete an essay;
  • Enroll in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences seeking a B.A. degree; and
  • Demonstrate the ability to satisfy all relevant degree requirements through transferred credits and their prospective credits at KU. 
  • *If you have been admitted to KU without an ACT or SAT score, please contact Morgan Mathews at morganmathews@ku.edu for further information.

To gain admission to the KU Law School as part of the KU LEAD Program non-discretionarily, students must:

  • Satisfy state bar-mandated character and fitness requirements;
  • Take the LSAT exam and complete the KU Law application form, prior to KU Law School admission;
  • Have spent 3 academic years as an undergraduate student at KU or a combination of 3 academic years as an undergraduate student at KU and a prior, post-high-school, undergraduate institution, prior to KU Law School admission (For purposes of this paragraph, full-time enrollment, at least 12 credits, during a spring or fall semester shall constitute .5 academic years);
  • Score a 157* on the LSAT and earn a 3.5 undergraduate GPA for KU-only credits. 
  • *For students who matriculated into the undergraduate LEAD Program in 2019 or before, a 156 LSAT / 3.5 GPA standard applies.

To gain admission to the KU Law School as part of the KU LEAD Program on a discretionary application-by-application basis, students must:

  • Satisfy state bar-mandated character and fitness requirements;
  • Take the LSAT exam and complete the KU Law application form, prior to KU Law School admission;
  • Have spent 3 academic years as an undergraduate student at KU or a combination of 3 academic years as an undergraduate student at KU and a prior, post-high-school, undergraduate institution, prior to KU Law School admission (For purposes of this paragraph, full-time enrollment, at least 12 credits, during a spring or fall semester shall constitute .5 academic years);
  • Score less than a 157* on the LSAT and/or earn less than a 3.5 undergraduate GPA for KU-only credits. 
  • *For students who matriculated into the undergraduate LEAD Program in 2019 or before, a 156 LSAT / 3.5 GPA standard applies.