Information for Parents of Prospective Students
Kutztown University is a place where students thrive. They grow academically and personally and when they graduate, they leave here feeling well-prepared to enter the workforce, graduate school, and beyond. Expand the tabs below to learn why here, we ROAR!
How to Apply for Admission
Kutztown University operates on rolling admissions, meaning that we review applications as they are completed, and inform students of the decision at that time. Admitted students are able to commit to attending KU as soon as they are admitted, or continue to gather information and commit at any point prior to the May 1 decision deadline. Admitted students will pay the $275 Advanced Registration Deposit to confirm their spot in the class.
Students are welcome to complete the Kutztown University application or the Common Application. Links to both the KU application and Common Application can be found here. After the application is submitted, please ensure that the official high school transcript and SAT and/or ACT scores are sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Students applying for a visual art or music program must also complete an art portfolio or music audition.
The College Planning Timeline
Plan for your student to be successful! Follow these steps during your student's junior and senior year in high school to help guide the search process.
September through December
- Have your student attend college fairs and admissions visits in the high school
- Talk about college plans
- Register for upcoming SAT and/or ACT dates
- Learn about the colleges of interest to your student
January through April
- Review senior year course selection, graduation requirements, and college plans with your student's school counselor
- Register for college visitations at colleges of interest
- Take the SAT and/or ACT
- Research scholarship opportunities
- Schedule additional visitations at top choice colleges
- Research admissions deadlines and requirements
- Begin to look at financial aid requirements
- Register for additional SAT and/or ACT dates as needed
- Attend open house programs and other college visitations
- Apply for admission to KU
- Meet with college representatives during high school visitations
- Apply for external scholarships
October - January
- Obtain pin # for the FAFSA and file at www.fafsa.gov
- KU's code is 003322, and the priority deadline is March 1. PA residents must file by May 1 for consideration for the PA state grant.
- Have conversations with KU faculty and current students
- Engage with KU alumni, friends, and family, to help answer your questions about student life
February - March
- Begin to finalize your college plans
- Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions about your KU aid
- Register for events for admitted students
April - May
- Attend KU's Accepted Student Reception
- Pay the Advanced Registration Deposit to commit to attending KU by May 1
- Register for on-campus housing and New Student Orientation
- Ask your student's high school counselor to send the final high school transcript to KU after graduation
- Attend Parent and Family Orientation while your student attends New Student Orientation
- Plan to purchase books and supplies for the upcoming semester
- Finalize payment and financing plans
- Ensure that your student checks MyKU and KU email account regularly for important updates
An Environment that Lends to Success
Close to Home, and a World Away
Kutztown University is a medium-sized institution (8,199 students) located in a small town that is close to the major cities of Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Our campus is home to professors who are the experts in their field in addition to a diverse student body to form a supportive campus community where students become the best versions of themselves. While the majority of our students are from Pennsylvania, there is representation from 37 states and 38 countries at KU! Golden Bears get involved outside of the classroom. There are over 200 clubs and activities in addition to NCAA, club, and intramural sports. It’s the best of everything your student could want in a college experience!
The average class size is 24 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. This means that students connect closely with faculty and fellow students, which is important – faculty will know students by name, and know their interests and strengths. All of our classes are taught by KU faculty, not teaching assistants, and 92% of faculty hold the highest degree possible in their field.
Students work with a faculty member in their major to assist them with course selection each semester. Faculty advisors are great resources to help students plan for graduate or doctoral degree programs, internships, and jobs.
Residence Hall Programming
Students who live on campus take advantage of programming that helps them become familiar with resources and offices on campus beginning freshman year. This helps them to become comfortable seeking out assistance and being proactive in their academic journeys.
Planning for a Career
There are many resources on campus that students should utilize beginning in their first year at KU.
The Career Development Center offers:
- Over 200 employer partnerships
- Counseling appointments
- Career planning
- Major advisement
- Resume/Interview prep
- Success certificates
- Internship/job searching
- “Handshake” resource to connect with internships and jobs
The Student Success Center provides:
- Success Workshops
- Time Management Skills
- Managing Test Anxiety and Test-Taking Skills
- Note Taking
Golden Bear Alumni
What do Golden Bears do after graduation? Meet some of our alumni to learn more about what they've been working on after finishing their college degrees.
After graduation, our students get jobs in their fields of choice. Some of the places you’ll find Golden Bear alumni includes Lego, Google, Adidas, Amazon, Mayo Clinic, ADP, Air Products, Lehigh Valley Health Network, E&Y, veterinary clinics, dental practices, law enforcement agencies at all levels, and school districts near and far.
Our students intern with places like the Allentown Art Museum, Met Life Stadium, Buckeye Partners, Ernst & Young, Trucks, PPL Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, Lehigh Valley Zoo, Philadelphia Phillies, Office of Inspector General - Harrisburg, Rodale Institute, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Special Olympics, USA Rugby, and Reading Hospital, to name a few!
KU Honors Program Information
Learn more about the entrance requirements, expectations, perks, and leadership opportunities associated with KU's Honors Program!
Diversity Works at KU
We value and appreciate the differences and unique aspects each individual brings to our campus community. The diverse perspectives, ideas, background, and abilities of our faculty, staff, and students, help to create an environment for which each member can grow and ultimately be more prepared to thrive in our ever-changing society. We strive tirelessly to be open to change, listen to those who find challenges in this space, and respond in a way that makes everyone feel valued.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
The Disability Services Office coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities at KU. Learn more about their services here.