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How to Apply

The application process is entirely online and requires two parts to be completed separately.

Like many entry-level programs across the country, KU uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) as the first part. In the second, supplemental materials are submitted to KU Medical Center through CollegeNet.

Application materials are accepted beginning August 1 for the class entering the program the following fall semester. The application cycle closes December 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Applications are evaluated once they are verified and deemed “complete and qualified” for review by meeting minimum requirements and criteria. All application materials from both parts below must be RECEIVED by December 1 for an application to be complete and qualified for review.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early as OTCAS verification may take 2-4 weeks. The KU supplemental application will not be sent to the applicant until the OTCAS application is marked, "verified."

The admission process is very competitive, and therefore qualified applicants may not be invited to join KU's program.

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Begin the application process at OTCAS will require payment of a fee with the total amount due dependent on the total number of schools selected for application. Prepare the following items to be submitted electronically to OTCAS:

  1. Academic transcripts – an official copy of transcripts from each college and university attended must be submitted for evaluation. International transcript analysis is the responsibility of the applicant and will take additional time to complete the process. International students: please see additional notes at the end of this page.

  2. Personal statement – applicants will write why occupational therapy was chosen as a career and how a degree in OT will support his/her personal and professional goals. Students are encouraged to explain how personal, professional and educational background/experience has prepared them for this career decision and a future in occupational therapy. This is your opportunity to present yourself to the selection committee!

  3. Letters of recommendation – three letters of recommendation must be obtained from an adult contact that can attest to the applicant’s potential success in the program and future contributions to the occupational therapy profession. At least one recommendation must be from an academic reference.

Special Note

Changes have been made recently to the program's admission requirements.

  • The volunteer experience with an occupational therapist is no longer required. In addition, the resume has been removed from the list of required application documents.


Once all OTCAS materials have been received and verified, applicants will receive email correspondence from KU with instructions to begin the final step of the application.

Supplemental application materials will be submitted through the CollegeNet link provided in the email. A supplemental KU application fee is required.

Please prepare to submit the following:

  1. Prerequisite course work and plan for completion – Student may apply to the program while completing prerequisite course work. All prerequisite course work meeting minimum GPA requirements must be completed before students can officially begin the program.

  2. KU program statement of interest – in less than 500 words, applicants provide information about specific interest in the occupational therapy degree program at the University of Kansas. Unlike the personal/professional statement submitted to the OTCAS, this statement should be specific about the KU program. A text field will be provided for the response in the online application.

About background checks, the selection process, certification, and other requirements: Please review important additional Information for applicants.

Please contact the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education for the most up-to-date information and guidance by email or by calling 913-588-7195 (711 TTY). Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Central time zone).

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Jun 11, 2021

Prospective Students

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About the entry-level OTD program

Applications to this program are accepted Aug. 1–Dec. 1 for the class entering the program the following fall.

Program overview

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Admission requirements

How to apply

Additional information for applicants

Costs and financial aid


Frequently asked questions

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