LEAD Program Application - Fall 2022

    Students applying to the LEAD Program must be admitted undergraduate students for Fall 2022. The deadline for applying for the LEAD Program is March 13, 2022.

    If you have not yet applied for admission to the University of Kansas, please apply to the university first.


    Please respond to one of the following essay questions. Your essay will be evaluated for the quality of your writing and your ability to provide a focused response to the question you choose. Your response should demonstrate intellectual curiosity and academic rigor, and should be thoughtful, well-organized and free of grammatical and spelling errors. Please limit your response to 500 words. You may submit either a PDF or Microsoft Word document.

    1. The Kansas state motto “Ad Astra per Aspera” is Latin for “To the Stars through Difficulties.” What stars are you aiming for, and how have you learned/prepared to face challenges along the way?

    2. There are many questions to ask and problems to explore. If you were to choose a question, problem, idea, or issue (personal, systemic, local, or global) to explore during your undergraduate years at KU, what would it be? What might you create, design, invent, or engineer to explore this topic?

    3. As Jayhawks, our community is committed to a set of core values: To actively foster unity, strive for innovation, advocate for inclusion, and value engagement. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the KU community.

    Optional: Extenuating Circumstances Statement

    Is there additional information about yourself, your family, your background, or any adversity (e.g. financial hardship, illness, etc.) you would like us to take into consideration while reviewing your application? Please limit your response to a maximum of 150 words and attach to your essay. You will only have the opportunity to submit one document using this form.

    For additional information about applying to the LEAD program, please email morganmathews@ku.edu.