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The goal of the University of Kentucky is to provide appropriate access to academic courses for students desiring to continue their education without seeking a degree. Non-degree status affords an opportunity for individuals to pursue lifelong learning without the structure of degree-seeking status and is consistent with the educational mission of the University.

Most non-degree students are considered "Lifelong Learners" and include the following groups:

  • Donovan Scholars: Kentucky residents 65 years of age or older
  • Students who have already earned degrees
  • Non-traditional students who wish to begin their studies as non-degree students in order to be considered for degree-seeking status later.

Other students eligible to enter the University in a non-degree status include:

  • Visiting students from other colleges and universities
  • High school students of exceptional ability



Term Application Deadline Admit Deadline "see blue." U Orientation Confirmation Deadline
Fall July 1 July 15 August 1
Spring November 15 November 30 December 5
Summer I April 15 April 20 April 30
Summer II May 15 May 20 May 31



Non-Degree applicants must submit the following:

  1. UK Application for Undergraduate Admission
  2. Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee: Attach $50 in cash, check, or money order made payable to the University of Kentucky. Full-time UK employees applying to take classes and who submit a copy of their UK staff card are not required to pay the processing fee.
  3. Transcripts: Students who will be visiting (transient) students at UK may be submit either an official transcript from their home institution OR a letter of good standing from their home institution’s Registrar’s Office.  Students who have already earned a college degree are not required to submit a transcript in order to enroll at UK in a non-degree seeking status.
  4. Other documentation may be required.  Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (866) 900-4685 for more information


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