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Transfer Policies and Other Resources

Transfer Admission to the University of Kentucky

  1. would have been selectively admitted to UK when they entered the first institution attended provided they have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better for all college-level work attempted. Applicants must also have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better for all college-level work attempted at the last institution attended, provided at least 12 credit hours (or the equivalent thereof) was attempted there.
  2. would not have been selectively admitted to UK but have completed 24 semester hours or more and achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better for all college and university work attempted. Applicants must also have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better for all work attempted at the last institution attended.



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

General Transfer Policies

• Students transferring to UK are required to submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions as part of the admissions process. They should be sent to the following address:

Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar

100 W.D. Funkhouser Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0054

• Credits earned at a fully accredited institution may be transferred to UK and applied toward a degree. A fully accredited institution is one in good standing and a member of one of the six regional academic accrediting associations.

• Transfer credit below the 100 level is considered remedial work and will not be accepted toward a UK degree.

• UK does not accept transfer grades toward the UK grade point average. A UK grade point average is established after the first term of classes. However, all transfer grades in all courses are included and counted in the admissions process.

• A minimum grade of D- is required for a course to be accepted by UK. Colleges and departments may require a higher grade in order for the course to apply toward degree requirements. Refer to the major sheets at to determine the specific requirements for each major.

• The transferability of course credit earned at two-year institutions is limited to a total of 67 semester hours, regardless of the total number of hours earned.

• All work from any four year regionally accredited institution is posted to the UK transcript except for remedial work.

• Regardless of the number of hours accepted for transfer, all candidates for an undergraduate degree must complete 30 of their last 36 hours toward their degree at UK.

Kentucky General Education Transfer Policy

The General Education Transfer Policy facilitates the transfer of credits earned in general education requirements for students moving from one Kentucky public college or university to another Kentucky public college or university. Under this agreement, a student may satisfy the general education discipline requirements at their current college and have that requirement completion accepted at the university or college to which they may transfer.

Students that are "Fully Certified" are considered to have completed UK's baccalaureate general education requirements known as the UK CORE

Students may also transfer to UK and be Category Certified in up to 5 areas. Students who are Category Certified in each of the 5 areas will be considered "Fully Certified" at UK. Those five categories are:


  1. Arts and Humanities (AH)
  2. Written Communication (WC) and Oral Communication (OC)
  3. Natural Sciences (NS), plus Science Lab (SL)
  4. Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  5. Social an Behavioral Sciences (SB)

The sending institution will indicate, either on the transcript or as an attachment to the transcript, whether the student is Fully Certified, Core Certified, or Category Certified in general education , or if they have completed any of the coded general education courses (i.e., AH, NS, OC, QR, SB, SL, and WC) at their institution.

Fully Certified - All general education requirements are completed (AA and AS degrees guarantee full certification.)

Core Certified - The 30 hours of core general education is completed, and remaining general education requirements of the receiving institution are still required.

Category Certified - One or more of the above categories is complete (e.g., AH Category certification means no additional courses are required in the AH category.)

Course Certified - The category is not complete, but a course will partially fulfill a given category. 

Students with Bachelor's, AA or AS Degrees

Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree, AA (Associate of Arts) or an AS (Associate of Science) degree from an accredited institution automatically fulfill the UK CORE general education requirements.

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