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The Pre-College Curriculum

Incoming freshmen should have the high school preparation necessary for academic success at the college level. To be eligible for consideration at UK under the policy outlined above, an applicant must have successfully completed the following high school courses as a minimum:

English/Language Arts – 4 credits

  • English I, II, III, IV

Mathematics – 3 credits

  • Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry (or more rigorous courses in mathematics)

Science – 3 credits

  • Biology I, Chemistry I, Physics I or life science, physical science, and earth/space science (at least one lab course)

Social Studies – 3 credits

  • From U.S. History, Economics, Government, World Geography, and World Civilization (or comparable courses)

Foreign Language – 2 credits

  • Two credits in the same foreign language or demonstrated competency

Health – 1/2 credit

Physical Education – 1/2 credit

History and Appreciation of Visual, Performing Arts – 1 credit

  • History and appreciation of visual and performing arts or another arts course that incorporates such content

Electives – 7 credits

  • Recommended strongly: one or more courses that develop computer literacy

Additionally, high school students are encouraged to complete at least one year of mathematics beyond Algebra II.

A total of 24 credits or more must be completed in high school. Applicants should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar for information concerning exceptions to this policy.

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