New Students

Armed Forces Day at a UK football game

Welcome again to Wildcat Country. We are here to ensure your application process and transition to campus is a smooth one. The application fee is waived for veterans. If you have already paid this fee, email vetcenter@uky.edu and include your full name and student ID to receive a refund.

Transitioning from the military to a college campus can be tougher than you think. While the campus environment is probably much safer than what you are used to, it does offer its own set of pitfalls. UK 101-004 is a newly-designed course aimed at helping veterans make the transition and successfully negotiate the obstacles. This graded course will provide you with the necessary tools to make your transition successful. Grades are the leading cause of student veterans' failure to complete their degrees; however, poor grades are normally just the symptoms of something else. Students who have taken this course have performed ahead of their peers both in grades and in retention rates. The course is made up entirely of veterans and taught by veterans.

The University of Kentucky has one of the fastest growing populations of veterans in the state and many of these veterans are actively involved in the University of Kentucky Student Veterans Association student organization. They have done an incredible job of making the administration aware of veterans' issues. They work in concert with the Veteran Resource Center to ensure that all of our veterans get the best possible service we can provide. Please contact them at www.ukmva.org for more information and to get involved.

The University of Kentucky has the largest population of student veterans in the state and many of these veterans are actively involved in the University of Kentucky Military Veterans of America student organization. They have done an incredible job of making the administration aware of veterans' issues. They work in concert with the Veteran Resource Center to ensure that our veterans get the best possible service we can provide. Please contact them at www.ukmva.org for more information and to get involved.

One of the challenges you face as a veteran is paying for your college education as you will likely enter college with more financial obligations than those of the average high school student. If you plan on using your GI Bill benefits to pay for school, you must submit a VA Benefits Request Form to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You can do this online at www.gibill.va.gov or in our office. The University does NOT evaluate your service record to determine your benefits eligibility; that is the role of the VA. However, we will assist you in the benefits application process by putting you in contact with a VA representative and providing you with the necessary forms.

Once you have received approval from the VA, you simply need to bring your certificate of eligibility or entitlement to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) office in 124 Funkhouser Building for verification. The University will then notify the VA of your status as an enrolled student.

Veterans should report to the VRC office during priority registration or on their Advising Conference date and pick up information about enrolling for benefits.

ROTC marches on Administration Drive

Students who depend on these benefits to meet their living expenses should bring enough money to cover expenses for at least eight weeks while the first benefit check is processed.

For further information on VA educational benefit programs, contact:

St. Louis VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 66830
St. Louis, MO 63166-6830
Phone (888) 442-4551
www.gibill.va.gov

The goal of the University is to recognize your efforts in uniform and translate those accomplishments to academic credit. The University of Kentucky follows the American Council on Education's (ACE) recommendations for awarding credit for your military training. To request an official military transcript, simply log on to:

UK has over 400,000 established course equivalencies from other educational institutions across the United States to include the military. Use the Transfer Equivalency Database to learn more about how your courses will transfer to UK. Refer to the Transfer Equivalency Guide (PDF) to learn more about the transfer equivalency process at UK. You may also get a preview of the ACE recommendations for your military training at http://militaryguides.acenet.edu.

Deadlines for Transfer Applications

Fall — August 1
Spring — December 1
Summer I (May) — April 15
Summer II (June/July) — May 15

Requirements

Transfer applicants with 23 or fewer semester hours earned or in progress must submit the following:

  1. Application for Undergraduate Admission
  2. Test Scores: Official results for either the ACT or SAT
  3. Official High School and College transcripts

Transfer applicants with 24 or more semester hours earned must submit the following:

  1. Application for Undergraduate Admission
  2. Official High School and College transcripts
 
The US Air Force logo as a link to the US Air Force homepage.
The US Army logo as a link to the US Army homepage.
The US Marines logo as a link to the US Marines homepage.
The US Coast Guard logo as a link to the US Coast Guard homepage.
The US National Guard logo as a link to the US National Guard homepage.