Transitions

Change of Major

Students may change majors during the approved time periods throughout the academic year. Please go to the Academic Calendar on the Registrar’s website at http://www.uky.edu/registrar/content/academic-calendar to see the approved dates for changing majors for each semester. Students may change their majors at any time throughout the summer terms.

Students begin the process of changing their majors by requesting a major change form from their current college’s Student Services Office. They must take the major change form to the college’s Student Services Office they wish to transfer into to complete the major change process. Below is a list of the Student Services Offices by college.

Agriculture, Food and Environment, N8 Ag. Science Bldg. North

School of Human Environmental Sciences, 112 Erikson Hall

Architecture, 112 Pence Hall

Arts & Sciences, 202 Patterson Office Tower

Business & Economics, 100 Business & Economics Bldg.

Communications & Information, 107 Grehan Bldg.

Education, 166 Taylor Education Bldg.

Engineering, 375A Ralph G. Anderson Bldg.

Fine Arts, 204 Fine Arts Bldg.

Health Sciences, 111 Wethington Bldg.

Nursing, 309 College of Nursing Bldg.

Public Health, 111 Washington Avenue

Social Work, 613 Patterson Office Tower

Academic College Policies

 

Agriculture, Food and Environment

The following majors in the in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have pre-major requirements.

Dietetics

Human Nutrition

Hospitality Management

Landscape Architecture – Students must take an entrance exam. Please contact Karen Goodlet at kgoodlet@uky.edu to schedule the exam.

Students may transfer into all other majors as long as they are in good standing at the University during the designated major change time period.

 

Arts and Sciences

Students should go to 202 POT to change their major.

 

Gatton College of Business & Economics

Students currently enrolled in UK academic programs who wish to change majors into the Gatton College of Business must complete an application at mygatton.uky.edu. Applications will be reviewed based on the following selective admissions critera:

Students with under 50 earned hours will be automatically admitted to the Gatton College as a premajor student in the major of their choice.

Students with more than 50 earned hours will be required to meet the 2.8 premajor and 2.8 cumulative gpa requirement for admission.

Admitted students must bring their acceptance letter and major change form from their originating college to 100 Gatton B&E Bldg.

 

Communication and Information

In order to be admitted to any of the four undergraduate majors (communication, integrated strategic communication, journalism, and media arts and studies) offered by the College of Communication and Information, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

Enrollment in the University of Kentucky (Students are considered for acceptance by the college only after acceptance by the University.);

Completion of 45 semester hours of course work;

Minimum of 2.6 cumulative grade-point average;

Completion of premajor requirements of the program to which application is made. Students majoring in Communication, Journalism, and Integrated Strategic Communication must attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on all premajor courses. Media arts and studies majors must attain a minimum grade-point average of 2.6 in the premajor.*;

Completion of UK Core areas I, II, III, IV , V, VI, VII and VIII;

 Submission of an application form

*For the journalism premajor requirements, the student’s grade in JOU 204 counts double in figuring the premajor grade-point average.

Annually, the College of Communication and Information faculty will review the minimum standards required for admission to the college. Any change in requirements will be implemented at the beginning of the academic year (fall semester) and will be in effect for the entire academic year. If the standards are to be changed, the Dean of the College of Communication and Information will submit the proposed change by February 1 to the University Senate Council for approval, with prior circulation to the University deans and directors.

Students enrolled in other UK colleges on campus may apply for admission during the first week of fall and spring semesters, or prior to the priority registration period. The appropriate deadlines are listed in the University calendar as approved times to change majors.

 

Design

The College of Design is a selective admission College. Application to the College is required for all degree programs in the College of Design (Architecture, Interior Design, and Historic Preservation).

Refer to the College of Design web site for admission requirements and applications at www.uky.edu/design.

 

Engineering

Students may apply for pre-major status if you have a UK cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher AND you have the prerequisites to enroll in, or have completed, MA 113. Students should go to 375A Ralph G. Anderson Mechanical Engineering Building. His/her record will be reviewed and admission will be determined. If a student is accepted, he/she will be given written verification which should be taken to his/her current college to pick up the completed major change form and return it to 375A Ralph G. Anderson Bldg. to complete the major change process. 

 

Education

To declare a major in College of Education, students must pick up and complete a change of major form from their current College, and then bring the completed and signed form to room 166 of the Taylor Education Building.

Note: Students interested in STEM Education are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the College of Education prior to declaring STEM as their major. Call the Academic Services Office at 257-7971 for contact information for the appropriate advisor.

Students pursuing a degree in a teacher certification program (TEP) will be required to apply for admission to the program, once all pre-requisites have been met. Admission to TEP is not the same as declaring a major in the College of Education.

New transfer students (from another university, community college, or from another college on campus) will be required to complete at least one semester as a College of Education major before applying for admission to the TEP.

 

Fine Arts

Undergraduate applicants for the School of Art and Visual Studies, School of Music, Department of Theatre and the Program in Arts Administration apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and must meet the standards of admission to UK. All students who wish to major in the School of Music must also pass an audition on their primary instrument/voice. Students may schedule an audition through the School of Music. 

 

Health Sciences

Baccalaureate programs in the College of Health Sciences are divided into preprofessional and professional programs. A premajor program is comprised of courses prerequisite to professional program content as well as UK Core requirements. Freshman and transfer students who have initially not completed prerequisites for entrance into a professional program complete only the first step of the application process – application to the University of Kentucky.

Freshman applicants to the college will be admitted into a premajor program if they meet University entrance requirements or to the human health sciences program if they are selected for admission. A professional program is comprised of all courses and clinical experiences required for students who have applied for and have been accepted into professional programs. Consideration for admission to the college’s professional programs requires completion of prerequisite course work and completion of the professional application procedure. Therefore, the admissions procedure for all clinical leadership and management, communication disorders and medical laboratory science programs within the College of Health Sciences is a two-step process. Applicants must first be accepted by the University of Kentucky and second must apply for admission to a professional program approximately two semesters prior to completing prerequisites. Human health sciences admissions procedures require students to apply for admission to the University as well as to the College of Health Sciences, either upon initial admission to the University or after the freshman or sophomore year. This selection procedure is necessary because of the limited space in the professional years of the health sciences programs.

Requirements for the first several years (preprofessional program) may be completed at the University of Kentucky, a community college, or another fully accredited college or university.

At the time of application to the major program, the student should have completed the prerequisites required for application to the program he or she plans to enter, and have plans to complete all prerequisites before actual enrollment in the professional program as directed by each program, except for human health sciences where freshman gain entry through a selective admissions process during their first semester. Transfer students into human health sciences must complete prerequisites prior to application.

It is essential that complete, accurate information be furnished on the application. Individuals seeking entry into the professional programs or those admitted to the programs through falsified or misleading information may be dropped from consideration or dismissed from the programs.

Persons not enrolled at the University of Kentucky must complete applications to both the University of Kentucky and the professional program.

 

Nursing

The College of Nursing has a selective admissions program. Half of the students will be admitted in the fall semester and half in the spring. For application dates and additional information, please go to: http://www.uky.edu/nursing/admissions/how-apply/application-instructions-admission-traditional-bsn-program

 

Public Health

To apply for the BPH major, students must have:

  • Earned a grade of B or better in CPH 201;
  • A minimum of a 2.75 grade-point average on pre-major course requirements;
  • A minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average on all college work attempted as computed by the Registrar’s Office

For additional information, please go to: http://www.uky.edu/publichealth/academics/bachelors-program/admissions

 

Social Work

Students who plan to change their major to social work must transfer their records to the College of Social Work’s Student Affairs Officer in 613 POT. The student will then become part of the College and receive the benefit of academic advising from within the College. (As a pre-major student only.)

Graduation

To be eligible for any degree, a student must have completed the requirements as approved by the University Senate, except that curriculum substitutions may be made by the college affected if not inconsistent with these rules. Curriculum requirements must include, in addition to specified credits, a specified grade-point average both overall and in the student’s major which may in no case be less than 2.0. Every baccalaureate degree program must include five divisions or components: (1) UK Core, (2) premajor or preprofessional, (3) general college requirements (if any), (4) major or professional, and (5) free electives. Information about degree requirements may be found at http://www.uky.edu/academics/2016-17-major-sheet-inventory or in APEX.

To be eligible for an undergraduate degree, a student must file an application online through myUK by the following dates:

November 30 for degrees to be awarded the following May

February 28 for degrees to be awarded the following August

June 30 for degrees to be awarded the following December

If the student misses the above deadlines, he/she should contact his/her Student Services Office in his/her college.

Students should be encouraged to review APEX to make sure all of their requirements are completed or will be completed by the semester they wish to graduate.

Commencement Honors

Students who attain a grade-point average of 3.8 or higher for at least three years (90 hours) of work at the University (excepting correspondence study) shall be graduated “Summa Cum Laude.”

Students who attain a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher for at least three years (90 hours) of work at the University (excepting correspondence study) shall be graduated “Magna Cum Laude.”

Students who attain a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher for at least three years (90 hours) of work at the University (excepting correspondence study) shall be graduated “Cum Laude.”

Students with a minimum of two (60 hours) but less than three years (90 hours) of work at the University will receive the appropriate commencement honors if they attain a grade-point average of 0.2 greater than those specified for three years of residence work.

The bachelor’s degree with honors in a student’s major or a degree with honors from a professional college will be conferred upon a student whom the faculty of the student’s department, or college, in the case of a professional college, and the dean of the student’s college recommend receive the degree. A student may be required to complete work in addition to that required for the bachelor’s or professional degree to receive a degree with honors. The degree with honors from a professional college is based solely upon work done in the professional college.

All students in the Honors program of the University who do not have grade-point standing of 3.5 or better but are in the top 10 percent of their college’s class are eligible to graduate in the Honors program if they satisfy the other requirements and have approval of the Honors Program Director.

Work done in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System shall not be counted as work at the University of Kentucky in calculating the grade-point average for honors.

Additional Bachelor’s Degrees

A student is eligible to qualify for additional Bachelor’s degrees in different majors. The student must complete all university, college, and departmental requirements for all degrees. Courses taken towards fulfilling one degree may also count towards fulfilling parallel requirements in another degree, but the student must complete at least 24 additional hours for each degree (minimum of 144 hours for a second degree and 168 hours for a third degree). The student may elect to receive the degrees simultaneously if college and departmental requirements can be met simultaneously.

Commencement Ceremonies

There are two commencement ceremonies held each year; one in December and one in May. The December ceremony is the Friday of finals week. The May ceremony is either the Saturday of finals week or the Sunday after finals week depending on when Derby Day falls. If Derby Day is the Saturday of finals week then commencement will be the Sunday after Derby Day. If Derby Day is the Saturday before finals week, then commencement will be on Saturday of finals week. August graduates may choose to participate in either ceremony. Students are required to register for the commencement ceremonies at www.uky.edu/commencement

Readmission

Former University students who have not been enrolled for one semester or more, and who are in good standing are required to apply for readmission. Applications for readmission may be completed on line at http://www.uky.edu/Admission/application along with:

  1. official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended since leaving UK; and
  2. a non-refundable application processing fee.

In order to be eligible for readmission, former UK students must have been in good standing at the time they left the University. Those who have been enrolled elsewhere must be eligible as transfer students on the basis of grade point average and be in good standing at the institution most recently attended. Students under suspension from UK are not eligible for readmission, regardless of their status at another institution, until they have been reinstated to the University. If the suspension is for academic reasons, reinstatement should be requested from the dean of the college in which they intend to enroll by the stated deadline. If the suspension is nonacademic, reinstatement should be requested from the appropriate University official.

Reinstated students must complete an application for readmission in addition to applying for reinstatement at http://www.uky.edu/Admission/application by the stated deadline.

Academic College Policies

Gatton College of Business & Economics

Students not currently enrolled in UK academic programs who were once Gatton College of Business majors must complete an application for readmission to the University of Kentucky and meet admissions standards first and foremost. Applications for readmission are forwarded to the Gatton College for individual review. Applications will be reviewed based on the following selective admissions critera:

  1. Students with under 50 earned hours will be automatically admitted to the Gatton College as a premajor student in the major of their choice.
  2. Students with more than 50 earned hours will be required to meet the 2.8 premajor and 2.8 cumulative gpa requirement for admission.

Admitted students must bring their acceptance letter and major change form from their originating college to 100 B&E.

Health Sciences

Students who have left the University and desire readmission into the College of Health Sciences must demonstrate good academic standing prior to their departure. Those students who have over 30 hours and are not yet ready to apply for admission into one of our selective admission programs, must first choose another major. Those students are still eligible to apply to the College of Health Sciences once their pre-requisites are complete.

Nursing

Readmission to the College of Nursing following an interruption of your program is not automatic. At the time you request readmission to the University of Kentucky, you should also address a request to the dean of the College of Nursing. College policy affecting readmission is as follows:

  • If you remain withdrawn from the nursing program for more than two semesters you will be expected to meet any new admission and graduation requirements of the College occurring since your withdrawal date.
  • If you withdraw but plan to return before this two-semester time lapse you may be readmitted provided if you
  • are in good standing,
  • have reapplied prior to appropriate application deadline dates,
  • have requested readmission, by letter, to the dean and provided the dean has approved the readmission and
  • the College can accommodate your current class needs.

Reinstatement

After they have remained out of the University for at least a semester and a summer session (a semester for students academically suspended at the end of a summer session), students who have been academically suspended may only be reinstated by the dean of the college in which they plan to enroll when they present evidence that they are capable of performing at the level required to prevent being suspended a second time. After being reinstated, students must apply for readmission to the University at www.uky.edu/admission.

General Rules for Reinstated Students After a First Suspension

A student who has been academically suspended for the first time shall, upon reinstatement, be placed on scholastic probation and be subject to final academic suspension from the University if:

The student acquires any additional deficit during any semester or session while on academic probation;

The student has failed to meet the requirements for removal from academic probation by the end of the third semester following the reinstatement.

Once reinstated students have been removed from scholastic probation, they will be subject to the same conditions for subsequent academic suspension as students who have not previously been academically suspended.

Important Calendar Deadlines for Arranging Reinstatement Appointments

Students must contact the Student Services Office of the college they wish to enroll in by May 15 if they wish to return the following summer or fall semester and October 1 if they wish to return the following spring semester. The deadlines help ensure that students you will be eligible for an early Advising Conference. Course availability is best only if you participate in one of these conferences. Since a reinstated student returns to UK on academic probation and is subject to another academic suspension review at the end of the reinstated term, we want to do everything possible to help ensure you are placed in a good position for course selection.

A more detailed explanation of the University grading system is provided in the University Bulletin at http://www.uky.edu/registrar/bulletin-course-catalog

General Rules for Reinstated Students after a Second Suspension

A student academically suspended from the University a second time shall not be readmitted to the University except in unusual circumstances and then only upon recommendation of the dean of the college in which the student plans to enroll and approval of the University Senate Council.

Students must contact the Student Services Office of the college they wish to enroll in to schedule an appointment for a second reinstatement. The student will write an essay explaining the circumstances that caused him/her to be suspended for a second time, what has changed since the student’s second suspension, why the student will be successful if reinstated and provide any academic or employment documentation showing improvement in the student’s academic ability. He/she will meet with members of the University Senate Reinstatement Committee at a time scheduled by the University Senate Council Office. The Dean of the College or the Dean’s designee will be notified of the decision and he/she will notify the student. Students must reapply for admission online at www.uky.edu/admissions if the reinstatement is approved. If the student has been away from the University for two or more years, he/she is eligible to apply for Academic Bankruptcy after completing 12 hours with a 2.00 GPA or higher. The student should contact his/her college’s Student Services Office to complete the application.

Academic College Policies

Arts and Sciences

Reinstatement After a Second Suspension

Students under a second suspension must remain out of the university for two years before the College of Arts and Sciences will hear a request for reinstatement. 

Engineering

Students who have been suspended from the College of Engineering (not the University):

Apply for reinstatement to the college when the GPA requirements as stated in “College of Engineering Probation & Suspension” have been achieved. Certain criteria and deadlines apply. Contact the College of Engineering Records Office for more information.

Students suspendedfrom the University and want to return to engineering:

Must remain out of the University for at least two semesters (a summer session counts as one semester).

Students academically suspended are not directly reinstated into the College of Engineering, but must enroll in another college until they are no longer on academic probation. Certain deadlines and criteria apply. 

If approved for reinstatement, students must then also apply for readmission to the University.

Please go to http://www.engr.uky.edu/students/current-students for additional information.

Health Sciences

Students who desire reinstatement to the University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences must provide the following documentation:

  • How they have spent their time since they were last enrolled.
  • Documentation of any coursework taken since the time of suspension.
  • A letter of support from a work supervisor or person who has experience with their ability to complete academic work.
  • A plan of action for their return to school (a step-by-step plan for how they will be more successful if reinstated)

If the student has been away for more than two years, they must also prepare academic bankruptcy paperwork to be submitted after their first successful semester reenrolled at the University.

Students desiring reinstatement must understand that all College of Health Sciences programs are selective in nature. Those individuals who cannot obtain a competitive overall grade point average, will be encouraged to seek reinstatement through another college.

Selective Admissions

The University of Kentucky has a selective admission policy. A faculty committee of the University Senate establishes the academic criteria. A holistic review is based on factors including cumulative high school grade-point average, completion of the pre-college curriculum, ACT or SAT I score results, essay, special talents and abilities and academic letter of recommendation. Applicants are offered admission on a competitive basis, with those meeting the University’s selective admission criteria receiving first offers.

Academic College Policies

Fine Arts

Undergraduate applicants for the School of Art and Visual Studies, School of Music, Department of Theatre and the Program in Arts Administration apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and must meet the standards of admission to UK. All students who wish to major in the School of Music must also pass an audition on their primary instrument/voice. Students may schedule an audition through the School of Music.

Engineering

Admission into the College of Engineering is selective. Students seeking to transfer into the College of Engineering from other institutions or from other majors within UK must meet one of the following minimum criteria:

  • Have a Math ACT score of 23 or above
  • Be currently enrolled, or eligible to enroll in, MA 113 (Calc I); have completed the equivalent of MA 113 at another institution; or by UK placement exam be eligible to enroll in MA 113.
  • In addition, prospective transfer students must 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 work attempted at the last institution attended, provided at least 12 credit hours (or equivalent) were attempted.

There are additional GPA requirements in order to advance to Engineering Standing; See http://www.uky.edu/registrar/bulletinCurrent/eng.pdf.

Regardless of the total number of transfer credit hours accepted, all candidates for a bachelor’s degree must complete 30 of the last 36 hours of their program at UK. http://www.engr.uky.edu/admissions/transfer/

Health Sciences

For information on applying to majors in the College of Health Sciences, please refer to: https://www.uky.edu/chs/prospective-students/program-information-sheets

Education

Students pursuing a degree in a teacher certification program (TEP) will be required to apply for admission to the program, once all pre-requisites have been met. Admission to TEP is not the same as declaring a major in the College of Education.

New transfer students (from another university, community college, or from another college on campus) will be required to complete at least one semester as a College of Education major before applying for admission to the TEP.

Arts and Sciences

Topical studies is the only selective admissions program within the College of Arts & Sciences. It is designed for students whose interests cut across traditional departmental and college lines and who wish to design their own programs of study. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 is required for application to the program. A minimum of 30 hours to be completed upon acceptance into the topical studies program, hours earned in the semester of acceptance are applied. Each program must have clearly-defined objectives which give focus and coherence to the courses chosen. The intent and range of these objectives vary with the individual.

Topical majors include programs specifically geared to some professional objective, preparation for the study of law or medicine; or they might encompass programs which seek to explore some topic in depth, using a variety of related university offerings like public policy. Often they are areas offering minors and not majors such as African-American Studies, Film Studies, or Middle Eastern Studies.

To complete the topical studies degree requirements the university must have sufficient interdisciplinary course offerings in the area to be studied. These courses should be chosen with the help of a faculty advisor.

Nursing

Admission to the Professional Nursing Curriculum in the College of Nursing will occur in the fall and the spring. Deadline for application is March 1 of each year. Only qualified students will be admitted. See the College of Nursing web site for application deadlines at www.uknursing.uky.edu.

Pre-nursing students: A student is admitted as a pre-nursing major. This is a general admission to the University and to the College of Nursing. Admission to pre-nursing does not guarantee admission to the Professional Nursing Curriculum. Application to the University of Kentucky can be made at http://www.uky.edu. Pre-Nursing students are eligible to apply for admission to the Professional Nursing Curriculum at the sophomore level if they meet the following criteria:

  • minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or greater
  • a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the pre-requisite science courses is required
  • a minimum of a "C" in all required pre-nursing courses
  • completion of pre-requisite science courses (or their equivalent)
    • BIO 103, Basic Ideas of Biology
    • CHE 103, Chemistry for Health Professionals
    • ANA 109, Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing I
    • ANA 110, Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing II

The Admissions Committee will select a class that reflects the population it will serve. Therefore, all qualified applicants will be considered for academic, gender, and multicultural factors.

Early Admission: Early provisional admission to the Professional Nursing Curriculum will be granted to graduating high school seniors who meet the following criteria:

  • High school GPA of 3.5 or higher AND
  • ACT composite of 28 or higher (or the equivalent SAT combined score) providing students maintain a 3.0 GPA in each semester during the freshman year and a 2.75 GPA in the pre-requisite science courses.
  • Students who meet these requirements are guaranteed Early Admission in either the fall or spring of sophomore year to the Professional Nursing Curriculum. Students not meeting those requirements will be grouped with other applicants who are considered for admission after completion of pre-requisites.

Admission RN-BSN Student - Deadline for application is March 1st.

See RN-BSN program admission requirements on the College of Nursing website. http://academics.uky.edu/ukcon/pub/academicPrograms/Undergraduate/RNtoBS... About.aspx

Admission 2nd Degree Student - Deadline for application for Fall is March 1. For Spring semester is August 15.

Second Degree option admission requirements on the College of Nursing website. http://academics.uky.edu/ukcon/pub/academicPrograms/Undergraduate/Second... N/Pages/About.aspx

Social Work

Admission to the University of Kentucky (students are considered for acceptance by the College only after acceptance by the University) – anyone can be admitted to the pre-major as long as they have been admitted to the University.

To be admitted into Upper Division: 

  • A grade of B or better in both SW 124 and SW 222, or equivalent (or a grade of B or better in SW 322)
  • Minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average on all college work attempted as computed by the Registrar’s Office
  • Ability to articulate reasons for choosing social work as a career, as evidenced in an essay
  • A passing grade in PSY 100, SOC 101, and BIO 103 or BIO 110
  • Completion of most of the USP and pre-major requirements
  • Submission of an application form and essay

Once students are admitted into the full major they complete approximately four semesters of upper-division social work coursework and any other remaining degree requirements.

A student is welcome to enter the College of Social Work BASW program as a pre-social work major during his or her admission to the University and during major change windows throughout the semester. Students are then welcome to apply as a full-social work major after the requirements previously listed have been fulfilled. Students may discuss their readiness to apply with their advisor or the Director of Undergraduate Studies. It is recommended that students have most of their University Studies Program requirements and pre-major courses completed before they apply as a full social work major. Most students are ready to apply in their junior year.

Individuals who do not meet the admissions criteria may submit additional materials to the College’s Admissions Committee. Admission may be granted if there is persuasive evidence of both the capability and motivation to undertake successfully the BASW degree program.

Communication and Information

Taken from the 2012-2013 Bulletin:

Admission to the University is sufficient for admission to the College of Communication and Information as a premajor for students who have completed less than 45 semester hours. An application must be filed with the college in order for a student to be considered for admission as a premajor or major. However, admission as a premajor does not guarantee admission as a major in one of the degree programs in the College of Communication and Information. In general, admission as a major depends upon the qualifications and preparation of the applicant, as well as the availability of resources for maintaining quality instruction. Additionally, depending on the timing of admission into the major program, students may not have access to major classes until subsequent semesters. Upper-division admission into a degree program is necessary in order to be granted a baccalaureate degree from the College of Communication and Information.

From the College website:

In order to be admitted to any of the four undergraduate majors (communication, integrated strategic communication, journalism, and media arts and studies) offered by the College of Communication and Information, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Enrollment in the University of Kentucky (Students are considered for acceptance by the college only after acceptance by the University.);
  • Completion of 45 semester hours of course work;
  • Minimum of 2.6 cumulative grade-point average;
  • Completion of premajor requirements of the program to which application is made. Students majoring in Communication, Journalism, and Integrated Strategic Communication must attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on all premajor courses. Media arts and studies majors must attain a minimum grade-point average of 2.6 in the premajor.*;
  • Completion of UK Core areas I, II, III, IV , V, VI, VII and VIII;
  • Submission of an application form.

*For the journalism premajor requirements, the student’s grade in JOU 204 counts double in figuring the premajor grade-point average.

No student will be allowed to test out of any Journalism, Integrated Strategic Communication, or Telecommunication course. A student taking a similar course from another institution would still be allowed credit should the course meet criteria similar to the University of Kentucky course.

Students meeting these requirements will be designated as majors or as students with upper-division standing in the program to which admission is granted. Any student not meeting one or more of these requirements may be granted premajor status.

In the admission considerations, when personal, academic, professional, or intellectual circumstances tend to discount lower academic scores, admission may be granted if there is other persuasive evidence of both the capability and motivation to undertake successfully a program in the College of Communication and Information.

Annually, the College of Communication and Information faculty will review the minimum standards required for admission to the college. Any change in requirements will be implemented at the beginning of the academic year (fall semester) and will be in effect for the entire academic year. If the standards are to be changed, the Dean of the College of Communication and Information will submit the proposed change by February 1 to the University Senate Council for approval, with prior circulation to the University deans and directors.

Gatton College of Business and Economics

The Gatton College uses selective admissions criteria to allow students to progress beyond premajor status. Any student with under 50 earned hours may declare a major in business as a premajor. In order to matriculate to upper division status, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of all premajor courses with a 2.8 GPA in those courses:
  • Composition and Communication I and II
  • MA 123 and 162 OR MA 113
  • STA 291
  • ACC 201
  • ACC 202
  • ECO 201
  • ECO 202
  • B&E 105
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Submission of an application at mygatton.uky.edu

Students with a GPA below the Annual Admission GPA and who have completed all premajor requirements may appeal for admission into the Gatton College of Business and Economics. If the Appeals Committee feels that there is persuasive evidence that personal, academic or professional circumstances have affected a student’s grades and that the student shows promise for successful completion of a degree in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, acceptance may be granted. Materials and information necessary for the appeals process are available in the Undergraduate Resource Center. The deadline for the submission of the appeals is generally 45 days prior to the beginning of the semester; however, appeals materials are not accepted for the first summer session.

Transferring to UK

Students at other colleges or universities, including community colleges, are eligible to transfer to UK if they:

  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.

or

  1. 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.

Please note that grade-point averages are computed by the Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar and reflect the grade and credit for each course attempted, regardless of the practice of the offering institution of waiving the low grade for a repeated course.

Academic College Policies

Gatton College of Business & Economics

Students not currently enrolled in UK academic programs who wish to declare majors in the Gatton College of Business and Economics must complete an application and meet University of Kentucky admissions standards first and foremost. Applicants are then forwarded to the Gatton College directly where they are individually reviewed. Applications will be reviewed based on the following selective admissions critera:

Students with under 50 earned hours will be automatically admitted to the Gatton College as a premajor student in the major of their choice.

Students with more than 50 earned hours will be required to meet the 2.8 premajor and 2.8 cumulative GPA requirement for admission.

Communication and Information

The School of Journalism and Telecommunications is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). Under ACEJMC guidelines, no more than 12 hours of journalism and mass communications courses from a student’s previous institution(s) may be counted toward a degree in journalism, integrated strategic communication or media arts and studies at the University of Kentucky.

Applications from students outside the University of Kentucky seeking admission to the College of Communication and Information, whether for lower-division or upper- division status, must be received by the University of Kentucky Admissions Office no later than April 1 (for summer sessions), August 1 (for fall semester) and December 1 (for spring semester).

Design

The College of Design is a selective admission College. Application to the College is required for all degree programs in the College of Design (Architecture, Interior Design)

Students must submit official transcripts to UK Admissions; upon receipt the College of Design Admissions office will review the transcript with the director of the School to determine transfer credits. Transfer students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Student Services officer to review accepted transfer hours.

Education

Students apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and must meet the standards of admission to UK.

Students pursuing a degree in a teacher certification program (TEP) will be required to apply for admission to the program, once all pre-requisites have been met. Admission to TEP is not the same as declaring a major in the College of Education.

New transfer students (from another university, community college, or from another college on campus) will be required to complete at least one semester as a College of Education major before applying for admission to the TEP.

Fine Arts

Undergraduate applicants for the School of Art and Visual Studies, School of Music, Department of Theatre and the Program in Arts Administration apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and must meet the standards of admission to UK. All students who wish to major in the School of Music must also pass an audition on their primary instrument/voice. Students may schedule an audition through the School of Music.

Social Work

Any student who has been accepted by the University can be admitted as a pre-major student and then follow the same requirements to get into Upper Division.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar generally determine the transferability of completed course work. Then, the dean of the college in which the student enrolls will determine how the transferred course work applies toward degree requirements.