Thank you for your interest in the Lewis Honors College. We are excited that you are considering applying! When determining an applicant’s strengths the Lewis Honors College considers the following:

  • strength of application essays
  • unweighted GPA
  • ACT/SAT score
  • academic rigor of high school courses
  • level of involvement

The Honors Program Admissions Committee considers all aspects of an applicant's high school record; a student's test scores and GPA are only two of the factors considered. The committee also considers the academic rigor of high school courses the applicant has taken and extra-curricular involvement. Finally, the Admissions Committee places great weight on the strength of the application essays.

The Honors College Application is part of the UK Admissions Application, and also part of the Common Application - you can use either to apply to the Honors Program. By completing the additional Honors essay included in the UK Admissions Application or the Common Application, we will receive and review your application for admission to the Lewis Honors College.

The application deadline is December 1st 2017 (12:00 midnight EST) for admission in fall 2017.  However, we actively encourage applicants to submit their applications as early as possible. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on February 16, 2018 via email. 

The Lewis Honors College accepts applications from current University of Kentucky students as well as students planning to transfer, or who have already transferred to UK.  Interested students are welcome to submit their application at any time and admissions decisions typically will be rendered within 2 weeks of receiving the complete application.  For students that have completed at least one semester of coursework at UK or a transfer institution, a minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for current and transfer students to be considered for admission to the Lewis Honors College.When making admissions decisions for current and transfer student applicants, the Lewis Honors College may take into consideration any/all of the following:

  • First Semester GPA at UK
  • Midterm Grades
  • Transfer GPA
  • Rigor of Courses Completed/In Progress
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT, ACT)
  • High School GPA

Our application requires that you provide responses of no more than 500 words to two essay prompts:

Essay 1:  Why do you want to be an Honors student?

Essay 2: Choose one of the following essay topics:

  • What technological innovation would the world be better off without and why?
  • You have the opportunity to design the community in which you will live for the rest of your life upon completing your formal education.  What will it be like?​