The goal of the University of Kentucky is to provide appropriate access to academic courses for students desiring to continue their education without seeking a degree. Non-degree status affords an opportunity for individuals to pursue lifelong learning without the structure of degree-seeking status and is consistent with the educational mission of the University.

Most non-degree students are considered "Lifelong Learners" and include the following groups:

  • Donovan Scholars: Kentucky residents 65 years of age or older
  • Students who have already earned degrees
  • Non-traditional students who wish to begin their studies as non-degree
    students in order to be considered for degree-seeking status later.

Other students eligible to enter the University in a non-degree status include:

  • Visiting students from other colleges and universities
  • High school students of exceptional ability


  • Fall: August 1

  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer I: April 15
  • Summer II: June 3


Non-Degree applicants must submit the following:

  1. UK Application for Undergraduate Admission
  2. Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee: Attach $50 in cash, check, or money order made payable to the University of Kentucky. Full-time UK
    employees applying to take classes and who submit a copy of their UK staff card are not required to pay the processing fee.
  3. Transcripts: Attach an official high school transcript to the application. This transcript should reflect grades through at least six semesters of high school work. If you are a high school graduate, submit a complete official transcript including the date of graduation.
  4. Official transcripts and other documentation may be required. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (866) 900-4685 for more information.