If you left UK after earning 80 or more credit hours without completing your bachelor’s degree now’s the time to finish what you started! We invite you to participate in Project Graduate, a statewide program designed to make it convenient for you to return to UK to complete your degree. To learn more about this program, please click here.
To learn more about this program, please click here.
The Office of Academic Scholarships also offers the Legacy Tuition Program for non-resident students, including transfer students. Through the Legacy Tuition Program, the University of Kentucky offers partial tuition awards to eligible non-resident undergraduate children of UK graduates. An eligible student is defined as a child whose mother, father, or step-parent has earned a bachelor, graduate, doctorate, or professional degree from the University of Kentucky, whose parent or step-parent is a member of the UK Alumni Association, and who would normally be subject to non-resident tuition rates.
Please note completion of a medical residency does not constitute a qualifying degree program. Also, parents that completed an associate degree from a former UK Community College are not considered qualifying graduates.
New first-time freshmen will be eligible for the Legacy Tuition Program for a total of eight semesters. Transfer students are eligible through the equivalent of their eighth semester of undergraduate study. Semesters of prior college enrollment at other institutions are considered in the total eight semesters.
Automatic renewal each semester is contingent upon the student's full-time enrollment on the UK main campus while maintaining a good academic standing and the qualifying parent's active membership in the UK Alumni Association. Eligibility for continued enrollment in the program will be verified each semester.
Students are required to complete the Legacy application in order to receive the benefits. The deadline to apply for the fall semester is March 1 or December 1 for the spring semester.
Requirements Students applying with a minimum 1360 SAT (Math + Reading) or 31 ACT and a 3.5 unweighted high school grade point average (as calculated by the Office of Academic Scholarships) will receive the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates. Minimum test score requirements are based on the composite or total score from one test date. Combined scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests will not be considered. These students will be able to attend UK at the rate of in-state tuition.
Eligible students with a minimum 1250 SAT (Math + Reading) or 28 ACT and a 3.30 unweighted high school grade point average (as calculated by the Office of Academic Scholarships) will be considered for a scholarship which provides $4,500 per year. Minimum test score requirements are based on the composite or total score from one test date. Combined scores, also known as a superscore, from two or more tests will not be considered.
All other eligible students will receive $3,000 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study.
Application Form & Deadline
Fall 2013 Legacy Application • Deadline: March 1, 2013 Download Legacy Application Form (PDF)
Spring 2014 Legacy Application • Deadline: December 1, 2013 Download Legacy Application Form (PDF)
To learn more about this program, please click here.
Prior Learning Programs:
Almost any course offered at the University is available for credit by special examination, regardless of whether a student has audited the course, is currently enrolled in it, or has studied it independently. Please note, most elementary and intermediate foreign language courses are not available on the basis of a special examination.
Any full-time or part-time student enrolled in the University, and in good academic standing, has the right to request a special examination for credit in many courses offered (check with the offering department), regardless of whether the student has audited the course, is currently enrolled in it, or has studied for it independently.
Please note, most elementary and intermediate foreign language courses are not available on the basis of a special examination. Application for a special examination must be made in writing. (Students should obtain application forms in the Registrar's Office.) Undergraduates should address requests to the chair of the department in which the course is given, or to the office of the educational unit responsible; graduate students, to the director of graduate studies in the department in which the course is given.
Approval of requests from undergraduate students rests with the department chairperson; from graduate students, with the Dean of The Graduate School, acting upon recommendation of the director of graduate studies.
The request for special examination may be denied by the department chair or the office of the educational unit responsible, or the Dean of The Graduate School, acting upon recommendation of the director of graduate studies, if it is decided that the student has not furnished evidence that he or she is reasonably prepared to take the examination, or that the course is of such a nature that credit by examination is inappropriate. (The fact that a student has failed the course within the last semester may be regarded as evidence that the student is unprepared to take a special examination.)
The examiner designated by the educational unit may schedule the examination at his or her convenience, but must offer it within a reasonable time after the student has submitted his or her request. The examiner shall inform the Registrar of the student's grade in the course. A student currently enrolled in the class who successfully completes a special examination will be formally removed from the official roll by the Registrar, unless the student is dissatisfied with the results, in which case he or she may continue in the course and be graded in the usual manner. The examiner then may or may not include the results of the special examination in computing the final grade.
Credit earned by special examination may be counted as residence credit by the dean of the student's college. The limits on maximum loads are waived in cases where the excess is due to special examination credits. The student, with the educational administrator's consent, may take the special examination on a Pass/Fail basis, including any course not otherwise available under the Pass/Fail option. Credit derived in this manner does not reduce the number of courses permitted under the Pass/Fail rules.
The University of Kentucky recognizes examinations of the College Board Advanced Placement Program offered by high schools throughout the nation. Currently, UK ranks among the top 100 schools in the U.S. for receipt of AP test score results. A high school senior who wishes to have AP scores evaluated for academic credit or placement should have the results sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. UK's code is 1837. Students who receive Advanced Placement credit for a course may apply this credit the same way credit earned by passing a course is applied. UK does not recognize College Board SAT II Tests for placement or credit purposes. See UK's Advanced Placement Chart (PDF).
For more information on UK's Advanced Placement policy, contact:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Room 10 Funkhouser Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0054
Phone: (859) 257-7157
For more information about Advanced Placement, contact:
College Board Advanced Placement Program
45 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023-6992
UK participates in the national testing program of The College Board. CLEP Examinations cover specific material common to courses at many universities. Credit for University courses is awarded to students who obtain the listed scores on the appropriate Examinations, as listed in the Policy Guide for CLEP Examinations (PDF). The Registrar's Office is responsible for all official posting of credit to a student's record. For information regarding the CLEP program and posting of credit, call the Registrar's Office at (859) 257-8729.
For information on CLEP exams in general, visit the College Board Web site at http://clep.collegeboard.org/.
The University of Kentucky recognizes course credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program offered by high schools throughout the world. Generally, course credit is awarded for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on either the Standard Level exam or the Higher Level exam. Please refer to the IB Program chart (PDF) for the actual course credit policy in &each subject. Any student desiring credit must request an IB transcript to be sent to the University. Course credit awarded through the IB program will apply toward degree requirements just as if the course had been taken on campus, except that there will not be a specific letter grade associated with the course. Instead, a designation of CR -- credit -- will be awarded and the grade-point average will not be affected.
In some cases, as noted on the IB Program chart (PDF), additional curriculum information must be supplied by the student's high school before credit will be awarded. For more information, contact:
12 Funkhouser Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0054
Phone: (859) 257-2744
The following EGR 199 credit may be used to fulfill curricular requirements only in the categories of supportive or free elective.
This course will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Course number and name: EGR 199: Project Lead the Way. Credit: 1.0-6.0 (variable).
This course grants college credit to Project Lead the Way Pathway to Engineering graduates from PLTW Certified high schools. Incoming University of Kentucky Engineering freshmen students may earn college credit for each of the PLTW Pathway to Engineering courses [IED, POE, DE, CIM, CEA, BE, AE] completed while enrolled in secondary school(s), up to a maximum of six UK College of Engineering credits.
Criteria to obtain the credit include:
- Graduation from a PLTW Certified secondary school
- Completing each PTLW course with an average of B
- Scoring 70 or above on the End-of-Course (EOC) PLTW college credit exam
- Enrolling in the UK College of Engineering
- Paying the designated University of Kentucky tuition and fees
- Entering freshmen request credit from the Engineering Freshman Admissions team
- PLTW Affiliate Director receives request
- PLTW Secondary Teacher submits required documentation to the PLTW Affiliate Director
- Affiliate Director sends documentation to the Engineering Freshman Admissions team
- Enrollment in the College of Engineering and permission of the instructor.
Students, particularly those 25 years of age and older, may be eligible to receive credit for extra-institutional learning.
The American Council on Education through its Program on Noncollegiate-Sponsored Instruction (PONSI) has evaluated over 2,000 courses sponsored by over 140 corporations, organizations, and agencies drawn from business, industry, and government. On the basis of PONSI evaluations, the University has established guidelines for awarding credit for college-level courses. The University recognizes these recommendations as appropriate credit for meeting degree requirements. The University's colleges and departments determine the amount of credit that will apply to a student's curriculum. Information on PONSI appears in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Students who have a standard score of 32 or above on the English section of the ACT Assessment or 700 or above on the SAT I Critical Reading score will receive exemption from WRD 110; students who have a standard score of 3-5 on the AP English Language exam will receive credit (grade of CR) for WRD 110. There is no exemption by CLEP. Scores of 3-5 on the AP English Literature exam or the equivalent on the IB exam will receive 3 units of credit for ENG 1--, which does not satisfy either condition of the UK Core Composition and Communication requirements.
Many high school students take advantage of the University of Kentucky’s rich curricular offerings by enrolling in UK courses while finishing up their high school diplomas. However, this tradition in dual enrollment could be more adequately supported if offered within a formalized dual credit program. The Division of Undergraduate Education encourages UK faculty and college leadership to offer qualified students the opportunity to earn college credit as part of their high school curriculum.
The purpose of a formal UK Dual Credit Program is to provide academic enrichment opportunities to high school students who are ready for the rigors and challenges of coursework in a research university. In addition, the Program serves as an immersive professional development opportunity for our partner secondary school educators and counselors who learn first-hand the transitions issues inherent in the success of their students moving on to a public Research I university. Click here to learn more information about earning college credit