Welcome, Wildcats!

We're so glad you're here.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of Kentucky! Our community of students, staff and scholars are ready to accept you into our Big Blue family. As you prepare officially to become a Wildcat, please carefully read this guide and complete all of the necessary steps to ensure your place in the incoming class. With 16 academic colleges, the Lewis Honors College and more than 400 student organizations, your time at the University of Kentucky promises to be enriching and challenging, preparing you, as UK President Eli Capilouto often says, “for a life of leadership, meaning, and purpose.” Our responsibility at the University of Kentucky is to help you reach your goals. We want you to learn all of the skills you need to compete and succeed. Learning takes place where your creative fires are sparked and where your studies match your passions - where you “see blue.” We’re so excited you’ve chosen to see yourself here at UK. Congratulations!

Go Cats!

Scott McDonald
Dean of Undergraduate Admission




To Do Checklist for All Students

To Do Immediately

Before You Come To UK

  • Take an official campus tour
  • Download the myUK and Canvas apps for your phone
  • Review technology recommendations
  • Send us your final high school and/or college transcript(s)
  • Send any IB/AP/CLEP testing results
  • Complete placement tests (if applicable)
  • Explore academic programs
  • Schedule a visit with your college
  • Activate Handshake (UK's career/internship management system)
  • Contact Disability Resource Center (if applicable)
  • Apply for parking (application is available in June)
  • Get excited for K Week

Scroll down the page to view how to complete this list.

Activate Your linkblue Account

Your linkblue account is a critical part of being a UK student. Your linkblue ID and password are your universal credentials to everything online. Use them to confirm your attendance; utilize the class registration, billing and payment system; apply for Campus Housing; access UK systems like myUK, Canvas and iTunesU; and a lot more. Follow these steps to get started.

Activate Your University Email Account

After you set up your linkblue account, you should activate your university email account. Your UK email account is the University's official communication channel with you. Important dates, deadlines, confirmation information and other information will be communicated via your UK email.

Set Up Two-Factor Login

Two-factor login provides you with an additional method of verifying your identity to log in or to complete a transaction within myUK. It adds a second layer of security by requiring you to verify your identity via phone or other mobile devices. It requires two things: your phone or mobile device and your account password. Everyone is encouraged to activate two-factor login. To enroll, you will need to register a trusted phone or mobile device (one that you personally use and is not shared with others) by following the instructions at the link below.

Student Financial Wellness

The University of Kentucky’s Student Financial Wellness Center is geared toward engaging our students in financial literacy programs and it provides a place for peer mentorship through the MoneyCATS team. The center is also a resource dedicated to the entire UK community supporting the evolving financial needs of students across campus.

Complete Your FAFSA

Apply early for financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019-20 is available beginning Oct. 1, at fafsa.gov. Incoming students who are admitted to UK and complete the FAFSA prior to Dec. 1 receive automatic consideration for academic scholarships, financial aid, and grants. Include UK’s federal school code, 001989, on your FAFSA.

Apply For Scholarships

Academic and competitive scholarship applications are part of the UK undergraduate admission application, so there is no separate application for awards from the institution. To be considered for competitive and academic scholarships freshmen applications must be received by December 1. Transfer applications must be received by June 15.

Living On Campus

Some of the best memories of college come from living on campus. Friends are made every day in a residence hall, on a walk to class or over a delicious meal. From the time you step onto campus until the time you walk across the stage to graduate, the heart of the Big Blue Nation will be your home away from home. It’s not just a place or a building. Home is a place where friends and family gather, eat, sleep and learn. Home is a place where memories, best friends and good times are made. Home is full of laughs, tears and cheers. You’re home. Welcome to the University of Kentucky.

Living on Campus Helps You Make The Grade

...and graduate on time.

Living on campus has a positive impact on a student’s retention rate. Students are more likely to return for their second year at UK if they live on campus and have an even better retention rate if they participate in a Living Learning Program. We know that Wildcats are happier, more successful and more involved when they live in a residence hall. First fall GPAs for students living on campus average 3.07, 0.36 higher than students living off campus. Living on campus is a smart decision throughout your college career. 

Living Learning Program

The University of Kentucky provides a residential academic experience through the Living Learning Program. In all of these communities, students can live with other students who share like-minded interests or similar academic majors. These communities include a small, connected course with other students living in the community, greater engagement with faculty and engagement in university activities outside of the classroom. Space is limited for specific communities, so be sure to keep track of application deadlines.  

Participating in the Living Learning Program determines the residence hall that you will live in, and your roommate will also be a participant in the same LLP as you. Many LLPs also accept transfer students. Find the right LLP for you at www.uky.edu/housing/living-learning-program


Room Types

Over the past four years, we’ve created the finest living arrangements of any college campus in the country. Just for you. You will feel secure when you select your room, down to the building and room number. From the day you move-in, until the day you graduate, you will be constantly making memories that will last a lifetime. At the University of Kentucky, living on campus means community, comfort and home. Learn more at https://www.uky.edu/housing/room-types

How To Apply for Housing

When you plan to live on campus, apply for housing as soon as possible after admission to UK. Applying for admission and applying for housing are two separate processes. Students are highly encouraged to apply for housing, as students who choose to live on campus are proven to be more successful academically. Students are encouraged to apply even if you haven’t made a final decision yet. 


Early Action housing/LLP deadline: February 15  Regular Decision housing/LLP deadline: May 1  Learn more at uky.edu/housing

To apply for housing and your top three LLP choices:     

  1. Log in to myUK portal: myUK.uky.edu 
  2. Select “myInfo” 
  3. Select “Undergraduate Housing” 
    1. (Application fee: $50 and is nonrefundable) 

A $150 housing prepayment will be required by May 1. If you have questions or need help, please contact Campus Housing at 859-257-1866.

Eating Made Easy

UK Dining offers a wide variety of locations and dining plans to satisfy every Wildcat's appetite. You will have access to quality, healthy meals, personalized menu items and the convenience of more than 30 locations close to your residence hall and classes. The All Access dining plans give you unlimited access to both residential dining locations for meals, snacks or even just to hang out with friends. Students living in undergraduate residence halls are required to purchase a university dining plan.* Learn more about the dining plan options and pricing at uky.edu/ukdining.


Dining Plan 2018-19 Rate** Flex Dollars
All Access White $2,075 $400
All Access Blue $1,975 $250
Comfort/All Access*** $1,750 $0
Minimum 7 $1,513 $200

*Students living in University Flats are not required to purchase a dining plan.
**Rates are per semester and subject to Board of Trustees approval.
***Default dining plan.

Confirm Your Place at UK

Make It Official.


We are so excited you’ve chosen to be a Wildcat! We want to welcome you to the Big Blue Nation. Here’s how to confirm your spot on campus and information on how we officially welcome students to campus. Confirming your attendance is a two-step process; first, confirm your enrollment by paying your orientation fee and enrollment deposit and then sign up for your “see blue.” U orientation.

This must be completed by May 1 for freshmen admitted to the fall semester and August 1 for transfer students. Your linkblue account must be activated to select your “see blue.” U date (see page 2 for instructions). 
If you need assistance, contact the orientation office at 859-257-3256 or orientation@uky.edu

  1. Log in to myUK using your linkblue account: myuk.uky.edu
  2. Select the “Student Services” tab 
  3. Select the “Admissions” sub tab 
  4. Select “see blue.” U Orientation Registration on the left-hand side bar. 

Please note: You will have an advising hold on your account until you attend your orientation. 

Take an Official Campus Tour

No, you didn’t read that heading incorrectly. Even though admission to the University has already been granted, many students have not taken an official campus tour and visit. We encourage all students to take advantage of the opportunity to see their new Kentucky home through an official first-time or return visit to UK. After you register, please let the Visitor Center staff know if you would like to meet with colleges and departments.

Get To Know Your President

Meet UK’s president, Dr. Eli Capilouto, and learn about his dedication to helping you and all other UK students to "see blue." He'll also introduce you to a few fellow Wildcats who will help you with your first important lesson - learning the UK Fight Song!

Share the Wildcat experience.

The University of Kentucky hosts a series of admitted student events between late February and April each year. These events provide information on affordability, community, academic programs and return on investment. Join us at one of our events to get one on one feedback from students, faculty, and alumni. You'll also receive important information about your next steps, including applying for housing and attending "see blue." U Orientation.

Get Registered

myUK Mobile App

The myUK mobile app is available for students, faculty and staff of the University of Kentucky. Use your linkblue account to sign in and manage your UK information on the go! Plan and register for courses, check your financial information, engage with student organizations and activities and monitor your Wildcat activity via the “K-feed.” The app is also a great way to have important deadlines and information pushed directly to your device. Learn more by visiting seeblue.com/ukapp

Laptop/Tablet Recommendations

The University of Kentucky strongly recommends that each student purchase a personal laptop computer or equivalent tablet device. A student’s program requirements, budget and preference should be the primary factors in choosing a laptop/tablet. Most laptops on the market will meet basic needs; however, UK offers a few guidelines.

Laptop Minimum Suggested Hardware

  • Processor: 
    •  Intel: Core i3 minimum, i5 preferred, i7 optional
    •  AMD: Ryzen 3 Quad Core Minimum, Ryzen 5 preferred, Ryzen 7 optional
  • Memory: 8 GB minimum (16 GB preferred)
  • Storage capacity: 250 GB minimum (500 GB or larger preferred) 
  • Wireless card: 802.11n minimum (802.11ac preferred)
  • Other helpful options: 8 GB or larger USB Flash Drive, external hard drive (for data backup/extra storage), 1920X1080 or better external monitor for desktop use, wired or wireless external mouse, video adapters 
  • (dvi/hdmi) and Kensington Security Slot laptop security cable

Tablets and Other Devices Minimum Suggested Hardware

  • Recommended Tablet Platform: Major Brand Android Dual Core 1.3 Ghz or higher | Apple A9 or higher
  • Minimum Memory (RAM): 2 GB for Apple devices, 4GB for Android
  • Storage capacity: 32 GB or larger

College Specific Requirements: Some colleges have specific requirements in addition to these. Visit the student information section of the UK Purchasing eBuy portal for college contacts and links (www.uky.edu/Purchasing/ebuy/student.php). The site also provides students with information that allows them to purchase equipment and software at a discounted price.

Software: Visit download.uky.edu to learn about software available free of charge or at a reduced rate. In addition to downloadable software, students with high-speed Internet connectivity can access Virtual Den (Virtual Desktop and Virtual Application Environment), which provides access to general student lab software on any UK student’s personal device (desktop, laptop, tablet).

Academic Success

Pre-College Tips for Freshmen

Work hard as a senior and be successful as a freshman! Take math and science courses your senior year to keep those skills sharp. Read challenging texts to prepare you for intense reading in college. Consider enrolling in your local community college to enhance your skills in reading, math or writing.

Did you know that UK continues to accept your best ACT or SAT score even after you’re been accepted? Studying and improving sub-scores can give you extra edge.

Consider retaking the ACT if your ACT composite score is 24 to 27. Even a one or two point improvement may help you qualify for a scholarship. If you have an ACT sub-score below 20 in reading, 19 in math or 18 in English (for SAT, 25 in Reading, 460 in Math or 25 in Writing and Language Test), you still have options. You can retake the ACT or SAT in an effort to raise your sub-scores. If you are unable to raise your sub-scores, you can also participate in the University of Kentucky Academic Prep Program. Learn more about APP at www.uky.edu/AE/academic-preparation-program



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SAT  satcollegeboard.org

UK’s ACT code is: 1554

UK’s SAT code is: 1837

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Send Us Your Stuff

Final High School Transcript

Please request that your high school counselor send a copy of your final transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admission after your graduation. The transcript must show your date of graduation and final cumulative grade point average.

Final College Transcript(s)

Contact the registrar or student records office at all of your previous institutions and request that they send an official transcript to the address below.

Advanced Placement Program

The University of Kentucky recognizes examinations of the College Board Advanced Placement Program. 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 and University Registrar. UK’s code is 1837. Academic departments have designated the current policy for students who score 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement examinations. UK does not recognize College Board SAT II Subject Tests for Placement or credit purposes.

International Baccalaureate Program

The University of Kentucky recognizes course credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Generally, course credit is awarded for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on either the Standard Level exam or the Higher Level exam. 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, additional curriculum information must be supplied by the student’s high school before credit will be awarded.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 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 exams. 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, contact the Registrar’s Office at (859) 257-7157. For information on CLEP exams at UK, visit the College Board website.

College Credit


The University of Kentucky currently has almost 500,000 established course equivalencies from many colleges and universities around the country. Please note that if your institution and/ or courses are not listed here, it does not mean that credit will not be awarded. Please contact the Equivalency Office at uktransfer@uky.edu for more information.

Academic Exploration Tool


Our Academic Exploration Tool helps you investigate your possibilities. If you haven’t decided on a major (or even if you have), be sure to check out UK’s many undergraduate majors by visiting the AET website. You’ll find all our major program offerings, as well as their requirements and much more. 

The website functionality allows students to discover degree programs at a personal level. Begin searching for degree paths by first selecting from categories within “I like to…,” “I want to be a…,” “I’m searching for….,” or “Browse all programs” options. After selecting your personal preferences, a list of degree programs offered that correlate with your selections will populate under different categories. From here, click on different degrees to learn about careers in the field, courses offered at UK and work environment. The site also shows featured careers, which include salary, number of jobs in the U.S. and a 10-year job outlook all streamed into the site by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Degree Planning with myUK GPS


The myUK GPS (Graduation Planning System) is a suite of tools to help students and their advisors navigate a pathway to success at UK, from recruitment to graduation. Using myUK GPS, students can see how they are progressing with requirements for their major, explore courses and register for classes.

Use myUK GPS to try out different options within your major or see how different UK CORE classes will count toward your degree.

Student Resources

James W. Stuckert Career Center

From career assessments to career and graduate school preparation, the James W. Stuckert Career Center is here to help students explore, experience and excel. Visit the Stuckert Career Center website at www.uky.edu/careercenter for more information about its services.

The University of Kentucky’s career services features Handshake, a new fast and powerful recruiting platform for UK students and alumni. Handshake uses cutting- edge technology to help you more easily connect with employers, source jobs and internships, event information and on-campus recruiting opportunities.

Visit the Handshake log in page - seeblue.com/handshake

  • Select linkblue login option
  • Use your linkblue ID and password in order to log in

Who can use Handshake? Currently enrolled University of Kentucky students and UK alumni are eligible. Only UK students and alumni may participate in on-campus recruiting.

Why should I use Handshake? Handshake users have the ability to explore job, co-op and internship opportunities. The platform adapts to meet your needs, pushing out customized information that is relevant and timely based on your career interests, experiences and major. You can apply for jobs, see relevant career articles and sign up for events and on-campus interviews. You can submit your list of experiences in the system as well.

How do I access Handshake as a currently registered student?  All currently registered students have an account already created for them within Handshake.

Disability Resource Center

uky.edu/DisabilityResourceCenter - 859-257-2754

The University of Kentucky Disability Resource Center partners with qualified students with disabilities to assist them in gaining equal access to institutional programs and services consistent with their unique needs. The center seeks to responsibly advocate the needs of students with disabilities to the campus community through consultation and outreach efforts with administration, faculty, students and University partners.

The DRC serves students with a wide array of disabilities and provides valuable information for students, parents, faculty and staff related to various responsibilities, services and programs of the office.

Students with disabilities, chronic health problems or dietary restrictions should contact the Disability Resource Center for information about services, academic accommodations and disability documentation guidelines.

University Health Service

ukhealthcare.uky.edu/uhs - 859-323-2778 (APPT)

University Health Service is your source for employee and student health care. Our physicians are board certified in family practice, internal medicine, psychiatry, emergency medicine, sports medicine and occupational medicine. Our nurse practitioners have certifications in family medicine, women's health and psychiatry. Best part? Most services are free with payment of your student fees.

LGBTQ* Resources

uky.edu/lgbtq - 859-323-3312

The Office of LGBTQ* Resources is the university hub for accessing information and services related to diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. LGBTQ* Resources is located in Gatton Student Center and Chandler Hospital and serves all students, faculty and staff. The office contributes to campus education, advocacy and community building with the ultimate goal of making sure every Wildcat can be their authentic self and find a true sense of belonging. For more information, visit their website or call.

Counseling Center

uky.edu/counselingcenter - 859-257-8701

The University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services provides confidential psychological counseling to currently enrolled UK students and consultation services to currently enrolled UK students, faculty, staff and caregivers.

We know that university life can be demanding, and that academics, work, athletics, finances, family, health and social life can be stressors in students' lives. UKCC offers confidential, short-term therapy to support students' growth and to assist students with mental health, academic or personal concerns that may interfere with academic performance or a sense of personal well- being while at UK.

Student Organizations & Engagement

Get Involved!


Looking to explore student organizations and involvement opportunities on campus? The Office of Student Organizations and Activities wants you to explore the opportunities at UK by connecting with new people, experiences and interests to make a real-world impact. SOA connects students to their passions and strengths, as well as, providing leadership development that helps students build and enhance the skills employers are looking for. Not only will you build lifelong friendships by getting involved, but these experiences also help you build a better future!

Involvement Advising

Are you looking to get engaged on campus? Do you want to get involved? Do you want more information on how to find the perfect student organization for you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, involvement advising is a great fit for you! You can  email with, talk to virtually or via phone and/or meet in person (before you move on campus if you want!) with a fellow UK student who serves as an involvement advisor. They’ll learn more about your interests and help you get involved on campus.

Learn more at getinvolved.uky.edu

Apply for Parking

If you plan to bring a car to campus, you will want to sign up for a UK parking permit, which allows you to park in permit-designated lots on campus. You can apply online beginning June 15. Parking permits are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit Transportation Services' website.

The Center of It All

The University of Kentucky is proud to welcome you home to the brand new Gatton Student Center. The Gatton Student Center is a $175 million, 360,000-square-foot building designed to be the heart of the university community. With a dedicated student organization space, Visitor Center, King Cultural Center, Blue Box Theater, Senate chambers, a social staircase, residential and retail dining, outdoor social spaces, a 650-seat cinema, two large multi-use ballrooms and a fitness complex, the Gatton Student Center serves as the ‘living room’ of campus and a great place for students to gather, exchange ideas and share a meal together.

Get Excited for K Week!

Each fall, UK rolls out the “big blue carpet” to welcome new and returning students to campus with K Week. K Week is five-days filled with events and activities that help students get oriented with campus, get involved in student life, and get connected to the city of Lexington. K Week is like a big family reunion and gives students a chance to meet everyone on campus from administrators to coaches to upperclassmen. Known as “the best way to get started at UK,” K Week is a great opportunity to make new friends, explore all that UK has to offer and have a little fun.

Campus Contacts

We're just a click or phone call away.

Academic Scholarships


Application  deadline:  December  1
*The application for Academic Scholarships is part of your application for admission to the university.

Academic Success

Chellgren Center for Undergraduate  Excellence

Disability Resource Center


UK Dining

Education Abroad

Financial Aid


Priority application deadline: December  1

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Campus Housing and Living Learning Program

Priority Deadline: Feb. 15
Regular Decision Deadline: May 1

James W. Stuckert Career Center

Lewis Honors College

Office for Institutional Diversity

Transportation Services


Student Account Services

Student Code of Conduct

Student Organizations and Activities
Twitter: @UKGetInvolved

Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduate Research

University Health Services
859-323-APPT (2778)

Veterans Resource Center

Visitor Center

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