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Welcome, future Wildcat, to the University of Kentucky. Below you will find helpful information pertaining to deadlines, application requirements and pre-college curriculum.

Dates and Deadlines

When to apply?

Action Track and Decision Track

Early Action Track:

Fall applicants who apply on or before the December 1 deadline.

Regular Decision Track:

Fall applicants who apply after the Early Action deadline through February 15


If a deadline falls on a weekend, the application and/or ability to sign up for Orientation will remain open until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the following Monday.

  Deadline to Apply for Admission Competitive & Academic
Scholarship, Lewis Honors College Deadline
FAFSA Submission 
Priority Deadline
Housing and Living 
Learning Program
Application Deadline
Housing and Enrollment Deposit, 
 Orientation Fee
& Scholarship Acceptance 
EARLY ACTION TRACK December 1 December 1 December 1 Februrary 15 June 1
REGULAR DECISION TRACK Februrary 15 Early Action
Applicants Only
February 15 May 1 June 1

Admission Deadlines


Term  Application Deadline Orientation Confirmation Deadline
Fall Early Action - Dec. 1 Regular Deadline - Feb. 15  June 1 for a guaranteed spot in the freshman class. July 15 or on a space-available basis (Must attend a summer Orientation)
Spring September 30 October 15 – Must attend November Orientation)
Summer February 15 April 30

If a deadline falls on a weekend, the application and/or ability to sign up for Orientation will remain open until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) on the following Monday.


The University of Kentucky considers admission from freshman applicants who are not high school graduates but who present a valid High School Equivalency Certificate and General Education Development (GED) test scores. 



Deadlines and Decision Timeline

Students who apply and submit all required materials by the Early Action deadline of December 1 will receive an admissions decision no later than January 15. Those students who apply by the Regular Decision deadline will receive notification no later than March 31.

Freshman applicants who have completed the pre-college curriculum, but do not have the requisite grade-point average or program-specific admission requirements, may have their admission decision deferred. A portion of the freshman class may be admitted from this group of applicants. If, after the application deadline, spaces in the class remain to be filled, admission will be offered to deferred-decision applicants on a competitive basis. Admission will be offered first to those applicants with the strongest records and offers will continue until the class is filled.

The University of Kentucky categorizes freshmen by the following types:

  • A freshman with no college work
  • A freshman enrolled in college work taken prior to high school graduation and applying for a term after graduation


Application Requirements

Admission for freshman applicants is based on a holistic review including high school grades, national college admission test results (if submitted), successful completion of the pre-college curriculum and essay. 

Most undergraduate majors at UK permit a student to be directly admitted to their program (or with a pre-major designation) as part of the general undergraduate admission process. However, some colleges and programs at UK require an admission process separate from general undergraduate admission to the University. These selective admission majors and programs may require some combination of the following:

Pursuant to the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education (13 KAR 2:020) Guidelines for Admission to state-supported postsecondary education, applicants admitted with a cumulative unweighted high school GPA between 2.00-2.49 on a 4.0 scale will be required to enter into a Wildcat Success Plan (learning contract) with the University of Kentucky prior to enrollment.

Students can learn more about any individual admission requirements for their program of interest through the Academic Exploration Tool. If you have additional questions, you're encouraged to contact the college regarding their selective admission requirements.


Freshman applicants must submit the following:

  1. UK Application for Undergraduate AdmissionCommon App, or myCoalition application
  2. Transcripts: Please request your official high school transcript be send to us through your high school counseling office.  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.
  3. Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee: Pay $50 online when submitting the electronic application for admission or mail a check noting the applicant ID to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.  Full-time UK employees applying to take classes and who submit a copy of their UK staff ID card are not required to pay the processing fee.
  4. Test Scores (optional): Scores from the ACT or the SAT I are not required for admission purposes but students may submit them for consideration in illustrating their academic journey. Submitted test scores must be official; indicate to the testing service that an official score report should be sent to the University of Kentucky (ACT School Code -1554; SAT School Code - 1837). Student copies, high school report copies or scores from high school transcripts will not be accepted. For more information regarding our test optional for admission policy, visit

Pre-College Curriculum

Incoming freshmen should have the high school preparation necessary for academic success at the college level. To be eligible for consideration at UK under the policy outlined above, an applicant must have successfully completed the following high school courses as a minimum:

English/Language Arts – 4 credits

English I, II, III, IV

Mathematics – 3 credits

Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry (or more rigorous courses in mathematics)

*Additionally, high school students are encouraged to complete at least one year of mathematics beyond Algebra II.


Science – 3 credits

Biology I, Chemistry I, Physics I or life science, physical science and earth/space science (at least one lab course)


Social Studies – 3 credits

From U.S. History, Economics, Government, World Geography and World Civilization (or comparable courses)


Foreign Language – 2 credits

Two credits in the same foreign language or demonstrated competency

History and Appreciation of Visual, Performing Arts – 1 credit

History and appreciation of visual and performing arts or another arts course that incorporates such content



Seven Credits of Electives

Recommended strongly: one or more courses that develop computer literacy


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