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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?
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 “see blue.” U 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
|Housing and Living
|Housing and Enrollment Deposit,
"see blue." U Orientation Fee
& Scholarship Acceptance
|EARLY ACTION TRACK||December 1||December 1||December 1||Februrary 15||May 1|
|REGULAR DECISION TRACK||Februrary 15||Early Action
|February 15||May 1||May 1|
|Term||Application Deadline||"see blue." U Orientation Confirmation Deadline|
|Fall||Early Action - Dec. 1 Regular Deadline - Feb. 15||May 1 for a guaranteed spot in the freshman class. July 15 or on a space-available basis (Must attend a summer “see blue.” U Orientation)|
|Spring||September 30||October 15 – Must attend November “see blue.” U Orientation)|
|Summer||February 15||April 30|
If a deadline falls on a weekend, the application and/or ability to sign up for “see blue” U 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. Applicants must also take the ACT Assessment (or SAT I) and have the results sent directly to the office of Undergraduate Admission from the testing agency.
Deadlines and Decision Timeline
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. All decisions will be released by mid-March for the fall term.
Processing of applications usually takes up to four weeks once we have received all admission credentials needed to complete a file.
Freshman applicants who have completed the pre-college curriculum, but do not have the requisite grade-point average, test scores or both, 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
Admission for freshman applicants is based on a holistic review including high school grades, national college admission test results, 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:
- Higher test scores and GPAs than those required for general admission, including meeting the minimum Kentucky statewide academic readiness requirements for Reading, Writing and Math.
- A separate application after being admitted for general admission
- A portfolio of past work related to the requested field
- On-campus or video interviews
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:
- UK Application for Undergraduate Admission, Common App, or myCoalition application
- Test Scores: Official results for either the ACT or the SAT I are required. Arrangements to take either test may be made through your high school counselor's office. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 I, II, III, IV
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.
Biology I, Chemistry I, Physics I or life science, physical science and earth/space science (at least one lab course)
From U.S. History, Economics, Government, World Geography and World Civilization (or comparable courses)
Two credits in the same foreign language or demonstrated competency
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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