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

Dates & Deadlines

When to apply?

Action Track & Decision Track

Early Action Track:

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

Regular Decision Track:

Fall applicants who apply between December 2 and February 15

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

Admission Deadlines


Term  Application Deadline Admit Deadline "see blue." U Orientation Confirmation Deadline
Fall Early Action - Dec. 1 Regular Deadline - Feb. 15  Prior to last summer "see blue." U Orientation (July 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 October 15 – Must attend November “see blue.” U Orientation)
Summer February 15 April 15 April 30

If the deadline falls on a weekend, the application and/or ability to sign up for “see blue” U Orientation will remain open until 11:59 PM (EST) 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 and University Registrar 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 between 4-6 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


Application Requirements

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:

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 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 Application, or Coalition Application
  2. 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.
  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. 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 card are not required to pay the processing fee.
  5. Optional - Academic Letter of Recommendation: Freshmen applicants can submit an academic letter of recommendation from a teacher or high-school counselor. The recommender can submit this electronically or can download a PDF version, complete it, and mail it to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.


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


The University Of Kentucky's Annual Campus Safety and Security Reports are available for viewing and/or printing at The Annual Fire Safety Reports are available at

This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by UK, and on public property immediately adjacent to campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters.

The University Of Kentucky Police Department Daily Crime Log can be found online by visiting This log contains all of UKPD's activities such as reports taken and arrests made, as well as any incidents reported to the designated Campus Security Authorities. Additionally, crimes occurring on University property that are reported to the LFUCG PD are included on this log once the University is notified by the LFUCG PD. This site is updated every twenty-four (24) hours Monday through Friday. Additionally, a printed log containing UKPD activity is maintained by the UKPD Telecommunications Office and is available for viewing at all times.

If you would like a printed version of the report or if you have any questions, please contact UK Police Department, Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness at 859-257-9567 or

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