The University of Kentucky is implementing a test optional policy for the 2021-22 academic year. This will allow most freshman applicants, as well as transfer applicants with fewer than 24 credit hours, the option to be considered for admission without submission of ACT or SAT scores. We recognize the challenges that prospective students are experiencing because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in registering for and taking these standardized tests. To that end the Office of Undergraduate Admission is able to evaluate most applicants for admission without the use of test scores reviewing the rigor of high school coursework, activities and engagement outside the classroom as well as a written essay. Review the information below to learn more and decide on the best path for you.
Students who have already submitted ACT or SAT scores to UK can choose whether you want them considered in our admission process when filling out the application for admission.
How will my admission application be reviewed if I choose not to have my test scores considered?
Some applicants may feel that their standardized test scores do not accurately reflect their academic potential. A test optional admissions policy allows the applicant to choose whether or not SAT or ACT test scores will be considered as part of the admission review – letting the applicant decide how best to tell their own academic journey.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission will review applications in a holistic manner – taking into consideration the rigor of high school coursework, activities and engagement outside the classroom as well as a written essay.
How do I know if test optional is the right option for me?
There is no right or wrong answer. Standardized scores have always been only one factor of admission consideration. As always, we want an application to submit anything that can help us in determining an offer of admission to the University of Kentucky.
May I change my mind after choosing not to have my test scores considered for admission?
Applicants are encouraged to consider this decision before submitting the application for admission. Applicants may submit test scores up until the Early Action deadline of December 1, 2020, or the Regular Decision deadline of February 15, 2021. Transfer applicants with fewer than 24 credit hours may submit test scores until the Spring 2021 admission application deadline of November 15, 2020 or the Fall 2021 application deadline of July 1, 2021.
Are there any colleges and majors at UK that will require a test score for admission into their program?
There are several academic colleges who are reviewing the use of the ACT or SAT in their admission decisions. The Office of Undergraduate Admission will have an updated list of all majors and requirements late September. Please check back for further updates.
Do I need to submit ACT or SAT scores for scholarship consideration?
The University of Kentucky is committed to making scholarship opportunities available to students who qualify, whether they apply with or without test scores. Please visit www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarship-incoming-freshmen for complete information on test-optional criteria for scholarship eligibility. As with any year, there are limited scholarship funds, so please be sure to apply early. Freshman students who apply by the Early Action deadline of December 1, 2020, will be considered. Transfer students with fewer than 24 college credit hours are not eligible for academic scholarships.