Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to be admitted to UK?
- As a transfer student, with a 2.0 GPA and 24 earned credit hours, you can be admitted into the majority of UK's programs of study. However, there are a number of majors that are considered selective, which have slightly higher GPA requirements. You can find more admission requirements elsewhere on our website here.
What majors are selective?
- Majors in the Colleges of Business and Economics, Communication and Information, Design, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health are considered selective.
Do any colleges have additional applications?
- Yes, the Colleges of Design and Health Sciences have required additional applications for prospective students. The College of Design's application is located here, and the College of Health Sciences breaks theirs down by individual major:
- Additionally, the College of Fine Arts requires prospective students majoring in Music and Dance to audition. Find more information about that process on their website here.
How do I apply?
- You can apply to UK online here.
I can't find my major on the application.
- Some majors are designated with a Pre- status until you obtain major standing here at UK. If you're having trouble finding your major, try looking in the P section of the alphabetical dropdown menu when you select your major in the online application.
How is KY residency determined?
Where do I send my transcript? Does it need to be a hard copy?
- We will accept both hard-copy official transcripts as well as digital copies, provided that they are sent to us by the institution that you previously attended and are indeed official copies. You can send digital transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org and hard-copy transcripts can be addressed to the UK Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 100 Funkhouser Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0054.
How can I check my application status?
- You can check your application status by logging into the online application and clicking the Check Status link under the Submitted Online Applications header.
When will I know if I'm admitted? How long does it usually take?
You will receive a letter in the mail regarding your admission decision about three to six weeks after we receive your application and supporting documents.
How do I confirm my admission?
You will confirm your acceptance offer by registering to attend a “see blue U.” Orientation. Once you receive your acceptance packet in the mail, you can follow the instructions included within it to set up your myUK account and choose an orientation date.
How do I sign up for a "see blue." U Orientation? Do I have to attend one?
- You can sign up for your "see blue." U Orientation via MyUK, and there are additional instructions in your acceptance packet. Attendance is indeed required for all students, save summer non-degree students and military-affiliated students with verifiable orders that interfere with the orientation dates. You'll sit down with your academic advisor and schedule your first semester of classes here at UK at your SBU, and you don't want to miss out on that!
When can I register for my classes?
- You will be able to register for classes with the help of your college advisor at your “see blue U.” Orientation. After your first semester, you will be able to register for classes with the rest of the student population.
Do I have to pay the $50 application fee?
The application fee is required to process your application. However, there are opportunities for free applications at certain recruitment events and on Transfer Tuesdays.
How do I apply if I'm not a US citizen?
- If you hold a current US visa or will need to apply for one, complete the international application here. All other prospective students will complete the domestic application. Once your Admission Officer receives and reviews your application, they will email you a list of needed items.
When can I transfer? Do I need a certain number of hours?
You can transfer with any number of credit hours earned after high school graduation. If you have 24 or more earned credit hours, we will only require a transcript from each college or university you have previously attended. If you have 23 or fewer earned credit hours, we will also need your high school transcript and your ACT/SAT scores in addition to your college transcript(s). You can find more information about this on our Transfer Requirements page.
Are there expiration dates on my ACT or SAT scores?
- We will not be able to accept ACT or SAT scores that are more than five years old. If your scores are more than five years old, you will either need to retake the ACT or SAT, or attend a community college until you have earned at least 24 credit hours.
What about my AP scores? Do those expire?
- Unlike ACT/SAT scores, AP scores do not expire! Please see the CollegeBoard’s AP website for information regarding their maintenance of AP records.
How long until I can graduate?
- While it is difficult to know exactly how your credits will transfer unless you've applied, your college academic advisor will be able to give you a better forecast of your degree progress, which often depends on course availability and pre-requisites. For a general summary of the courses you will have left to complete, a transfer advisor can assist you in an advising appointment.
Can I see the UK course catalog?
- The course catalog is housed by the UK Registrar. You can find a full list of yearly course offerings here, and if you're curious about specific semester offerings, contact the Registrar here.
Do you have online classes?
- UK does offer online classes. Semester offerings can be found in the course catalog maintained by the Registrar.
What degrees do you offer?
- UK offers over 100 undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines including STEM, business, healthcare, the humanities, arts and design, education, and the social sciences. The registrar houses a complete index of UK majors and minors here. If you're unsure of what might be the right major for you, contact a transfer advisor for guidance.
Who is my academic advisor?
- While in the process of transferring or completing coursework through other institutions, a UK Transfer Advisor will serve as your resource. The transfer advisors are divided by regions for in-state transfer students and by the alphabetical order of your last name for out-of-state transfer students. You can find your dedicated transfer advisor here.
Can you lift my advising hold?
- Advising holds are lifted automatically for new students during their "see blue." U Orientation, where you will meet with a college academic advisor and schedule your first semester of classes.
What is GETA?
- GETA is the Kentucky statewide General Education Transfer Policy is an agreement between all Kentucky public institutions that facilitates the transfer of general education coursework. Eligible students can be certified in up to five categories from their previous institution to complete the corresponding categories at UK. Check out the detailed GETA breakdown on our Transfer Requirements page.
Will all of my credits transfer?
- UK accepts up to 67 hours of college-level credit from two-year institutions and an unlimited number of college-level credits from four-year institutions. So, yes! Your credits will be processed and matched to UK courses with the help of an Equivalency Officer and a UK Transfer Advisor can help you understand how those credits might apply to your intended degree or which degree might incorporate the most of your past work.
Do you accept dual-credit coursework?
- UK does accept dual credit issued from accredited higher-learning institutions. If you took college-level classes in high school, the college or university that awarded this credit must send a transcript for it to be added to your UK record. Dual-credit coursework can not be accepted from only a high-school transcript.
Does UK offer dual-credit courses I can take?
- UK has very limited opportunities for high school students to earn UK credit as part of their high school coursework. However, a UK Transfer Advisor can help dual-credit students determine which classes offered by other universities may transfer to UK as required coursework.
How can I see how my credits will transfer in to UK?
- You can check your transfer credits in one of two ways, and both are accessed from MyUK: your MyUK GPS degree audit and your UK unofficial transcript.
- To access your degree audit, click the Student Services tab in MyUK, followed by the Degree Planning and Registration (myUKGPS) subtab. This will show you how your previous coursework applies to your UK major, and you'll also register for classes in this system at your "see blue." U Orientation.
- To access your unofficial transcript, click the Student Services tab in MyUK, followed by the myRecords subtab and the Unofficial Transcript link in the sidebar. This view will show you how your credits transfer in a line-by-line fashion.
How long will it take for my equivalent courses to show up in my UK student records?
- Once you have received your admission packet in the mail, it will likely take around two weeks for your transfer coursework to be added to your student record. Our office processes transfer coursework in the order it was received, so if it's not currently appearing on your UK unofficial transcript, that doesn't mean that none of your coursework will transfer. Rather, we just have not had a chance to process it on our end yet!
How do I get my transcript?
- College transcripts can usually be obtained from the Student Records Office or Registrar's Office from your current (and previous) institutions. There is usually a small fee associated with the request. Official transcripts can be sent electronically from the aforementioned offices directly to email@example.com or in a sealed envelope to UK's Office of Undergraduate Admission, 100 Funkhouser Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0054.
Can you take my ACT/SAT/AP/dual-credit from a high-school transcript?
- Unfortunately, we can't do that. You will need to submit documentation from whichever institution supplies the credential. This means contacting (or accessing electronically) services like ACT, College Board, or whichever college/university is responsible for your previous college credit.
Do you need all of my transcripts even if my work from my first school is on my second transcript?
- Yes, actually. We have to see all of your college work from the school that actually gave it to you.
Do I have to send my high-school transcript? Do you need my ACT/SAT scores?
- Transfer students who have at least 24 college-level credits do not need to submit a high-school transcript for admission purposes. However, a university-level foreign language requirement can be waived if you provide evidence of passing two levels of the same foreign language in high school (college and major-level foreign language requirements will still apply). It can be a good idea to submit a high school transcript for this reason. These same students with a minimum of 24 college-level credits also do not need to provide their ACT or SAT test scores for admission purposes.
- Students with 23 or fewer college-level credits will have to supply the same materials as freshmen (this includes a high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores) in addition to transcript(s) from their previous institution(s).
Do you have transfer student scholarships?
- Yes! We offer academic scholarships to transfer students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least 24 college-level credit hours. We also offer competitive transfer scholarships with their own unique requirments. You can read more about our transfer scholarship opportunities here.
How much does UK cost?
- Tuition to UK, like most public universities, can fluctuate from year to year. You can look at tuition details for the current year here. It's also important to note that the "sticker price" for tuition is not often what you would wind up paying. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities can play a large role in the final amount due. Feel free to contact a Financial Aid Counselor with questions. If you have not been admitted, then Lexie Foellger will be able to help you.
How do I get KCTCS tuition at UK?
- A KCTCS degree does not guarantee a tuition adjustment to other Kentucky public institution. However, UK does offer a competitive scholarship opportunity that meets the difference between in-state KCTCS tuition and in-state UK tuition. Read more about the Trustees Scholarship here.
If I had KEES money at my previous institution, will that transfer to UK as well?
- The short answer is that it depends on your specific situation. You have a five-year window from when you first graduate from high school to use your KEES money, plus you will have needed to maintain Kentucky residency during your tenure at your previous institution in addition to not yet having received a bachelor's degree. If you meet all of these requirements, your KEES money can still be used here at UK. If you have additional questions about KEES, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
What are my housing options? Do I have to live on campus?
- No, you do not have to live on-campus (no matter how far away your family lives or how many credit hours you have). However, you can if you would like. Learn more by visiting UK Housing's website. If you would prefer to live off-campus, we have support services for you too. Our Office of Off-Campus Student Services can help you learn more about the ins-and-outs of living off-campus.
What are my parking options?
Your parking options will depend on your on/off campus status. Students who live in the residence halls may have access to resident lots and commuter students may have access to commuter lots depending on availability. You can learn more about parking options and permit costs on UK Transportation's website.
How do I set up MyUK?
You will receive instructions in your acceptance packet, and you can also follow the setup wizard at newstudent.uky.edu.
I'm setting up my LinkBlue account and I keep getting a Communication Error message when I'm creating my password. How can I fix that?
- That Communication Error message generally means that there is some type of personal information in the password you're attempting to use, which the system is not accepting. This can include parts of your name, your birthday, your address or any other personal identifying information. Try using a different password, and if that still doesn't work, contact UK ITS at 859-218-HELP (4357) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a transfer student, can I live in UK residence halls?
There are no age restrictions for our residence halls, so yes! UK Housing will be able to help you find a suitable roommate if you don’t already have one in mind.
What kind of dining options are on UK campus?
UK is surrounded by places to eat and has many restaurant options incorporated into campus. UK Dining also offers meal plans to utilize the “all you care to eat” options in the campus dining halls. Read more about UK Dining as an on-campus and commuter student here.
I'm a military-affiliated student. Are there any special options or opportunities available to me?
- Welcome! We have an entire office dedicated to helping you succeed here at UK. Click here for more on the Veterans Resource Center.
I think I qualify for the Project Graduate program. Can you tell me a little more about it?
- Project Graduate is a Kentucky-wide initiative to assist adult learners with 80 or more earned credit hours to return to school and finish their first bachelor's degree. You can find more information, including program benefits and contact information, here.
I'm looking to come back to UK after withdrawing to finish my degree. How do I go about that?
- We're excited to have you back! Check out our Readmitted Students page for more information on how to continue your college career at UK.
I've heard you have a dual-enrollment program with Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Where can I find more info on that?
- We do! The BCTCBlue+ program is designed for BCTC students who intend to complete an Associate in Arts or Science (AA or AS) degree and then transfer to UK. The program will allow you to take up to 12 credit hours of pre-major or major coursework at UK for BCTC prices while simultaneously pursuing your AA or AS degree at BCTC. You can find more information on the program on BCTC's website here or by contacting the program coordinator, Kelsey Carew, at email@example.com.
If I have dual-credit coursework, should I apply as a transfer student?
- Nope! Transfer students are only students who have attended another institution after graduating high school, so if you only have dual-credit coursework, you'll still be applying as a first-time freshman. Just make sure you send the Office of Undergraduate Admission a copy of your official transcript from your dual-credit institution so we can add that coursework to your UK student record.
I'm a UK employee—how does the Employee Education Program work?
How do I take a UK campus tour?
You can sign up for a University tour through the Visitor Center website. You can also contact your academic college directly to schedule a Program Tour. Additionally, we have transfer-student-specific tours offered as part of our Transfer Visit Days.
I'm new to Lexington—tell me about the Athens of the West.
Lexington is a great city with plenty of opportunities to try new things or connect to current interests. The city’s tourism website, VisitLex.com, is a good way to find out more information.
I have another question that isn't answered here. Who should I talk to?
Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission (859-257-2000) or UKTransfer@uky.edu: We'll help you get the answers you need!