New & Incoming Students

1) Activate your Link Blue account

Before proceeding, you will need the following information from your admission letter:

Login with your Link Blue ID and default password to begin the activation wizard. The default password to login is u$ followed by the last 6 digits of your UK ID number and the word 'blue' in lowercase. Example: u$123456blue

For step-by-step directions through the activation wizard, please go to

Your link blue account can be used to access many campus wide systems, including myUK, Blackboard, and APEX Degree Planner.

2) Selecting your advising conference date

Important: This must be done by May 1st for freshmen admitted to the Fall semester. Your link blue account must be activated before proceeding. If you need assistance with the advising conference, contact the Advising Conference Office at (859) 257-3256.

3) Use Degree Planner APEX

Degree Planner APEX provides you an opportunity to view and begin to understand all the degree requirements for the major you have chosen to pursue. Degree Planner can be accessed via myUK ( Once you have logged into myUK, go to the Student Services tab and click on Degree Planner APEX.

Degree Planner will allow you to begin to plan what courses you will be taking in your first semester at UK and how your transfer work (if applicable) will count toward your degree requirements. The major you have chosen to pursue will be listed and the degree requirements for you will be outlined. Please note that AP, IB, CLEP and transfer work, if applicable, will be included in your audit as we approach your first semester of attendance

Questions about Degree Planner APEX can be sent to or by finding your college contact at Questions can also be directed to your academic advisor.

859-218-HELP (859-218-4357)