Frequently Asked Questions - Students

UK Core officially began with students that entered UK in the fall 2011 semester. Students who began prior to the fall 2011 semester are still under the University Studies Program (USP) general education requirements.

While there are many differences, some of the key changes would include:

  • The foreign language component has been changed from a general education requirement in USP to a proficiency-based requirement that must be completed prior to graduation
  • USP required more than 40 credit hours to satisfy, whereas UK Core requires 30 credit hours (or equivalency)
  • There is no math ACT/SAT opt-out for the Quantitative Foundations requirement in UK Core

More information can be obtained by viewing the Office of the Registrar's University Bulletin pages for each program - University Studies Program (USP) or UK Core.

For the latest information on UK Core course offerings please refer to the link below:

UK Core - Approved Courses

UK Core - Online Course Catalog


Yes.  As with AP credits, when academic credit is assigned for a course taken at another institution, that course is "linked" with a UK course.  Any UK Core requirement fulfilled by that UK course is also fulfilled by the transferred course.  As always, please see your academic advisor regarding specific questions. The Office of the Registrar maintains a database that allows you to check on your potential transfer credit(s).

Yes. To obtain academic credit for an AP course, the AP course is "linked" with a UK course.  Any UK Core requirement fulfilled by that UK course is thereby fulfilled by the AP course. See the Office of Undergraduate Admissions webpage for more information.

New UK Core courses are being submitted and approved every semester to ensure that an appropriate number of courses and sections are available. This is particularly important as each new class of first-year students enter the University and enroll in UK Core courses to satisfy their general education requirements.

The the student degree audit system in MyUK GPS maintains the "official" record of the general education requirements that a student has fulfilled. In addition, the degree audit provides the student an opportunity to evaluate where they stand regarding how their completed courses (and transfer courses, if applicable) apply towards their degree program and any declared minors. MyUK GPS allows the student to plan future courses and evaluate how their completed coursework may even apply towards other degree programs and minors should they have interest in a double major, dual degree, and/or a minor. Using the various features offered within MyUK GPS empowers the student to be prepared for each of their scheduled advising sessions in addition to their instigating meaningful conversation(s) regarding their academic and career goals.

Find out more information about MyUK GPS by visiting -

Students who transfer to the University of Kentucky with an AA, AS, or a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution will have earned credit for all UK Core requirements.  These students will also show completion of the Foreign Language requirement as a result of earning one of these degrees.  Higher level foreign language requirements may be required based upon the major/college chosen.

Questions or comments related to the UK Core can be directed to:

Joanie Ett-Mims
Office of the Senate Council
University of Kentucky
203 Main Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0032
Phone (859) 257-5871 |