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Every applicant who was not admitted to the University of Kentucky has had their application file considered through guidelines established by the University Senate Rules and published in the University Bulletin. It is because of the thoroughness of the process that it is unusual for an admission decision to be reversed. Therefore, for an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new compelling academic and/or personal information as well as details pertaining to extenuating circumstances that were not addressed in the original application. The appeals process is not a re-review of an existing applicant file and appeals will not be accepted from applicants who are not submitting new information.

Download and Complete the Appeal Form

Guidelines for Submitting an Appeal

  • The appeal will only be accepted from the applicant, not a parent, guardian or spouse. 
  • The appeal must present and include new and compelling information not included in the original application. Interest in attending the University of Kentucky is not a valid basis for an appeal. 
  • The appeal must include supporting documentation noting new and compelling information. Supporting documentation can include medical records, letters of academic recommendation, etc. 
  • The appeal should include an explanation of why the new information was not submitted in the original application. 
  • Applicants may only appeal once and the resulting decision is final. 
  • The appeal must be submitted via email to with the subject heading: Decision Appeal. If you will be submitting a significant amount of supporting documentation, you can also mail the completed form to:

    University of Kentucky

    Committee on Admission by Exception

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    100 Funkhouser Building

    Lexington, KY 40506-0054