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In order for the Office of Undergraduate Admission to make an admission decision, UK must receive a completed application. This includes the online application and supporting material.

Transcripts (with Pre-College Curriculum)

Please request that your high school send an official high school transcript to UK. This transcript should reflect grades through at least six semesters of high school work. If you are a high school graduate, submit a complete official transcript including the date of graduation.

Incoming freshmen should have the high school preparation necessary for academic success at the college level. To be eligible for consideration at UK, an applicant must have successfully completed the following high school courses as a minimum:

English/Language Arts – 4 credits

  • English I, II, III, IV

Mathematics – 3 credits

  • Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry (or more rigorous courses in mathematics)

Science – 3 credits

  • Biology I, Chemistry I, Physics I or life science, physical science, and earth/space science (at least one lab course)

Social Studies – 3 credits

  • From U.S. History, Economics, Government, World Geography and World Civilization (or comparable courses)

Foreign Language – 2 credits

  • Two credits in the same foreign language or demonstrated competency

Health – 1/2 credit

Physical Education – 1/2 credit

History and Appreciation of Visual, Performing Arts – 1 credit

  • History and appreciation of visual and performing arts or another arts course that incorporates such content

Electives – 7 credits

  • Recommended strongly: one or more courses that develop computer literacy

Additionally, high school students are encouraged to complete at least one year of mathematics beyond Algebra II.

A total of 24 credits or more must be completed in high school. Applicants should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for information concerning exceptions to this policy.

Non-refundable Application Processing Fee

Pay $50 online when submitting the electronic application for admission or mail a check noting the applicant ID to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Full-time UK employees applying to take classes and who submit a copy of their UK staff card are not required to pay the processing fee.

Test Scores (optional)

Scores from the ACT or the SAT I are not required for admission purposes but students may submit them for consideration in illustrating their academic journey. Submitted test scores must be official; indicate to the testing service that an official score report should be sent to the University of Kentucky (ACT School Code -1554; SAT School Code - 1837). Student copies, high school report copies or scores from high school transcripts will not be accepted.

For more information regarding our test optional for admission policy, including information on continuation of the policy through the 2024-25 academic year, visit go.uky.edu/testoptional.

Fall 2021 Deadlines

  Deadline to Apply for Admission Competitive & Academic Scholarship, Lewis Honors College Deadline FAFSA Priority Deadline Housing and Living Learning Program Application Deadline Enrollment Deposit, Orientation Fee & Scholarship Acceptance
Early Action Track
December 1
December 1
December 1
February 15
June 1
Regular Decision Track
February 15
Early Action Applicants Only
February 15
May 1
June

*The University is still taking applications for Fall 2021.

The University of Kentucky considers admission from freshman applicants who are not high school graduates but who present a valid High School Equivalency Certificate and General Education Development (GED) test scores. 

Spring and Summer Terms Deadlines

Students wishing to enroll in the Spring term should apply by September 30.

Students wishing to enroll in the Summer term should apply by February 15.

If a deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the following Monday.

The University of Kentucky considers admission from freshman applicants who are not high school graduates but who present a valid High School Equivalency Certificate and General Education Development (GED) test scores.