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Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The University of Kentucky recognizes examinations of the College Board Advanced Placement Program.  A high school senior who wishes to have AP scores evaluated for academic credit or placement should have the results sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar. UK's code is 1837.  Academic departments have designated the current policy for students who score a 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement examinations.  UK does not recognize College Board SAT II Subject Tests for Placement or credit purposes.

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International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

The University of Kentucky recognizes course credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Generally, course credit is awarded for scores of 5, 6, or 7 on either the Standard Level exam or the Higher Level exam. Any student desiring credit must request an IB transcript to be sent to the University.   Course credit awarded through the IB program will apply toward degree requirements just as if the course had been taken on campus, except that there will not be a specific letter grade associated with the course. Instead, a designation of CR – credit – will be awarded and the grade-point average will not be affected.  In some cases, additional curriculum information must be supplied by the student’s high school before credit will be awarded. 

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High Schools & UK Dual Credit Programs

Dual credit at the University of Kentucky is a formal partnership between two educational entities that allow for high school students in one school (or district) to enroll concurrently in a college course. Academic credit is awarded by both the high school and university. Leaders of both institutions must fomally establish and approve the program before a student may be enrolled in a UK dual credit course. Since the 2017 spring term, UK has been participating in the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program. This Program is funded through the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

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College Credit

The University of Kentucky currently has almost 500,000 established course equivalencies from many colleges and universities around the country.  Please note that if your institution and/or courses are not listed here, it does not mean that credit will not be awarded.

An official transcript from the college or university must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. A college transcript is necessary for credit to be awarded even if the credit also appears on a high school transcript.

Please contact the Equivalency Office at 859-257-9532 for more information. 

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University Scholars Program

The University Scholars Program offers highly motivated students the opportunity to integrate their undergraduate and graduate courses into a single continuous program culminating in both a baccalaureate degree and a master's degree. 

Students receiving a 4 year renewable undergraduate academic scholarship who are admitted to the University Scholars Program after their junior year may continue to receive the academic scholarship during their fourth year/first year of USP. In addition, the student may continue to receive federal and state need-based undergraduate financial aid during their fourth year. 

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