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Aug. 1

Application for Undergraduate Admission Opens; students should visit to complete their application or use the Common App

Sept. 1

Early Action applicants begin receiving admissions decisions. Housing application opens; students may apply for housing as soon as they have been admitted to UK.

Oct. 1

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Dec. 1

Early Action application deadline (this includes competitive and academic scholarships and the Lewis Honors College) and Early Action FAFSA deadline.

Feb. 15

Regular Decision application deadline and FAFSA priority deadline. Early Action applicant Housing, Dining and Living Learning Program application deadline.

May 1

Deadline for students to accept their admission to UK by registering for their Big Blue Nation Orientation and paying the orientation fee and enrollment deposit. Scholarship offer acceptance deadline.

May 20

Regular Decision applicant Living Learning Program application deadline.

June 1

Regular Decision applicant Housing and Dining application deadline; Housing prepayment deadline for all applicants.

We’re in this together.

At the University of Kentucky, we’re here to be a partner as you navigate the college application and decision-making process. Ultimately, we want what you want – for your student to make a well-informed decision about where they should attend college – even if that means UK doesn’t end up being the best fit. 

We realize that in many cases, the college decision is not made by the student alone, but in conjunction with their family and/or a supportive network of mentors. We’re here to find a balance between giving your student the tools they need to act independently and take the lead on this important journey and providing you with information and resources to provide support to them each step of the way. 

We’re here for you for the entire journey – from college exploration to application to selection and enrollment. If you have a question, and you cannot find the answer on this page, please contact your student’s recruiter (assigned by geographic territory) for further assistance. 

Record Applications

UK has had a record number of applications and admitted first-year students for the Fall 2023 semester. We are monitoring enrollment confirmations from a historically large pool. With that in mind, we want to make sure you are aware of the following:

  • For first-year students already admitted to UK for Fall 2023:

    • Admitted students considering UK should confirm on or before May 1, 2023. Their spot in the Class of 2027 is firm if they confirm with us by the deadline via registering for Big Blue Nation Orientation.
    • Admitted students considering UK who do not confirm on or before May 1, 2023 may be placed on a waitlist.
  • For first-year students who have not yet applied to UK for Fall 2023:
    • We are continuing to accept new first-year applications for Fall 2023, but students who are eligible for admission will be placed on a waitlist or eligible to be considered for a Spring 2024 start. As space becomes available, students may be moved from the waitlist and offered admission for Fall 2023.

Learn more about the Waitlist for Fall 2023


UK has a strong faculty core that supports 200+ academic programs spread across 16 degree-granting colleges, the Lewis Honors College, Graduate School and the UK Library system.


We inspire students to explore the many opportunities for involvement in UK’s community beyond the classroom and residence life experience.


Invested in infrastructure across campus, including a $256 million multidisciplinary research building and the continued expansion of a $1 billion health care facility started in 2004.


Fun Fact: UK is the only school in the SEC, BIG 10 and in the Commonwealth that has all modern residence halls complete with state-of-the-art technology and en suite bathrooms.

Latest Parent News

UK Moves to Confirmation Waitlist for Fall 2023 First-Year Students

On May 8, the University of Kentucky transitioned to a confirmation waitlist for summer and fall 2023 freshman students who had not yet confirmed their plans by registering for BBN Orientation.

Q&A: Student-Athletes Share How Arts and Athletics Connect

With our UK Gymnastics team off to Nationals for the second time in school history, we had the chance to connect with four of our SA/VS student-athletes to discuss the symbiosis between their creativity and athletics.