Frequently Asked Questions
I have questions about admission.
What are the requirements to be admitted to UK?
As a transfer student, with a 2.0 GPA and 24 earned credit hours, you can be admitted into the majority of UK's programs of study. However, there are a number of majors that are considered selective, which have slightly higher GPA requirements. Please note, UK has adopted a test-optional policy through the 2028-29 academic year. This means students who have earned less than 24 hours can be considered for admission without standardized test scores.
What majors are selective?
Majors in the Colleges of Business and Economics, Communication and Information, Design, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Nursing and Public Health are considered selective.
Do any colleges have additional applications?
How do I apply?
I can't find my major on the application.
Some majors are designated with a Pre- status until you obtain major standing here at UK. If you're having trouble finding your major, try looking in the P section of the alphabetical dropdown menu when you select your major in the online application.
How is KY residency determined?
Where do I send my transcript? Does it need to be a hard copy?
We will accept both hard-copy official transcripts as well as digital copies, provided that they are sent to us by the institution that you previously attended and are indeed official copies. Have digital transcripts sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and hard-copy transcripts can be addressed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 100 Funkhouser Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0054.
How can I check my application status?
When will I know if I'm admitted? How long does it usually take?
You will receive a letter in the mail regarding your admission decision about three to four weeks after we receive your application and supporting documents.
How do I confirm my admission?
You will confirm your acceptance offer by registering to attend a Big Blue Nation Orientation. Once you receive your acceptance packet in the mail, follow the instructions to set up your linkblue account and choose an orientation date.
How do I sign up for a Big Blue Nation Orientation? Do I have to attend one?
Sign up for your Big Blue Nation Orientation via myUK, following these instructions. Attendance is required for all students, with the exception of summer non-degree students and military-affiliated students with verifiable orders that interfere with the orientation dates. At BBN Orientation, you'll sit down with your academic advisor and schedule your first semester of classes here at UK - you don't want to miss out on that!
When can I register for my classes?
You will be able to register for classes with the help of your college advisor at your Big Blue Nation Orientation. After your first semester, you will register for classes during priority registration. You will be assigned a window when you may register for classes online through the myUK portal.
Do I have to pay the $50 application fee?
The application fee is required to process your application. However, there are opportunities for free applications at certain recruitment events and on Transfer Tuesdays.
How do I apply if I'm not a US citizen?
If you hold a current US visa or will need to apply for one, complete the international application here. All other prospective students will complete the domestic application. Once your admission officer receives and reviews your application, our International Student and Scholar Services team will contact you a list of needed items.
When can I transfer? Do I need a certain number of hours?
You can transfer with any number of credit hours earned after high school graduation. If you have 24 or more earned credit hours, we will only require a transcript from each college or university you have previously attended. If you have 23 or fewer earned credit hours, we will also need your high school transcript and your ACT/SAT scores (optional through 2028-29) in addition to your college transcript(s). UK is test-optional for admission through the 2028-29 academic year; this means students with less than 24 earned hours may be considered for admission without standardized test scores. Learn more about our test-optional policy here. You can find more information about this on our Transfer Requirements page.
Are there expiration dates on my ACT or SAT scores?
We are not be able to accept ACT or SAT scores that are more than five years old. If your scores are more than five years old, you will either need to retake the ACT or SAT, attend a community college until you have earned at least 24 credit hours or students may also choose to apply using our test-optional policy. Applying test-optional meaning students with less than 24 earned credit hours may be considered for admission to UK without standardized test scores. Learn more about our test-optional policy, which runs through the 2028-29 academic year, here.
What about my AP scores? Do those expire?
Unlike ACT/SAT scores, AP scores do not expire! Please see the CollegeBoard’s AP website for information regarding their maintenance of AP records.
I have academic questions.
How long until I can graduate?
While it is difficult to know exactly how your credits will transfer unless you've applied, your college-assigned academic advisor will be able to give you a better forecast of your degree progress, which often depends on course availability and pre-requisites. For a general summary of the courses you will have left to complete your degree program, a transfer advisor can assist you in an advising appointment.
Can I see the UK course catalog?
Do you have online classes?
What degrees do you offer?
UK offers 200+ undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines including STEM, business, health care, the humanities, arts and design, education and the social sciences. Explore all of our majors and minors here. If you're unsure of what might be the right major for you, contact a transfer advisor for guidance.
Who is my academic advisor?
While in the process of transferring to UK or completing coursework through other institutions, a transfer advisor will serve as your resource. The transfer advisors are divided by regions for in-state transfer students and by alphabetical order of your last name for out-of-state transfer students. Find your dedicated transfer advisor here.
Can you lift my advising hold?
Advising holds are lifted automatically for new students during their Big Blue Nation Orientation, where you will meet with a college academic advisor and schedule your first semester of classes.
What is GETA?
GETA is the Kentucky statewide General Education Transfer Policy, an agreement between all Kentucky public institutions that facilitates the transfer of general education coursework. Eligible students can be certified in up to five categories from their previous institution to complete the corresponding categories at UK. Check out the detailed GETA breakdown on our Transfer Requirements page.
I have course equivalency questions.
Will all of my credits transfer?
UK accepts up to 67 hours of college-level credit from 2-year institutions and an unlimited number of college-level credits from 4-year institutions. So, yes! Your credits will be processed and matched to UK courses with the help of an equivalency officer. Your transfer advisor can help you understand how those credits might apply to your intended degree or which degree might incorporate the most of your past work.
Do you accept dual-credit coursework?
UK does accept dual credit issued from accredited higher-learning institutions. If you took college-level classes in high school, the college or university that awarded this credit must send a transcript for it to be added to your UK record. Dual-credit coursework can not be accepted from only a high-school transcript.
Does UK offer dual-credit courses I can take?
UK has limited opportunities for high school students to earn UK credit as part of their high school coursework (most of these opportunities are available in high schools that are part of our Next Generation Scholars Network). However, a transfer advisor can help dual-credit students determine which classes offered by other universities may transfer to UK as required coursework.
How can I see how my credits will transfer in to UK?
You can check your transfer credits in one of two ways, and both are accessed from myUK - your myUK GPS degree audit and your UK unofficial transcript.
- To access your degree audit, click the Student Services tab in myUK, followed by the Degree Planning and Registration (myUKGPS) subtab. This shows how your previous coursework applies to your UK major. You'll also register for classes in this system at your Big Blue Nation Orientation.
- To access your unofficial transcript, click the Student Services tab in myUK, followed by the myRecords subtab and the Unofficial Transcript link in the sidebar. This view will show you how your credits transfer in a line-by-line fashion.
How long will it take for my equivalent courses to show up in my UK student records?
Once you have received your acceptance packet in the mail, it will likely take around two weeks for your transfer coursework to be added to your student record. Our office processes transfer coursework in the order it was received, so if it's not currently appearing on your UK unofficial transcript, that doesn't mean that none of your coursework will transfer. Rather, we just have not had a chance to process it on our end yet!
I have questions about my transcript.
How do I get my transcript?
College transcripts can usually be obtained from the student records, registrar or bursar's office at your current (and previous) institutions. There is usually a small fee associated with the request. Official transcripts can be sent electronically by the institution directly to email@example.com or mailed in a sealed envelope to Office of Undergraduate Admission, University of Kentucky, 100 Funkhouser Bldg., Lexington, KY 40506-0054.
Can you take my ACT/SAT/AP/dual-credit from a high-school transcript?
Unfortunately, we cannot. You will need to submit documentation from whichever institution supplies the credential. This means contacting (or accessing electronically) services like ACT, College Board or the college/university(s) is responsible for your previous college credit.
Do you need all of my transcripts even if my work from my first school is on my second transcript?
Yes, we have to see all of your college work from the school that actually gave it to you.
I have money questions.
Do you have transfer student scholarships?
Yes! We offer academic scholarships to transfer students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least 24 college-level credit hours. We also offer competitive transfer scholarships with their own unique requirements. You can read more about our transfer scholarship opportunities here.
How much does UK cost?
Tuition at UK, like most public universities, can fluctuate from year to year. You can look at tuition details for the current year here. It's also important to note that the "sticker price" for tuition is not often what you would wind up paying. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities can play a large role in the final amount due. Use our Net Price Calculator to get an idea of what your expenses might be to attend UK. Feel free to contact a Financial Aid Counselor with questions.
How do I get KCTCS tuition at UK?
A KCTCS degree does not guarantee a tuition adjustment to other Kentucky public institution. However, UK does offer a competitive scholarship opportunity that meets the difference between in-state KCTCS tuition and in-state UK tuition. Read more about the Trustees Scholarship here.
If I had KEES money at my previous institution, will that transfer to UK as well?
The short answer is that it depends on your specific situation. You have a five-year window from when you first graduate from high school to use your KEES money. Additionally, you must have maintained Kentucky residency during your tenure at your previous institution and not yet received a bachelor's degree. If you meet all of these requirements, your KEES money can still be used at UK. If you have additional questions about KEES, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.
I'm coming to UK! Now what?
How do I set up my linkblue account?
Your linkblue account is your access to most online portals and resources at UK, so it's critical that you set up it as soon as possible. There are instructions in your acceptance packet, and a step-by-step setup wizard at newstudent.uky.edu.
The wizard will also assist you on setting up your UKY email address. We encourage students to also set up a recovery email address using their personal email address for their UKY account. You may also forward your UKY email to your personal email address.
What are my housing options? Do I have to live on campus?
Living on campus is a great way to get immediately connected to the campus community and is increasingly the preferred choice of new and returning students. Students are encouraged to apply to housing early; you may apply to housing as soon as you've been admitted to UK. UK offers a transfer-centric Living Learning Program - Transfer Year Experience. The program is designed to support transfer students through their transition to the university and connect them with fellow students, faculty and staff for additional support.
What are my parking options?
Your parking options will depend on your on or off campus status. Students who live in on-campus residence halls may have access to resident lots closer to their halls where as commuter students may have access to commuter lots disbursed across campus. Learn more about parking options and permit costs on UK Transportation's website.
I'm setting up my linkblue account and I keep getting a communication error message when I'm creating my password. How can I fix that?
That communication error message generally means that there is some type of personal information in the password you're attempting to use, which the system is not accepting. This can include parts of your name, your birthday, your address or any other personal identifying information. Try using a different password, and if that still doesn't work, contact UK ITS at 859-218-HELP (4357).
As a transfer student, can I live in UK residence halls?
Yes, Transfer students are eligible to live in the residence halls. Our UK Housing Office can help you learn more about living on-campus and the many benefits for the on-campus Big Blue Nation experience.
What kind of dining options are on UK campus?
When you're on UK's campus, you are never more than three-minutes away from a campus dining location! UK is surrounded by places to eat and has many favorite local and national brand restaurant options incorporated into campus. UK Dining also offers meal plans to utilize the “all you care to eat” campus dining options. Read more about UK Dining as an on-campus and commuter student here.
I'm a special population.
I'm a military-affiliated student. Are there any special options or opportunities available to me?
Welcome and thank you for your and your family's service to our country! Our Veterans Resource Center is dedicated to helping you succeed here at UK. Connect with the VRC to learn more about the opportunities available for you at UK.
I think I qualify for the Project Graduate program. Can you tell me a little more about it?
Project Graduate is a Kentucky-wide initiative to assist adult learners with 80 or more earned credit hours to return to school and finish their first bachelor's degree. You can find more information, including program benefits and contact information, here.
I'm looking to come back to UK after withdrawing to finish my degree. How do I go about that?
We're excited to have you back! Check out our readmitted students page for more information on how to continue your college career at UK.
I've heard you have a dual-enrollment program with Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Where can I find more info on that?
We do! The BCTCBlue+ program is designed for BCTC students who intend to complete an associate in arts or science (AA or AS) degree and then transfer to UK. The program will allow you to take up to 12 credit hours of pre-major or major coursework at UK for BCTC prices while simultaneously pursuing your AA or AS degree at BCTC. You can find more information on the program on BCTC's website here or by contacting the program coordinator, Annie Denton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I have dual-credit coursework, should I apply as a transfer student?
Transfer students are only students who have attended another institution after graduating high school, so if you only have dual-credit coursework, you'll still be applying as a first-time freshman. Just make sure you send the Office of Undergraduate Admission a copy of your official transcript from your dual-credit institution so we can add that coursework to your UK student record.
My question's kinda random.
How do I take a campus tour?
You can sign up for a campus tour through the Visitor Center website. The Visitor Center can also assist in connecting you with your academic college to schedule a program tour. Be sure to reach out several weeks in advance and we'll help craft a visit tailored just for you! Additionally, we have transfer-student-specific tours offered as part of our Transfer Visit Days.
I'm new to Lexington - tell me about the Athens of the West.
We can’t wait to welcome you to our hometown because #UKLovesLex. Lexington is a vibrant, friendly community of a little more than 330,000. Our hometown has a close connection with the University and a culture that students describe as close-knit, eclectic, opportunity-rich, and supportive of all things local. Lexington is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population. You get the best of both worlds here - city bustle adjacent to campus, nestled in the midst of beautiful rolling hills and immaculate horse farms a short drive out of town. Lexington is a great city with plenty of opportunities to try new things or connect to current interests. Check out VisitLex.com to learn more about our hometown.
I have another question that isn't answered here. Who should I talk to?
Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 859-257-2000 or email us UKTransfer@uky.edu; we're here to help and will you get the answers you need!