About Us

At the University of Kentucky, student success – your success – is our top priority. What does that mean? We’ve designed a campus to meet your needs, to maximize your success and to help you achieve your goals. Simply put, our academic community pushes each other – and will challenge you – to do better, think bigger and achieve more. We are one of only eight institutions in the country with colleges of agriculture, engineering, law, medicine and pharmacy on one contiguous campus fostering a symbiotic community where cross-discipline exploration is encouraged and happens every day. You will live and learn in a community like no other. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Bluegrass region in Lexington, KY., UK is home to students from all 120 Kentucky counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries around the world. Last year, UK was recognized as a 2017 Diversity Champion (Insight Into Diversity) – one of only 15 institutions to receive the honor. It’s a testament to a campus – and larger community – increasingly diverse and committed to a sense of belonging. Endless opportunities exist here to get involved, stay connected and make a difference on campus, in the community and, even, around the globe.

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Admission Information

Freshman Application Deadlines:

  • Early Action - December 1 - application submission for admission, competitive scholarships and the Lewis Honors College.
  • Regular Decision - February 15 - final application submission for admission as well as priority housing consideration including living learning communities.

Freshman applicants must submit the following:

Test Scores: Official results for either the ACT or the SAT I are required. Arrangements to take either test may be made through your high school counselor's office. 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.

Transcripts:  Attach an official high school transcript to the application. 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.  College transcripts should also be submitted if courses were taken in high school for dual credit.

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.  

Optional - Academic Letter of Recommendation: Freshmen applicants can submit an academic letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor. The recommender can submit this electronically or can download a PDF version, complete it, and mail it to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.