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University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate95%

University of Kentucky Admissions

Around 95% of applicants get into University of Kentucky each year. Out of 22,109 applications received in 2023, 20,979 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to University of Kentucky, the regular decision application deadline is February 15 and the fee for the application is $50.

University of Kentucky Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of University of Kentucky's admissions stats.

University of Kentucky 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30.6%
Mean SAT Score 1200
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8.8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 60.5%
Waitlist No

University of Kentucky Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Kentucky.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes December 1 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 2 15

Want to Apply Early to University of Kentucky?

University of Kentucky does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. University of Kentucky will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Some students apply early to college in hopes that it will increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of Kentucky Admissions

Transferring to University of Kentucky

For more information on transferring to University of Kentucky, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does University of Kentucky Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Kentucky

Wondering what factors are considered by University of Kentucky during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with University of Kentucky for more information on admission factors.

University of Kentucky Application Requirements

To apply to University of Kentucky, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with University of Kentucky's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements audition required of music and dance majors
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Kentucky?

Students admitted to University of Kentucky have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 36.8% submitted a class rank. At University of Kentucky 30.6% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 59% were in the top 25% and 86.4% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Kentucky, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 14.3%
3.75 and 3.99 33.2%
3.50 and 3.74 21.3%
3.25 and 3.49 13.6%
3.00 and 3.24 9.4%
2.50 and 2.9 7%
2.00 and 2.49 1.2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Kentucky directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of Kentucky is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 8.8% of University of Kentucky's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 60.5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of Kentucky?

To be competitive with other University of Kentucky applicants, you should aim to earn between 1080 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Kentucky 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a University of Kentucky student is 1200.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Kentucky students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Kentucky students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Kentucky, you should strive to earn between 21 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Kentucky's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Kentucky students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

More Information on Transferring to University of Kentucky

Transfer students can enroll in University of Kentucky during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

University of Kentucky Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Kentucky?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of Kentucky.

Does University of Kentucky accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Kentucky accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Kentucky accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does University of Kentucky accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ University of Kentucky accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Kentucky?

❌ No, University of Kentucky is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is University of Kentucky's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Kentucky's acceptance rate is 95%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Kentucky?

❌ University of Kentucky does not offer early decision.

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University of Kentucky Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Kentucky is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

University of Kentucky SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1280


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

540 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1080 to 1280


1080 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Kentucky students is 1200. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Kentucky, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1080 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Kentucky.

University of Kentucky GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Kentucky, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.61. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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