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University of Kentucky Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to University of Kentucky, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is February 15 and the application fee is $50. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Considering Applying Early to University of Kentucky?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is December 1, which is coming up fast! University of Kentucky will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to University of Kentucky?

Getting into University of Kentucky is moderately difficult. University of Kentucky evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, University of Kentucky accepted 96% of all applicants., around 18,932 of the 19,648 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of Kentucky, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to University of Kentucky?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at University of Kentucky

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

University of Kentucky Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements audition required of music and dance majors
Transcript of High School Record

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, 30% submitted a class rank. At University of Kentucky 33.4% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 61.6% were in the top 25% and 86.6% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Kentucky, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 30%
3.75 and 3.99 30.9%
3.50 and 3.74 21.9%
3.25 and 3.49 15.6%
3.00 and 3.24 11%
2.50 and 2.9 8.1%
2.00 and 2.49 1.9%
University of Kentucky does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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 2021, 23% of University of Kentucky's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 88% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for University of Kentucky?

To be competitive with other University of Kentucky applicants, you should strive to earn between 1070 and 1260 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Kentucky 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1260 and 25% of scored lower than 1070, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

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 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for University of Kentucky?

To be most competitive at University of Kentucky, you should strive to earn between 22 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Kentucky's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Kentucky students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to University of Kentucky

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of Kentucky.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in University of Kentucky during the following terms: Fall Term Spring 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 ACE recommendations for credit

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

University of Kentucky accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) 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 you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

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University of Kentucky Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

96%

How hard is it to get into University of Kentucky? University of Kentucky is a somewhat selective institution. The University of Kentucky acceptance rate is 96%. This means that the institution accepts 96 out of every 100 applicants.

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University of Kentucky Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Kentucky is Aug 1.

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

University of Kentucky ACT Scores

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ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above

Good

22 to 29

Avg

22 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Kentucky is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Kentucky. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Kentucky SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1260

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Math SAT Range

530 - 640

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Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

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University of Kentucky GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.56

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Kentucky, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.56. 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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

29,986

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

96%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$12,484

Out-of-State

$31,294

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 15
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