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University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate94%
Acceptance Rate94%

University of Kentucky Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to University of Kentucky, the regular decision application deadline is February 15 and the application fee costs $50.

Students who apply to University of Kentucky for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than August 1.

University of Kentucky Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

University of Kentucky 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 35%
Mean SAT Score 1200
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 10%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 70%
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

Considering Applying 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.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that admit 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 deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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're strong.

Admissions Factors at University of Kentucky

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

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

University of Kentucky 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to University of Kentucky, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to 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
Standardized Test Scores
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, 40% submitted a class rank. At University of Kentucky 35% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 59% were in the top 25% and 86% 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 13.46%
3.75 and 3.99 32.36%
3.50 and 3.74 21.39%
3.25 and 3.49 14.01%
3.00 and 3.24 10.19%
2.50 and 2.9 7.88%
2.00 and 2.49 0.69%

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 reflects 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 considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 10% of University of Kentucky's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 70% 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 strive to score between 1080 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of Kentucky 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 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 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 543 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Kentucky students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 543 or higher.

What is 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.

More Information on Transferring to University of Kentucky

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

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

✅ University of Kentucky accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and 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 may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is University of Kentucky's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for University of Kentucky is 94%.

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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


22 to 29


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Kentucky is 25. 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


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1310


Math SAT Range

540 - 670


Reading SAT Range

543 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1310 and Above


1080 to 1310


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 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Kentucky, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1310 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 3.59. 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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