We hope you are having a wonderful start to the new school year! At the University of Kentucky, we are thrilled to have our new (and returning) Wildcats living and learning on campus again this fall with most courses offered in person. The start of the semester is a very busy time, but we wanted to make sure to communicate some important updates to you as students begin applying for Fall 2022 admission.
Students can apply now through the UK Application or the Common Application. We do not prefer one application type over another, so students can choose whichever source works best for them. We are no longer able to accept applications through the Coalition for College.
Our non-binding early action deadline for admissions is December 1, 2021. Students must apply by December 1, 2021, to be considered for academic scholarships and/or the Lewis Honors College.
Students need to request their official high school transcript from you and submit either the $50 application fee or their fee waiver. We do not require recommendation letters.
UK is currently a test-optional institution. Students can apply with or without ACT/SAT test scores, but in some cases scores can help with admissions consideration, scholarship consideration and/or placement testing. UK will only use test scores in ways that benefit a student, so students in doubt should go ahead and send them.
UK is making admissions decisions on a rolling basis, with most students receiving notification four to six weeks after their application is complete. We expect to send out the first admission decisions this month.
We are proud to continue offering scholarship opportunities for students, regardless of their choice to send ACT/SAT scores.
Students must apply by December 1, 2021, for academic and/or competitive scholarship consideration.
UK has launched ScholarshipUniverse to help students identify relevant, vetted external scholarships, as well as internal scholarships offered by the university.
Notable changes this year:
There is an additional scholarship level for the Bluegrass Spirit Non-resident Scholarship.
We no longer offer the Patterson Scholarship, which was previously awarded to National Merit Finalists.
The Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Presidential Scholarship will be awarded based on the availability of funds and earlier applications will be preferred. All seniors who completed GSP/GSA/GSE will receive a letter to this effect. Students who do not receive the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Presidential Scholarship will receive the Provost Scholarship.
Last year, we heavily encouraged early applications because there were many challenges in predicting scholarship eligibility at the time of making scholarship requirement determinations during our first year as a test-optional institution. In our second year of being test-optional, we feel confident we will be able to award students an academic scholarship (Provost for residents, Bluegrass Spirit for non-residents) if they meet the requirements and apply to UK by December 1, 2021.
Our Visitor Centeroffers many opportunities for prospective students and their families to experience campus, including in-person campus tours, virtual campus tours, meetings with academic program administrators, visits for first-generation and diverse students and Big Blue Open Houses.
We’re Coming To A Town Near You!
We will be hosting UK Previews in select cities around the U.S. this fall, so you will hear more about these Previews and counselor events from your admissions counselor soon.
If you or your students have any questions about the University of Kentucky, please be in touch. We are always here to help and look forward to partnering with you this year. Go Cats!