University of Kentucky Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

University of Kentucky Library
University of Kentucky Library. Top Ipri / Flickr

The University of Kentucky has moderately selective admissions, and applicants shouldn't be fooled by the high acceptance rate of 89 percent. Most students who are admitted have grades in the "B" range or better, and they have SAT or ACT scores that are average or better. The university accepts the Common Application and Coalition Application in addition to the school's own application. The admissions process is holistic, and your honors and extracurricular activities will be part of the equation.

All first-year applicants are also required to submit an academic letter of recommendation. There is an additional essay requirement if you wish to be considered for the Lewis Honors College or the university's competitive academic scholarships. For a personalized analysis, you can calculate your chances of getting in with Cappex's free tool.

The University of Kentucky at Lexington is Kentucky's flagship campus, and it is also the largest university in the state. The University of Kentucky's colleges of business, medicine, and communication studies have all placed well in national rankings, and students can choose from over 200 academic programs offered through UK's 16 colleges and professional schools. The university is in the middle of an ambitious "Top 20 Plan" aimed at increasing enrollment, expanding the faculty, improving the graduation rate, and expanding research. In athletics, the Kentucky Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • University of Kentucky Acceptance Rate: 91 percent
  • GPA, ACT and SAT graph for Kentucky
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 500 / 620
    • SAT Math: 500 / 630
    • ACT Composite: 22 / 29
    • ACT English: 22 / 30
    • ACT Math: 22 / 28
    • ACT Writing: - / -

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 29,781 (22,621 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46 percent male / 54 percent female
  • 92 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,484 (in-state); $26,334 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,184
  • Other Expenses: $3,260
  • Total Cost: $27,928 (in-state); $42,778 (out-of-state)

University of Kentucky Financial Aid (2015 -16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 91 percent
    • Loans: 49 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,258
    • Loans: $7,975

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Advertising, Biology, Business/Commerce, Communication Studies, Elementary Education, English, Finance, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 38 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 64 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Swimming, Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Tennis, Baseball, Golf, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Tennis Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field

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    University of Kentucky Mission Statement

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    "The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service and health care. As Kentucky’s flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development and human well-being..."

    Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

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