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Chances of getting into University of Kentucky

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
95.9%
Admission Difficulty for University of Kentucky
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
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How hard is it to get into Kentucky and can I get accepted? The school has a 96% acceptance rate ranking it #28 in Kentucky for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 17,981 out of 18,759 applicants were admitted making University of Kentucky an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 42 percent. University of Kentucky typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Kentucky SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1070-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT
21%
SAT Scores for University of Kentucky
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1070
SAT Scores for University of Kentucky
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1200

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Kentucky?

University of Kentucky typically requires applicants to be in the top 47 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1070 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in Kentucky for highest average SAT composite score. 21 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Kentucky admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >98%
1195 to 1320 Avg + 96%-98%
1070 to 1195 Avg - 93%-96%
945 to 1070 Reach 89%-93%
Less than 945 Low <89%
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Kentucky ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
89%
ACT Scores for University of Kentucky
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for University of Kentucky
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Kentucky?

Admission data indicates that Kentucky regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #4 in Kentucky for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 89 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Kentucky.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Kentucky admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >98%
25 to 29 Avg + 96%-98%
22 to 25 Avg - 94%-96%
19 to 22 Reach 91%-94%
Less than 19 Low <91%
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Kentucky GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.46
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into University of Kentucky?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Kentucky. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Kentucky was 3.46 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #6 in Kentucky for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.46 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Kentucky accepts 96% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Kentucky students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 33% Good
3.50 to 3.75 21% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 14% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 13% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 2% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

61% of University of Kentucky freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Kentucky students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 32%
Top 25% of class 61%
Top 50% of class 88%
Bottom 50% of class 12%
Bottom 25% of class 2%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Kentucky admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,111 7,648 18,759
Accepted 10,696 7,285 17,981
Acceptance Rate 96% 95% 96%
Enrolled 3,069 2,279 5,348
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 31% 30%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2021.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Kentucky and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Kentucky Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Kentucky
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157085 IPEDS survey data for University of Kentucky.

FAQs

Does University of Kentucky prefer SAT or ACT?

21% of students submit their SAT scores to Kentucky. 89% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Kentucky?

96% of those who apply are granted admission to Kentucky. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Kentucky?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1070 and 1320. 21% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Kentucky?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 22 and 29. 89% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.