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University of Kentucky Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into University of Kentucky

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
95.8%
Admission Difficulty for University of Kentucky
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into University of Kentucky and can I get accepted? The school has a 96% acceptance rate. Last year, 18,125 out of 18,925 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 very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent. University of Kentucky typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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University of Kentucky SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1150-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT
17%
SAT Scores for University of Kentucky
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1150
SAT Scores for University of Kentucky
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1390
Average SAT Score 1270

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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 32 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1150 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 1030. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1270 out of 1600. 17 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Kentucky admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1390 and Above Good >98%
1270 to 1390 Avg + 96%-98%
1150 to 1270 Avg - 93%-96%
1030 to 1150 Reach 89%-93%
Less than 1030 Low <89%
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University of Kentucky ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
92%
ACT Scores for University of Kentucky
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for University of Kentucky
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that University of 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 19 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 92 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Kentucky.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Kentucky admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >98%
25 to 28 Avg + 96%-98%
22 to 25 Avg - 93%-96%
19 to 22 Reach 89%-93%
Less than 19 Low <89%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need above average high school grades to get into University of 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. If your high school grades are above the average 3.46 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as University of 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 Admission Chances
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

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%

Admission Statistics

University of Kentucky admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,336 7,589 18,925
Accepted 10,963 7,162 18,125
Acceptance Rate 97% 94% 96%
Enrolled 2,789 2,066 4,855
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 29% 27%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 15, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Kentucky and what considerations affect 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.