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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 1, 2019) Students who want to explore what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky can begin their journey today. The application for undergraduate admission opened today for the 2020-21 academic year.

Prospective students have several online application options. The UK Application is available at UK also accepts the Common App and the Coalition Application. There are also two application tracks — the early action track that has an application deadline of Dec. 1 and the regular decision track with a deadline of Feb. 15, 2020.

“The Office of Undergraduate Admission is excited to begin receiving applications for the 2020-21 academic year,” Scott McDonald, dean of undergraduate admission, said. “Incoming first-year students who apply by the Dec. 1 early action deadline put themselves in consideration for an early admission decision as well as consideration for competitive scholarships and selection for the Lewis Honors College.”

Please note that if an application deadline falls on a weekend, the application will remain open until 11:59 p.m. the following Monday.

To complete the application, students will need their high school transcript, their emergency contact information and a resume or list of activities. Applying for competitive, academic scholarships and/or the Lewis Honors College requires completion of an additional essay portion of the application. Finally, pay the application fee and have your official high school transcripts and official ACT or SAT scores sent to UK (ACT School Code -1554; SAT School Code – 1837).

The best way to discover the opportunities at UK is to experience them for yourself. Our admissions team is traveling the country and rolling out the Big Blue carpet on campus in a series of fall events. You’re invited to join us for a UK Preview or Big Blue Open House. Students may also contact the Visitor Center to register for a campus tour.

“We invite all prospective students to visit campus and see for themselves why the University of Kentucky is the best place to further their education,” McDonald said.

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