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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2020) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto today announced the first in a series of steps that the Division of Enrollment Management is implementing, designed to increase access to more students and families who want to attend UK, but who are grappling with the impact of COVID-19.
“At the University of Kentucky, we know that we will get through this together. And one of the things I look most forward to about the future is you — you, as a member of our Wildcat community,” Capilouto said in a video message to prospective students and families. “We know that this moment is filled with uncertainty. But there is one thing I want you to be certain of — your place in our community. Over the next few weeks, we are acting to ensure our doors are open as wide as possible.”
Capilouto said the first three steps being implemented by Associate Provost Christine Harper and the Enrollment Management team to increase access include:
- Moving the traditional confirmation deadline from May 1 to June 1. “We have heard from many students, who are ready to transition to the next step, confirm their attendance and register for an orientation session now,” Capilouto said. “But some students and families in this uncertain time may need extra time and support right now, which a later confirmation date would provide.”
- Making standardized tests optional this spring as part of the application and enrollment process for Fall 2020. Spring ACT and SATs were canceled, and future tests have been delayed. “We don’t want the worry of test scores to weigh on anyone,” Capilouto said. “We will instead use all other aspects of your application, high school course performance, essays, leadership and involvement in our review process.”
- Accepting self-reported GPA scores for students who want to apply for Fall 2020 since “there are barriers to accessing documents now with high school administrations moving to a remote format,” Capilouto told students.
Additional steps will be announced in the coming weeks to make the application and confirmation process easier and more accessible, he said.
“Because when you join us, you join a community of dreamers and doers, strivers and seekers, students and faculty who believe everything is achievable and nothing is out of reach,” Capilouto said. “And we prove it — every day.”
See Capilouto's video message to prospective students above.
For information on UK's coronavirus response, visit: https://www.uky.edu/coronavirus/.
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