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Admission Requirements

First-time freshmen
Automatic admission to the College of Engineering will be based on meeting the below requirements. However, if you cannot take or choose not to submit ACT or SAT scores with your admission application, a holistic review will be used to determine your admission to the engineering program. For more information regarding our test optional policy, visit go.uky.edu/testoptional.

The minimum entry requirements for admission into the College of Engineering as a first-time freshmen student are both:

  • ACT math score of 25 or higher, or the SAT equivalent of 590 or higher, and an
  • Unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Additionally, students must meet the minimum Kentucky statewide academic readiness requirements for Reading and Writing to be admitted to the College of Engineering:

  • Reading: Students must have an ACT Reading subscore of 20 or above (or SAT subscore of 25 or above in Critical Reading);
  • English/Writing: Students must have an ACT English subscore of 18 or above (or SAT of 25 or above in Writing).
  • Students who do not meet the reading/writing requirements will be required to take the ACCUPLACER exam and receive a score of 244 or better.
    • Students who do not meet the minimum score on the ACCUPLACER will be required to take APP courses (UK 120 for Reading and UK 130 for Writing) and can be considered for admission to the College of Engineering after successful completion of these courses.

Test scores do not have to come directly from the testing agency. ACT/SAT scores listed on your official high school transcript are acceptable too.

Alternative Admission Routes

For students who meet the high school GPA requirement but not the ACT or SAT math requirement, alternative admission routes include:

  • A score of 3 or above on the Calculus AB portion of the Advanced Placement Exam, or
  • Eligibility to enter MA 110 based on the proctored UK Math Department Placement Exam. To learn more about the proctored ALEKS math placement exam and to register to take it, click here.

Students who are not initially admitted into the College of Engineering may apply at a later date as a transfer student.