The minimum entry requirement for admission into the College of Engineering is:
- ACT math score of 23 or higher, or the SAT equivalent of 570 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).
Alternative admission routes include:
- 3 or above the Calculus AB portion of the Advanced Placement Exam;
- Eligibility to enter MA 110 based on the UK Math Department Placement (61% or higher);
- Completion of or the equivalent of MA 110 with a grade of C or higher;
- Completion of or the equivalent of MA 109 and MA 112 with a grade of C or higher.
- 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.
- Student 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.
Freshman Applicants Must Submit the Following
- Either the UK Application for Undergraduate Admission or the Common Application
- Test Scores: Official results for either the ACT (American College Testing) or the SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test) are required. Arrangements to take either test may be made through your high school counselor’s office. Indicate to the testing service that an official score report should be sent to the University of Kentucky (ACT School Code -1554; SAT School Code – 1837). Student copies, high school report copies or scores from high school transcripts will not be accepted.
- Transcripts: Attach an official high school transcript to the application. This transcript should reflect grades through at least six semesters of high school work. If you are a high school graduate, submit a complete official transcript including the date of graduation.
- Optional Academic Letter of Recommendation: A letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor is encouraged, but not required, of freshmen applicants. The recommender can submit this electronically or can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Non-Refundable Application Processing Fee: Attach $50 in cash, check or money order made payable to the University of Kentucky. Full-time UK employees applying to take classes and who submit a copy of their UK staff card are not required to pay the processing fee.
If you are a high school graduate (or GED recipient) who has completed one full-time semester (12 or more credits) as a degree candidate at another college or university, you must apply to the UK COE as a transfer applicant.
If you have already selected a major, have completed more than 30 hours of coursework, and have completed or are eligible to take Calculus 1, you can take EGR 215 (Introduction to the Practice of Engineering for Transfer Students) your first semester. EGR 215 covers the professional skills, design methods and problem-solving strategies used by all types of engineers and computer scientists. Teamwork, documenting the design process and prototyping will allow teams to build Rube Goldberg machines for competition.
Anyone who does not meet the requirements above or are still considering their options for a major is welcome to take EGR 101 and EGR 103 in place of EGR 215 to fully explore the engineering and computer science degree programs offered at UK. If you have already taken a programming course such as CS 115, you may not need to take EGR 102. The combination of EGR courses you select can be taken concurrently.
See below for more details about transferring to the UK College of Engineering.
Requirements for International Freshman
Must have ACT Math 23 or SAT Math 570.
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Critical Reading, SAT Writing must be above APP standards.
- ACT English 18
- ACT Math 19
- ACT Reading 20
Also, student must take the IELTS or TOEFL. Student would need one of the following scores:
- TOEFL 71
- IELTS 6.0
Students who receive a TOEFL score of 71 but less than 100 (IELTS of 6.0 but less than 7.5), will be admitted to the College of Engineering but will be required to participate in EAP.
If a student does not meet the IELTS/TOEFL (6.0 or 71) or ACT/SAT requirements, they will be admitted to the College of Engineering after meeting the following criteria;
Attend ESL, meet EAP standards and complete the appropriate math classes. They must retake the TOEFL and earn a minimum score of 71 or the IELTS and earn a score of 6.0. Once they have successfully completed these requirements, then they would apply for a change of major to Engineering.
Requirements for International Transfer Students
In addition to the alternative admission routes above, international transfer applicants must obtain a TOEFL score of 71 or above (527 paper-based) or an IELTS score of 6.0 or completion of the first and second English (ENG 101 or 102 from another US college. If a student does not meet these requirements, once they have completed UK’s ESL program, they must retake the TOEFL and earn a minimum score of 71 or the IELTS and earn a score of 6.0.
To Apply Visit UK International Student Admissions
To Learn About International Student Resources Visit the UK International Center Website.
Current UK Students Changing Majors into Engineering
You can only change your major during certain times of the year. See the Academic Calendar for these approved dates.
You may apply for pre-major status if you have a UK cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher AND you have the prerequisites to enroll in, or have completed, MA 110.
Engineering Enhancement Fee FAQs
State funding for Kentucky’s public universities has declined by more than 30 percent since 2008. Since an engineering education costs more to provide than most academic majors, state funding cuts affect engineering disproportionately to other fields. As a result, it would be impossible for the College of Engineering to provide a world class engineering educational experience without the availability of fees to provide additional funding. As we set these fees, we seek to balance the need for the necessary funds to deliver our educational programs with the need to keep the cost of attending the University of Kentucky affordable for our students.
Yes. The money collected from the Engineering Fee is passed to the College of Engineering.
At UK, we use all of the collected fees to provide services to students. Items supported from the fee include: materials, equipment and staff support for student instructional laboratories; an Engineering Career Development Center to help students find jobs, internships and co-ops; student computer labs with engineering software and IT staff to support the equipment; the eStudio, which helps students develop their communication skills; academic tutoring; professional advising and scholarship coordination. Each of these services is significant for our college and our students; however, each comes with a cost. The fee is small compared to the benefit of the services provided.
The current tuition and fee structure can be found on the University’s website. The engineering fee charged to each student is based on the number of engineering courses taken during the academic year. An average engineering student will take 6 credit hours per semester in their freshman year.
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