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Fall 2021 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.

The minimum entry requirements for admission into the College of Engineering as a first-time freshmen student is 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).

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

  1. A score of 3 or above on the Calculus AB portion of the Advanced Placement Exam, or
  2. 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. 

Incoming freshmen must submit the following:

  1. Either the UK Application for Undergraduate Admission or the Common Application
  2. Optional Test Scores: Official results for either the ACT (American College Testing) or the SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test). 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. For more information regarding our test-optional for admission policy, visit go.uky.edu/testoptional.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 admissions@uky.edu.
  5. 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. 

To be accepted to the College of Engineering, transfer students must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5 and have completed MA 110 or its equivalent (or MA 109 and 112 or their equivalencies) with a grade of B or higher. Students who do not receive a B in these courses but who have completed calculus courses required in the Engineering curricula will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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 is 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 Freshmen

Incoming freshman international students must have an ACT Math 25 or SAT Math 590 or above. Incoming freshman applicants must also have a 3.0 or higher unweighted high school GPA. In addition, the applicant's ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, or SAT Writing must be above Academic Preparation and Placement (APP) standards.

APP Standards

  • ACT English 18
  • ACT Reading 20
  • SAT Reading 26
  • SAT Writing 26

Also, students must take the TOEFL or IELTS. Students 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 English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

If a student does not meet the IELTS/TOEFL (6.0 or 71) or ACT/SAT requirements, they can be admitted to the College of Engineering after meeting the following criteria: Attend ESL, meet EAP requirements and complete the appropriate math classes. They must retake the TOEFL and earn a minimum score of 71 or the IELTS and earn a minimum 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 requirements listed above, international transfer applicants must obtain a TOEFL score of 71 or above (527 paper-based); an IELTS score of 6.0 or above; or completion of the first and second English courses (e.g. ENG 101 or 102) from another U.S. university or 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 minimum score of 6.0.

To apply, visit UK International Student Admissions. 

To learn about international student resources, visit the UK International Center website. 

Please apply to the College of Engineering thru myUK.

A listing of University tuition and fees can be found on the Registrar’s site.

Text us at (859) 267-1877, call us at (859) 218-5170 or email us at visit@engr.uky.edu.


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