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How to Apply

Freshman applicants must submit the following:

  1. Either the UK Application for Undergraduate Admission or the Common Application
  2. 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.
  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
  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.

Transfer Students

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. More information for Transfer Students here.

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.

Fill out the Application to the UK College of Engineering for Current UK Students here.

Engineering Requirements

Minimum freshman entry requirements are an ACT math score of 23 or an Old SAT (prior to March 2016) math score of 540 or a New SAT (after March 2016) math score of 570.

In addition to meeting the math requirement, prospective engineering students are also required to meet state benchmarks in Reading and Writing as well. To be admitted to the College of Engineering, students must have an ACT Reading score of 20 or an Old SAT Reading of 470 (prior to March 2016) or New SAT Reading score of 26 (after March 2016) and an ACT English score of 18 or an Old SAT Writing score of 430 (prior to March 2016) or New SAT Writing score of 25 (after March 2016).

Students that do not initially meet the admission requirements, but are still interested in pursuing an engineering degree, may register at UK and take the necessary math course sequence to become eligible for admission later. Please contact the Director of Recruitment at with questions.

Students may also consider taking preparatory coursework at another college or university offering math and science courses prior to seeking admission to the College of Engineering.

Preparation sequence for Calculus I:

  • ACT math score of 27 or an Old SAT (prior to March 2016) math score of 620 or a New SAT (after March 2016) math score of 640 may enroll in MA 113 Calculus I
  • ACT math score of 23-26 or Old SAT (prior to March 2016) math score of 540-610 or New SAT (after March 2016) math score of 570-630 should enroll in MA 110 Algebra and Trigonometry for Calculus. The College of Engineering requires at least a C or better in this 4-credit hour course before enrolling in MA 113.

NOTE: A Mathematics Department placement exam will be required of all incoming students desiring to take math courses. The exam score will guide the selection of a proper math course for the student. Incoming students with an ACT Math score of 30 or above are not required to take this placement exam. Students with college transfer credit for MA 109 College Algebra are not required to take this placement exam but are highly encouraged to do so.


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

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. The current fee is $57.60 per credit hour for all engineering courses. The total cost will vary. The $57.60 per credit hour student fee is only charged on engineering courses. An average engineering student will take 6 credit hours per semester in their freshman year. This would result in a fee of $345 per semester.

International Students

If you live outside the U.S., click below for information and resources for international applicants.

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