Congratulations! You’ve been admitted to the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. Now what?
Activate Your linkblue Account and UK Email
Linkblue is a directory account (user ID and password) used when connecting to many campus-wide systems, including myUK, student email, Canvas, myUK GPS (Graduation Planning System) and iTunesU.
To activate your linkblue account, you will need your UK ID number and temporary passcode, which are located on your admission letter. Next, go to newstudent.uky.edu
Apply for Housing and the Engineering Residential College Living Learning Program (ERC)
First-year students are highly encouraged to live on campus. The most successful students do! Living on campus helps you adjust to the rigors of an engineering education, allows you to meet study partners and friends and gives you easy access to campus services such as dining, recreation centers and academic assistance. A living learning program (LLP) allows you to live with students that share your interests or major, and the College of Engineering offers the Engineering Residential College (ERC) specifically for engineers. This dynamic residential experience offers specialized programming, interactions with UK faculty and staff and a supportive community focused on student success.
Applying for housing and the ERC doesn’t bind you to attending the University of Kentucky, so be sure to submit your application early! The deadline to submit a housing application for first-year students is May 1st.
Check out the following video for step-by-step instructions on how to apply for housing.
Register for “see blue.” U Orientation
At “see blue.” U Orientation, you’ll meet with an academic advisor and register for your first-semester classes. You’ll also become familiar with campus and meet other incoming Wildcats. You will register for Orientation in your myUK account. This must be completed by May 1st for freshmen admitted for the fall semester.
For more information, visit the “see blue.” U Orientation website.
Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships
UK is proud to award more than $400 million in financial aid and scholarships annually. To be considered for academic scholarships, be sure to apply for admission to UK by December 1st. For needs-based aid or student loans, you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov starting in October. You have a personal UK Financial Aid Counselor that can answer questions about your full financial aid package.
Information about freshman engineering scholarships can be found here.
Take the Placement Exam
All incoming UK students are required to take the ALEKS math placement exam prior to enrolling in courses unless they have an ACT math score of 30 or above (or SAT math score of 710 or above) or have transfer credit for a college-level math course equivalent to UK MA 109 (College Algebra) or MA 111 (Introduction to Contemporary Math) or higher. For more information and to register to take the ALEKS exam online, go here.
Transfer Credits to UK
If you’ve taken AP courses, IB courses or attended another university or college before coming to the University of Kentucky, you may be able to transfer some of those credits to UK. To see which UK courses these count toward, go here.
Choose the Right Technology
All incoming engineering students are required to have a laptop computer for use in their academic studies. PC or Mac? Will I need a calculator too? See the College of Engineering technology recommendations and minimum specifications here.
Explore Student Organizations
One of the four Pillars of Academic Excellence at the University of Kentucky is "Belonging and Engagement." Your education at UK is more than just exams and papers; it is belonging to a community that supports your growth, challenges your viewpoints and builds lasting relationships. There are numerous ways to get involved on campus. There are over 40 engineering-related student organizations. Click here to learn more about them.