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All applicants meeting the appropriate academic requirements shall be considered equally for admission to the University or to any college or academic program regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, uniformed service, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, social or economic status, or whether the person is a smoker or nonsmoker, as long as the person complies with the University policy concerning smoking. [US: 2/14/77] All applicants for admission to the University, and all University students who have not been enrolled for one or more semesters (except for students described in the next paragraph), must submit to the office responsible for undergraduate admissions an official application for admission and supporting documents as described below. The Senate Rules are the source of any and all policies that may be replicated in the University Catalogs. The University adheres to admissions policies promulgated by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). [US: 5/3/2021; 3/20/2023]

Eligibility for admission is housed within the individual colleges. In compliance with the Senate Rules, the implementation of admissions policies established by individual colleges is managed by the appropriate offices responsible for admissions. [US: 3/20/2023]

Degree-seeking students who have not been enrolled for up to two semesters (excluding summer) and have not earned college credits since the last enrollment at UK have the option of completing a condensed readmission application. [US: 5/3/2021; 3/20/2023]

  1. Applications for admission and supporting documents must be submitted by the deadlines published in the University Calendar.  However, this requirement shall not apply to University students taking summer work elsewhere who are enrolled in the University for the preceding spring and following fall semesters, except that these students must submit to the University Registrar's Office official transcripts of such summer work; [US: 4/10/2000]
  2. The colleges with professional programs, with the approval of the Director of Admissions, may set deadlines earlier than those set generally for the University.
  3. Applications for admission or readmission must be supported by official transcripts of all college work attempted elsewhere.
  4. Every student whose first language is other than English and who is not a citizen of the United States [RC/transmittal: 12/9/87] is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to approval for admission. This test may be waived for such students who can present an official transcript of satisfactory work taken at an accredited American college, or a college in another country where English is the primary language of instruction.
  5. All students who present one or more units in a foreign language for entrance to the University are required to take a placement test to determine the course level at which they should begin their study of the language in the University. A student who has credit for three units of a foreign language in high school may not receive degree credit for the first year of that language in the University. Further, a student who has credit for two units of a foreign language in high school may not receive degree credit for the first semester of that language in the University.