University of Kentucky (UK)

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University of Kentucky can be found in Lexington, KY, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. UK has around twenty nine thousand students enrolled per year.

The majority of students that got into UK had an SAT score between 1070 to 1320, or got accepted with an ACT score between 22 to 29. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the UK average GPA ranges from 3.23 to 3.57 for accepted students. 96% of all applicants are granted admission to UK, from which 30% choose to enroll. When applying historical data, we have projected that the UK acceptance rate 2021 will be around 88%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall UK Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for University of Kentucky was reported as 95.9% in Fall 2020 with over 18,800 applications submitted to University of Kentucky. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • UK ACT Scores: 22 - 29
  • UK Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into University of Kentucky?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of University of Kentucky is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for University of Kentucky has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 90.8%
  • 2017-2018: 95.8%
  • 2018-2019: 94.5%
  • 2019-2020: 95.9%
  • Projected UK Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 88.2%

How Does UK Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for UK is sixty-nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Eastern Kentucky University93.8%
Campbellsville University70.1%
Northern Kentucky University90.2%
University of Louisville69.3%
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus76.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to UK (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 650
Math530 - 670
Total Score1070 - 1320
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 32
Math22 - 28
Composite Score22 - 29
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