University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Freshmen Big Blue Nation Orientation

Welcome New Students

The following information is for new Fall 2021 students in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. During orientation, students will learn more about campus life, involvement opportunities, meet their academic advisor, register for Fall 2021 courses and more.

Incoming students should watch their UKY email for program-specific advising details.

Students who have been accepted to the University, but still need to register for orientation may do so below. If you have already registered, but want to confirm, log into myUK and select "Student Services," "myInfo," and click "myProfile."

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Prior to Orientation - Your Checklist

It is very important for incoming students to keep an eye on their UKY email, and learn to use it as their main email address. 

Email is the primary form of communication for students' academic records and issues, and their UKY address ensures information is kept secure and confidential. Futhermore, as students progress through their college career, their @uky.edu address will present a = professional impression on future employers. 

For easier access, we encourage all students to set up their UKY email on their smart phone.

To ensure students begin their coursework at an appropriate level, the University requires three placements tests for students who meet the following criteria: 

ALEKS Math Placement: The completion of the ALEKS math placement test is required for the following students:

  • All admitted first-time students with a Math ACT score below 19
  • All admitted first-time students with a Math SAT score below 500 (after March 2016)

  • All admitted first-time students with an Unweighted High School GPA below 3.00

  • If High School GPA is 2.50 and above with Pre-Calc students are not required to take ALEKS

  • If taken Calculus regardless of Unweighted High School GPA students are not required to take ALEKS

  • Optional for any incoming UK student with a Math ACT of 19/SAT of 500 or above

ACCUPLACER Reading Placement: The completion of the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Reading placement test is required for the following students:

  • All admitted first-time students with an ACT Reading score of 19 and below
  • All admitted first-time students with an SAT Reading score below 25 (before March 2016) or an SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score below 480 (after March 2016)
  • All admitted first-time students with an Unweighted High School GPA below 2.90

ACCUPLACER Writing Placement: The completion of the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Reading placement test is required for the following students:

  • All admitted first-time students with an ACT English score of 17 and below
  • All admitted first-time students with an SAT Writing score below 25 (before March 2016) or an SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score below 480 (after March 2016)
  • All admitted first-time students with an Unweighted High School GPA below 2.90

Students scoring above the aformentioned criteria are not required to take these tests, but may do so if they choose.

Click here for more information and to access these placement tests.  

If you have any testing accommodation questions, please email drc@uky.edu.

While advisors are here to help students get started and stay on track, it is good for new students to famililarize themselves with their degree program and its required coursework.  

Click the links below to learn more about program-specific requirements.

NOTE: Advisors will assist new students with scheduling, AP credit, etc. Students should only use this information as a general reference and insight into future coursework.

myUK is the University's go-to system for records and scheduling. Before attending their orientation, incoming students should explore the system and see what Fall 2021 courses may be reccomended by their advisor (if any). Instructions are as follows: 

  1. Access the myUK login page at https://myuk.uky.edu.
    Log on to the myUK portal using your Linkblue user ID and password.

  2. Click the Student Services tab > Degree Planning and Registration  

    The Home Screen shows messages for open registration windows, an overview of the registered classes, the name of your academic advisor and contact information, links to helpful resources, and quick links to the help desk and the Registrar’s Office contacts. It is a summary view of important information you may need during registration.



  3. Explore Course Planner and Advisor Reccomendations
    Each degree program has different course requirements. To help new students begin on track, some advisors will enter reccomended courses in myUK on students' behalf. If students have questions or concerns, the advisor will assist them during their meeting or during their orientation date.

    New students are not expected to be expert myUK users or know every academic requirement for their degree. Ultimately, advisors simply want students to be somewhat familiar with the myUK system to ensure a smooth registration process. 

Click here for more myUK registration details and instructions. 

For students coming to the University with AP credit, IB credit or course credit from another University, the charts linked below offer information on how the credit may be applied towards their degree.

While it is helpful to note this information prior to orientation, students' advisor will answer any questions or concerns that may arise. 

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

  • International Baccalaureate Program

  • Credit from Other Colleges/Universities 
    All coursework taken at the 100-level or above from a regionally accredited higher-education institution will be honored with transfer credit at the University of Kentucky. If your course or courses aren't listed at the link above, email UKTransfer@uky.edu, and the University will begin the evaluation process with the appropriate UK faculty.

    Dual-credit courses will be treated as transfer credit and equivalencies can be found at this link as well. The institution from which you received credit must send an official transcript to the University of Kentucky.

    Any transcripts (high school or college) can be sent to:

    Office of Undergraduate Admission
    100 Funkhouser Building
    University Of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY 40506



Questions?

Contact the Center for Student Success in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment: 

For Families & Parents

Students' families are encouraged to connect with a variety of college-based and University-wide resources. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Accepted Your Financial Aid Package?

Explore More Scholarships

The University of Kentucky uses ScholarshipUniverse (SU), an online scholarship platform that matches students to relevant, vetted external scholarships, as well as internal scholarships offer by the University. Each external scholarship opportunity a student sees on SU has gone through an extensive vetting process to ensure the scholarship is offered through a reliable and authentic source.

To access SU, students should log in with their linkblue ID, complete profile questions (used to match appropriate scholarship eligibility requirements), and click the scholarship tab to begin exploring.

Contact UK Financial Aid

UK financial aid counselors are assigned by students' last name. When reaching out, students are encouraged to use their UKY email and include their student ID number in their email signature. 

Click here to find your counselor.