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Admitted Students

Congratulations! You’ve been admitted to the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences. 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

Register for Big Blue Nation Orientation

At Big Blue Nation 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 and this confirms your spot at the University of Kentucky.

For more information, visit the Big Blue Nation Orientation website.

Apply for Housing and Living Learning Programs

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 a college 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 who share your interests or major. These dynamic residential experiences offer specialized programming, interactions with UK faculty and staff and a supportive community focused on student success. A few that may interest an Arts & Sciences major are:

  • Interprofessional Healthcare Residential College (IRHC) 
  • International Village 
  • Audre Lorde Social Justice 
  • Leadership and Service 
  • Community of Scholars OR 
  • Creative Arts LLP

Applying for housing and LLPs don’t bind you to the University of Kentucky, so be sure to submit your application early!

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 need-based aid or student loans, you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at starting in October. You have a personal UK Financial Aid Counselor that can answer questions about your full financial aid package.

Information about College of Arts & Sciences scholarships can be found 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.

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.

Here at the University of Kentucky, College of Arts and Sciences, we are proud to offer our students high impact learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Our talented students intern with the state and federal government, study abroad in Europe and beyond, participate in world class research, and shadow physicians at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Did you know that the University of Kentucky also offers more than 550 student organizations?

Click here to learn more about them.