Bachelor of Social Work Admissions

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Lower division BSW applicants please check with University Admissions office for University application deadlines

Upper division BSW application deadline for Fall is:  PRIORITY DEADLINE:  February 1st   -   FINAL DEADLINE:  May 1st

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Bachelor of Social Work Program. All students who enter the BSW program begin in the Lower division where they will complete the Cardinal CoreFront view Oppenheimer Hall in summertime. requirements, then apply to the Upper division of the BSW program. Admission into the Lower division of the BSW program does not guarantee acceptance into the Upper division.  Students must apply to the Upper division for acceptance. Please read and review the BSW Upper division application checklist  to view the steps in the application process and information that needs to be submitted. Please review specific details below on how to apply for Lower Division applicants (i.e., high school students, external University transfer students, and UofL (Internal) students changing majors to BSW). If you are an Upper Division applicant please review the direction below on how to submit your application to the program.   

Lower Division Applicants

High School Applicants

To be admitted to the Lower Division, beginning freshmen must meet the following requirements:  High School Students

  • Graduation from an accredited high school
  • Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher, have a GED or equivalent by petition (for example, home school educations)
  • Completion of pre-college curriculum
  • Composite ACT score of not less than 20

Please note: **Admission into the Lower Division of the BSW Program does not guarantee admission into the Upper Division of the BSW Program.

Internal University Transfers (Major Changers)

Students who have completed at least one semester in another school of the university with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 may apply for an intra-university transfer (change major)  to the Lower Division Bachelor of Social Work Program.  Change Major form may be completed at on ULink.

External University Transfers

Transfer applicants with 24 hours or more must have a college grade point average of 2.5 or higher to be admitted in good standing to the Lower Division BSW Program. Transfer admissions website:


How do I know if my coursework will transfer?  Click here for information on transfer coursework.

General Education Certifications from KCTCS for Full Certification

  • Students who have earned the Associates of Arts or Associates of Science (AA and AS) degree will be "fully certified" if they have completed the full 60-hour program described under the General Education Block Transfer Policy.
  • Once certified, students will be admitted to junior-level standing at the university, their general education course work will be accepted as meeting up to 48 hours of institution-wide lower division general education requirements.
  • The KCTCS college will certify the outgoing transcripts of AA or AS degree recipients.
  • Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree students do not receive a full certification; this degree is not geared towards a Bachelor’s degree.

Please note: You must also apply to the University of Louisville, Office of Admissions to be accepted to the University, while concurrently applying directly to the Kent School BSW Program.

Upper Division Applicants

The BSW Upper Division program is now accepting Upper Division applications for Fall 2022.

Please submit a Pre-Admissions Sonia Form: This notifies the BSW Program that you are applying for our Upper Division.  Please note: once you submit the Pre-Admissions Sonia Form a link to apply to the Upper Division will be sent to you to apply via Sonia Software. 

Please watch the following videos before applying to the Upper division:

1.  Thank you for your interest to the BSW Program, Upper Division

2. How to Apply to Sonia

3. How to submit the letters of recommendation

Admission into the BSW Upper Division Program requires:

  • Minimum of 45 earned college credit hours
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Personal Statement
  • Work Experience
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application checklist

Title IX/Clery Act Notification (must read for application process)

National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics

Please note:  If you are applying from outside of the University of Louisville, you must also apply to the University of Louisville, Office of Admissions to be accepted to the university, while concurrently applying directly to the Kent School Upper Division BSW Program. APPLY TO UOFL: