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General Admission to the University of Louisville



The University of Louisville subscribes to a selective admission policy.  Admission for freshman applicants is based on: a) high school grades; b) ACT or SAT scores; and c) successful completion of the required pre-college curriculum.

Enrollment in the freshman class is limited. Within the limits of space availability, the University will endeavor to accommodate all eligible applicants. However, the number of freshman applications far exceeds the number of spaces available in the entering class. For this reason, the selective and competitive admission requirements may exceed the minimum eligibility requirement.

The University of Louisville’s minimum eligibility admission policy requires any applicant to have graduated from an accredited high school or received a high school equivalency certificate and completed the Pre-College Curriculum and have a GPA of 2.5 and have achieved at least one of the following:


A. The applicant has earned a composite ACT score of not less than 20 or an SAT-I score of not or less than 940 (CR+M)  (OR)

B. The applicant has completed the U of L Enhanced Pre-College Curriculum with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The Enhanced PCC consists of an additional two pre-college courses in Mathematics, Social Studies, or Science. These two courses may be taken in any combination within the three disciplines.    The courses must be at or above the level of prescribed PCC (OR)

C. The applicant ranks in the top 15% of the applicant’s high school graduating class upon completing seven or eight semesters in high school.

Freshman applicants who do not meet the selective requirements may have their admission decisions deferred. Admission will be offered first to those applicants with the strongest records and offers will continue until the class is filled. Some factors that are considered during this review are: number and scope of college preparatory, honors and AP classes; strength of senior year schedule; and evidence of marked improvement over time in applicant’s academic career.  The overriding concern will always be for the student’s potential to be successful in meeting the academic expectations at the University.

Students should refer to the individual academic unit sections, included in this catalog, for additional admission requirements.  Students should be cautioned about the distinction between undergraduate and graduate classifications when applying for admission to the University. For fee purposes, determination of “undergraduate” or “graduate” is based on the school or enrollment unit to which a student is admitted, and not on the level of courses taken.


Minimum Admission Standards for Public Universities in Kentucky/Pre-College Curriculum (PCC)

Students who enter one of Kentucky’s public universities are required to have completed high school or high school equivalency certificate, and the Pre-College Curriculum (PCC). These are minimum standards and each university may require additional preparation of its students. The Pre-College Curriculum is a total of 22 approved units or courses including four units of English, three units of social studies, three units of mathematics (Algebra I and II and Geometry), two units of foreign language (same language), one half unit of physical education and health, one unit of history and appreciation of visual, performing arts, and 5 credits (3 rigorous) electives.  

Students who are non-resident, 21 years of age or older or international are exempt from the PCC requirements.

The University may grant admission by exception to a limited number of the applicants admitted as first-time freshmen. Students admitted by exception will be required to enroll in courses to immediately remedy pre-college curriculum deficiencies.

Additional information and definition of approved units is available from the Office of Admissions or from guidance counselors or principals in Kentucky high schools.


Applying for Admission

Listed below and on the following pages are the admissions procedures for the various populations and classifications of students.

All admissions credentials for undergraduate students should be mailed to this address:

    Office of Admissions


    University of Louisville

    Louisville, KY 40292


Entering Freshman Students

Application Deadlines: First-time freshmen applications and credentials received after the following application deadlines will be reviewed on a space available basis:

Fall Term……………… February 15

Spring Term …………November 1

Summer Term……… April 1


Students who have never attended any college should seek admission by the following steps:

1.  Submit the application online at, pay a $40.00 application fee (which can be paid by credit card or electronic check), and mail the University a copy of the high school transcript.

2. Request that test scores from ACT (the American College Testing Program) or SAT (College Board) be sent to the University, if they are not posted on the high school transcript.

Students will be notified of their admissibility to the University after receipt of this information.


Early Admissions

Students who apply for admission as a regular student, but do not plan to graduate from high school prior to enrolling in college, are considered early admissions applicants. In addition to submitting an application, high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores, early admissions applicants must submit a statement of motivation for beginning college prior to high school graduation, a letter of recommendation from their high school counselor, and a letter of endorsement from their parent/guardian. Early admissions applicants must also complete an interview with an admissions counselor.


Transfer Students

Application Deadline: Transfer applications received at least six weeks prior to the beginning of a term will be given priority. Students transferring from another institution should take the following steps in seeking admission to the University:

1.  Submit the application online at and pay a $40.00 application fee (which can be paid by credit card or electronic check).

2. Request that the registrar of each institution previously attended forward to the University an official transcript of all work completed or in progress. Failure to declare previous attendance at another institution may result in disciplinary action.

3. Students transferring with fewer than 24 transferable semester hours are required to take the ACT or SAT test if they have not done so previously, and submit a high school transcript. Students with fewer than 24 transferable semester hours must meet the admissions requirements for both new freshmen and transfer students.



Evaluation of Transfer Credit

A student admitted to the University from another fully accredited institution will usually be allowed credit for academic courses which apply toward graduation at the University of Louisville. In some instances, examinations covering the course being transferred may be required. A student is required to complete 30 of his/her last 36 semester hours at the University of Louisville.

Courses that meet general education requirements may be transferred under course equivalencies established in the Office of Transfer Services. In cases where no equivalency is established, the Office of Transfer Services will direct students to the university academic department, school or college where similar courses are offered for evaluation of transfer credits.

When a transcript from an accredited institution records credit granted for “non-traditional” education experiences (such as credit by examination, experiential learning, or correspondence work), up to 24 hours of such credit will generally be accepted in transfer. No further evaluation is usually necessary, provided the student has earned 30 or more credits “in residence” at the certifying institution.

Credit will not be given for more than 24 semester hours of correspondence work, extension work, or dual high school/college credit.  

If the student is transferring from an international post secondary institution, the student must submit their academic records to Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), P. 0. Box 92970, Milwaukee, WI 53202 or World Education Services, Inc. (WES), P.O. Box 11623, Chicago, IL 60611–0623 for a course-by-course evaluation. An application for evaluation and a brochure describing ECE’s or WES’s procedures, services and fees is available upon request from the Office of Admissions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit credentials to ECE or WES and to pay all charges for the evaluation.  

Once transcripts are received, a tentative evaluation of advanced credit will be issued. The final decision to award degree credit, however, is made in the academic unit in which the student intends to pursue a degree.


Re-enrolling Students

If a student has a break in enrollment of two or more calendar years, that student must apply for readmission to an enrollment unit, and if admitted, will be subject to catalog requirements in effect at the time of readmission.  Students who were not enrolled during the immediate past semester, but were enrolled within the last two calendar years, and who wish to continue in the school and program in which they were last registered are eligible to reenroll.  They need to complete the request to re-enroll form at the advising center of their academic unit or at the Registrar’s Office. Students completing the re-enrollment process are eligible for early registration for the term in which they wish to return. Students whose last enrollment status was visitor, high school visitor, suspended or who were dismissed, must reapply.  Students last enrolled in University College, Allied Health or Transitional Studies must also reapply through the Office of Admissions since these units are no longer in existence.



Visiting students are those individuals who are pursuing a degree from another institution, but who plan to enroll at the University of Louisville for one semester. Submit the application online at and pay a $40.00 application fee (which can be paid by credit card or electronic check) for each semester you plan to attend. 

Applicants to the J. B. Speed School of Engineering must also include transcripts.


High School Visitors

A senior student who is presently enrolled in high school and who wants to take one or more college courses prior to graduating from high school will be considered a High School Visitor. These students must submit an application, $40.00 application fee, high school transcript, test scores (ACT, PSAT or SAT), and a letter of recommendation from their high school counselor.  Students who have not completed the first part of their junior year should contact the Office of Admissions for information concerning additional requirements for admission.


International Student Applicants

There are essentially three areas of concern for international applicants.  They are:

1. Successful completion of a strong, quality academic program.

2. Proficiency in the English language.

3. Ability to demonstrate financial resources.

Students who are not U.S. citizens or immigrants will need to submit an admissions application to the Office of Admissions and financial documents to the International Center.  The application provides information concerning the student's academic background and educational goals.  Applications should be received by the Office of Admissions well in advance of the desired enrollment date in order to allow adequate time for processing.  International student applicants should refer to the following list of application priority deadlines:

Fall Semester—May 1

Term begins late August

Spring Semester—November 1

Term begins early January

Summer Semester—April 1

Various terms begin in May, June and July

When all required credentials have been submitted, the application will be reviewed by the Office of Admissions.  Once an admissions decision has been made, the student will be notified.

International students applying to undergraduate programs will need to submit official transcripts of records from all secondary schools, universities, colleges, or professional schools attended. If official transcripts are not in English, you will also need to submit notarized English translations of your records. All post-secondary work must be submitted to Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services, Inc. (WES) for a course-by-course evaluation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to pay all charges for the evaluation. An application for evaluation and a brochure describing ECE’s or WES’s procedures, services and fees is available upon request from the Office of Admissions.


Continuing Studies

Continuing Studies is a non-degree granting unit that admits adult students who want to begin or return to college as part-time students. In order to be eligible to apply to Continuing Studies, students must be at least 25 years old and have a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate issued by a state department of education. 

Continuing Studies students may enroll for a maximum of 8 hours in any semester or summer session. Students are required to maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students may remain in Continuing Studies until they accumulate 24 credit hours. Students with 24 credit hours must apply for admission and be accepted by a degree-granting unit of the University if they wish to continue their course work. (See the Continuing Studies section for more information.)


University Orientation Programs

Pre-enrollment programs to introduce new students to the University of Louisville are held before each fall and spring semester. Most programs include advising, registration, sessions on campus services and activities, and tours. Fall semester programs are held in late May and June. Separate programs are offered for new freshmen, transfers, adult students and parents of new freshmen. Spring semester programs are held in November, December and January.  New students for summer terms are eligible to participate in the fall programs. Invitations are mailed to students and reservations are required. Fees are charged to cover the expenses of the program.

Please note it is mandatory that new freshmen attend an orientation program. Students admitted as postbaccalaureates, visitors, readmits, or intra-university transfers are not required to attend an orientation program.


Post-baccalaureate Admissions

Students who hold at least a bachelor’s degree and plan to enroll for undergraduate courses, but are not pursuing a second undergraduate degree are considered to be postbaccalaureate applicants. These students need to submit an official transcript certifying at least a bachelor’s degree, an application for admission and a $40.00 application fee.


Distance Education Courses

Distance education provides learning that is independent of time and location. Rather than gathering in a classroom, students and instructors interact in several ways. UofL’s Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning offers students an opportunity to take courses and programs at times and places that fit their busy lifestyles without having to travel to class on a regular basis.  All distance education courses are charged 130% of the in-state tuition rate. Students are charged at the graduate level rate if it is a graduate level course. There is no out-of-state tuition for distance education courses.  This rate applies regardless of whether or not you are a full-time student, and is in addition to any other tuition charges the student incurs. 


Online Courses and Programs

UofL offers courses and complete degree programs that are 100% online so students around the world can complete their bachelor’s or master’s degree without ever entering a classroom. Online programs at the University of Louisville are very user friendly, allowing the student to interact directly with instructors and classmates through Blackboard, the university’s online delivery software.  You can find information about our online programs and courses at



Telecourses are fully accredited college-level courses brought to you by means of television. The main difference between telecourses and on-campus courses – and what makes taking telecourses so convenient – is what the majority of your classes come to you at home via KET or The Kentucky Network. In addition to the video programs, the many components that make up telecourses (including textbooks, study guides, reading assignments, and instructor interaction) allow for a complete educational experience for the student.  Students are only required to come to campus a few times each semester.



UofL offers language, engineering and general education courses (as well as meetings) via compressed videoconferencing distributed across the Internet using  international standards amongst two or more sites.  Select locations are available on Belknap, Health Sciences and Shelby campuses for these sessions. Satellite downlink (reception) programming is also available at select locations on all three campuses, distributed over the campus cable system and the UofL ITFS broadcast system.  Academic credit courses are also offered on the Shelby Campus, located in eastern Jefferson County. Shelby Campus is also the site of the National Crime Prevention Institute and Weekend Courses.


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