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Incoming Freshmen

As a student at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business & Economics, you'll learn key business strategies from both market-leading executives and our world-renowned faculty, inside our newly renovated, state-of-the-art Gatton College building. By joining us, you'll have the chance to experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as our International Education program, or participate in our unique learning environment with the Business Enterprise Living Learning Program. And be sure to take advantage of Gatton College's unique comprehensive Career Services including job search assistance, internship connections and leadership opportunities.

Students admitted as freshmen to the University of Kentucky will be admitted as pre-majors to the Gatton College of Business. Visit the UK Admission website for information on how to apply. Full admission is typically granted in the sophomore year after meeting the selective admission criteria.

Selective Admission Criteria

  • 2.8 or greater cumulative gpa
  • 2.8 pre-major gpa (pre-major courses include: English, Calculus, Accounting, Economics and Statistics courses)

Current UK Students

We welcome current UK students to apply for admission to the Gatton College of Business & Economics. Students who have earned less than 50 hours will be admitted to pre-major status if they are making reasonable progress towards meeting the Selective Admissions Criteria. Students with more than 50 hours will be admitted directly into the major if they meet the selective admissions criteria listed below.

Selective Admission Criteria

  • 2.8 or greater cumulative gpa
  • 2.8 pre-major gpa (pre-major courses include: English, Calculus, Accounting, Economics and Statistics courses)

Students who do not meet the selective admissions criteria may appeal the decision if the student feels that there is persuasive evidence that personal, academic or professional circumstances have affected a student's grades or if the student shows promise for successful completion of a degree in the Gatton College. To submit an appeal please use this Appeal form (see form for submission deadlines).

Click here to apply for transfer admission or check the status of your application. The University prohibits students from switching majors during priority registration.


Transfer Students

Whether you are transferring from another university or community college or from another college on campus the Gatton College of Business and Economics welcomes you. We have many students who have successfully transferred to UK in various stages of their academic careers. If you are interested in Gatton, your first step is to apply and be admitted to UK. Check the UK Office of Admissions website for complete information on transfer procedures, including transfer from another university or community college.

Admission Requirements

As a transfer student, you are eligible to apply for admission to the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Students with less than 50 credit hours are admitted to pre-major status if they are making reasonable progress towards meeting the selective admissions criteria and are admitted to UK. After admission, you will then need to meet the selective admissions criteria below in order to gain entry into major coursework. Students who have earned more than 50 hours must meet the selective admission criteria in order to be admitted directly into the major.

Selective Admission Criteria

  • 2.8 or greater cumulative gpa
  • 2.8 pre-major gpa (pre-major courses include: English, Calculus, Accounting, Economics and Statistics courses)

Refer to the Academic Bulletin for more detailed information about transfer admissions and credit to the University of Kentucky and the Gatton College of Business and Economics.