All  freshmen  applicants  and  freshman  transfers  must submit the following:

  • A completed  application  with  a  $30.00  fee ($100.00 for international students),
  • ACT or SAT-I scores,
  • Official  copy  of  the  high  school  transcript.Applicants who are not high school graduates must supply a copy of the General Education Development Test (GED) scores in lieu of a high school transcript.
  • For  freshman  transfers,  an  official  copy  of transcript(s) of all college work completed.

Send all documents and applications for undergraduate admission to:

Office of Admissions
Kentucky State University
Academic Services Building
400 East Main Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Application Forms

Application forms for admission to any undergraduate program are available at the Office of Admissions, Kentucky State   University,   400   East   Main   Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. Application forms are also available via the Office of Admissions web page.

Responses on the application forms and on related materials must be complete and accurate.  Entrance may be denied or registration canceled as a result of false or misleading statements.

Application Fee

The required application fee is neither refundable nor applicable to other fees.


Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the school/college via the U.S. Postal Service, Federal Express, United Parcel Service, or electronically transmitted directly from the institution. No hand-delivered copies, unless in a sealed envelope by the sending institution, will be accepted as official.

Academic Scholarship Consideration

High school students who wish to be considered for University Academic Scholarships must:

  • apply  for  admission  by  February  15  of  their senior year (and have all required application documents), and;
  • have a score of 21 or higher on the ACT, or 970 or higher on the SAT-I, and a high school grade point average of 3.00 or higher, calculated on a 4.00 scale.

ACADEMIC CRITERIA: Freshman Admission

Favorable consideration for admission will be given to accredited secondary school graduates whose college aptitude test scores and high school grades give promise of success in college.   Secondary school students planning to apply for admission to KSU should emphasize the following school courses:   English, mathematics, history, and science.  They must also meet the University general admission requirements.

Admissions Index

The admissions index was established to quantify an assessment of a student’s high school activities and ACT assessment.  The admissions index is a numerical score calculated by multiplying the ACT by 10, the grade-point average by 100, and by adding the two sums.   The equation is as follows: ACT x 10 + GPA x 100 = index. SAT I verbal and math scores are converted to ACT composite scores for use in the admissions index according to a table of equivalencies developed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (

Unconditional Admission for First-Time Freshmen Kentucky State University requires students to meet an admission index of 430 or greater and to complete the Pre-College Curriculum (PCC), Kentucky residents only, in order  to be admitted  unconditionally to the University.

Conditional Admission for First-Time Freshmen Students with an admission index of 320-429 may be granted  conditional  admission. Applicants  with  an admission index of 320 or greater with PCC deficiencies also may be conditionally admitted to the University. Students  granted conditional  admission  may  not  take more than 15 credit hours per semester until conditional status  is  removed.  If  a  student  fails  to  successfully complete all mathematics and English deficiencies within the first 45 semester credit hours of course work, he or she  will  be  suspended  from  the  University. (See Academic Policies on Academic Standing).

Conditional status will be removed upon satisfying all of the following:

(a)  Successful  removal  of deficiencies in mathematics and English
(b)  Submission of all required admission documents, including SAT or ACT scores.

Denied AdmissionAppeal Process

Applicants who are denied admission to the University (for any reason) will receive written notice of such denial. Students  wishing  to  challenge  the  admission  decision may  make  a  written  appeal which  must  include  two letters of recommendation/support for the appeal.  One of the letters of recommendation should be from a high school teacher or guidance counselor.  All appeals letters should be sent to the:

University Admissions and Recruitment  Committee
c/o  Office  of  Admissions,
Kentucky State University,
400 East Main Street,
Academic Services Building, Room 312
Frankfort, KY 40601


The Pre-College Curriculum (PCC) is a core of high school   courses   required   for   all   Kentucky   resident students entering a public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as mandated by the Council  on  Postsecondary  Education.    Students  who have not taken or completed PCC classes while in high school must fulfill these requirements during the first 30 credit hours at Kentucky State University.  Failure to complete these requirements will result in the student being suspended from the University.  The PCC classes are:

Carnegie Subject
Contents and Remark
English4Courses should include English I, II, III and IV or AP English. All must require substantial communication skills components (i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking)
Mathematics3Includes Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry. A fourth class in higher-level mathematics is highly recommended.
Science3Choice of biology, advanced biology, chemistry, advanced chemistry, physics, advanced physics, physical science or any other science course with comparable rigor and content. One Carnegie unit from a rigorous physical science courseOne of the courses chosen must be laboratory based.
History and appreciation of visual and performing arts1
Social Studies3U.S. History, Economics, Government, World Geography, World Civilization
Foreign Language22 units of the same language
Physical Education1/2

Except for English and mathematics deficiencies, the introductory KSU college-level courses in the various required content  areas  will  meet  the  required  PCC courses.   English and mathematics deficiencies will be met by the following courses:

Carnegie Subject
Course Name
Course Number
EnglishBasic Writing IIENG 099
MathematicsFundamentals of Mathematics or Intermediate Level AlgebraMAT 095 or MAT 097

Courses which remedy the PCC deficiencies are subject to change.

Students will not be permitted to take additional courses until all deficiencies  are removed with a grade of “C” or above.   Courses numbered below 100, e.g. MAT 097, will not count toward degree requirements.

The following students ARE NOT required to have the PCC requirements:

  • Associate degree seeking students
  • International students
  • Nonresident students
  • Students  entering  baccalaureate-degree  status with twenty-four (24) or more semester credit hours applicable to a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Students enrolled in a community or technical college or a community college type program
  • Active  duty  military  personnel,  their  spouses and dependents
  • Students who have reached their 21st birthday before the beginning of the semester or term


Prospective students are advised to request information on advanced program standing from the Testing Office at Kentucky State University information.

Entering students with superior preparation or with competence in a specific area may qualify for advanced placement or credit.  Placement or credit may be granted on the basis of Advanced Placement Examination (AP Exams)  of  the  College  Board,  International Baccalaureate  scores, College  Level  Examination Program  (CLEP), General  and  Subject  examinations, and other evidence of experience and competence.

Students transferring to Kentucky State University who have received advance placement credits from another institution may be awarded these credits insofar as  Kentucky  State’s requirements for  awarding such credits are met. Advanced placement credits may not be substituted for residency requirements.


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