Posted by: ukundergraduatestudies | July 7, 2014

What’s Up With Waitlists?

A waitlist is just as the name suggests. When you place yourself on a waitlist for a course, you are getting in line behind other people, just as you often must do at a restaurant. For example, if your schedule on myUK indicates you are “Waitlisted (#4),” four students must drop the course for you to become enrolled in that section.

When you are waitlisted, you are not actually enrolled in the course and are not guaranteed enrollment. In fact, after the last day to add a course, all the waitlists are purged, and the class will disappear from your schedule if you remain waitlisted.
Being waitlisted for a course means taking a calculated risk, so you want to be realistic about your chances of getting into that particular section. For example, if you are waitlisted #23 for a COM 252 section that has a maximum capacity of 30 students, you will probably not become enrolled in the class.

Neither you nor your academic advisor can predict whether you will get in a waitlisted section.

Enrolling in a section with open seats (even if it is the dreaded MWF 8-8:50 a.m. time slot!) is a better strategy than simply placing yourself on the waitlist and seeing what happens.

If you must be waitlisted, you may wish to consider the following to help maximize your chances of getting into the class:

Choose the waitlist on which you will be the highest.

To determine this, go to the course catalog and search for all of the sections of the class by entering the course abbreviation (e.g., PSY) and course number (e.g., 100), and clicking “Search.” Then, click on (Check All) to bring up the number of open/waitlist seats available for each section of the course.

The area where it says “___ waitlist seats available” shows you how many spots remain on the waitlist.

The waitlist on which you will be the highest is simply the one with the most spots still remaining on the waitlist.

Below is an example of this concept. In this scenario, you are better off placing yourself on the waitlist for section 001.

Waitlist Screenshot

Consistently monitor any course for which you are waitlisted.

Check both your schedule, to determine whether you’re moving up the waitlist, and the course catalog, to determine whether a spot opens in a different section of that course. Check these two sources throughout the add/drop period.

Please consult with your academic advisor any time you have questions. We are here to serve as one of your main campus resources and are always glad to help.

Posted by: ukundergraduatestudies | February 6, 2014

Student Leadership Opportunities with New Student and Parent Programs

The Office of New Student and Parent Programs has a number of unique leadership opportunities available.  Please see details below.

K Crew

Become a part of one of the largest leadership opportunities on campus!  Each year, we select up to 500 K Crew leaders to serve as mentors and leaders to our incoming students.  K Crew leaders each lead a small group of new students and not only guide them through the fun and activities of K Week but also serve as mentors for their groups throughout the fall semester.

Application Deadline is Friday, February 14th.

Apply at:<>

UK 101/201 Peer Instructors

UK 101 and UK 201 (<>) are one-credit hour academic orientation courses for freshmen and transfer students co-taught by a faculty member and a student peer instructor.  Peer Instructors are an essential component of UK 101 and UK 201. Responsibilities include assisting the faculty instructor, teaching class sessions, and interacting with the students during in-class and out-of-class activities.

Application Deadline is Friday, February 28th.

Apply at:

Parent Family Ambassadors

The UK Parent Association provides assistance to and programs and services for parents and family members of UK undergraduate students. The UK Parent Association will select four current UK undergraduate students to serve as Parent and Family Ambassadors (PFA). PFAs will assume their role during summer 2014 and will work approximately 30 hours per week (this is a paid position) for the months of June and July in conjunction with Summer Advising Conferences for new students and their families.

Application Deadline is Friday, February 28th.

Apply at:

K Book Editorial Staff

The K Book is a comprehensive new student publication in which veteran students share all of the information that they wish they knew before they set foot on the University of Kentucky campus. The K Book Editorial Board is a group of select students who are responsible for maximizing the effectiveness of this publication for incoming students. As a member of this board, your ideas, words and decisions have the ability to prepare and inspire new students to reach their potential at the University of Kentucky.

Application Deadline is Friday, February 28th.

Apply at:

Posted by: ukundergraduatestudies | December 3, 2013

UK 110: Major and Career Exploration

Attention Undergraduate Studies students—

Would you like some assistance in choosing a major? Do you have many interests? Do you have no idea? Do you want to learn more about your options?

Please consider a special opportunity available only to Undergraduate Studies students in Spring 2014—UK 110: Major and Career Exploration. This one-hour, pass-fail course meets once per week for 50 minutes and is designed specifically for students like you!

We will be engaging in discussions and activities to help you learn more about yourself and assess your strengths and interests, while exploring majors at UK and potential career paths that may be a good fit.

Seats remain available in multiple sections, all of which are taught by Undergraduate Studies academic advisors who are very experienced in working with exploratory students!

Note: The sections of UK 110 that are dedicated to major and career exploration are sections 004-013.

Keep this unique opportunity in mind as you plan your spring schedule. Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions about UK 110: Major and Career Exploration.

Congratulations to Undergraduate Studies Ambassador Jenna Day, the recently-crowned Miss Kentucky 2013! Way to go, Jenna!

Posted by: ukundergraduatestudies | August 5, 2013

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again

Golfers take a mulligan.  Children shake the Etch-a-Sketch.  For college students, it’s called using a repeat option.

At the University of Kentucky, students are afforded a total of three (3) ‘do-overs,’ formally termed repeat options, over the course of their academic career.

With a repeat option, a student is allowed to repeat a course and then replace the grade from the first attempt with the second grade earned in his or her cumulative (overall) GPA.  Thus, repeat options are a good way to work on raising your grade point average (GPA) relatively quickly.

Students seeking to use a repeat option must fill out a Repeat Option Form with their college.  This form is submitted to the Registrar, who removes the quality hours and any quality points earned from the first attempt from the student’s transcript.

Undergraduate Studies students must come to Miller Hall and meet with an academic advisor, who will assist in completing the form, then sign and send it to the Registrar.

It is important to note that a repeat option can only be used to make the second grade count for a particular course.  Additional attempts are not eligible for repeat options.  Also, students must be enrolled at UK at the time the repeat option is filed and can exercise the repeat option any time prior to graduation.

Students can use repeat options to replace any grade, although it seems most common for students to repeat courses in which they earned a D or E.  Sometimes, students choose to repeat a course they did not do particularly poorly in (e.g., earned a C in their first attempt) in hopes of earning a higher grade in a pre-major course or to raise their GPA for a scholarship they receive, for example.

Note:  Even after a repeat option is filed, the academic status for the semester of the first attempt will remain the same on the transcript.

The first attempt also remains on the transcript as a record of completion of the course in that term, though the quality hours and quality points are removed. 

As this next semester approaches, think about how repeat options might help you to repair and maximize your GPA.  Be sure to speak with your academic advisor for assistance with registration, filing Repeat Option Forms and any additional questions you may encounter.

Undergraduate Studies offers walk-in advising services to all UK students, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  We are always happy to help!

Undergraduate Studies would like to congratulate the following students on being named to the 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll:

Landon Foster – Football
Zach Myers – Football
Jalen Whitlow – Football
Allie Gorgol – W. Soccer
Olivia Jester – W. Soccer
Courtney Kobashigawa – W. Soccer
Cailey Warfel – W. Soccer
Willie Cauley-Stein – M. Basketball
Archie Goodwin – M. Basketball
Nerlens Noel – M. Basketball
Alex Poythress – M. Basketball
Jillian Chappel – Gymnastics
Laura Dawson – W. Swimming
Frida Jakobsson – W. Swimming
Kyle Barrett – Baseball
Kyle Cody – Baseball
Ryne Combs – Baseball
Dylan Dwyer – Baseball
Dorian Hairston – Baseball
Zack Storm – Baseball
Kelsey Nunley – Softball
Nikki Sagermann – Softball
Sylver Samuel – Softball
Ansley Smith – Softball
Christian Stokes – Softball
Harrison Greenberry – M. Golf
Kevin Lai – M. Tennis
Juan Pablo Murra – M. Tennis
Nadia Ravita – W. Tennis

The complete listing of honorees can be viewed at

Posted by: ukundergraduatestudies | April 30, 2013

Letter to the editor: Deciding to go undecided was a rewarding choice

University of Kentucky freshman and Singletary Scholar Allie Decker recognizes the value of working with academic advisors in Undergraduate Studies to explore majors and careers:

I was going nowhere.

Or at least that’s what I thought, when I applied to college without a major in mind. “Undergraduate Studies,” the application said. A combination of “I’ve got no future/I’m never going to figure out my life” is what I read.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not a motivationless bum. I’ve always had drive, but just never in a certain direction and never with a certain dream in mind.

At first, I didn’t care. I never had to, when the only thing that mattered in high school was tonight’s homework and tomorrow’s outfit. I figured that, sooner or later, I’d figure it out. I never thought later would  mean much later.

Instead, what chose to come sooner was a mild panic. Senior year came and went, but it neglected to leave me with the parting gift of a college major. My lack of even a slight idea about my future led to feelings of failure. Although I wanted to avoid it at all costs, I knew I would have to enter college undecided. What an awful word.

Looking back today on a year in the Undergraduate Studies program, entering college in this program was probably the best thing I could’ve done for myself. I’ve given myself time to explore; I’ve been exposed to the best resources and given access to sound advice and experience before having to make any decisions.

The biggest thing Undergraduate Studies has done for me, though, is help me land solidly on my feet on my jump to UK. College itself is a big enough change, bringing with itself so many new experiences and decisions, from figuring out when (or how) to do your laundry to choosing a major.

Coming into college in the Undergraduate Studies program was a decision that instead helped me get a grip on my plans for the future, allowing me to focus on general classes first and familiarizing me with various academic programs before I decided to apply. It has been a priceless way of taking my focus off of my far future and instead placing it on my immediate future – getting further involved on campus and planning my classes for each semester as they come.

As an Undergraduate Studies student, I now feel much more confident and in control and I conquer my future one class, program and plan at a time.

Allie Decker is a freshman and a Singletary Scholar. Email

Posted by: ukundergraduatestudies | December 11, 2012

Undergraduate Studies Student Named to All-SEC Freshman Team

Undergraduate Studies would like to congratulate Landon Foster on being named to the All-SEC Freshman Team for his performance on the field in the 2012 season!

Posted by: ukundergraduatestudies | October 30, 2012

Sometimes, “W” Stands for Wisdom

After midterm grades were posted, you might have a grade that is not quite what you want it to be. If you find yourself in this situation, you have some options.

You can stay in the class and try to do the best you can. If the semester ends and you are still not happy with your grade or if you failed the course, you can use one of three repeat options that you have during your academic career at UK.

Another option would be dropping the course and taking it again in a future semester. At this point in the semester, dropping a course would result in a “W” being recorded on your transcript for that course.

Many students fear that even a single “W” on their transcript is a very negative thing. This is not true. A “W” is simply a marker representing when the class was dropped. If it is dropped after the last day for it to not appear on your transcript, you will receive a “W” for the course.

There is no grade attached to a “W.” Many times, a “W” can actually represent a wise decision. For example, dropping a course that you know will not do well in and taking it another semester would show wisdom on your part. Ultimately, a “W” is much better than an “E.”

Of course, there are a variety of factors that influence your decision as to whether or not to drop a class. These factors include:

-Financial considerations (Will you receive any degree of refund for the tuition for the course if you drop it? Could dropping the course impact your financial aid or your eligibility for a scholarship you receive? Check with Financial Aid and the Academic Scholarship office.
-When the course will be offered again (Might waiting to take it later set you back in your degree program?)
-Paired courses (For example, if you drop MA 113, you must also drop MA 193)
-Potential impact staying in the course might have on your GPA

If you are considering dropping a class that would put you below full-time status (12 credit hours), there are three important things to consider:

-How doing so might impact financial aid: call Financial Aid at (859) 257-3172 or visit them in-person in Room 128 Funkhouser Building. Also be sure to speak with the administrators of any scholarships you receive

-How doing so might impact student housing: contact your Hall Director if you live in a campus residence hall

-How doing so might impact health insurance: speak with your parents

*Note: There will be no refund of tuition for a class that is dropped at this time.

Speak with the bookstore from which you purchased the textbooks about how much, if any, money you’d get back at this time for the course’s books and associated materials.

There are a variety of benefits tied to being a full-time student that might be revoked if a student drops to part-time status.

As always, be sure to consult with your academic advisor about any questions or concerns you might have about your courses and remember that Friday, November 2, 2012 is the last day to drop a class.

Posted by: ukundergraduatestudies | October 19, 2012

Pre-Pharmacy Class Scheduling Assistance and Open House

I. Class Scheduling Assistance for UK Prepharmacy Students
UK Prepharm Students: We have scheduled sessions (starting next Monday!) to allow you to ask questions about scheduling your classes for the upcoming spring semester at UK. Please note this time is reserved for class scheduling questions only. Registration is required to attend these workshops

If you have questions about the application process please plan to attend a workshop (more will be scheduled throughout the semester) or the Open House taking place next Saturday

II. PharmD Open House next Sat. Oct. 27: Register Now!
Are you interested in learning about how to strengthen your application for the UK College of Pharmacy? Clarifying UK PharmD prerequisite classes? Touring the new pharmacy building – the largest pharmacy education building in the world? Getting help as a high school student? Asking questions of current COP students and faculty? Getting insight into the interview process or learning content to help you prepare for your upcoming admissions interview? If so, registration is now available to high school AND college students for the UK College of Pharmacy PharmD Program Open House Information Sessions taking place on Sat. Oct. 27 (college students) or Sat. Dec. 1 (high school students) at 10am. Registration is required and seats are limited, so register now! Additional information is available at Students may attend either event if they are not available on one date.

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