Why the University of Kentucky College of Medicine?

At the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, our faculty and staff care about each one of our students. This goes beyond the mere words in our mission statement. We believe one-on-one interaction and coaching will ultimately produce graduates who are prepared for the advancements in medicine, whether that be in clinical practice, teaching future generations of doctors, or conducting research to change the landscape of medical care. We take pride in educating future physicians and scientists, but don’t take our word for it. Here are just a few of the unique aspects of our College of Medicine.

  • The UK College of Medicine has adopted a pass/fail grading system for all courses offered in the MD program beginning August 2018.
  • In 2018, UK Medical students matched into 22 different specialties for residency. Forty-three percent of the class will complete residency training in Primary Care as defined by Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and Family Medicine.
  • Twenty-seven percent elected to stay within the UK HealthCare system and an additional thirty percent elected to stay in Kentucky for residency.
  • The UK College of Medicine is one of nine triple-board residency programs in the nation where residents can train in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Pediatrics.
  • UK is one of a few medical schools to offer a tuition-guarantee program. This guarantees each entering class a set tuition that will remain constant for the four years they are enrolled in medical school.
  • UK HealthCare has over 80 specialized clinics, and more than 140 outreach programs throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky.
  • For the second consecutive year, the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital remains the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky, according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings. Additionally, four major health care areas achieved top 50 national rankings, three of them for the first time. Rankings included: #50 in Cancer, #44 in Neurology and Neurosurgery, #43 in Geriatrics, and #37 in Diabetes and Endocrinology.
  • The 2017 Best Doctors in America® included more than 130 of our physicians.
  • According to Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the UK College of Medicine Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry is ranked 8th and the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences is ranked 7th among public medical schools for total National Institutes of Health (NIH) federal funding received in 2017.
  • During fiscal year 2017, the college received $73.9 million in NIH research grant funding.
  • In 2011, the NIH awarded UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science $20 million to move research discoveries to healthcare solutions more quickly. Awarded through the NIH’s institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards, this designation makes UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science a part of a select national biomedical research consortium.
  • In 2010, UK was ranked among the top 20 medical schools in the United States based upon its "social mission score" representing the percentage of graduates who practice primary care, work in underserved areas or are underrepresented minorities.
  • UK developed the nation's first and consistently top-ranked department of Behavioral Science, which assists in developing student interests in patient-centered care, public health and patient assessment.


Learn more about the medical degree options at the UK College of Medicine. Click here or select a campus location below.


For more information about the combined degree programs available at the Lexington Campus, visit here or select a program from the list below.



  • If your test center is closed, your appointment will be placed on hold. You have several options detailed below, accessible through the MCAT Registration System. 
  • Reschedule: Log into the MCAT Registration System and reschedule your exam to another date at no cost. All MCAT rescheduling fees have been waived for the foreseeable future. Note: Scheduling is temporarily suspended until new dates can be added. More information about the testing calendar will be provided here by April 24, 2020. 
  • Cancel: If you received a cancellation email, you may cancel your exam for a full refund of your base registration fee. Please note that the system will not automatically give you a full refund. Any balance due will be refunded within two weeks without requiring any further action on your part. Please allow the full two weeks for the remaining refund to be credited to your account. 

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine accepts AP coursework in Chemistry and Physics with a score of 4. We still encourage you to strengthen your knowledge through courses taken in college. 

March 31, 2020 - Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine has carefully reviewed its perspective on Pass/Fail grading.  To alleviate additional stressors surrounding educational modifications we have decided to accept Pass/Fail grading for prerequisite coursework for Spring Semester 2020. 

UKCOM only considers transfers into the third-year class (rarely 2nd year class) from LCME accredited institutions after passing USMLE Step I. These individuals are only considered if space is available.  Given the current unprecedented state with COVID-19 and its impact on clinical rotations, UKCOM will not be accepting transfers into the third-year class.

We recommend that you submit no more than 5 letters. If your school attaches a committee letter, it counts as three letters.

As seats become available, the Alternate Pool Subcommittee will convene and review applicant files making selections to fill the vacancies.

In compliance with the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool recommendations our deadline for Commit to Enroll is three weeks prior to matriculation (July 6, 2020).  This allows offers to be made to applicants in our Alternate Pool as late as July 7, 2020.