Incoming Graduate Student Checklist

Before you arrive:

  •   Set up your UK email address.
    o   Your UKID number and linkblue ID are in the Graduate School's offer letter, which can be accessed via the ApplyYourself system.
    o   For questions or problems regarding activating your computing account, please contact IT Customer Service via email at or by phone at (859)218-4357.
    o   After your email is set up, you may request access to a divisional list-serv (Analytical, Biological, Inorganic, Organic, or Physical) by contacting
  • Log on to myuk.uky.eduThis is where you will register for classes, see your bi-weekly pay statements, and update your personal information as a student and an employee.
  •   Send official transcripts and test scores (GRE, TOEFL) to the Graduate School:

    Graduate School, University of Kentucky
    c/o Maureen Barker
    201D Gillis Building
    Lexington, KY 40506-0033

After you arrive:

  •   Obtain a UK Wildcard ID. The cost of the Wildcard is $17.00. If you would like to purchase a protective case it is an additional $5.00. You must bring a photo government-issued ID to pick up your Wildcard. The ID office is located in the Gatton Student Center Suite A380 and its operating hours are M-F 8:00am - 4:15pm. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Wildcard ID Office at 859-257-1378 or via
  •   Get a Parking Pass or explore alternate transportation options.  To park legally on UK's campus, you must purchase a parking permit.  However, with the BluPass program, all LexTran buses are free for those with active UK Wildcard IDs.
  • Set up direct deposit and complete payroll forms.  Establish a checking account and follow the instructions from the A&S Payroll staff.
  • Check for holds on your Student Record.  Login to your myUK account and check for any holds on your student record.

For International students ONLY

Before you arrive:

  •   Request I-20.  After you are offered admission by the department, go to your online application page and look for a form from international center. You will receive that form 48-72 hours after the department has acknowledged your acceptance of the offer. 

When you arrive:

After classes begin:

  •  Obtain SSN. Social Security Number (SSN) is mandatory in order to work in United States.



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