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Admissions FAQs

What programs are offered at BCTC?

We have a wide variety of certificate, diploma and Associate degree programs available. Some of our more popular programs are Transfer (Pre-Baccalaureate), Nursing (RN), Business Management and Marketing, Information Management and Design, Radiography, and Practical Nursing. A list of all of our programs can be found by visiting the Academic and Technical Programs website.

How do I get accepted at BCTC?

It’s easy! Please visit Future Students and select the type of student you are for a list of steps to complete the admission and enrollment process.

How can I sign up for a campus visit?

Please call 855-246-2477 to schedule a campus visit. We encourage you to refer to Visit Campus for more information on our campus locations, programs by location, and to access virtual tours.

What does tuition cost at BCTC and are there any additional fees?

For current tuition rates, please visit Tuition and Fees.

If you are enrolled in classes at the Cooper, Newtown, or Winchester campuses, you are eligible to purchase UK Student Services. These fees cover athletics, recreation services, student center, and student health, among others. For more information on fees and available services, please visit UK e-Store

What activities at UK can I participate in?

If you are enrolled in classes at the Cooper, Newtown, or Winchester campuses, you are eligible to purchase UK Student Services. These fees cover athletics, recreation services, student center, and student health, among others. For more information on fees and available services, please visit UK e-Store. Please note that if you elect to live in UK Housing, the housing rate includes UK student fees.

What about financial aid and scholarship opportunities?

Financial aid and scholarship information is available on our Financial Aid website. Here you will find a link for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as a scholarship application.

How do I redeem my KEES money?

Financial Aid will notify KHEAA after the last day to register for classes. KHEAA will send money to BCTC. Money will be credited to your account in the Business Office. For questions contact, your High School Counselor or KHEAA at 1 (800) 928-8926.

How long will it take to complete my degree?

An associate degree program traditionally takes a full time student two years to complete. Our associate degree programs include transfer degrees and technical/professional degrees, many of which can also transfer to four-year degree programs. A diploma program is designed to prepare students for employment in a specific technical field in one to two years. A certificate can be earned in as little as one semester, depending on the program. Certificates are primarily offered in technical programs. You can find out more information by visiting our Academic and Technical program listings online.

Will my classes at BCTC transfer to other schools?

BCTC provides course work that is transferable to the University of Kentucky and other four-year institutions. The pre-baccalaureate program is generally equivalent to the first two years of the curriculum leading to the Bachelor’s degree. You can find more information about transferring to a four-year college by visiting our Transfer Center. You can contact the Transfer Center at (859) 246-4620.

How do I get an official copy of my BCTC transcript?

You will need to contact the Records Office to request an official BCTC transcript. You can reach them by phone at (855) 246-2477. The Records Office is located in 203 Oswald Building, Cooper Campus or the One-Stop, Building C, Leestown Campus.

How do I know what room or building my class is in?

You will want to check your class schedule by logging into the People Soft system using your student ID. Buildings and room numbers are listed next to the courses you are taking.

How big are my classes?

Our average class size is 14 students, but this will vary depending on the specific class you are enrolled in.

Where do I get the books I'll need for class?

Books can be purchased on the Cooper Campus, the Leestown Campus or online.

Can I take a class over if I get a bad grade?

Yes. You will need to visit the Records Office to complete a Repeat Option form.

What if I don't like a class or have a time conflict? Can I withdraw from the course or will I be penalized?

Every semester, withdrawal dates are posted in the Schedule of Classes as well as the BCTC website. You may withdraw from a class without penalty as long as you do it before these dates.

Are there computer labs where I can complete my homework for class?

Computer labs are available on each of the six campuses.

How do I get involved in student activities at BCTC?

There are numerous activities for students to become involved in. You can contact the Student Activities Office at 1 (866) 774-4872, Ext.56523.

Where can I go for information about disability support?

You can contact Disability Support Services for more information about services and accommodations offered to students.

Where do I park?

Parking is free and well marked at all campus locations except for the Cooper campus. Students taking one or more classes at the Cooper campus will need to purchase a parking permit through UK Parking and Transportation Services. Permits are $248 per academic year for residents living in UK Housing and for commuters. For more information on parking and to purchase a permit, please visit UK Parking and Transportation Services.

Lexington campus students can purchase a Lextran bus pass, which is $75 per academic year, or use the UK Shuttle.

Do I need to take the ACT or SAT tests?

ACT or SAT scores are not required for general admission. If you have taken either exam, we encourage you to submit your official scores as they help your academic advisor place you in appropriate courses. For ACT, our BCTC code is 1531. For SAT, our BCTC code is 0645.

What does the COMPASS assessment test cover? What does it do for me?

The COMPASS test is an untimed test used by your academic advisor to place you in the appropriate classes. The COMPASS test is free the first time you take it. If you submit official ACT or SAT scores, you do not need to take the COMPASS test

What if I am not proficient in a certain subject area? Where can I go for help?

Student Support Services is available to all students. These services include free tutoring, as well as study skills help. Counselors are also available to speak with students regarding academic or personal issues.

Can I find a job working on campus? Are internships available to me after I complete my program?

Many Bluegrass students work on campus as student workers. To inquire about student worker openings, contact Financial Aid. Once you complete your program, contact Student Employment Services or Career Services.

How do I contact the school for general information?

For general information about BCTC, you will want to contact our main line at 1 (866) 774-4872. Based on your inquiry, the operator can direct you to the appropriate person on the appropriate campus. Answers to most of the general information questions can be found by searching the BCTC website.

Where can I find information about housing and food services costs?

Important Information for the 2013 - 2014 Academic Year

Eligibility Requirements:

Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) one of the Lexington campuses (Cooper, Leestown, or Newtown) or the Winchester campus. Online courses and independent study do not count toward enrollment eligibility (9 or more credit hours must be on campus).

Application Process:

Students must apply to BCTC first and then create a Link Blue account by completing the Link Blue Request Form. Please allow approximately 7-10 business days to process your request. Once the account is created, you will receive notification with a username or password. You will then login and submit the housing application.

Assignments will be made early June. Housing is not guaranteed and available on first-come, first-served basis. BCTC students pay the standard UK Housing rates, which include a minimum meal plan and UK student fees. For more information on fees, please visit UK Housing and Dining Rates.

Is there a payment plan option I can use to pay for tuition?

There are several payment plan options available to you. Please contact the Business Office at 855-246-2477.

Where can I get information about Financial Aid and scholarships?

Financial aid and scholarship information is available from the Office of Financial Aid. Here you will find a link for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as a scholarship application.

Where can I find information about Health Services for my student?

You can find Student Health Services information on the UK Student Health website. This option is available to students taking classes on the Cooper, Newtown, and Winchester campuses who purchase UK Student Services through the UK e-Store.

Can I obtain a copy of my students’ grades?

Due to the Federal Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA), we are unable to share your student’s grades with you. If your student would like to share their grades with you, they can complete the FERPA form in the Records Office in 203 Oswald Building, Cooper Campus or the One-Stop, Building C, Leestown Campus.

Will my student’s courses transfer to a four year institution?

BCTC provides course work that is transferable to the University of Kentucky and other four-year institutions. The pre-baccalaureate program is generally equivalent to the first two years of the curriculum leading to the bachelor’s degree. You can find more information about transferring to a four-year college by visiting our Transfer Center. You can reach them at (859) 246-4620.