Before completing this form, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the requirements to enter the University of Kentucky College of Social Work BASW Program.

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Full Major Application

Required application for pre-Social Work majors who are applying for full major standing in the BASW program.
  • For example, if you intend to be a Full-Major Social Work student after completing your current semester, then choose the following semester.
  • Example: Spring 2017 or just "2017", if you don't recall the semester.
  • E.G.: 3.2
  • E.G.: 3.6
  • E.G.: College of Engineering
  • E.G.: Anthropology
  • SW-124SW-222 or SW-322Intro to SociologyIntro to PsychologyPS-101 (American Government)BIO-103 or BIO-110 
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  • I.E.: Through a professor, a faculty member, a friend, et cetera
  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, odt, rtf, txt.
    Instructions for the essay:
    In 500-750 words complete the following:
    • Elaborate on one thing that you learned in your introductory social work class that is essential to remember as a professional social worker. (Include an explanation of your topic or idea)
    • Elaborate on why you consider it to be a high priority in social work.
    • Your essay will be evaluated on:
      • The degree to which your essay demonstrates an understanding of social work.
      • Your ability to effectively communicate your ideas through writing.
      • It is recommended that you use spell check and proof-read your essay prior to submitting it with the application.
      • Proper use of APA style. Be sure to properly cite all sources.
  • College of Social Work Criminal Background Statement

    (Approved by UK Legal Counsel)

    All students accepted and enrolled in the BASW degree program must complete a practicum course sequence, including two practicum placements in community agencies, as a requirement of the degree.

    Many agency practicum sites require background checks and drug screening. Students must comply with any agency requirements for screening. A criminal background may pose difficulties in securing a practicum placement and/or may result in the inability to secure a placement. Some agencies may be precluded by law from accepting students who have a criminal background. Additionally, some agencies are unwilling to supervise students having certain criminal charges. Any negative findings on background checks or drug screenings that affect the ability to secure a practicum placement may also prevent successful completion of the requirements for the degree and your ability to graduate. Please note that convictions for certain criminal offenses may also preclude you from being licensed as a professional social worker in some states. Applicants should consider these barriers in their educational planning.
  • By signing this form, I am verifying that I have read this information and understand that having a criminal record or being unable to pass drug screening may make me ineligible for practicum placements. This could prevent me from completing the practicum course sequence required for the BASW degree, which would preclude me from completing the BASW degree program.
  • If you meet all of the criteria except the overall GPA standard required for admission, and your GPA is between 2.25 and 2.49, you may be eligible to request an exception from this requirement. The BASW program requires that students have high intellectual ability and strong motivation. If your past academic performance does not reflect accurately your ability to succeed, you may submit the Petition for Consideration of Exception along with your application. Please read carefully: This Petition for Consideration of Exception is available to students who have experienced academic difficulties of a short duration or due to extenuating circumstances. This petition can be utilized by students who have experienced events that have impacted their academic performance such as: Personal illness, trauma or disability Family illness, trauma or death Financial or college adjustment difficulties In addition, recent semester(s) GPA score(s) need to show substantial academic improvement to clearly demonstrate the ability to meet this standard. If you are eligible to apply, you are encouraged to provide as much specific evidence of your academic abilities, as well as specific steps you plan to take to continue to improve your performance. Instructions If you are eligible to submit this petition, please provide the following information typed on a separate sheet of paper entitled " Petition for Consideration of Exception." The following sections must be clearly addressed in this petition: Describe any specific obstacles or circumstances that hindered your past academic achievement. Describe how you overcame, or plan to overcome, these obstacles if you are admitted into the BASW program Convince the Undergraduate Admissions Committee that you have greater potential for success in your academics than is reflected in your current GPA.

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