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University of Kentucky

South Limestone, Lexington, KY

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The University of Kentucky (UK), located in Lexington, is a leading public research university that has more than 70 nationally ranked academic programs. Top ranking programs include, among others:

  • College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, Clinical Psychology Program College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Hispanic Studies
  • College of Communications and Information Studies, Department of Communication College of Medicine, Anatomy Program
  • College of Agriculture, Plant Pathology Program
  • College of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences doctoral program
  • Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, Public Finance and Budgeting Program 

The UK offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional levels in 16 colleges and professional schools. It has an acclaimed faculty, all committed to teaching and contributing to the community through service, outreach programs and research. The university also offers workforce training programs and distance learning through online courses.

History

The University of Kentucky was founded in 1865 as a land-grant institution.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of Kentucky follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters. There is also a short, Winter Intersession, and two Summer Sessions of four and eight weeks. The College of Dentistry, College of Law and College of Medicine each have their own academic calendars, which are posted on the uky.edu website.

Colleges and Schools

The academic colleges and schools of the University of Kentucky are:

  • College of Agriculture
  • School of Human Environmental Sciences
  • College of Architecture (Now College of Design)
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gatton College of Business and Economics
  • College of Communications and Information Studies
  • College of Design (formerly College of Architecture)
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Health Sciences
  • School of Human Environmental Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Social Work
  • Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce

The professional and graduate schools of the University of Kentucky are:

  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Law
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Public Health
  • Multidisciplinary Graduate Degree Programs
  • The Graduate School

Student Life

The UK offers more than 340 student clubs and organizations available for involvement. The campus has several residence halls with spacious common areas and wireless Internet access in most areas. There is also a fitness center, a rock climbing wall and many sports courts available for use.

Other amenities and opportunities for involvement include the Student Center, the Writing Center, the Hub, concerts, the campus radio station and downtown Lexington just steps away.

Traditions

The official colors of the University of Kentucky are blue and white, chosen as the school colors in 1892.

The nickname for the UK athletic teams is "Wildcats," which started in 1909 at a football game where the team "fought like Wildcats." The school's mascot is a Wildcat, who entertains fans at athletic events and also attends academic functions and the UK ambassador.

Athletics

The UK "Wildcats" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Kentucky is considered the "horse capital of the world" and Lexington has many horse farms in the vicinity that offer tours. Lexington is known for its small town feel, and is considered one of the best American cities to live in. Yet there are also big city perks, such as numerous restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, plenty of arts and culture - all within a few blocks of the University of Kentucky campus.

Community engagement is a significant part of the UK mission, and the university has many community outreach programs. It has an agricultural extension service in every county in Kentucky to help with farming, financial planning, and more.

The UK's Coldstream Research Park in Lexington is helping start-up high-tech and health-care companies in the community. The College of Dentistry's mobile dental vans bring dental care to thousands of local children. UK researchers are conducting scientific studies in projects ranging from water quality and energy production to breast cancer and other diseases.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the students University of Kentucky accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at University of Kentucky is around 30,000 students. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 18% enrolling as graduate students and 76% as undergraduate students.

$16,700

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $16,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $50 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State Tuition: $9,700-$12,000
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $23,000-$27,620
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $400-$480 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $960-$1,200 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid94%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships91%$8,984
Receiving Student Loans49%$7,758
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, University of Kentucky may offer services to students including:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation Rates

University of Kentucky has an overall graduation rate which is around 62%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years33%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: University of Kentucky

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) & Supervisory CPE Program
  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Coordinated Dietetics Program
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Law Program
  • Medical (M.D.) Program
  • Music Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program
  • Radiation Therapist Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Campus: University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health

    Intercollegiate Athletics

    University of Kentucky is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

    • Baseball (Southeastern Conference)
    • Basketball (Southeastern Conference)
    • Track and Field (Southeastern Conference)
    • Football (Southeastern Conference)
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Rifle
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming and Diving
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
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    Programs Offered

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    (C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

    Agriculture Operations

    Architecture

    Biological and Biomedical Sciences

    Business and Marketing Studies

    Communications and Journalism

    Computer and Information Sciences

    Education

    Engineering

    English Language and Literature

    Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

    Family and Consumer Sciences

    Foreign Languages and Literature

    Health and Clinical Professions

    History

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Legal Professions and Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

      Library Science

      Mathematics and Statistics

      Natural Resources and Conservation

      Philosophy and Religious Studies

      Physical Sciences

      Psychology

      Public Administration and Social Services

      Recreation and Fitness Studies

      Security and Protective Services

      Social Sciences

      Visual and Performing Arts

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      ACCEPTANCE RATE
      89.11%

      FINANCIAL AID RATE
      94%

      STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
      17:1

      DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
      6

      FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
      $8,708