Students Say

The University of Kentucky in Lexington is “all about making a name for yourself by preparing for and getting involved in future career goals while having fun and enjoying what college is all about.”

Overview

Applicants
20,677
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

45%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

The University of Kentucky in Lexington is “all about making a name for yourself by preparing for and getting involved in future career goals while having fun and enjoying what college is all about.” “Making a name for yourself” here requires distinguishing yourself in a crowd of almost 19,000 undergraduates; daunting as that sounds, students tell us it can be done. “Getting involved in future career goals” is easy enough, given the “great selection of courses and majors” available. Kentucky offers undergraduate degrees in twelve of its nineteen divisions. Choices include the College of Agriculture (with popular majors in animal science, agricultural economics, and hospitality management), the College of Business and Management, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Communications and Information Studies (advertising, journalism, and library science), and the College of Arts and Sciences (biology, history, and political science). Students here laud the “impressive teaching staff, dedicated to enhancing student knowledge and teaching students about the future.” UK’s brand-new library “is also quite amazing. It is the perfect place to go study because usually the dorms can be a bit too distracting.” All told, go-getters willing to take initiative will find UK offers “a safe and fun atmosphere where you have unlimited opportunities to get involved at a reasonable price.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
1,965
with Terminal Degree
1,548

1,134
Men
831
Women
322
Minority
172
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
33%
Graduate in 5 years
55%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other

  • Engineering

  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
  • Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
  • Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General (Cert., MS, PhD)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)

  • Library Science

  • Library Science/Librarianship

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Arts Management
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Prominent Alumni


Martha Lane Collins
1st female governor of KY.; 1984 Chair D.N.C.

Angelo Henderson
1999 Pulitzer Prize winner

Thomas Hunt Morgan
1933 Nobel Prize winner; a pioneer geneticist

Story Musgrave
Space Shuttle astronaut; Skylab RandD

Elvis Stahr
Sec. of the Army; 1968 Pres. of Natl. Audubon Soc.

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
33%
Graduate in 5 years
55%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,969

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,306

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,123

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,774

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
34%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,446

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,610
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,798
Required Fees
$1,066
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$1,900
Transportation for Commuters
$700

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

“The typical UK student has a Southern accent, likes to party, and often shops at J. Crew,” but, “as the undergraduate population is about 19,000, there are a lot of people who do not fit that description.” True, one of the most common “types”—or at least the most conspicuous one—are the “beautiful people, the hot girls and guys who roam the campus and dress up to go to class.” But for every “collar-popping, stuck-up frat boy” there’s also “your typical country Kentucky boy, boots and all.” What you won’t find many of at UK are “liberals—they are few and far between—and the type of atypical student with wild hair colors or other style extremes.” Most “lean right politically, but generally the student body is apathetic.” School spirit is rampant, so much so that “on an average day, one in three students will have some sort of UK clothing on.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
22,223
Out of State

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
117

Demographics

2.64%
Asian
7.90%
African-American
3.95%
Hispanic
79.21%
Caucasian
2.81%
Unknown
3.79%
International

52% female
48% male
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Everyone is a Wildcat” at UK, because “UK has tremendous sports programs and big fans all around the United States.” Men’s basketball fans “are among the craziest in the nation,” and students “would be football fanatics if our team would win a game every now and then.” “Because UK is dry, most parties are held off campus.” Social life for many revolves around the off-campus Greek houses where “there is always a party going on, but you have to be a part of a fraternity or sorority to really know about it and attend.” Some students report, “There are a lot of nonalcoholic parties in the dorms that might be crazier than the alcoholic parties,” although others advise, “It’s better to live off campus because the residence halls are pretty bad (except for the new ones), the meal plan is awful, and everything off campus is a lot cheaper.” Hometown Lexington “is a great city with much to do and lots of opportunities. It offers many different clubs, bars, and restaurants that college students can go to as well as horse racing. All of these venues have a ‘College Day’ where students get discounts.” One sophomore warns, however, “Small-town students can become distracted by the lights of the city.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
29%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jake Karnes

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
A current comprehensive psychoeducational report, including intellectual assessment, academic achievement, and information processing, using adult measures and including complete reporting of results (standard scores on all tests and subtests). For a more detailed description of our documentation guidelines, please visit our website at www.uky.edu/drc.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
A current psychological report or medical statement indicating diagnosis; educational impact; history relevant to the disability, including evidence of meeting DSM-IV criteria; recommendations for accommodations. Must be current, typed on official stationary, and signed by credentialed psychologist or medical doctor. For a more detailed description of our documentation guidelines, please visit our website at www.uky.edu/drc.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
348
Number of Honor Societies
28

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
20

18% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Wildcats)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Riflery
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Wildcats)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Riflery
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
30

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
19

Average Number of PC's per Lab
810

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Rebecca Craft
Visitor Center Director

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
100 W.D. Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0054

Phone
859-257-3595


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
W.T. Young Library
Johnson Fitness Center
Memorial Coliseum
Arboretum
Memorial Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Rupp Arena
Kentucky Horse Park
Henry Clay Estate
Keeneland
Applebee's Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; open Saturdays Sept-April
9am-4:30 pm
859-257-3595

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am and 2pm, select Sat - 11am
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri - 9am and 1pm, select Sat - 10am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bluegrass Airport, located just outside Lexington, is 5 miles (a 20-minute drive) from campus. Rental cars are available at the airport; the university has no shuttle service.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75/64 (which comes into Lexington from the north, south, east and west and merges briefly around the city), take Exit 113 (marked Paris/Lexington). Turn right off the exit ramp onto North Broadway (U.S. 68). Follow through downtown for 3.5 miles. One block past the Hyatt Regency Lexington, turn left onto West Maxwell Street. At the 4th light, turn right onto Martin Luther King Blvd. At the first light, turn left onto Avenue of Champions/Euclid Ave. Turn right into the Student Center parking lot. The Visitor Center is located on the first floor of the Student Center, across from the University Bookstore. Please note, that the Visitor Center is not located in the same building as the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Local Accommodations
The following are a list of hotels located near the University of Kentucky: Best Western Regency (2241 Elkhorn Road; 859-299-2613), Hampton Inn (Elkhorn Road; 859-299-2613), Courtyard by Marriott (775 Newtown Court; 859-253-4646), Embassy Suites (1801 Newtown Pike; 859-455-5000), Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort and Gold Club (1800 Newtown Pike; 859-231-5100), Hyatt Regency Downtown (401 West High Street; 859-253-1234), Fairfield Inn (3050 Lakecrest Circle; 859-224-3338), The Springs Inn (2020 Harrodsburg; 859-277-5751), Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg; 859-734-5411).
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Key Stats

20,677
Applicants
22,223
Size
72%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists