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Located in historic Lexington, Kentucky’s flagship school offers its nearly 22,100 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate students more than 200 academic programs across 16 colleges, including professional schools and an honors college, as well as a century and a half’s worth of traditions and athletics. Even though the University of Kentucky is a large school, “the faculty and professors make you feel right at home” and “know who you are or have seen you around.” Students appreciate how many options are available for every aspect of their lives: “There is so much to do and everything is there to help the students. All of the resources you could need are there,” says one. Many courses are hybrid (between classroom and online) or “use interactive learning with videos and review questions”; the new classrooms in the science building “are so advanced, they’re perfect for modern learning,” and there are “many opportunities for research, community service, or campus organizations.” The UK Core class system is a “great strength,” which sets general education requirements for every student “regardless of major.” Additionally, “all faculty are engaged in research so there are many opportunities for students in that area."

UK professors are “extremely dedicated to what they teach” and “passionate about giving us more than just degrees,” with “a great base of knowledge, enthusiasm, and accessibility.” Faculty “seem to be obviously experts in their field” and “are able to answer questions from personal experience more so than just textbook knowledge.” Though students admit that higher-level classes far exceed the introductory ones (“due to large lecture style courses it is difficult to get detailed feedback from some”), the curriculum is overall “rigorous and challenging,” and the student body “is unified by a central respect for the image of the college and a general interest in professional development.”

Student Body

The university has “made great strides to become more diverse and inclusive for all students,” while at the same time transforming itself into “a more modern and thriving university city.”

This being the genteel south, everyone is “very easygoing,” and there is a “comfortable atmosphere” in which “everyone gets along and does their own thing.” There are over 450 student organizations that allow people to really “develop the community and experience that they want, specifically tailored to their interests.” Most of the students are white and from Kentucky or neighboring states, and “there is a mix of students from different backgrounds and ideologies.” Southern hospitality is the norm here, and everyone is “very friendly and very willing to help each other.”

Campus Life

The overarching theme of the university is “the community that UK facilitates.” “It truly is a culture to be part of big blue nation,” says one student. One of the gelling agents is the “amazing basketball team,” so sporting events (including football and baseball) are understandably always popular, and since campus is close to downtown Lexington, “people will go out to eat or attend events happening there.” This is “horse country,” which happens to be “in a wonderful proximity to good hiking, so a lot of time is spent outdoors.” Many people work out at the university gym, and movies and video games take up a college-appropriate amount of time. A lot of students are involved in Greek life, and “a lot of people go out and party on the weekends or go to the bars.” Others will “spend obscene amounts of time at Willy T, the library,” and students say most of the time spent on the actual UK campus “is time spent in the books.”

Overview

Applicants
18,925
Acceptance Rate
96%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

34%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
2,035
with Terminal Degree
1,650

1,124
Men
911
Women
285
Minority
45
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

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.
  • 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 Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

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

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Law.

  • LIBRARY SCIENCE.

  • Library and Information Science.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • 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

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,557

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,664

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,502

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$42,090

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

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$10,896
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$27,750
Required Fees
$1,349
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$4,150
Transportation for Commuters
$1,400

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,982
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
22,425
Foreign Countries Represented
117

Demographics

2.64%
Asian
7.80%
African-American
4.81%
Hispanic
75.52%
Caucasian
2.69%
Unknown
2.49%
International

55% female
45% male
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
33%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
David Beach, Ph.D., CRC

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

A current comprehensive psycho-educational 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 Required for ADHD

A current psychological report or medical statement on professional stationary signed by a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or medical physician. Documentation should clearly state the diagnosis, functional limitations and educational impact, history relevant to the disability, including evidence of meeting DSM V criteria, medical interventions, and recommendations for accommodations. 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
Yes

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

19% 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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
30

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
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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