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Academics

Founded in 1865, the University of Kentucky in Lexington offers more than two hundred academic programs to its 22,000 undergraduate students. It is one of only eight institutions in the country with the full set of liberal arts, engineering, professional, agricultural and medical colleges. With a “great variety in majors and classes” available, many undergraduates find UK has “available opportunities for students in all fields of study.” Enrollees find support outside their standard classroom work with “so many study abroad options” and the chance to “become involved in undergraduate research.” Many courses also incorporate “active technology learning classrooms,” and some degree programs have hybrid classes. From classroom to campus, Kentucky makes sure that “everything is there to help the students—all of the resources you could need.”

Undergrads say the faculty is “passionate about giving us more than just degrees” and most have “a great base of knowledge, enthusiasm, and accessibility.” Students enthusiastically recommend registering for courses with seasoned teachers who have industry experience because they “are the best at their job,” and “are able to answer questions from personal experience more so than just textbook knowledge.” But regardless of if you’re learning from a TA or a tenured faculty member, undergrads appreciate the fact that their instructors “do their best to make the material interesting and engaging.” Many enrollees also value “the availability of professors and their willingness to help” after class and during offices hours. “They are more than professors, they are mentors for me and networking connections for the field,” says a student.

Student Body

Many students express “a love for [their] school” and the “very friendly” community that comes with it. As one undergrad notes, “Big Blue Nation makes everyone feel a part of the school pride here at the University of Kentucky.” The culture of being a Kentucky Wildcat unifies enrollees in many aspects of their college career. “Students of every major and discipline find commonality in a variety of things,” including “great pride about the state of Kentucky and its values.” And while the student body is diverse with “a healthy number of in-state and out-of-state students,” as well as “many international students and nontraditional students,” walking around campus, “there is a comfortable atmosphere,” which “helps each student to learn how to communicate with people from many different backgrounds.” “There isn’t a sense of elitism here,” but “students still value academia.” In the end, “all of UK’s students contribute to a very diverse atmosphere that creates its unique environment.” As one student explains, “It’s one big community, and people are so happy to engage in it.”

Campus Life

The University of Kentucky has made great efforts at “transforming itself into a more modern and thriving university city.” “There is so much to do” at UK, and the “campus is close to downtown, so people will go out to eat or attend events happening there.” The university is also located in “horse country and in a wonderful proximity to good hiking, so a lot of time is spent outdoors.” During the week, you’ll find students “[sitting] in common areas around campus to hang out and relax before the next class.” After class, they will “usually study at the library or go to work” (UK has “a lot of opportunities for student employment”), but weekends are a time to let loose. “Sporting events are always popular,” and students are “filled to the brim with pride.” Home to a multitude of active Greek chapters, “Sorority/fraternity life is huge,” as “Greek life is really important on campus.” Beyond the Greek scene, “there are a lot of clubs that are very diverse and a lot of intramural sports,” as well as opportunities to volunteer in Lexington and on campus.

Contact & Visit

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).

Admissions

Applicants: 18,759
Acceptance Rate: 96%
Average HS GPA: 3.70







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