About University of Kentucky

Founded in 1865, University of Kentucky. is a Public college. Located in Kentucky, which is a city setting in Kentucky, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 22,621 full time undergraduate students, and 7,160 full time graduate students.

The University of Kentucky Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 1366 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Kentucky include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate90%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range1000-1250
ACT Range22-29

Admissions at UK are considered Less Selective, with ,136% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 25 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

88% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 6% were in the top quarter, and 33% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Kentucky.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
31%
“We know about current events and vote”
62%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
62%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
41%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
57%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
3%
“We bought the gear”
97%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
15%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
68%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
12%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
61%
“They keep regular office hours”
29%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
6%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
84%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
10%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
4%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
19%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
46%
“We only party on weekends”
30%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
8%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
61%
“There might be people who do”
26%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
5%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
31%
“We know about current events and vote”
62%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
2%
“We save it for the classroom”
19%
“Sometimes, but not often”
62%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
41%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
57%
“I feel extremely safe”
1%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
3%
“We bought the gear”
97%
“We live for the big game”
5%
“It”s not really our thing”
15%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
68%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
12%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
6%
“Available in class”
61%
“They keep regular office hours”
29%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
6%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
84%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
10%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
4%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
19%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
46%
“We only party on weekends”
30%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
8%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
61%
“There might be people who do”
26%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
5%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of Kentucky REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    281 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    225 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    301 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    311 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    311 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    308 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    307 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    312 Students rated academics 4 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Kentucky?

160 Students rated University of Kentucky

brooke - 02/11/2022

Administration has major issues. Administrators getting paid exorbitant amounts of money. It is not being invested in the students or faculty. Not worth the tuition they are charging. Our son transferred away. Not a good investment at all. Very sad how messed up things are there now. And I am a magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UK.

Tasha - 05/25/2021

The professors and faculty are wonderful, helpful, and engaging. There are plenty of opportunities to connect with your peers, and sports are the center of it all. I wish the classes were a bit more intellectually challenging, but overall they are ample in the knowledge given.

Machiyla - 11/30/2020

I really appreciate the University of Kentucky because I'm struggling to pay my full tuition and I'm way past the due date and they have not kicked me out. The University of Kentucky is a great school because as a minority in this school and state and with all that has been going on, I still feel safe and I feel that I matter.

Stazia - 11/13/2020

I was hesitant about going away to college and faced many challenges since I am the first generation in my immediate family going to college but it has been great by far. It is good getting away from your hometown and seeing a new view and meeting many other people.

University of Kentucky FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Kentucky?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Kentucky is 90%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I have gotten a better sense of the variety that exists in the world, more optimism, and, of course, a college education out of my college experience. Every person at UK has something to offer or is unexpected in some way. For instance, I went shopping today with some of my friends and my dorm's office assistant. It turns out that she's from New York and has traveled all over the US. I've also gained more optimism as I notice how many students are aware of the world and care enough to improve it. Whether the care is showed in little things, like gathering canned goods for needy families, or big things, like preparing for a mission trip to Honduras, it is evident that the majority of people are making an effort, giving me hope for the future. Through my education, I've learned more about science and world literature, useful topics that I wouldn't have been able to study in-depth if I hadn't gone to college. It has been valuable for me to attend college because I've gained thoughts and experiences (like the ones above) that I couldn't have had otherwise.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are very helpful and friendly, we have studied together and spend time outside of class enjoying ourselfs.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about the University of Kentucky is the atmosphere of the campus and the surrounding city. Everyone wears school colors and attends school function, be it basketball games, concerts or special lectures. The city shows its full support for the school; every business shows off the school logo or colors and will usually give student discounts. Lexington is obviously a college town and it is evident to everyone.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Parking on campus is difficult and annoying.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    beautiful horse capital of the world.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    All kinds of people here, but those who decide to go greek will have more fun. Greeks own the social sceene, including charity.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The University of Kentucky is extremely school spirited. The basketball program is well known nation wide. There's a huge fan base as well as an extremely loyal alumni association.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Somebody that is not used to a big school, it's a 40 minute walk to the other side of campus and some of the main university classes like chemistry can have over 200 students.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    There isn't really anything I wished I had known before coming to Univeristy of Kentucky. This is probably because I went on a campus tour and attended information sessions that are provided during K Week. I highly recommend new students, as well as returning students, to attend K Week events which give academic advice and allows social interaction before and during the first few days of fall and spring semester.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    We are really good at basketball!!!!!!! That's it...

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    When I tell my friends about my school, I brag about our basketball and occasionally the impressive speakers that visit.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    There were too many graduate assistants teaching the undergraduates.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I love the University of Kentucky, the best thing about it is the people, whether they're in Lexington, students, faculty, even the custodians make you feel welcome and part of the family. As for the size I think it's just right for me, coming from Texas, I really didn't want to go to a big school where there's 500 students per class. Partially because I didn't think I'd make that many friends with the fact that I'd probably be sitting next to someone different every time and mainly because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to connect with my teachers as well. The teachers are great, all of them very knowledgeable and considerate to the fact that every student is unique. There hasn't been a teacher yet that wasn't happy to go over tests with me or help me with my papers. Speaking of help... UK offers a lot of free tutoring, both for general subjects and more specific ones.If you do consider Kentucky, know that you will acquire school spirit, even if it's not in your nature. I don't think I've ever been more excited for my school in terms of academics and sports. I think it's because wherever I go to support them I always have a good time. GO BIG BLUE!

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    I always make sure that my professor at least knows my face, by shaking their hand and introducing myself after the first lecture day. My studio professors and architecture professors probably know me the most. (perhaps cause I spend most of my time there haha). I guess I'll try to explain what I've experienced in the College of Design. We study a lot (especially for history), that be said though we probably spend more time working in studio (aproximently 24-40+ hrs a week [just studio]) and it is pretty competitive just because everyone is trying to have the best project in the school, because one of the guest might see it and offer you a great job, not to mention were trying to build portfolios for grad school.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The most popular activity on campus would be going to see football or basketball games. There is nothing like going to see our basketball team play. The students get so intense, and the sense of school pride is just amazing. I am involved in an student organization called SnowCats, which is a snowboarding and ski club for the university. Once a year, they take a trip out west to go on a ski trip. It has a fairly active dating scene, and the girls and guys on Kentucky's campus are quite nice. I met most of my closest friends through my dorm, or they happened to live near me and we found common interests. People party on the weekends, and pretty much go every weekend, but stay calm during the weekdays. There's a bunch of cool places to go in Lexington, and there's a bunch of on campus events as well. But if those don't interest you, just grab a couple friends and figure something out to do on the spot. Those kind of nights always seem to go the best.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    In all honesty I don't believe their is a specific stereotype at UK. It is very diverse, with all kinds of different people.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Not completely. HOwever there are plenty of rednecks.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Some of the friendliest people around, beautiful women, great social atmosphere in the city of Lexington. Basically just really solid individuals form a productive core that we call our student body.

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  20. Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

    A day on campus that I'll never forget was during second semester of my freshman year. I was walking from class and taking one of the shortcuts through campus. There are always tons of people on the sidewalk and it gets a little crowded. I was walking with one of my roommates and a biker came out of nowhere. There was no where to go so I awkwardly stood there and unfortunately got hit by the bike. The biker felt so bad he bought me coffee and my day was made.

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  21. What do students complain about most?

    Parking

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Student Body

Students

54%

female

46%

male

22,621

Total Undergrad Enrollment

7,160

Total Grad Students

37%

Out-Of-State

61%

In-State

2%

International

Organizations

420

Student Organizations

23

Fraternities

19

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

23%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
3%
% Black or African-American
8%
% Hispanic/Latino
4%
% White or Caucasian
75%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

93% of students attending University of Kentucky receive some sort of financial aid. 24% were awarded federal grants. While 48% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$26,334

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$12,184

Room and Board

39,518

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$13,535
$30 - $48K
$13,914
$48 - $75K
$17,156
$75 - $110K
$20,878
$110K & UP
$21,637

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