University of Kentucky

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101 Main Building

Lexington, KY 40506

Phone: (859) 257-9000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Feb. 15
application deadline

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#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Kentucky is a public institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,827, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 779 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Kentucky's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 119. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,110 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,192 (2013-14).

The University of Kentucky is located in the city of Lexington, which is about 80 miles south of Cincinnati and 200 miles northeast of Nashville. The university offers many degrees, including about 120 master's programs, such as those in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, the College of Medicine and the College of Law. UK is also home to highly ranked graduate programs in the fields of health and public affairs. Students at UK can make the most of their studies by visiting the James W. Stuckert Career Center, which helps them find internships and jobs.

Outside the classroom, University of Kentucky students can get involved by joining nearly 350 clubs, Greek life or the Kentucky Kernel student newspaper. Often called the "Horse Capital of the World" because of its race tracks and stables, Lexington can also be a source of fun for students, who can shop, golf, tour a museum, browse the farmers' market or spend a day at the horse track. Student athletes can get involved at the recreational level or try out for the many Kentucky Wildcats varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. Notable alumni include Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who was voted to serve as president of the Student Bar Association while studying law at University of Kentucky.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Kentucky is a public land grant institution that prepares students for an increasingly diverse and technological world. The University offers a broad array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs, many with national prominence. The University strives to nurture a true learning community - one that inspires academic growth and learning among faculty, staff, and students. The University's research, scholarship, and creative activities support human and economic development through the expansion of knowledge and its applications in the sciences, social sciences, education, arts, humanities, business, and the professions.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1865
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $947,382,580


When applying to University of Kentucky, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at University of Kentucky is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.3%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Kentucky is 18:1, and the school has 33.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Kentucky include: Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Accounting; and Business/Commerce, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 31%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 6%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5%
Accounting 4%
Business/Commerce, General 4%

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Student Life

University of Kentucky has a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,827, with a gender distribution of 49.6 percent male students and 50.4 percent female students. At this school, 25.6 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74.4 percent of students live off campus. University of Kentucky is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 28,034
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Kentucky offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Kentucky also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Kentucky, 26 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Kentucky.

Students who have cars on campus 26%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Kentucky, 51.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,130.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,110 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $21,192 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,328 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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