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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
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  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Kentucky is a highly rated public university located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 20,833 undergraduate students. The Kentucky acceptance rate is 91%. Popular majors include Psychology, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, and Marketing. Graduating 64% of students, Kentucky alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,600.
About University of Kentucky...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference
Address
South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506
Website

University of Kentucky Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
91%
Application Deadline
February 15
SAT Range
1000-1250
ACT Range
22-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,850/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,535/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,914/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,156/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,878/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,637/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.212 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.223 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.222 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,833Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 173 responses
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  • Friendly
    45%
  • Friendly, but choosey
    42%
  • Friendly but not very outgoing
    6%
  • Closed Off
    2%
  • Leader of tomorrow
    2%
  • Sheltered
    1%
  • Motivated
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.306 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.358 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 193 responses
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  • OHHHHHH C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!!!!
    45%
  • GO! BIG! BLUE!
    16%
  • #BBN (Big Blue Nation)
    11%
  • OHHHHHHH C-A-T-S CATS CATS!!!!
    9%
  • Cats by 90
    8%
  • Lets Go Wildcats!
    7%
  • Let's graduate ! College ! College !!!
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
64%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.178 responses
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The University of Kentucky is one of the best universities I've ever been to! The campus is beautiful and everyone is so welcoming. I felt at home the first time I visited and automatically I knew UK was the school I wanted to attend. There's a whole week of activities in August before classes start specifically for incoming freshman to get them acclimated to the university and show them everything UK has to offer. There are numerous tutoring services and most professors are flexible with their office hours to find a time that works for the student. Almost everyday there's a different activity happening on campus, from goat yoga and Pinterest parties for stress relief, to live music and food to spend time with friends, to tailgates before sports games to support our Wildcats with the most spirit. It's clear that the university strives to create the best environment for students' success and well-being. I'm so glad I picked the University of Kentucky!
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I love the University of Kentucky. As a student from out-of-state, I was worried about fitting in and dealing with homesickness on a regular basis. Fortunately, UK's warm and welcoming atmosphere made me feel right at home the minute I stepped on campus, and I haven't had that worry since. The wide variety of majors and course offerings are sure to capture your interest, and with outstanding study facilities, you won't want to stop learning! Besides the freedom to meet with professors outside of class, UK provides a number of academic resources to keep you on track with your studies. And when you are not studying, there is plenty of fun things to do, whether you are with a large group of friends or just by yourself. No matter your interests or career aspirations, UK will always feel like home.
I love the University of Ky! I am in my second year in the Honors College at UK and I can't describe what a great experience I am having. UK has wonderful professors in many different areas and fantastic opportunities for anyone who is interested. Even though UK is a large university, it has a very comfortable environment, a place that you can call home. We have great facilities and programs for nearly any major that you can imagine, plus lots of research options as well.