A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
University of Kentucky is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference
Address
South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506
Website
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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
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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

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
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.221 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.220 responses
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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 171 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.304 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.356 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 191 responses
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  • OHHHHHH C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!!!!
    45%
  • GO! BIG! BLUE!
    16%
  • #BBN (Big Blue Nation)
    12%
  • OHHHHHHH C-A-T-S CATS CATS!!!!
    9%
  • Cats by 90
    8%
  • Lets Go Wildcats!
    6%
  • 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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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.
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The University of Kentucky is a fantastic university if you are interested in a large school in an urban setting, with access to a wide variety of resources and opportunities. This is, however, offset by the fact that the size of the university causes it to be quite impersonal and operate more like a machine than a school. Classes are large for the most part, which sometimes makes it difficult to receive the attention necessary, but the professors are quite qualified and are good at their jobs, which means that one-on-one attention isn't needed as often!
The University of Kentucky has an environment that offers a wide variety of diversity in a small town feel. As a research university much of its resources go to promoting new discoveries and therefore professors tend to focus on their research. Given this, they offer many opportunities to students interested in pursuing research. While academics and student life are great, facilities leave something to be desired. Much construction is currently underway though!