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.219 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.218 responses
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,199Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 169 responses
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  • Friendly
    46%
  • 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
54%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.302 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.354 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 189 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
    7%
  • 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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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!
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I really enjoy the University of Kentucky so far. The campus is beautiful (aside from all the construction) and the dorms are very nice and comfortable. As opposed to most dorms at other universities that feel like a prison, the dorms at UK feel extremely homey. The staff has accommodated me well for my mental illnesses. The classes I am currently taking are very interesting, and I am excited to see how the rest of my education here will play out!
The University of Kentucky is a fantastic school for an unbelievable amount of reasons. The class sizes vary in the sense that you can be in a three-hundred-person lecture but the recitation for the class consists of between fifteen to thirty people. Therefore, the TA’s know you and you can get to know the professor as well when need be! The campus is absolutely beautiful to say the least. There are many skeptics out there because how much construction is going on around campus but it is all worth it. In 2016 they officially opened the new business school which is state of the art and is beautiful. However, tuition can be a little expensive for out of students, like myself, so it sometimes scares students off but they do a fantastic job pulling in students from across the country. If I could see one thing change is the parking situation on campus is very clustered and sometimes not everyone gets a parking spot and it becomes very possible to get a ticket by parking somewhere else.