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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Kentucky is a highly rated public university located in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 20,657 undergraduate students. The Kentucky acceptance rate is 94%. Popular majors include Marketing, Business, and Nursing. Graduating 66% of students, Kentucky alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,900.
South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506
About University of Kentucky...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference

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
94%
Application Deadline
February 15
SAT Range
1080-1300
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$19,762/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,268/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

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
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.234 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.233 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,657Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,768
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 184 responses
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  • Friendly
    45%
  • Friendly, but choosey
    42%
  • Friendly but not very outgoing
    5%
  • Leader of tomorrow
    3%
  • Closed Off
    2%
  • Sheltered
    1%
  • Motivated
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.317 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.369 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 204 responses
Report
  • OHHHHHH C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!!!!
    44%
  • GO! BIG! BLUE!
    16%
  • #BBN (Big Blue Nation)
    13%
  • OHHHHHHH C-A-T-S CATS CATS!!!!
    8%
  • Cats by 90
    7%
  • Lets Go Wildcats!
    6%
  • Let's graduate ! College ! College !!!
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.178 responses
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Being from Ohio, I was excited yet a little nervous to make the trip down to Lexington. Going to a place where I didn't know anyone presented a lot of opportunity to grow as a person and make new connections, but at the same time the fear of maybe not finding anyone that I could really relate to and become friends with was a very real thing. During my second week of being here in Lexington, I decided to rush for a fraternity and it just may have been the best decision of my life. I have made all types of new friends of all different majors. I have people that are in my major which helps with my academics and having people to converse with about homework, lectures, and upcoming tests. I was nervous about making the move down here, but now that I'm here and in the groove of things, I can't imagine being anywhere else!
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Many people think a "high acceptance rate" has something to do with the quality of the school, but it really doesn't! The University of Kentucky is the best college in KY, hands down. It's a big state school that has students coming from all across the USA and the WORLD, so of course they'll take people! They need that diversity and give everyone a chance. What you don't see next to the acceptance rate is how selective they are with financial aid, scholarships or the honors college and etc. Like any other school you're going to have the people that want to succeed and those that care, but from what I have seen the mass majority of students DO care and will end up being one of the best, if not THE best wherever they end up. It's what you make of it, simple as that.
I really love campus life, campus itself is so beautiful! The people are so wonderful, I’ve met the best people. I’m a stem major so class are obviously difficult but professors are always willing to help and there are so many resources on campus to help tutor and teach people something they might not understand! There are a bunch of things to do on campus, one of my favorites is comedy caravan Wednesday nights where they have a full on comedy show and although there have been a few bad comedians most of them are sooo funny!