University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506-0032

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University of Kentucky is a four-year public school located in Lexington, Kentucky. UK was founded by John Bowman in 1865 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky. The school is the largest college/university in the state of Kentucky with 28,094 students as of Fall 2011. UK’s campus is about 80 miles south of Cincinnati and 200 miles northeast of Nashville. The campus lies on over 800 acres and has 15 libraries in that area. The campus is divided roughly into three parts: the North campus, the Central campus, and the South campus. North campus contains residence halls. Central campus is home to classrooms and offices, the W.T. Young Library, the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, and the King library. South campus contains additional residence halls, athletic and recreational facilities, the Chandler Medical Center, and the College of Agriculture. University of Kentucky is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The city of Lexington is known as the “Horse Capital” because of its racetracks and stables. LexTran provides public bus service and the Colt Trolley system serves downtown Lexington. There are over 230 churches and synagogues in the city, representing 38 denominations, as well as mosques and a Hindu temple. The average temperature is 54.9 degrees Fahrenheit and annual precipitation is 45.68 inches. Lexington has distinct seasons that include cool plateau breezes, moderate nights in the summer, and no prolonged periods of heat, cold, rain, wind, or snow. Lexington's crime rate consistently ranks below the national average. The city offers shopping, golf, museums, farmers’ markets, and horse tracks.

University of Kentucky offers bachelor’s degrees, certificates, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. Students are divided into 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master programs, 66 doctoral programs, and four professional programs. An Honors Program began in 1961 that offers interdisciplinary, seminar-style classes of 15-20 students each with the purpose of accelerating common course offerings such as chemistry, biology, and physics. UK uses a semester-based academic calendar with classes held during the fall and spring semesters as well as during winter and summer sessions. The most popular majors at University of Kentucky include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Psychology, General; Accounting; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; and Business/Commerce, General.

University of Kentucky has 27,226 students (20,099 undergraduates) and 2,647 faculty members, giving the university an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio. About 32% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Of all faculty members, 2,225 teach full-time and 422 teach part-time. About 92% of undergraduate students study full-time and 8% study part-time. Most graduate students (82%) study full-time and 18% study part-time. About 26% of students live on-campus and 76% live off-campus.

The student body contains 49% female students and 51% male students. About 81% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Asian, and Hispanic. About 90% of students are ages 24 and under with 10% of students being ages 25 and above. About 76% of students are from Kentucky, 23% are from out-of-state, and 1% are from a foreign country. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 82% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 46%. The overall graduation rate is 59%. The overall graduation rate by gender is 56% for males and 62% for females.

Over 450 student organizations are available to students as well as campus recreation, student government, Greek Life, religious groups, and community service programs. Campus recreation offers group fitness classes, personal training, nutrition consultation, outside pursuits (rock climbing, adventure trips), 35 club sports, and intramural sports. About 14% of men are involved in a fraternity and 24% of women are involved in a sorority. There are 25 fraternities and 14 sororities on-campus.

The official nickname for the University of Kentucky's athletics teams is ""Wildcats” with blue and white as the official school colors. Men’s teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, rifle, soccer, swimming & ping, tennis, and track & field. Women’s teams include basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, rifle, soccer, softball, swimming & ping, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Students have access to services such as: ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force), teacher certification, study abroad, remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare.

Tuition costs $9,128 per year for in-state students and $18,740 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost $800 per year and fees will cost students $1,006 yearly. On-campus living is estimated to cost $10,000 per year with $2,240 in additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $10,000 per year with an additional $2,240 in living expenses. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form (use school code 001989) and be evaluated to be in financial need. FAFSA forms are due for incoming freshman on February 15 and returning and transfer students’ forms are due March 15. Approximately 75% of those attending University of Kentucky receive financial aid.

University of Kentucky receives over 13,500 applications per year and accepts about 69% of those students. Statistically, 69% of men and 68% of women who apply are accepted. UK notifies applicants of their admission status beginning in September. Requirements for the undergraduate application include submitting the following: completed application, official ACT or SAT test scores, official high school transcript(s), an academic letter of recommendation, and the non-refundable application processing fee ($50). The application deadline is February 15. Applicants should expect a decision four to six weeks after submitting the completed application.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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