The University of Kentucky (UK), founded in 1865, is a public land grant university dedicated to improving people’s lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service and healthcare. As Kentucky’s flagship institution, UK plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development and human well-being.
A diverse student body of 28,000, representing 117 countries, are studying in more than 100 undergraduate degree programs, more than 90 master’s programs and more than 90 doctoral programs in 16 academic and professional colleges – all on one centrally located campus. UK is pound to be one of the top 300 academic institutions in the world, and to offer its students more than 25 nationally ranked programs in the Top 20.
Campus life at UK is never dull and provides countless ways to get involved and make new friends. With over 400 student organizations you’ll be sure to find a club, organization or volunteer opportunity that will enable you to explore your interests, while having fun. There are also frequent on-campus events such as live performances and sporting events.
As a leading research university, there are over 70 centers for research, providing ample opportuntity to aid or participate in one of the many research projects being conducted at UK. In 2011, UK faculty received a record-breaking total of $229 million in grants and contracts. Groundbreaking developments made in all areas of study, not only benefit the local community but people around the world.
UK is located in Lexington, Kentucky – a city of 295,000 known for its natural beauty and friendly residents. Lexington is proud to offer many unique attractions, cultural events and an energetic nightlife. It has been ranked in the top 10 nationally for safest, most educated, best value, best for business and best for employment opportunities. In addition, it made the list of Top 10 Cities of the Future.
The University of Kentucky is well on its way to becoming a Top 20 institution, and is a place to dream and succeed. Expect the best in resources, teaching, research opportunities and your overall experience, as UK is leading through innovation!