See what students say:


Located in historic Lexington, Kentucky’s flagship school offers its nearly 22,100 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate students more than 200 academic programs across 16 colleges, including professional schools and an honors college, as well as a century and a half’s worth of traditions and athletics. Even though the University of Kentucky is a large school, “the faculty and professors make you feel right at home” and “know who you are or have seen you around.” Students appreciate how many options are available for every aspect of their lives: “There is so much to do and everything is there to help the students. All of the resources you could need are there,” says one. Many courses are hybrid (between classroom and online) or “use interactive learning with videos and review questions”; the new classrooms in the science building “are so advanced, they’re perfect for modern learning,” and there are “many opportunities for research, community service, or campus organizations.” The UK Core class system is a “great strength,” which sets general education requirements for every student “regardless of major.” Additionally, “all faculty are engaged in research so there are many opportunities for students in that area."

UK professors are “extremely dedicated to what they teach” and “passionate about giving us more than just degrees,” with “a great base of knowledge, enthusiasm, and accessibility.” Faculty “seem to be obviously experts in their field” and “are able to answer questions from personal experience more so than just textbook knowledge.” Though students admit that higher-level classes far exceed the introductory ones (“due to large lecture style courses it is difficult to get detailed feedback from some”), the curriculum is overall “rigorous and challenging,” and the student body “is unified by a central respect for the image of the college and a general interest in professional development.”

Student Body

The university has “made great strides to become more diverse and inclusive for all students,” while at the same time transforming itself into “a more modern and thriving university city.”

This being the genteel south, everyone is “very easygoing,” and there is a “comfortable atmosphere” in which “everyone gets along and does their own thing.” There are over 450 student organizations that allow people to really “develop the community and experience that they want, specifically tailored to their interests.” Most of the students are white and from Kentucky or neighboring states, and “there is a mix of students from different backgrounds and ideologies.” Southern hospitality is the norm here, and everyone is “very friendly and very willing to help each other.”

Campus Life

The overarching theme of the university is “the community that UK facilitates.” “It truly is a culture to be part of big blue nation,” says one student. One of the gelling agents is the “amazing basketball team,” so sporting events (including football and baseball) are understandably always popular, and since campus is close to downtown Lexington, “people will go out to eat or attend events happening there.” This is “horse country,” which happens to be “in a wonderful proximity to good hiking, so a lot of time is spent outdoors.” Many people work out at the university gym, and movies and video games take up a college-appropriate amount of time. A lot of students are involved in Greek life, and “a lot of people go out and party on the weekends or go to the bars.” Others will “spend obscene amounts of time at Willy T, the library,” and students say most of the time spent on the actual UK campus “is time spent in the books.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Rebecca Craft
Visitor Center Director

Office of Undergraduate Admission
100 W.D. Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0054


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
W.T. Young Library
Johnson Fitness Center
Memorial Coliseum
Memorial Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Rupp Arena
Kentucky Horse Park
Henry Clay Estate
Applebee's Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; open Saturdays Sept-April
9am-4:30 pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am and 2pm, select Sat - 11am
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Mon-Fri - 9am and 1pm, select Sat - 10am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bluegrass Airport, located just outside Lexington, is 5 miles (a 20-minute drive) from campus. Rental cars are available at the airport; the university has no shuttle service.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-75/64 (which comes into Lexington from the north, south, east and west and merges briefly around the city), take Exit 113 (marked Paris/Lexington). Turn right off the exit ramp onto North Broadway (U.S. 68). Follow through downtown for 3.5 miles. One block past the Hyatt Regency Lexington, turn left onto West Maxwell Street. At the 4th light, turn right onto Martin Luther King Blvd. At the first light, turn left onto Avenue of Champions/Euclid Ave. Turn right into the Student Center parking lot. The Visitor Center is located on the first floor of the Student Center, across from the University Bookstore. Please note, that the Visitor Center is not located in the same building as the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Local Accommodations
The following are a list of hotels located near the University of Kentucky: Best Western Regency (2241 Elkhorn Road; 859-299-2613), Hampton Inn (Elkhorn Road; 859-299-2613), Courtyard by Marriott (775 Newtown Court; 859-253-4646), Embassy Suites (1801 Newtown Pike; 859-455-5000), Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort and Gold Club (1800 Newtown Pike; 859-231-5100), Hyatt Regency Downtown (401 West High Street; 859-253-1234), Fairfield Inn (3050 Lakecrest Circle; 859-224-3338), The Springs Inn (2020 Harrodsburg; 859-277-5751), Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (3501 Lexington Road, Harrodsburg; 859-734-5411).


Applicants: 18,925
Acceptance Rate: 96%
Average HS GPA: 3.70



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