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University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY

Research the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Learn about its admission info, degree and certificate programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY

The University of Kentucky (UK) is a public, land-grant university in Lexington, KY. Established in 1865, the university now enrolls students from all 50 states and around the world. These students study in more than 200 academic programs.


The UK has 16 colleges and professional schools that offer bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, as well as post-graduate certificates. This school also has more than 450 student groups and 22 athletic programs. The university also offers distance learning programs and individual courses via distance learning. The campus has an art museum, a center for the arts, a student activities board, and a cultural center.

Students interested in an enhanced learning experience can apply to go abroad. The university's education abroad program allows for students to go abroad to study, research, intern, or teach. The university also has an honors program. This program features specific honors courses, as well as Honors Experiences, some of which include studying abroad, research projects, or community service.


Applicants can apply to UK through the application form or via the Common application. All applicants must also submit the application fee, ACT/SAT scores, high school transcripts, and an academic letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. The deadline for applications for the fall semester is February 15, while the deadline for the spring semester is October 15. Students with AP, CLEP, and IB credit may have proof of these sent to the university to have that credit applied towards their degree.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The tuition for UK undergrads is divided into lower and upper division levels and resident and non-resident levels. In 2012-13, the lower division rate per semester for residents of Kentucky was $4,838, while the upper division rate was $4,978. For non-residents, the lower division rate was $9,932, and the upper division rate was $10,065. That same year, room and board for a traditional residence hall is $10,200, with the university recommending a budget of $800 for books and $700 for travel.

The need-based assistance offered to students of the university consists of scholarships, grants, loans, and federal work study programs. The priority deadline for freshman students applying for financial aid in the 2012-2013 academic year is February 15.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctoral, certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters with winter & summer sessions*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 28,094 in 2011*
Student Housing Yes*
Schools 16 colleges and professional schools*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Undergraduate Fields of Study (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11: arts & sciences (1,161), business & economics (612), agriculture (537)*
Graduation Rates (Students Beginning Study in 2005) 59% in 150% of normal completion time**
Admission Rate 68.4%*
Entering Class 4,139 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates (Full-Time) 82% from fall 2010 to fall 2011**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 25.5 in 2011*
Application Due Date February 15 for fall, October 15 for spring*
Tuition $9,816 for residents, $19,998 for non-residents for 2012-13 (averaged from upper/lower divisions)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Full Time Beginning Students Receiving It) In 2010-11: Federal grants (26%), state and local grants/scholarships (59%), institutional grants/scholarships (45%), federal loans (46%), other loans (4%)**
Percent of First Time Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 75% in 2010-11**

Sources: *University of Kentucky, **NCES College Navigator.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admission, 100 W.D. Funkhouser Bldg, Lexington, KY 40506
  • Phone: (859) 257-2000, 866-900-GO-UK (Toll-Free)
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