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About University of Kentucky

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.

As the University of Kentucky is well on its way to becoming a Top 20 institution, it 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!


Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 51%
Male 49%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
18 : 1


Estimated Cost



Total Applicants






Test Scores

SAT Math


SAT Reading


SAT Writing


ACT Composite


There are many reasons to become a University of Kentucky Student:

  • UK is one of the top 300 academic programs in the world.
  • UK has more than 25 nationally ranked programs in the Top 20.
  • Eight NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, the most recent in 2012.
  • UK is one of only seven universities in the U.S. to offer the full range of academic programs on one, centrally located campus – Agriculture, Architecture, Business, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy.
  • UK’s 28,000 students represent 117 countries.
  • Students can choose from 200 majors and degree programs.
  • UK’s student to faculty ratio is 18-to-1.
  • More than 500 student organizations
  • Tuition is highly competitive compared with other benchmark institutions.

Student Life

What's it really like to be a Wildcat? In a word – awesome! The University of Kentucky can provide you with a world-class education, filled with the possibility of new ideas and learning experiences that will prepare you for the future. But life on campus also offers plenty of other experiences beyond what takes place solely in a classroom.

Getting involved in a student organization is not just fun and games (though they are a lot of fun); it's about making you a happier and more successful Wildcat. Research shows that students who are involved with a student organization are more connected to their university and perform better in the classroom. And with more than 450 student organizations, there's an activity for you at the University of Kentucky.

Join an intramural athletic team, even if you’re not an athlete. Give back through the Center for Community Outreach and its programs like DanceBlue, a 24 hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon to raise money for UK’s Pediatric Oncology Clinic and Golden Matrix Fund.

Living on campus makes it easy to meet new people who share your interests; UK's Living Learning Program allows you to live and study subjects and topics with other students right in your residence hall. Outside your room, you can explore dozens of great dining options ranging from home-cooking to international fare.

And you can make sure you stay in shape at the Johnson Center, a state-of-the-art fitness facility; it features the latest workout equipment, basketball and racquetball courts and a rock-climbing wall right in the middle of it all.

At the University of Kentucky, and in Lexington, it's not a question of what to do. It's a question of how to decide. Whether it's getting involved with student government; getting some help with your classes at The Study, the Writing Center or the Hub; planning concerts with the Student Activities Board; landing a shift at the campus radio station; or simply hanging out in the Student Center, campus life at UK has something for everyone.

Students & Faculty

  • 29,633Total Students
  • 14,393Male Students
  • 15,240Female Students
  • 1,312Total Intl Students
  • 744Intl Male Students
  • 568Intl Female Students
  • 6,675Total Faculty
  • 4,215Male Faculty
  • 2,460Female Faculty
  • 18:1Student/Fac Ratio


total applicants

admitted (9275)

enrolled (4328)

SAT Scores:
25th-75th percentile
ACT Scores:
25th-75th percentile

Note: 25th-75th percentile ranges show the range of scores achieved by the middle 50% of students who were admitted to the school.

Other Requirements:
Admissions Test Scores?
Other Test?
Neither required nor recommended
College Prep?
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Degrees & Programs

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
African-American/Black Studies
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural Public Services, Other
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences, Other
Agronomy and Crop Science
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Animal Sciences, General
Apparel and Textiles, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
Athletic Training/Trainer
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Behavioral Sciences
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological/Biosystems Engineering
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Chinese Language and Literature
Civil Engineering, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Clinical Psychology
Cognitive Science
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Communication, General
Community Organization and Advocacy
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer Engineering, General
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management
Counseling Psychology
Crop Production
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Economics, General
Education, General
Education/Teaching of Individuals Who are Developmentally Delayed
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Evaluation and Research
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational Psychology
Educational/Instructional Technology
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education and Teaching
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Studies
Equestrian/Equine Studies
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
Exercise Physiology
Experimental Psychology
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Finance, General
Financial Mathematics
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Folklore Studies
Food Science
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Forest Sciences and Biology
French Language and Literature
Geology/Earth Science, General
German Language and Literature
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health Teacher Education
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History, General
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management
Horticultural Science
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Nutrition
Information Technology
Interior Design
International Public Health/International Health
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Islamic Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Landscape Architecture
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Library and Information Science
Library Science, Other
Management Science
Manufacturing Engineering
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Materials Engineering
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Medical Scientist
Microbiology and Immunology
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Molecular Genetics
Molecular Pharmacology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education
Music, General
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Nursing Practice
Nursing Science
Nutrition Sciences
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
Pediatric Dentistry/Pedodontics
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Physician Assistant
Physics, General
Physiology, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Plant Physiology
Plant Sciences, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychology, General
Public Administration
Public Health, General
Public Policy Analysis, General
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician
Radio and Television
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Rehabilitation Science
Reproductive Biology
Retail Management
Russian Studies
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Statistics, General
Sustainability Studies
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Technical Teacher Education
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Tourism and Travel Services Management
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
Women's Studies
Writing, General

Campus Living

Campus Housing offers students 21 unique residence halls across three neighborhoods. Each residence hall is equipped with study areas, kitchens, laundry and vending spaces, and recreational rooms. With large couches and big screen TVs in every lobby, you’re sure to feel right at home.

The University of Kentucky is building several brand new residence halls that offer state-of-the-art, high-tech living, learning and research spaces to propel the work of students, faculty and staff.

Campus Recreation

As a University of Kentucky student, you’ll find a rich community of sports, clubs and activities outside the classroom buildings.

The Johnson Center offers facilities available for basketball‚ weight training and conditioning‚ group fitness classes‚ climbing‚ volleyball‚ badminton‚ jogging‚ racquetball‚ and wallyball.

The Lancaster Aquatic Center contains lightning fast competition swimming courses and world class diving facilities.

UK also offers several outdoor recreation areas‚ for basketball, tennis, baseball and many other outdoor activities.

With over 500 clubs and student organizations to choose from, you’re sure to find some common ground with your fellow Wildcats.

Becoming World-Ready

At the Gatton College of Business and Economics we are serious about giving you not only a quality education but an experience that will serve you years after your degree is complete. No matter which of the six majors you choose, you will be immersed in an environment with first-rate lectures and faculty that care. Outside of the classroom, we have a number of opportunities for you to interact with leading business people and renowned faculty members from companies and institutions across the nation. Many occasions exist for you to pursue leadership challenges, internships, professionalism workshops and even study abroad which will help round out your college experience. Exceptional students may also participate in either the Global Scholars or Scholars in Engineering and Management programs which prepare to take you even further.

With a degree from the Gatton College of Business and Economics you will have the practical and theoretical expertise needed to pursue life-long careers in the competitive and ever-changing business world. We are committed to providing you with the opportunity to obtain a broad knowledge of business and economics, and study, in depth, a field of special interest.

Prepare to be world-ready.

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