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University of Kentucky Overview

University of Kentucky is a public institution situated in Lexington, Kentucky. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is University of Kentucky Known For?

5,739 Undergraduate Awards
$37,226 Avg Cost After Aid
96% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UK.
  • In 2017-2018, 86% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UK bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $45,100 a year. That's about 11% more than their peers at other schools.

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University of Kentucky Rankings

UK is ranked #2 out of 35 schools in Kentucky.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UK has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#55 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UK.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Online Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Most Popular Online Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UK has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#9 Best General Business/Commerce Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce College Factual
#21 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#42 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#43 Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#80 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is University of Kentucky?

Location of University of Kentucky

Contact details for UK are given below.

Contact Details
Address: South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506-0032
Phone: 859-257-9000
Website: www.uky.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/universityofky
Twitter: http://twitter.com/universityofky

How Do I Get Into UK?

You can apply to UK online at: www.uky.edu/admission/apply-uk

Admission Requirements for UK

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UK?

96% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
17% Submit SAT Scores
UK has the high acceptance rate of 96%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 94%, and the acceptance rate for women is 97%.

Average Test Scores

About 17% of students accepted to UK submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 660. Math scores were between 530 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 550 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 530 to 670 )
200
800
UK received ACT scores from 92% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 30. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 22 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Kentucky?

$37,226 Net Price
49% Take Out Loans
5.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UK is $37,226. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UK, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $8,661 a year. That adds up to $34,644 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UK is 5.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Kentucky Undergraduate Student Diversity

20,484 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 22,136 undergraduate students at UK, with 20,484 being full-time and 1,652 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UK

There are also 7,046 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 20,484 full-time undergraduates at UK, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UK

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Kentucky students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UK Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 563
Black or African American 1,519
Hispanic or Latino 986
White 15,450
International Students 547
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,419

Geographic Diversity

Kentucky students aren't the only ones who study at University of Kentucky. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 105 countries are represented at UK. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Kentucky

1,622 Took All Classes Online
7,038 Took At Least One Class Online
12.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at UK. In 2017-2018, 7,038 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UK has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 14th most popular in Kentucky for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UK

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Kentucky was 12.9%. This is the #1,160 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UK regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UK majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agricultural Production 11%
Computer & Information Sciences 24%
Educational Administration 46%
Educational Assessment 36%
Engineering 7%
Health Professions 2%
Information Science 38%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 78%
Liberal Arts General Studies 78%
Mathematics & Statistics 20%
Nursing 7%
Public Administration & Social Service 18%
Public Policy 26%
Social Sciences 5%
Textile & Apparel Studies 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UK ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UK.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Historic Preservation #1
Textile & Apparel Studies #2
Manufacturing Engineering #4
Arts & Media Management #5
Educational Assessment #6
Public Policy #7
Geography & Cartography #13
Library & Information Science #18
Library Science #22
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #24
Visual & Performing Arts #40
Engineering #49
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #52
Instructional Media Design #57
Social Sciences #79
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #81
Public Administration & Social Service #96
Educational Administration #126
Nursing #245
Education #301
Health Professions #398

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Kentucky Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Business/Commerce 0 319 0 140 8 467
Nursing 0 272 23 0 68 363
Marketing 0 362 0 0 0 362
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 265 3 21 0 289
General Biology 0 245 0 28 4 277
General Psychology 0 263 0 0 0 263
Accounting 0 172 0 54 0 226
Communication & Media Studies 0 204 0 10 6 220
Finance & Financial Management 0 215 0 1 0 216
Mechanical Engineering 0 184 0 14 10 208
Public Relations & Advertising 30 173 1 0 0 204
Social Work 0 83 6 108 5 202
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 136 13 38 0 187
Law 0 0 0 0 162 162
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 7 152 159
Computer Information Systems 0 127 0 15 8 150
Public Health 0 90 1 50 3 144
Medicine 0 0 0 0 132 132
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 2 51 71 124
Civil Engineering 0 92 0 22 7 121
Political Science & Government 0 114 0 2 3 119
Business/Managerial Economics 0 92 0 0 0 92
Chemical Engineering 0 83 0 1 7 91
Electrical Engineering 0 64 0 15 10 89
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 1 77 0 11 0 89
General English Literature 0 77 0 4 5 86
Communication Sciences 0 53 0 29 0 82
Health Sciences & Services 15 67 0 0 0 82
General Architecture 0 60 0 21 0 81
Health & Medical Administrative Services 3 45 9 21 0 78
Allied Health Professions 0 0 1 76 0 77
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 75 0 75
Animal Science 0 59 0 8 7 74
Agricultural Production 15 58 0 0 0 73
Natural Resources Conservation 0 69 3 0 0 72
History 0 66 0 3 0 69
Mathematics 0 47 0 12 8 67
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 57 0 4 5 66
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 65 0 0 0 65
International Studies 16 48 0 0 0 64
Chemistry 0 49 0 3 12 64
Economics 0 58 0 1 5 64
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 57 0 4 0 61
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 59 0 0 1 60
Industrial Engineering 57 0 3 0 0 60
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 42 17 59
Arts & Media Management 0 26 0 31 0 57
Dentistry 0 0 0 0 56 56
Educational Administration 3 0 4 44 3 54
Agricultural Engineering 0 42 0 9 2 53
Applied Mathematics 0 13 2 37 0 52
Sociology 0 36 8 0 7 51
Information Science 0 50 0 0 0 50
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 45 0 5 0 50
Music 1 24 1 9 14 49
Journalism 0 48 0 0 0 48
Anthropology 0 27 0 9 12 48
Fine & Studio Arts 0 40 0 4 0 44
Agricultural Public Services 0 42 0 0 0 42
Special Education 0 27 4 2 9 42
Hospitality Management 0 38 0 0 0 38
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 37 0 0 0 37
Biotechnology 0 34 2 0 0 36
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 29 7 36
Romance Languages 0 21 0 9 5 35
Public Administration 0 0 0 28 6 34
Computer Engineering 0 33 0 0 0 33
Materials Engineering 0 22 0 1 10 33
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 31 0 31
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 30 0 0 0 30
Interdisciplinary Studies 8 22 0 0 0 30
Drama & Theater Arts 3 27 0 0 0 30
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 29 0 0 0 29
Educational Assessment 0 0 9 1 18 28
Statistics 0 0 9 12 7 28
Other Agriculture 0 27 0 0 0 27
International Business 27 0 0 0 0 27
Writing Studies 0 18 0 8 0 26
Physics 0 13 0 2 11 26
Geography & Cartography 0 12 8 4 2 26
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 14 0 6 5 25
Plant Sciences 0 7 0 7 6 20
Forestry 0 13 0 7 0 20
Design & Applied Arts 0 18 0 2 0 20
Philosophy 0 15 0 2 2 19
Public Policy 0 0 19 0 0 19
Landscape Architecture 0 17 0 0 0 17
Ethnic Studies 0 11 5 0 1 17
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 16 0 0 0 16
Mining Engineering 0 8 0 4 3 15
General Social Sciences 14 0 0 0 0 14
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 7 5 12
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 3 9 12
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 10 10
Other Health Professions 0 0 5 0 3 8
Historic Preservation 0 0 8 0 0 8
Area Studies 1 0 6 0 0 7
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 3 4 7
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 7 0 7
Gerontology 0 0 5 0 2 7
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 6 0 0 6
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 4 2 6
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 6 0 6
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 5 5
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 5 5
Zoology 0 0 0 3 2 5
Other Communication Technology 0 0 0 5 0 5
International Education 0 0 5 0 0 5
Industrial Production Technology 5 0 0 0 0 5
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 5 0 5
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 3 2 5
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 5 0 0 0 0 5
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 3 1 4
Instructional Media Design 0 0 1 3 0 4
Food Science Technology 0 3 0 0 0 3
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 3 3
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 1 1 2
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 2 0 0 2
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 2 2
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 2 0 2
Medical Science 0 0 0 2 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 2 0 0 0 2
Dance 0 2 0 0 0 2
Soil Sciences 0 0 0 0 1 1
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 1 0 1
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 1 0 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Sciences Business Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Asian Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Behavioral Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cognitive Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Homeland Security 0 0 0 0 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 204 5,535 174 1,253 959 8,125

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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