University of Kentucky Overview
Located in Lexington, Kentucky, University of Kentucky is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.
What Is University of Kentucky Known For?
- The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UK.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 85% of the faculty were full-time.
- A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UK makes roughly $45,100 a year. This is 11% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
University of Kentucky Rankings
UK is ranked #3 out of 45 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.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UK.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards UK has earned from around the web.
|#1||Best Physics and Astronomy Schools||College Factual|
|#1||Best Physics and Astronomy Schools||College Factual|
|#1||Best Architectural Design Schools||College Factual|
|#1||Best Horse Husbandry/Equine Science & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools||College Factual|
|#146||Best Allied Health Professions Schools||College Factual|
|#257||Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools||College Factual|
Where Is University of Kentucky?
Contact details for UK are given below.
|Address:||South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506-0032|
How Do I Get Into UK?
You can apply to UK online at: www.uky.edu/admission/apply-uk
Admission Requirements for UK
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into UK?
Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 95%, and the acceptance rate for women is 97%.
Average Test Scores
About 23% 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 540 and 640. Math scores were between 530 and 640.
Can I Afford University of Kentucky?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UK, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $9,087 a year. That adds up to $36,348 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at UK is 5.8%. 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
There are also 7,759 graduate students at the school.
Of the 20,239 full-time undergraduates at UK, 43% are male and 57% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Kentucky students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,404|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,138|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at UK has changed over the last few years.
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 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of UK
The following table shows how UK is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Arts & Media Management||#7||#4|
|Textile & Apparel Studies||#10||#10|
|Geography & Cartography||#19||#16|
|Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science||#43||#37|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#46||#46|
|Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions||#49||#49|
|Mathematics & Statistics||#64||#64|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||#70||#76|
Online Growth Rankings of UK
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Kentucky was 46.7%. This is the #693 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|
|Geography & Cartography||37%|
|Instructional Media Design||73%|
|Mathematics & Statistics||24%|
|Visual & Performing Arts||12%|
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|
|Arts & Media Management||#4|
|Mathematics & Statistics||#13|
|Library & Information Science||#22|
|Geography & Cartography||#27|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#31|
|Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions||#34|
|Mental & Social Health Services||#50|
|Instructional Media Design||#95|
|Public Administration & Social Service||#117|
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.
*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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