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?
- 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.
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.
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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.
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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|
|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 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.
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
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
There are also 7,166 graduate students at the school.
Of the 20,622 full-time undergraduates at UK, 44% are male and 56% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Kentucky students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,474|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,079|
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 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|
|Computer & Information Sciences||24%|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||78%|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||78%|
|Mathematics & Statistics||20%|
|Public Administration & Social Service||18%|
|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|
|Textile & Apparel Studies||#2|
|Arts & Media Management||#5|
|Geography & Cartography||#13|
|Library & Information Science||#18|
|Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions||#24|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#40|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||#52|
|Instructional Media Design||#57|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||#81|
|Public Administration & Social Service||#96|
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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