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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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$37,642 Avg Cost After Aid
94% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UK have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UK.
  • In <nil>, 84% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UK bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $55,890 a year. That's about 37% more than their peers at other schools.

Where Is University of Kentucky?


Contact details for UK are given below.

Contact Details
Address: South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506-0032
Phone: 859-257-9000

How Do I Get Into UK?

You can apply to UK online at:

Admission Requirements for UK

Submission Required?
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 Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UK?

94% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
10% Submit SAT Scores
Since UK has an acceptance rate of 94%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 92%, and the acceptance rate for women is 95%.

Average Test Scores

About 10% 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 543 and 660. Math scores were between 540 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 543 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 540 to 670 )
UK received ACT scores from 70% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 31. Math scores were between 20 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 21 to 31 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 20 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 22 to 29 )

Can I Afford University of Kentucky?

$37,642 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
1.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UK is $37,642. 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

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $9,045 a year. That adds up to $36,180 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UK is 1.6%. 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

19,829 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 21,900 undergraduate students at UK, with 19,829 being full-time and 2,071 being part-time.


There are also 8,490 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,829 full-time undergraduates at UK, 43% are male and 57% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 700
Black or African American 1,374
Hispanic or Latino 1,173
White 14,867
International Students 402
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,313

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

3,447 Took All Classes Online
11,846 Took At Least One Class Online
46.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 36 master’s degree programs available online at UK. In 2020-2021, 11,846 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.


This school is the 19th most popular in Kentucky for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

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.

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%.


*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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