Location: Lexington, Ky.
Size: 21,441 undergraduates
Percent Women: 51 percent
Tuition (one year): $10,616 (in-state) and $22,888 (out-of-state)
Most Popular Majors: Biology, Psychology, Accounting, Finance and Nursing.
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 68.6 percent
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad and average test scores, visit the University of Kentucky's website at www.uky.edu/Admission/.
Why Choose UK?
"I chose the University of Kentucky because of the sense of community I felt on campus. Even though everyone had different majors and areas of study, we're all on the same team. We're all Wildcats."
"I came to UK because of all the opportunities open to students. From the Honors Program to study abroad to undergraduate research, there's so much for students at the university to get involved in. As cliche as it sounds, possibilities really are endless at the University of Kentucky!"
"The campus is beautiful! Everyone seemed so welcoming, and the professors I talked to were open and inviting. They really seemed to care about me as a person, rather than just a face in a large lecture hall."
"I loved the city! Lexington is located in the heart of the Bluegrass and has lots of Southern traditions. The sweet tea is amazing and there's nothing better than an afternoon of horse races at Keeneland!"
"I chose UK because I wanted to be a part of a winning tradition. From academics to the basketball team, the University of Kentucky is always number one. I wanted to be number one, too."
"Game Days are the best days at UK. All of the girls wear Kentucky blue dresses and cowboy boots, and the guys wear bow ties. We gather outside the football stadium hours before the game starts; we get pepped up, shouting and yelling chants, cheering on our Wildcats!"
"The professors here at the university are great! They're always willing to go the extra mile to help you all out."
"DanceBlue is one of the biggest philanthropy events on UK's campus. It's a 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon to raise money for the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. It's so much fun and even more rewarding when you meet the kids this money helps."
"Dr. Capilouto is our president here at UK, and he's so cool! He's always on campus - walking his dogs, working out at the Johnson Center and talking to students."
"The Student Activities Board is awesome! They do a really great job of organizing fun events for students. In the past, we've had Anderson Cooper and Morgan Freeman speak, and had The Lumineers and Jason Mraz play on campus. They also host Crunch Brunch every year, a night of massages, free food and games to relax before Finals Week!"
“Parking on campus is terrible. If you don’t get an R-Lot pass in the lottery, you’ll be parking out by the stadium. It’s a good 30-minute walk from the main part of campus.”
“The dining halls don’t offer many healthy options. Most of it is really fattening, greasy foods.”
“Scheduling is the most stressful thing ever. If you don’t register for classes in the first five minutes of your window, there might not be any seats left.”
“There is construction EVERYWHERE on campus. It’s hard to walk to class, and forget about driving.”
“Housing could use some improvement. The community-style bathrooms aren’t very nice, but the suite-style dorms are really expensive.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Live on campus! It takes a little getting used to, but it’s totally worth it. You make so many friends, and it helps you get acclimated to campus so much faster!”
“Enjoy every second of freshman year! It’ll go by so quickly. Soon, you’ll be a senior wondering where the time went!”
“K Week is a must. All freshmen are organized into K Groups, which is basically a group of freshmen form your dorm. In the week leading up to class, you all get to go to fun events together, from Campus Ruckus to the Student Center Spectacular. There’s lots of free food and t-shirts, too!”
“Definitely take UK 101. It’s a course designed to help freshmen get used to campus. You get to take a tour of the library, and learn about all of the clubs and organizations at the university. Plus, it’s an easy A!”
“Don’t wear a lanyard (holding your student ID) around your neck, or try to trap your friends in-between the moving bookshelves. They’re definite freshman moves.”
All About Academics
“Willy T will become your best friend. It’s our biggest library on campus and is open 24/5 for students. There are five floors and a basement, all with different study environments. It’s the only place I can be productive when studying for a test!”
“The professors here at UK are great! They have office hours (times when you can drop in to seem them), which are super helpful. They want you to succeed in their class, and are willing to work with you to do so.”
“Most students are either in the sciences or studying business. Marketing and Finance are popular majors, as well as Pre-Pharmacy and Nursing.”
“We have a really great arts program. Even though our science department is really big at the university, the students involved in the orchestra and UK opera are amazing! Definitely see a show while you’re on campus.”
“Coming from an AP program in high school, the workload was what I expected: tough, but also manageable. However, good time management skills are so important! You’ll need them to balance all of your class, along with your extracurricular activities and social life.”
Learn from the Best
“All of the professors on campus are experts in their field. They’ve studied or worked in the areas they teach their students about. It’s their experiences and advice that make the classes so much more worthwhile.”
“I loved my Analysis of Popular Culture class with Dr. Troy Cooper. It was part of my Honors Program curriculum, but I would recommend the course to everyone! Dr. Cooper is very laidback and fun; in class, we discussed the social implications behind the VMAs and TV shows like Breaking Bad.”
“GO TO OFFICE HOURS! They’re so important; not only do you get your questions answered, but your professors will know your name and your face. That’ll come in handy at the end of the semester if your grade is on the border of an A and a B. Who knows? Maybe they’ll bump you up the letter grade.”
“While you’re at UK, take a class completely out of your comfort zone. It’ll challenge you (in a good way) and it’s a lot of fun! I took a Shakespeare Aloud class my sophomore year, and even though I’m not an actress, learning how to say the words (in iambic pentameter) was interesting, to say the least.”
“If you want to get involved in undergraduate research, talk to your favorite professor! They all do some type of research, and chances are, they could use some help! Besides, it’ll look great on a resume.”
Interests & Involvement
“UK can seem pretty big, but joining a club or organization on campus is a great way for students to feel more connected to a smaller group. It’s how I made my closest friends at the university!”
“The University of Kentucky has more than 500 student organizations, from the Christian Student Fellowship to Greek organizations to the Quidditch Team and a Squirrel Watching Club. There’s something for everyone, and if there’s not, it’s super easy to start your own club!”
“Even though only 30 percent of undergraduates are Greek, it sometimes seems like more. I would definitely recommend everyone try it out. You never know! And, if you decide not to join a sorority, you’ve met and gotten to know the girls you live with, which is always a plus.”
“GET INVOLVED! It makes your experience at the university that much better.”
“Email listservs, flyers and the Student Involvement Fair are the best ways to find out about all the clubs on campus. Talk to your friends, the girls that live on your floor, etc. See what they’re involved in; try lots of new things. You’ll never know what you’ll end up loving!”
“You can’t be a student at the University of Kentucky and not be a UK fan. It’s basically impossible.”
“While basketball and football are the most popular sports at UK, all of our sports teams (from the women’s gymnastics team to the men’s soccer team) are amazing. And, it doesn’t cost anything to cheer these men and women on!”
“Athletes are celebrities here at UK, especially the basketball players. Because they’re so tall, they stand out big-time. When they pass, people usually stare, gasp, and some even ask to take a picture. Everyone is definitely star-struck when they’re around!”
“Intramurals are a fun way to stay active and involved at UK. They’re not super competitive, but they are fun! I was on one my freshman year with a bunch of the girls who lived on my floor; not only did I get to know them better, but it was a great way to relieve some stress.”
“Watching and participating in sports at the University of Kentucky makes you proud to be a Wildcat!"
"The girl-to-guy ratio is pretty even overall (49 percent to 51 percent), but some majors are more biased than others. I'm a journalism major, and there are more girls in my classes than guys. I'd say about 70 percent of my classes are female."
"Girls on campus sport all kinds of fashions! On a normal class day, you'll see girls dressed up in dresses and heels, some looking professional in suits, and others looking casual in yoga pants and a t-shirt."
"The University of Kentucky does a great job of making sure girls are safe here on campus. They have a shuttle and bus service to take students around UK late at night, and the ROTC will walk people back to their dorms after 10 p.m."
"There are lots of opportunities for women on UK's campus, though not necessarily because they're female. It's just a matter of putting yourself out there and getting involved."
"The gender ratio doesn't mean all that much, honestly."
Food & Drink
“Ovid’s is by far the best restaurant on campus. Their breakfast is phenomenal, not to mention the fiesta bar during the week. Make sure you try the chicken strip sandwich; it’s my favorite!”
“There are lots of great restaurants near UK’s campus. There’s Hugh Jass Burgers, serving great burgers and fries, and Pazzo’s, which some say has the best pizza in Lexington!”
“You really only need a meal plan if you live on campus. And, even then, I would recommend sticking to the minimum plan: you get 7 meal swipes every week and 200 Flex dollars for the semester. The meals are great when you're really hungry (you can get a huge amount of food on campus for one swipe), and the Flex dollars come in handy when you're too busy or aren't that hungry."
"Be careful when it comes to Starbucks! They accept your meal plan, which can be dangerous. Don't use up all of your Flex dollars in the first few weeks of the semester getting coffee on the way to lecture."
"If you're not in the mood to eat at a dining hall on campus, the Student Center has a lot of great options, from Subway to Chick-fil-A to Panda Express. UK is also in the process of building a second, brand-new student center on campus, with lots more options when it comes to deciding what to eat. Here, we'll be getting a Taco Bell and a Panera, the first Panera ever on a college campus!"
“We definitely have a party atmosphere at the University of Kentucky, especially when it comes to frat parties. Drinking is pretty common, too.”
"Students at the university tend to go a little crazy during March Madness. Whenever UK wins, people run to State Street to celebrate (some call it "rioting"). There's a lot of drinking and UK cheers; sometimes, we burn a couch. It's fun, but make sure you're aware of what's going on!"
“If you don’t feel like going out to a party, CSF, or Christian Student Fellowship, hosts lots of fun parties. Every year, they have an 80s party, a back-to-school block party and a luau party. They're a lot of fun; plus, they always have great music and free food!"
“While UK does have a drinking culture, there are lots of people who choose not to. It just depends on the groups of people you hang out with.”
"I like to go to parties occassionally to dance and hang out with friends. There isn't a pressure to drink when you go out. Sometimes, people may ask, but they don't push, which is nice."
“While it’s not required for freshmen to live on campus, most do, for the experience. When they become sophomores, a lot will move off-campus to the nearby apartment complexes.”
“Housing is getting more and more expensive. UK is in the middle of building lots of dorms, and all of them are suite-style. While they’re nice, these rooms cost a lot of money.”
“Even though the rooms are small, living in a dorm is a great way to get to know more people at the university, especially in the community-style dorms.”
“Most people get a random roommate. You’ll fill out a survey when you apply for housing, kind of like eHarmony for dorms, and the university will assign people based on similar interests. Most of the time it works really well!”
“The dorms are super safe, and a lot of them are really close to where you will have classes."
“Lexington is right in the heart of the Bluegrass. We're very southern, but it's definitely a college town. Everyone is a UK fan!"
"I love going to Keeneland! It's the local horse race track in Lexington. Girls wear bright dresses and heels, and the guys wear blazers and ties. They're usually open in October and April, and always have "College Scholarship Day" where students get in for free. It's so much fun! Don't miss out!!"
"Downtown Lexington always has something exciting going on for students to go to. Whether it's the Latin Festival or the Trolley Hop, art and culture are really celebrated. Plus, downtown is right next door to campus; it's less than a 10-minute walk to get there."
"Lexington has a lot of small boutiques close to campus. Their clothes are really cute, and are often pretty cheap for students. My favorite is Bluetique, which is right down the street from the library. They always have blue dresses during tailgate season and even offer monogramming services."
"From bowling to the movies to hiking trails to shopping, Lexington has it all!"
HC's Complete College Guide: University of Kentucky
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