University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky, also known as UK, is a public, co-educational, university, and is also the state’s land-grant university, located in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865 by John Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the university is the largest in the Commonwealth by enrollment, with 27,209 students, and is also the highest ranked research university in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report. On August 17, 2008 The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Forbes Magazine ranked UK number 468 (out of 569 colleges surveyed) on its list of “America’s Best Colleges 2008″.

The university is home to 16 colleges, a graduate school, 93 undergraduate programs, 99 master programs, 66 doctoral programs, and four professional programs. The University of Kentucky has fifteen libraries on campus. The largest is William T. Young Library, a federal depository, hosting subjects related to social sciences, humanities and life sciences collections. The university currently has an endowment of $831 million

The University of Kentucky has long embraced its mission to provide excellent education to outstanding resident and non-resident students, recognizing that a knowledgeable populace is the best foundation for a prosperous Commonwealth. This mission has been further enhanced since 1997, when the Kentucky General Assembly mandated that UK become a Top 20 public research university by 2020. President Lee T. Todd Jr. has focused the University on achieving this goal through the development of a Top 20 Business Plan in 2005 that gained national prominence for its vision and detail.


A university is more than bricks, buildings and mortar. More than anything else, it is defined by its people. The administration at the University of Kentucky from the president to the vice president for facilities management is committed to ensuring that UK is on a path toward becoming a Top 20 research institution.

That means doing everything possible to support the work of faculty and staff and the learning environment for students.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees (undergraduate)

Published Tuition and Fees
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergrads
Required Fees for Full-Time Undergrads


$ 7,096
$ 6,302
$ 794


$ 14,896
$ 14,102
$ 794

Contact Info:

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Ph: (859) 257-9000
Web: www.uky.ed

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