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Kentucky's Flagship University

Nestled in the heart of the scenic Bluegrass region, the University of Kentucky was founded in 1865 as a land-grant university. UK is a public, research-extensive university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in teaching, research, health care, cultural enrichment, and economic development. Students from over 100 countries, every state in the nation and every Kentucky county provide a diverse learning and cultural environment that enriches the educational experience at UK. Our students enjoy an enormous array of choices, with some 200 majors and degree programs available in 17 academic and professional colleges. UK is one of only a handful of universities with both a full-service academic medical center as well as a College of Agriculture on a single campus.

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Academic support at the University of Kentucky is offered in many ways, such as peer tutoring, academic consultations, and guided study groups through our Academic Enhancement program. Students can also find assistance with academic performance, psychological needs, career counseling, and specialized services through various departments and programs. UK offers a variety of opportunities outside the classroom with over 350 student organizations including academic clubs, social groups, Greek organizations, student media, cultural events, and leadership activities. UK students are also actively involved in making Lexington a better place through the Center for Community Outreach and events like UK FUSION (For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods) where over one-thousand students participate with faculty and staff in a one-day service event throughout Lexington. UK also offers over 50 varsity, club, and intramural sports and a state-of-the-art recreational facility.