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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.
A Cat's Life
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.
|Total Undergraduate Students||20,099|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||39||<1%|
|African American / Black||1,497||7%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||9||<1%|
|Two or More Races||286||1%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||628||3%|
|Where do UK undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||19%|
|How old are UK undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||9%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||23 - 28|
|Math||22 - 27||500 - 630|
|English||22 - 29|
|Critical Reading||490 - 610|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||62%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||88%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||56%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.46|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||99%|
The cost to attend University of Kentucky varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||18 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||64%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||85%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||1,375|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||36%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||18%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||93%|
92% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
26% of all undergraduates live on campus
The University of Kentucky's on-going safety and security initiatives include a campus-wide emergency notification system, a focus on peer influence to reduce violence, widespread safety and security education, improved campus lighting and landscaping, innovative fire safety practices, expanded police patrols, and enhanced health and mental health services. UK constantly and continuously examines and refines its policies and procedures to ensure a safe and secure campus environment.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at University of Kentucky in 2010-11|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2010-11|
|Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing||6%|
|Accounting and Related Services||6%|
First-time students in Fall 2010 that returned for their second year: 82%
UK is committed to assessing what students know and can do with the education they receive. Assessment of student learning outcomes occurs at multiple levels. Faculty assess student learning at both the course and program levels where techniques such as the use of rubrics to evaluate samples of student performance are employed. University level assessments obtain performance and satisfaction data from students to provide multiple perspectives on the quality of student learning and the environment for learning. As examples, results from the Collegiate Learning Assessment show that UK seniors perform better than expected on a series of performance tasks, given their incoming academic preparation; the Graduating Seniors Survey reveals that 9 of 10 students rate the quality of instruction by faculty as good or excellent; and over 75% of respondents to the Undergraduate Alumni Survey indicated their current position was either directly or somewhat related to their majors. Key findings from these and other surveys can be found at: http://www.uky.edu/IRPE/students/surveys.html.
At the University of Kentucky, a second longitudinal study as has been initiated with the fall 2011 freshman cohort. Future administrations will occur in spring 2013 and spring 2015. The fall 2011 cohort’s mean scores were higher than the overall mean scores of all schools that participated in the CLA last fall. The mean for total CLA scores, task scores, and the standard deviations can be located on our website.