#2 Best Public Universities in Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

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University of Kentucky overview
Location Lexington, Kentucky
Online uky.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of Kentucky overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Kentucky, located in Lexington and proximate to Louisville, is a public research institution established in 1865. Characterized by its distinctive Gothic Revival architecture and sprawling green spaces, the university campus exudes a blend of historical charm and modern facility. It enrolls a significant student population, offering a range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Noteworthy among its wide array of academic offerings are the Gatton College of Business and Economics, the College of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences. While the university has an inclusive admissions policy, it maintains a competitive selection process. The institution provides comprehensive on-campus student housing options, designed to accommodate a substantial number of its enrolled students. The University of Kentucky is also recognized for its Wildcats athletic program, particularly notable in men's basketball, competing in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 22,109 prospective students applied, and 20,979 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 6,061 enrolled in the school.  27,620 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,927 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $11,496 plus fees of $1,363. Kentucky is ranked 408 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Kentucky is rated within the top 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Kentucky overview
SAT 1070/1290
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.59

Applications Accepted

University of Kentucky overview
Applications Due Feb 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Kentucky Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Kentucky
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,363
Room and Board $14,676
Budget for Other Expenses$4,330
Total One Year Cost$33,065

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Kentucky
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,363
Room and Board $14,676
Budget for Other Expenses$4,330
Total One Year Cost$52,482

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$51,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

59% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Kentucky students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 19%
Communication 8%
Engineering 8%
Education 8%
Social Sciences 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157085 IPEDS survey data for University of Kentucky.

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