University of Kentucky is a public institution located in Lexington, Kentucky. One of only two land grant universities in the state, the University of Kentucky is Kentucky’s flagship institution. Established in 1865, the University was founded by John Bryan Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, originally. Today, the University of Kentucky has grown to become the largest college or university in the state as well as the highest ranked research university in Kentucky. The University’s vision is to “transform the lives of our students and advance the Commonwealth we serve – and beyond – through our teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion, discovery, research and creativity, promotion of health, and deep community engagement.”
Academic ProgramsUniversity of Kentucky is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1915. The University’s mission is to improve lives by offering “excellence in education, research and creative work, service and health care.” To this end, the University “facilitates learning, informed by scholarship and research; expands knowledge through research, scholarship and creative activity; and serves a global community by disseminating, sharing and applying knowledge.”
The University of Kentucky offers hundreds of undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and professional programs through its several colleges. These include the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; the College of Arts and Sciences; the Gatton College of Business and Economics; the College of Communication and Information; the College of Dentistry; the College of Design; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; the College of Fine Arts; the College of Health Sciences; the College of Law; the College of Medicine; the College of Nursing; the College of Pharmacy; the College of Public Health; the College of Social Work; and the Graduate School.
Student LifeUniversity of Kentucky has a total enrollment figure of nearly 30,000, including well over 22,000 undergraduate students. The University is partnered with EdR, a national leader in student housing. Student housing options are divided into three different “Phases” – Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III – and include the Lyman T. Johnson and Donovan Halls (Phase I); the Woodland Glen I, II & III, Haggin Hall, Jewell Hall, Blazer Hall, Holmes Hall and Boyd Hall (Phase II); University Flats and Lewis Honors College (Phase III).
Activities abound on the University of Kentucky’s campus with more than 450 recognized student organizations. These and other events and activities – such as intramural and club sports, – provide plenty of opportunity for students to interact with one another and with faculty members outside of the classroom and give students the opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills. University of Kentucky sponsors several varsity sports teams, known as the Wildcats, which compete at the NCAA Division I-A level.