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  • The joy you feel when you open your acceptance package.

  • The rush you get the first time you step on campus.

  • That electric feeling in the eRUPPtion Zone at your first UK basketball game.

  • The moment when everything clicks and you find the right path for you.

  • The pride you feel walking across the stage at graduation.

It all starts here.

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In the last 12 years alone, we've spent $4.4 billion transforming campus to have everything you'll need to do all the things you never thought possible.

Where the UK community hangs out, lives and studies on campus are some of the newest facilities in the country and are full of all the amenities - comfy furniture, tons of spaces to charge all your devices, and great snack and dining options. Some of the newest and most modern residence halls in the Southeastern Conference - yeah we have those, too.

The University of Kentucky is a community, a family here to support you every step of the way

  • All the amenities of a bustling city with all the charm of a small town. 
  • Affordable, fun and safe — with a vibrant culture.
  • Close enough to make the trip home easy, as Lexington is located within a day’s drive of ⅔ of the country’s population, or a quick flight from Blue Grass airport.


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#7 Best Cities for College Grads

Smart Asset 2022

#9 Friendliest City in the U.S.

Conde Nast Traveler 2020

#34 Best Places to Live in the U.S.

U.S. News and World Report, 2022

Lexington is a city with fantastic restaurants, amazing events and beautiful nature. With all of the businesses in Lexington, there's tons of opportunities for great internships, too.

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We'll Set You Up for Success

  • 18 career fairs including specialized fairs focused on Law Schools, Student-Athlete Career Fair, Bourbon and Distilled Spirits Career Fair, Part-Time Jobs Fair, SEC/ACC Virtual Career Fair and many others
  • More than 340 workshops, presentations and career networking events
  • UK Education Abroad and Exchanges offer more than 300 programs in 70 countries
  • Named a 2023 Best College for Future Leaders by Time magazine

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Pursue Your Passions

With 200+ academic programs, there’s limitless opportunities for you at UK.

Save Where You Can

Last year, 96% of all full-time undergraduate students received financial aid. 

Find Your Community

With more than 600 student organizations at UK, there's one that’s right for you.

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Where Champions Are Made

As a member of Big Blue Nation, you’ll be part of a powerhouse athletics program in one of the country’s top conferences – the Southeastern Conference. UK’s 23 varsity sports have become synonymous with championships. 

Whether it’s the historic men’s basketball program or the 2021 women’s volleyball and rifle national championship teams, And as a student you can take in all the action with tickets that range in price from free to $11. 

Did you know that 22 athletes with UK connections competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics bringing home a school-record 12 medals? Fencing, track and field, rifle and men’s basketball all featured medal-winning Wildcats.UK Campus Recreation and Wellness offers more than a dozen intramural sports each semester and is home to more than 40 club sports.


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