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Location
Lexington, KY
Undergrads
19,178
Tuition (in-state)
$19,864 ($9,676)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Teachers are fair and academics are very important and its stressed that this is so.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The major is fine, but it would be better if there were more options for class times. Some of the classes required only have one section offered which makes it hard to make a schedule that works with my work schedule. The facilities are good, the college of business is undergoing renovation.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are good. They know what they're talking about and they're always available. The library is a great place to study because there are a lot of places where you can work.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Variety of majors, includes duel majors.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My teachers are friendly and willing to work with me. But on average the classes aren't that tough as a freshman.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 167th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 337th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 481st
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 499th
    Best Course Variety
  • 684th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Schilling
Hometown
Cold Spring, KY
Major
English
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As most large state schools go, students can feel a bit overwhelmed by the undergraduate class sizes during their first few semesters at the University of Kentucky. It may be a bit intimidating to be in a class with 200 or more people, and it's very tempting to not attend every lecture if attendance is not taken. Although some teaching assistants are foreign and hard to understand, every school has TAs that are foreign and hard to understand. Those Freshman 101 classes may seem trivial and pesky, but every school has them and Kentucky is no exception. In the end, once you get into the swing of things, you'll be happier that you went to even the largest, most seemingly insignificant class. With a little self-discipline and dedication, students can make it past those enormous first-year classes and onto smaller, more personalized ones.

Getting to know your professors can be a very wise decision to set yourself apart in large introductory classes. It can also be helpful to team up with other students in large classes and form study groups to help everyone keep up with the courseload. Chances are, if you're confused, someone in the group can help clear things up and you can do the same for another student. Not to mention, it is absolutely necessary to know at least a few people in class, just in case you miss the lecture and need to borrow notes or find out what was discussed. The University of Kentucky can seem like a large place until you make friends, and getting to know professors might seem like a task, but it's one well worth the effort. It's all about carving a comfortable place for yourself.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,375
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
343
Total FT Faculty
2,225
Faculty with Terminal Degree
80%
Average Faculty Salary
$84,246
Full-Time Retention Rate
81%
Part-Time Retention Rate
44%
Graduation Rate
59%
Programs/Majors Offered
155
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 29%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 55%
  • 50 or More Students: 16%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business & Economics
  • Communications & Information Studies
  • Dentistry
  • Design
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
William T. Young Library, or any of the other libraries and labs around campus
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't plan on ever having a good parking spot if you commute. Allow ample time to take buses from the K-Lot, and make friends with people who have better parking spaces than you.
  • Get involved in several things when you get to UK and then continue with the activity you enjoy the most. Suggestions are the radio station, newspaper, Bible studies, or intramural sports.
  • If you bring a laptop, install a wireless network card so you can surf the Internet while sitting under a tree outside.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 69 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 70 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 32 responses

  • 43% Ashley Judd - actress
  • 24% William T. Young
  • 21% Thomas Hunt Morgan - Nobel Prize winner
  • 12% William Lipscomb - Nobel Prize winner, chemistry

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