University of Kentucky

3,271 reviews
  1. Lexington, KY
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
University of Kentucky is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference
Address
South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506
Website

University of Kentucky Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
SAT Range
1000-1260
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$14,842/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,051/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,936/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,661/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,359/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,872/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.212 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.212 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.211 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,690Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 162 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    44%
  • Friendly, but choosey
    43%
  • Friendly but not very outgoing
    6%
  • Closed Off
    2%
  • Leader of tomorrow
    1%
  • Sheltered
    1%
  • Motivated
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.295 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.347 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 182 responses
Report
  • OHHHHHH C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!!!!
    46%
  • GO! BIG! BLUE!
    14%
  • #BBN (Big Blue Nation)
    12%
  • OHHHHHHH C-A-T-S CATS CATS!!!!
    9%
  • Cats by 90
    8%
  • Lets Go Wildcats!
    7%
  • Let's graduate ! College ! College !!!
    3%

After University of Kentucky

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.178 responses

Reviews

3,271 reviews
  • Excellent
    643
  • Very Good
    1187
  • Average
    1133
  • Poor
    187
  • Terrible
    121
The campus has taken steps to promote awareness even before students arrive on campus for the 1st time. Then this awareness and potential problematic behavior are assessed again toward the end of the 1st semester. The campus has developed "safe" walking paths across campus which are patrolled regularly and are well lit at night. Volunteer cadets provide free transportation across campus until midnight during the week. More is always possible! Actually I believe that safety can only go so far, students need to be held accountable for their behavior. Assault is unacceptable. Abuse is unacceptable. Until universities make these individual publicly accountable for their deeds, rather than keeping quiet in feat of bad publicity things won't change fast enough. Until society point its finger toward the perpetrator, instead of the victim, things won't change fast enough. The national statistics of 1 in 5 college women experiencing some sort of assault or harassment on a campus ought to shame us as a society.
  • College Freshman
  • 7 months ago
Off campus dining is great! Since we are in the middle of a city, there are tons of options within walking distance. Canes, Chipotle, Qdoba, Jamba Juice, Smashburger, Firehouse Subs, Jimmy Johns, etc., are all very close and popular choices with the students. There are also lots of privately owned places, if your preferred dining experience is the more traditional hour+/having someone to wait on you, as opposed to fast food/fast casual dining. If ethnic cuisine is more your thing, the city has a ton of places that serve thai, indian, african, mexican, etc. Also, the new fast food restaurant Cookout, which has been very successful throughout the rest of the south, just moved to Lexington, and is a huge success! Thats my personal recommendation for cheap, but quality food; you can get a burger, two sides (they offer sides like wraps and quesadillas), and a milkshake/soft drink for $4.99, and the quality is totally there. There are very convenient options for every type of experience/food choice/budget around campus!
  • College Freshman
  • Sep 22 2014
From the moment I set foot on the UK campus I felt at home. The campus is big without feeling overwhelming. It is both spread out and contained. The dorms are nice and the variety of food is good. The faculty in the school of music are dedicated, professional and caring. The advisor is helpful and understanding. I have had mostly good experiences in my core classes, whether the class is taught by a professor or a TA. The school at large is very focused on students' success, so if you put forth the effort, you will get the support to move forward. I really like the fact that the campus is friendly and being "blue" becomes part of one's identity! I opted to join a sorority and they keep an eye on grades, so fun comes only after academics. There is something for everybody on campus, whether it be arts, sports, or intellectual events. UK is a campus with a big heart and philantropic events are encouraged and supported. The campus has been fully embraced by the surrounding community and city and we take pride in the relationships we have developed with our partners. I am wrapping up my freshman year and not once have I questioned or regretted my decision to come to UK. This university is my perfect fit.
  • College Freshman
  • 7 months ago