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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The old dorms are not pretty, but they do force you to get out - I'm talking to Kirwan/Blanding.

The newest dorms - Woodland Glenn, Champions Court - are nice, but lack community.

The best dorms, in my opinion are Haggin and Central/Johnson followed by Smith and Ingels.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not a Greek myself. I know some Greeks and they seem alright, but I don't go out of my way to meet them and am somewhat wary of them.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball is MASSIVE. Many other sports are overshadowed by it. However, this may mean that admission is free (soccer) or cheap.

Pickup soccer games are a thing - soccer players aren't hard to find. The JC (Johnson Center - the main student gym) is well-equipped and in good condition.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Sometimes professors aren't as helpful as you'd like them to be, but you can certainly pass your classes - there will always be resources available. Take advantage of office hours, TAs, your fellow classmates, the Study, the Mathskeller, etc. Know where these resources are and when they're open for when you do need them.

Socially, I am happy with UK. It isn't a party school first and an academic institution second, although basketball is VERY important to many and weekend festivities are not difficult to find. I am impressed by the amount and activity of Christian groups on campus (the Newman center, RUF, CSF, etc.). Academic clubs are also numerous as one should expect with a big university.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: alot of new housing, good but can be expensive.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a lot of chances to get involved. Its all about putting yourself out there for these experiences.

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4 College Student

Party Scene: I've heard from my upperclassmen friends that the bar scene around UK is awesome but I can't go for another year and a half. Parties happen almost every weekend with fraternities and I know that underage drinking does happen on UK's campus. In terms of non-alchoholic nightlife in general UK's campus is right next to downtown Lexington which makes things like the Kentucky Theatre, shopping, and restaurants very accessible.

4 College Student

Party Scene: I haven't been to any fraternity parties on UK's campus but I know that they occur almost every weekend. Usually State Street is packed around March Madness and if anyone watches CNN you'll probably see a bunch of UK students burning couches (for some reason) whether Kentucky wins or loses. I would say the party scene gives some students something to look forward to that gets them motivated for the weekend.

5 College Student

Academics: The registration process is all online which makes it very convenient for the entire student body. The professors all seem to genuinely want to help you succeed in their course and are available to help you. However, how well you do in certain classes may depend on how good one professor is at communicating the material. I will say that I have had to repeat one Calculus class and the different professor made all the difference. But generally most of the professors are decent and able to communicate effectively. As a student in the College of Engineering I will say that our department is top notch. There are so many resources for engineering students especially that help us succeed not online our technical courses- but in our non-technical general education courses as well. The university offers a wide variety of study locations and free tutoring services that make it easy to find help.

4 College Student

Diversity: Our campus is very diverse and accepting of all minorities in every facet of life. I don't think I've ever heard of or seen any incidents of diversity/minority intolerance on campus because the entire student and faculty body is greenly pretty accepting and open. UK is not exactly a cheap school (even for in-state tuition) and college offered scholarships can be hard to find for students so I would;t say the University itself is totally accepting of all economic backgrounds- but loan options are available. In terms of student organizations our diverse student body has made it possible for there to be an organization for virtually any interest. Speaking personally as someone who is converting to Judaism, I was very relived to find that there were a lot of resources and outlets for Jewish students on campus. The campus is not at all politically biased, I would say there is an even mix.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: I would say that my university has an average safety when in comes to the drug scene on/near campus. I would say the majority of students at UK participate in drinking but I do know that If some student's don't want to partake there is really no peer pressure to do so. I know that the camps administration enforces the alcohol/drug use policy strictly within campus but I also know that some student's can be sneaky and get around that and will keep the alcohol out of the line of sight of campus administration. However, even though there are sometimes drunken students on campus, I have never not felt safe while out late at night walking because our university has both an excellent police department, good precautionary measures in check, and our AFROTC detachment runs a safety escort service on the weeknights.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: 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.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All my courses have been of very good quality, with maybe one exception, which was average. The faculty are always eager to engage students and remain professional while being friendly. They care about the quality of academic performance, while staying focus on the development of the students and the human dimension of education. I've taken courses in English, arts administration, Gender studies, French, music theory, choirs, vocal performance, opera theater, piano, and dance. The adviser is really mindful of the need to balance core classes and major classes. She also listens to our learning preferences and when possible makes suggestions. Class sizes vary but remain personable. Faculty make a point of being approachable, which is great when starting college.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The campus is very mindful of getting students on the path to work. Many degrees have incorporated an internship requirement. Networking is a dual responsibility, a join effort, and students need to be proactive. UK knows that a reputation isn't built on promises. The campus knows it must deliver career opportunities; staff, faculty and community are work together to make it happen. Of course the area cannot absorb all graduates, but many come from outside and a ready to spread their wings upon graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in one of the more recent (not the most recent) dorm. I finally got it a couple of weeks before moving in, as I was originally assigned on the other side of the campus. The dorm is pleasant, it has nice common areas, and looks well maintained. The common areas include a couple of TV and study rooms per floor plus some gathering areas. It's well designed to promote collegiality. Laundry and kitchen are on alternative floors (which a kitchen was on each floor). Sad that we can use our Plus account for the laundromat! The dorms are all staffed 24/7 and a student ID is required to get in (visitors need to leave an ID at the front desk), which is a great safety feature. I really like having a bathroom for 2-4 people depending upon the size of the room/apartment.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is active and not all party! Grades needs to remain good in order to stay in good standing (at least for sororities). Greek life actively participate in the well being of the entire community. We do a lot of fund raising activities that directly benefit various entities in the community. The community and city had embraced the campus and we give back to them. It is a great way to be compassionate, productive, and develop leadership.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I mostly attended football games and a few basketball games (tickets are hard to get for the basketball games, but you can buy a student pass for the football games), as well as a few volley-ball games. School spirit is always energizing and top notch. The athletic facility is at the opposite side of the campus from where I reside, so I haven't had a chance to use it much. The one that was nearby got shut down. I have enjoyed being able to take Zumba as one of my classes, so I was able to remain active throughout the winter!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: 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.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a young, white, female who is only 5'0", I always stay aware of my surroundings because in today's society I would be considered as an "easy target" for crime or sexual assault. While on campus at UK I feel that I am relatively safe. When I am in a group of people I have no problem walking through campus at night. When I am alone at night I don't necessarily feel "unsafe" but I try to still stay alert. During the day I don't think twice about walking alone through campus. UK provides buttons located throughout campus to press if you are feeling unsafe and a security personal will show up. This is a good thing to have on campus but I wish there were more of them and that they were not so wide spread. Walking from central campus to my dorm on south campus there are none. I would feel safer if they would install more of the systems all throughout campus. Most people don't know that the paw prints on the sidewalks are not just there to look nice but they serve the purpose of guiding students on the "safest" and most well lit path through campus. The SafeCats service provided by the ROTC is a great way to ensure if you must walk somewhere alone at night that you can have an escort. Multiple apps have been adapted by the university to ensure student's safety but I wish they would be publicized and encouraged more.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Like every other school, UK has good courses with dedicated professors and courses that are just simply terrible. The quality of the classes at UK are mainly good, but a professor or TA could make or break the class. Having a professor that doesn't mesh well with your learning style can be challenging in college because some classes could have upward of 200 people in them and you are unable to ask the questions or get the help you need in order to succeed. But, personally I have not had many problems with courses or professors. I have of course run into challenges like math TAs who do not speak English as their first language or being in a chemistry lecture with over 200 other students. But, there are ways to overcome those challenges. When the math TA doesn't speak English you just have to pay closer attention in lecture and use the math tutoring resources made available to you and when you can't ask questions in a 200 person lecture you just have to go to the professors office hours to get a better understanding. For the most part UK makes a good effort to offer multiple sections of classes to ensure a nice student to teacher ratio.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The value of a degree earned from UK is what you make of it. Kentucky is a large Division 1 school that is well known by most everyone which gives an advantage when looking for jobs. I am a Biosystems Engineering major and I know that with my personal experience the staff of UK and the college of engineering are on top of things when it comes to informing students about internships and job offerings. The first week of my freshman year classes there were emails in my inbox telling me about internships I could apply for. The small size of my major allows the professors to get to know you personally and to be able to work with them more closely than if I was in a larger major. The Biosystems department also does a good job of bringing in guest speakers who work in our future field to discuss what they do exactly and to be able to talk one on one with them about internships in their company. The university has a large career fair once a semester to allow students to speak with local and national companies about internships, Co-ops and also full time positions. I have never personally used the actual career center on campus so I can not speak on behalf of that.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are good and bad aspects of living on campus. The dorms are generally in a nice proximity to classes and dining halls but some are located in areas that are farther away from the more desired places to eat and study on campus. UK is doing a good job of upgrading the quality of the dorms on campus to try and encourage more students to live on campus. The only downfall to the updates is the price that goes with it. The cost of living on campus is almost the same as tuition and fees alone. To rent an apartment within walking distance of classes with your own bedroom and bathroom in a 4 bedroom unit is basically half the cost of housing on campus. The dorms are something I think all freshman need to experience but then move on to save some money. In my personal experience, my dorm was somewhat social. I was apart of the Engineering Living Learning Program where the peer mentors would try and host activities and study sessions to bring the residents together. In the beginning of the school year the activities were more frequent and more students participated but towards the end people started to fall through the cracks and the activities became few and far between. Having a dorm that's is like an apartment style with separate bedrooms is great for privacy but is not so good for socializing and making friends with people in your hall. My friends who live in traditional dorms are all super close with the people in their building because unless they want to stare at their roommate who lives 5 feet away from them they are forced to go out and use the common areas and to get to know one another.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have no problem with the Greek Life on or off campus. I know some people see them as only "paying for their friends" but I see Greek Life as making life long friendships, building connections for later in life, participating in philanthropy events to benefit the community and other causes and just as another way of getting involved on campus. Greek Life may not be for everyone but for some it could be the best thing for their life.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Being able to attend the same school with people my age who are basically celebrities is amazing. Going to the number one school in the country for basketball could be seen as intimidating to some but the student athletes at UK make it seem normal. The student athletes I've encountered have been like normal people. Even though some of them are known around the world for their skills they still act like normal students. The top NBA recruit still dreads going to his 8AM just as much as the boy who's never picked up a basketball in his life. The University of Kentucky has some of the best school spirit out of any school in the country. From tailgates in the fall to packing the eRUPPtion Zone before heading to State Street there is never a dull moment in the student sections. Even though basketball and football might be the main focus of the non student UK fan base, the student body of UK will still bring just as much school pride and pack the student section to the sports others would overlook.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Choosing the University of Kentucky was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This school proves to me every day that I made the right choice not only for my education but also in my personal life. UK challenges me in ways I never thought possible but also provides me with the resources to overcome those challenges and to succeed. The College of Engineering has been a true blessing in my life not only with the Living Learning Program where I was able to live my first year of college with other engineers, but also with the amazing set of advisers in the engineering college.

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Kentucky students bleed blue and take any chance they have to display their spirit. Some students can feel overwhelmed when they first come to campus by all the organizations and people. It takes about a year to really settle in and find a group or niche on campus that makes you feel like you belong.

Kentucky offers a well-rounded education and opportunity for networking and making friends while staying in a mid-sized city with traditional values. With the exception of the parking problem, lack of diversity, and sometimes annoying Greek population, Kentucky can provide a student with a great education, both in and out of the classroom.


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