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Academics

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: i've experienced no problems with the academics offered at UK

4 College Sophomore

Academics: As long as you manage your schedule its fine

3 College Sophomore

Academics: My degree is hospitality and tourism management, but my major falls under "nutrition and food sciences". I am in the school of agriculture. It makes no sense to me, since I will never be working in agriculture.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being in the engineering school on UK Gives me a unique advantage and internships and scholarships. In my program of study I'm going through mechanical engineering to get a degree in nanotechnology right now I am going through the UK general education.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Always studying with friends in different places

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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
165
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-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
  • Social Work: 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 71 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 72 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.

How often do you:    Based on 23 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 44 responses

  • 39% Ashley Judd - actress
  • 26% William T. Young
  • 25% Thomas Hunt Morgan - Nobel Prize winner
  • 10% William Lipscomb - Nobel Prize winner, chemistry

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 23 responses

  • 26% This was my dream school.
  • 70% This was one of my top choices.
  • 4% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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