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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.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Some of the professors on campus seem to need more knowledge on their subjects and the university should look into checking on the classes as a whole. There are many options for classes that cover every field that you could want. The workload is acceptable for a full-time student, but if having to balance work and school it means staying up late and going to class early. The curriculum depends on the class just as the professor does.

3 College Senior

Academics: Offer a variety of academics, but still need to modernize and keep up with what students want.

5 College Freshman

Academics: At the University of Kentucky, the professors and TA's really seem to care and there are classes offered for pretty much everything.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The university itself is a fairly large community that offers a variety of majors but some of the most prevalent on campus are those seeking the medical field. Nursing majors are common to run into on campus and are frequently found in the library due to the rigorous course load they must maintain. Willy T is by far the most common area to find students studying but all dorms have multiple study facilities of their own so there is almost always room for one to get their work done. When it comes to registering for classes one must just hope for an early registration window, especially when it comes to the spring semester since there is a decrease in the number of classes available.

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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 191 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 139 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

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 139 responses

  • 32% This was my dream school.
  • 57% This was one of my top choices.
  • 12% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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