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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Very nice gym, just gets crowded sometimes. Library is beautiful! They are putting up new dorms with granite counter tops and private bedrooms.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The best places on campus would be the student center and the Johnson center!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: everything is pretty up to par

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: School offers Japanese as a major

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The facilities are all somewhat new and up to date. The school is actually renovating a vast majority of campus that will be complete in 2017. This includes dorms, Law School, and Business School.

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By far, the largest monetary commitment the University makes besides education is athletics (a close second). With the opening of the Johnson Center, students have a state-of-the-art workout facility to climb, run, swim, play, and take classes on fitness. Don't expect much elbow room just after New Year's or before spring break. After a few nights of working out during the busiest time, you'll develop a schedule to work around the masses. The Student Center, however, is anything but state-of-the-art. Unattractive architecturally, it seems to be an afterthought to some of the more attractive and historical buildings on campus. An addition has been added and some changes, such as a Starbucks, have been made to enhance the appeal of the Student Center. Perhaps Kentucky just needs a little facelift to take care of some of those concrete monsters from the 1960s that they like to hold class in.

All in all, UK puts a lot of money and time into the maintenance of their properties. The best-maintained buildings are those used for public relations events and sporting events. The lesser-maintained buildings are those used by students and faculty for classes and offices.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
779 acres
Student Centers
The Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Margaret I. King Library
  • Several smaller libraries exist around campus in the journalism and engineering buildings
  • William T. Young Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Arboretum
  • Jacobson Park
  • Kirklevington Park
  • K-Lair
  • Natural Bridge State Park
  • Pazzo’s
  • Tolly-Ho
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
There are several Starbucks located on campus
Movie Theater on Campus
Worsham Theater shows films on occasion
School Slang
  • CRU: Campus Crusade for Christ.
  • Git-r-dun: A phrase of encouragement, for example, "You're dating her now? Git-r-dun!"
  • Haggin Hell: A name for the very unpopular Haggin Hall boys' dorm on central campus.
  • The Ho: A term of endearment for Tolly Ho's.
  • Mac Head: A student who prefers only to use the Mac labs on campus; generally an arts and sciences type.
  • Parking Nazi: An officer likely to give you a ticket if your meter goes over by a minute.
  • Reckon': As in "I suppose."
  • Rink rat: Girls who hang out at the ice hockey rink trying to pick up hockey players.
  • The Rose Bowl: The concave grassy area in front of Willy T. on Rose Street.
  • Sweetheart: A person elected to be a favorite of the members of a fraternity or sorority.
  • The Virgin Vault: An all girls' residence, most often Donovan Hall.
  • Willy T.: A pet name for the William T. Young Library.
  • "They Fought Like Wildcats": The official nickname for the University of Kentucky's athletics teams is "Wildcats." The nickname became synonymous with UK shortly after a 6-2 football victory over Illinois on October 9, 1909, on the road. Commandant Carbusier, then head of the military department at old State University, told a group of students in a chapel service following the game that the Kentucky football team had "fought like Wildcats." Later, the name Wildcats became more and more popular among UK followers, as well as with members of the media. As a result, the nickname was adopted by the University.
  • Blue and White: The University of Kentucky adopted blue and white as its official colors in 1892. Originally, however, UK students had decided on blue and light yellow prior to the Kentucky-Centre College football game on December 19, 1891. The shade of blue, which is close to a royal blue, was chosen when a student asked the question, "What color blue?" At the time, Richard C. Stoll (who lettered in football at UK in 1889-94) pulled off his necktie and held it up. The students then adopted that particular shade of blue. A year later, UK students officially dropped the light yellow color for white.
  • Mascot: The Wildcat mascot originated during the 1976-77 academic year at UK. Gary Tanner was the original Wildcat, dancing and entertaining thousands of UK fans at Commonwealth Stadium and Rupp Arena during athletics events. Today, the Wildcat mascot also attends several academic functions, as well and generally serves as a friendly ambassador for the University.
  • My Old Kentucky Home: After home games, the song is performed by the pep band and sung by the cheerleaders and crowd. The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home, `Tis summer, the time to be gay; The corn-top's ripe and the meadow's in the bloom, While the birds make music all the day. The young folks roll on the little cabin floor, All merry, all happy and bright; By'n by hard times come a-knocking at the door, Then my old Kentucky home, good night! (CHORUS) Weep no more my lady, Oh! Weep no more today! We will sing one song for my old Kentucky home, For my old Kentucky home, far away.
Urban Legends
  • If a virgin graduates from Kentucky, the statue of President Patterson by Patterson Office Tower will stand up and dance.
  • It is lucky to sit in President Patterson's lap (the statue's of course!) during finals week, unless the police are around. In that case, it could be very unlucky. Bonus points for having your picture taken.
Favorite Things To Do
Greek events (Lambda Chi Watermelon Bust, Sigma Chi Derby, Greek Sing) are popular with students. Just before the Kentucky versus Florida football game, the Student Activities Board sponsors a “Gator Roast” where they block off a section of the Avenue of Champions to traffic and have a live band play. The Mr. UK Pageant has also become a favorite event for students. Football games in the fall are a tradition even stronger than the Kentucky’s poor football record. Fans tailgate around Commonwealth Stadium for hours or even days before kickoff and share food and school pride. The UK men’s basketball team is the pride of the school, and many students spend evenings in the winter and spring studying at ticket lotteries hoping to get good seats to a basketball game. The UK Cool Cats hockey team has a loyal following and the games make the perfect weekend activity, as they start at midnight and can include hot chocolate. Ticket lotteries for basketball games are popular events during the winter. Students bring their homework, playing cards, or other toys to keep themselves entertained while waiting for their number to be called. The lotteries are held in Alumni Coliseum and traditionally end with a Ho-burger and milkshake at Tolly Ho's down the street. Most students spend free time at the movies, horse races, bowling, or social activities. Only 30 percent of students stay on campus over the weekends, as many drive home. Other students camp at Natural Bridge State Park or take road trips to nearby cities.
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
The Arboretum features a one-mile walking and running trail with foliage from each part of the Bluegrass State. While running, skating, or walking, you can view flowers and trees from all reaches of the state. Many couples choose this location for their wedding receptions as well.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 172 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 103 responses

  • 28% Chill with friends
  • 22% Eat
  • 19% Sporting events
  • 8% Greek life
  • 7% I love sorority life.
  • 5% Christian Student Fellowship Events
  • 4% Willy T
  • 3% Midnight pancake
  • 2% The 90
  • 2% I just attend class and leave.
  • 0% AFROTC
  • 0% Hanging at the Newman Center

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 96 responses

  • 23% Blue and White
  • 22% Basketball Games!
  • 12% Mascot
  • 12% My Old Kentucky Home
  • 12% Rushing to State Street
  • 8% K Week
  • 4% Tailgating
  • 3% Don't have one
  • 2% "They Fought Like Wildcats"
  • 2% Campus Ruckus

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 114 responses

  • 40% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 48% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 11% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 1% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 173 responses

  • 36% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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