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About University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky is a public, state school in an urban setting in Lexington, KY. University of Kentucky was founded in 1865 and now enrolls around 29,986 students a year, including 22,227 undergrads.

University of Kentucky offers housing for up to 6,757 students. Most students live off campus,.

University of Kentucky's endowment was valued at $1.365 billion in 2021. For each full-time student, University of Kentucky spends about $13,044. University of Kentucky employs one full-time professor for every 16 undergrads enrolled.

2021 University of Kentucky Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 96%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 26
In-State Tuition $11,135
Out-of-State $29,945

2022 University of Kentucky Regular Decision Application Deadline

Early Admission at University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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The deadline to apply early to University of Kentucky is on December 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

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University of Kentucky Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Kentucky. Around 96% of applicants get into University of Kentucky each year. Out of 19,648 applications received in 2021, 18,932 students were offered admission.

University of Kentucky Waitlist

University of Kentucky reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of Kentucky?

University of Kentucky is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to University of Kentucky, applicants must submit the following items.

University of Kentucky Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements audition required of music and dance majors
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for University of Kentucky

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to University of Kentucky is 3.6 out of 4.0. The mean ACT score for University of Kentucky students is 26.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to University of Kentucky.

Is University of Kentucky Test Optional?

University of Kentucky has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 23% submitted the SAT. 88% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at University of Kentucky

Yes! University of Kentucky provides on-campus housing for up to 6,757 students.

University of Kentucky students are active in the school's Wildcat Service Dogs, Alpha Phi Omega and Pre-Medical Activities Council. Campus Ruckus hosted by Student Activities Board, Crunch Brunch hosted by Student Activities Board, and and DanceBlue 24-hour Dance Marathon hosted by DanceBlue are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at University of Kentucky.

Financial Aid at University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky meets 58% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend University of Kentucky full-time are awarded $15,880 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is University of Kentucky a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Kentucky

About 86% of students who start at University of Kentucky return the next year. Out of the 5,097 students who started at University of Kentucky as first-time freshman, 2,409 graduate within four years.

University of Kentucky's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 66%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $35,005 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of Kentucky sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is University of Kentucky a good school for you?

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Where is University of Kentucky?

University of Kentucky is located in the urban setting of Lexington, KY, less than an hour from Cincinnati and Louisville.

If you want to see University of Kentucky for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 64/75 to Lexington, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Blue Grass Airport (Lexington, KY).

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College Info

410 Administration Dr Lexington, KY 40506-0032

Campus Setting: Urban

University of Kentucky Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Kentucky is Feb 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Kentucky is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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University of Kentucky ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 29

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Kentucky is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Kentucky. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of Kentucky SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1260


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

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University of Kentucky Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Kentucky is like? There are approximately 29,986 students enrolled at University of Kentucky, including 22,227 undergraduate students and 7,759 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 69% percent are from KY and 31% percent of students are from other states.


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