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Colleges / University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate94%
Acceptance Rate94%

About University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky Overview

University of Kentucky is a public, state school in the urban setting of Lexington, KY. University of Kentucky was founded in 1865 and the school enrolls around 30,390 students per year, which includes 21,900 undergrad students. University of Kentucky ensures on-campus housing for up to 6,635 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to University of Kentucky for Fall 2023 is February 15. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from University of Kentucky by August 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at University of Kentucky!

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? University of Kentucky students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? University of Kentucky has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? University of Kentucky has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at University of Kentucky on the Student Life page.

2022 University of Kentucky Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 94%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 10%
In-State Tuition $11,496
Out-of-State $30,913
Percent of Need Met 55.3%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $15,083

Is University of Kentucky a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how selective a university is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better view of what University of Kentucky offers and if the college seems like the right college for you.

University of Kentucky Acceptance Rate 2022

The acceptance rate at University of Kentucky is 94%. Out of 21,695 applications received in 2022, 20,396 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Kentucky

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 86% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at University of Kentuckyreturn for their sophomore year. Around 68% of students who started at University of Kentucky earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for University of Kentucky Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with University of Kentucky directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of Kentucky's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of University of Kentucky's endowment was $1.365 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, University of Kentucky spends about $11,957 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Kentucky

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

University of Kentucky meets 55.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $15,083 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $35,934 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served 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! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at University of Kentucky.

Based on this information, does University of Kentucky seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school 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 city of Lexington, KY, less than an hour from Cincinnati and Louisville.

If you want to see University of Kentucky for yourself, be sure to 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).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Kentucky and Lexington are like without leaving home.

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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

Not available

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

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

University of Kentucky is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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University of Kentucky ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


22 to 29


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Kentucky is 25. 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

1080 - 1310


Math SAT Range

540 - 670


Reading SAT Range

543 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1310 and Above


1080 to 1310


1080 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for University of Kentucky students is 1200. Applicants with SAT scores of 1310 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Kentucky, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1310 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1080 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Kentucky.

University of Kentucky Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of Kentucky is like? There are approximately 30,390 students enrolled at University of Kentucky, including 21,900 undergraduate students and 8,490 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 70% percent are from KY and 30% percent of students are from other states.


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