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Scheduling a Campus Visit

Please Read this Section Before Registering for a Tour

The Visitor Center asks all visitors to register online for an official campus tour. Some information sessions and tours, particularly in the months from September through April, fill up over three weeks in advance. For the benefit of all registered visitors, we limit the size of our tours. Open sessions will be visible on the registration calendar. Once a session is full, it will automatically be removed from the calendar. Should space become available due to cancelations, the session and tour will automatically be listed on the calendar. 

Visitors who are not registered for an official campus tour will be provided with a copy of our self-guided tour and viewbook. Our Visitor Center staff is knowledgeable in admissions information and would be happy to answer questions you have before you begin your self-guided tour. 

Please note that the University of Kentucky is in the Eastern Time Zone.


Information Session and Official Campus Tour
The Visitor Center offers 30-minute information sessions followed by 90-minute campus tours every weekday at the University of Kentucky. The information session is designed to cover admission, scholarship, and housing information for prospective freshmen. (The Visitor Center also offers select transfer student sessions and tours each month; see below for more information.)

After your information session, you'll be led by a student tour guide on a 90-minute walking tour of campus. Your tour will include stops at William T. Young Library, the University's largest library; Jacobs Science Building; Central Hall II, a suite-style residence hall that opened Fall 2013; The 90, a new dining facility; the Johnson Center, our largest recreation facility; and various other landmarks on campus. We tour rain, snow or shine, so dress comfortably!


Admitted Student Days

Pre-registration is Required — Review the Information Below Before Registering

The purpose of Admitted Student Days is for admitted students to tour campus and meet current students from their college. The visit will include a tour along a route different from our typical campus tour. Additionally, admitted students will mingle with current and prospective students from the college to which they are admitted. While students are meeting, parents will attend a parent session with the Office of New Student & Family Programs.

Please note: Admitted Student Days do not replace University Orientation. Orientation for students who pay the enrollment deposit and orientation fee will take place over the summer. More information about University Orientation is available at

Admitted Student Days will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register for an Admitted Student Day, click here. Registration is required to attend. Available Admitted Student Days will appear on the registration calendar, but please review the information below first.

Some colleges will not be able to provide representatives on every date. Please carefully review the list below before registering. You will find the name of the college to which you are admitted on your Acceptance Letter.

Colleges available for every Admitted Student Day: Agriculture, Food and Environment; Arts & Sciences; Communication and Information; Design; Education; Fine Arts; Health Sciences and Social Work. 

College of Arts & Sciences students admitted to Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Neuroscience or Physics who have already visited campus should consider a Natural Science Visit Day. The Natural Sciences Visit Days on select Fridays offer extensive interaction with students in those majors and a facilities tour. Otherwise, if you are in a different Arts & Sciences major or are visiting campus for the first time, an Admitted Student Day would serve you well.
Gatton College of Business and Economics ambassadors will not be available March 3 or April 7.
College of Engineering ambassadors will not be available February 27, April 3, April 10 or April 17. Instead, please register for a College of Engineering Grand Tour to follow the Admitted Student Day program if visiting on one of those dates.
College of Public Health ambassadors will only be available February 27, April 7 and April 17. 
College of Nursing ambassadors will only be available April 3 and April 17.


Campus Living & Housing Tours

Pre-registration is Required — Review the Information Below Before Registering

The UK Campus Living & Housing Tour acts as a supplement to our regular Information Session & Campus Tour. The UK Campus Living & Housing Tour would also be helpful for those students interested in visiting to explore housing. The UK Campus Living & Housing Tour does not replace the Information Session & Campus Tour.
The visit starts with an information session about UK Housing, Living Learning Programs, Dining and the Housing application. Following the 30-minute information session, our tour guides will show you Fresh Food Company, a restaurant in The 90; a four-person suite in Donovan Hall; and a two-bedroom suite in Woodland Glen III. You may learn more about these room types here
You may register for the UK Campus Living & Housing Tour here or on our general registration calendar.


Weekday Visits

There's no doubt that the best way to feel the energy and excitement on UK's campus is to come see it for yourself. Some of the benefits of visiting on a weekday include:

  • Get the truest feel of life as a Wildcat when you visit while students are moving about between classes.
  • Dining facilities are open every weekday, so you don't need to walk far for your Starbucks fix.
  • Enrollment offices — Undergraduate Admission, Scholarships, Student Financial Aid — have walk-in hours every weekday.
  • Walk through various classroom buildings and colleges after your tour; most are open each weekday.


Weekend Visits

For the reasons above, we would prefer that every prospective student visit us on a weekday. Please understand that academic colleges and campus offices, including Undergraduate Admission, Scholarships, Housing, etc., are not open on Saturdays. We also understand that visiting on a weekday may pose challenges to some families, so we offer a Saturday option in the spring: Saturday, April 22, 2017. Registration is required. Registration for Saturday, April 22 is only available by phone. You may call our office at 859-257-3595 to schedule the visit. 


Prospective Transfer Visits

Our Transfer Student Sessions are 45-minute information sessions directly related to prospective transfer student admission, course equivalency, scholarships, financial aid, housing and more. Immediately following the information session, prospective students see campus with one of our Visitor Center tour guides. To see upcoming Transfer Student Sessions & Tours, click using the Schedule Your Tour Now! link above and filter by Prospective Transfer.

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