Located in Kentucky's Bluegrass region, Lexington has been ranked as one of America's top 20 places to live and work and was recently declared one of the 10 "brainiest" U.S. cities based on the percentage of citizens holding college degrees – coming in just behind San Diego and ahead of Denver. It was also singled out in 2011 as the 4th best city in the United States for Businesses and Careers (Forbes).
With a city population of 300,000 people (about 600,000 in the metropolitan area), Lexington supports myriad cultural attractions, including an opera, two ballet companies, Broadway theater productions, a philharmonic orchestra, and countless art galleries. The city is alive with talented bluegrass, country, jazz, blues, and rock musicians. Sports fans are blessed with extensive University of Kentucky offerings – Wildcat basketball, the most winning college team in history, and football; local fare, like the Lexington Legends minor league baseball team or ROCK (Rollergirls of Central Kentucky) roller derby; and for Major League Football and Baseball the nearby Cincinnati Bengals and Reds.
Surrounded by rolling hills and scenic horse farms, Lexington is known for its natural beauty and moderate weather. The area offers a wide variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, ranging from canoeing on the nearby Kentucky River and hiking in the famous Red River Gorge to biking through horse country. World-class white water rafting and caving are also within easy striking distance. More leisurely pursuits include afternoons at Keeneland Racetrack, Gallery Hop, or skating downtown at the new outdoor ice rink.
In addition to being the world center of the thoroughbred racehorse breeding industry, central Kentucky is home to major corporations such as Ashland, Toyota USA, bioscience giant Alltech, Lexmark International, Tempur-Pedic International, and Link-Belt. One of Amazon's largest fulfillment centers in North America is also located here. Nevertheless, Lexington maintains the ambience and charm of a university town, with the offerings of a much larger city. Overall, the Bluegrass is a great place to live and learn.
Founded in 1865, UK is Kentucky’s flagship academic institution. The university has about 20,000 undergraduate students and 9,000 graduate students, representing over 111 countries. The main campus encompasses about 800 acres near historic downtown Lexington, including a large arboretum. The W. T. Young Library is renowned for its superb architecture, holdings (3.5 million volumes), and endowment. Academic support facilities are significant, as are athletic facilities available for student use. A new state-of-the-art $700 million university hospital opened in 2011.
Patterson School students are able to take advantage of UK’s wide range of academic programs and offerings. Kentucky is one of only a few universities to house on a single campus separate colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Communications and Information Studies, Design, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work.
UK is in the midst of a strategic effort to become one of the nation’s top 20 public research universities. In 2007, the university completed a billion dollar fund raising campaign to ensure its facilities and programs can meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Patterson School is integral to that effort, educating future global leaders determined to make a difference.