Located in Kentucky's Bluegrass region, in 2015 Lexington was ranked the 15th Best City in the US for business and careers (Forbes). The year before, Kiplinger declared it the 7th most affordable big city in America. The Patterson School's home was also recently declared the 7th "brainiest" US city based on the percentage of citizens holding college degrees - coming in just behind San Diego and ahead of Denver. Finally, Lexington was singled out in 2014 by the American Institute for Economic Research as as the 17th best college town.
With a city population of over 300,000 people (about 500,000 in the metropolitan statistical 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; 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, making the rounds on Kentucky's Bourbon Trail or skating downtown at the 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, 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 slightly more than 30,000 students (about 22,000 undergraduate students and 8,000 graduate students), representing over 100 countries. The main campus encompasses over 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 and today over one billion dollars in new construction is underway - including a $200 million student center, a $265 million research building, and a total renovation of the business school. This is on top of $500 million for new student dormitories and a major upgrade in 2015 of sports facilities.
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 public research universities. The university has already 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 noble goal, educating future global leaders determined to make a difference.