Mission and Vision


The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.


As Kentucky’s indispensable educational institution, we transform the lives of our students and advance the Commonwealth we serve and beyond through our teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion, discovery, research and creativity, promotion of health, and deep community engagement.


The University of Kentucky is guided by its core values:

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Mutual respect and human dignity
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Academic freedom
  • Personal and institutional responsibility and accountability
  • Shared governance
  • A sense of community
  • Work-life sensitivity
  • Civic engagement
  • Social responsibility