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.


The University of Kentucky will be one of the nation's 20 best public research universities.


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