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The University of Kentucky - The Flagship, Land-Grant and Research University of the Commonwealth

Uk's Memorial Hall in autumn.

Welcome to the University of Kentucky -- the flagship, land-grant university of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and a national leader in teaching, research and service. Since our inception in 1865, the University of Kentucky has been more than a public research university; we have been home to the state’s greatest aspirations - an idea of a new and brighter tomorrow.

Birthed as a land-grant institution adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. From its early beginnings, with only 190 students and 10 professors, UK’s campus now covers more than 918 acres and is home to more than 29,000 students and approximately 14,500 employees including nearly 2,300 full-time faculty and librarians.

UK is one of eight universities in the United States that has programs in agriculture, engineering, medicine and pharmacy on a single campus. This diversity of scholarship is leading to groundbreaking discoveries and unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

We are a home away from home for a diverse community of student-scholars from all 120 Kentucky counties, each of the 50 states, and 117 countries worldwide. UK students compete successfully for prestigious scholarships and awards such as the Astronaut, Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater, Marshall, Udall and Gates Cambridge.

In Fall 2013, the University opened Central Halls I & II, adding 601 modern residence hall beds, new academic learning space and administrative offices for the Honors Program. Currently, Phases II-A, II-B and II-C of a multi-year public/private partnerships with EdR are underway. Ten additional facilities across campus will add nearly 5,700 beds and 202 active learning spaces by 2016. The investment thus far - nearly $348 million - will transform the way we house, educate and mentor our students.

A dramatic renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics is underway, which is made possible through the generosity of our donors.

Construction will begin in summer 2014 on a new Academic Science Building that will accommodate the next century of scientific learning, research and discovery. UK Athletics is funding nearly two-thirds of this project - $65 million - illustrating their unwavering support for our academic mission.

The renovation of Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Training and Recruiting Center - financed completely by Athletics – began in December 2013. The investments we make today ensure UK Athletics’ place as a premier, self-supporting program in the future - one that provides nearly 500 scholarships to students from all walks of life and throughout the country.

Our capital priorities are a critical component of our future, but our campus is more than bricks and mortar - it is the faculty, staff and administrators who foster opportunities for our students and the programs that comprise the comprehensive college experience we offer. The University’s wide variety of academic opportunities are complemented by exciting extra-curricular activities that add richly to what our students learn inside the classroom and encourage them to actively participate as part of a global community.

UK continues its ascent as a major public research institution with a bold and visionary plan to meet the needs of its students, faculty, staff and the state it serves. In 2013, the UK Markey Cancer Center announced its designation as a National Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This designation places UK among an elite group of 22 research universities with the triple crown of federal research awards: NCI-designation, the Clinical Translational Sciences Award and a federally supported Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

UK HealthCare has strategically developed an incredible capacity to serve the Commonwealth through our state-of-the-art patient care pavilion and emergency rooms, advanced biomedical and biological research, and a network of affiliate health care agencies throughout Kentucky. Our passion for people and our vision for a medical campus of the future have inspired leading physicians and researchers from across the United States to join us. Since their arrival, they have balanced a research agenda with outreach to our affiliate and partner hospitals, so Kentucky families can receive quality health care at home and travel to Lexington for only the most advanced, complex medical care and procedures.

We are in a time of tremendous opportunity and daunting challenge for higher education. Colleges and universities are the economic engines of our country, the foundation of prosperity in our communities and the greatest asset for long-term global competitiveness.

Because of the lives we touch, the improved general welfare of our society and the betterment of our way of life, we will never step back from our obligation as the Commonwealth's flagship and land-grant research university.

We can, we must and we will honor and extend the legacy of the last 150 years for another generation.