Record Growth, National Recognition

In an effort to strategically enhance the campus core and grow enrollment rates at the University of Kentucky, President Capilouto and the Board of Trustees have found innovative ways to serve our students, faculty and staff in order to remain a premier residential public research campus.

2014 marked the third consecutive year of record growth at UK, and the University has since enrolled more than 30,000 students for the first time. Some highlights of this class, among many, are below:

  • 113 National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Finalists, up from a record 105 last year, placing UK among the Top 10 of public institutions
  • Number of students participating in new Living/Learning programs at 1,734, up from 960 last year
  • 674 students scored 31-36 on the ACT/SAT equivalent.
  • New records in total African American, Hispanic and International undergraduate student enrollment.

In addition, recent graduate Grace Trimble, of Winchester, Ky., was named a 2014 Truman Scholar and received $30,000 to conduct graduate work in areas of public service. While Trimble was the only Truman recipient in 2014 from Kentucky, she is the 13th UK student to receive the honor from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

The Truman Scholarships are national awards given to college juniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership and are devoted to careers in public service. Trimble founded and began operating a nonprofit organization as a teenager.

Two wildcats were also recently named finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship. Luke Glaser, a 2013 graduate who studied English and Hispanic studies from Louisville, Ky, and Grace Trimble, a 2015 graduate who studied political science from Winchester, Ky.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.