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Gerald Smith

He was a young preacher at a Pennsylvania seminary who saw wrongs. Gerald Smith, Sermons of the Dreamer. More...

Dr. David J. Moliterno

UK College of Medicine Division of Cardiology chief Dr. David J. Moliterno is committed to providing world-class care for the Commonwealth. More...

Kim Edwards

UK writing professor Kim Edwards' first novel, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter," has been chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title. More...

UK Great Teachers

The UK Alumni Association began recognizing UK's outstanding teachers in 1961. Six professors received the honor this past spring. More...

The University of Kentucky

UK campus

Thank you for your interest in the University of Kentucky. It is an exciting time to be part of the UK Wildcat family. UK is a university on the move. With plans to hire approximately 100 new faculty over the next year and a lofty goal of becoming one of the nation's premier public universities, UK is poised to change the Commonwealth through its commitment to education, research and service.

UK's agenda is simple. It is to accelerate the movement toward national preeminence as one of nation's 20 best public research universities and to become known worldwide for the quality of its academic programs, its commitment to undergraduates, its success in building a diverse community, and its engagement with the larger society. That is what the University of Kentucky is all about. We invite you to explore UK for yourself.


Founded in 1865 as a land-grant institution adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the unique Bluegrass region of Kentucky. From its early beginnings, with only 190 students and 10 professors, UK's campus now covers more than 716 acres and is home to over 26,000 students and nearly 11,000 employees.


Since the mid-1990s, UK has pursued an ambitious goal set by the State Legislature to become a top-20 public research university by 2020. UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. has embraced this goal in a way that promises an impact on every Kentucky resident.

"As the state's flagship institution, the university is mindful of its responsibility to help all Kentuckians," Todd says. "Our land-grant mission calls on us to make a positive impact across the state. We need to be an educational leader, while remaining accessible to all Kentuckians. We need to be a cultural leader, sharing new ideas and opportunities across the state. And we need to be leading Kentucky’s charge into the new economy. We are the catalyst for a new Commonwealth.”


UK's diverse student population represents 117 countries, every state in the nation, and every Kentucky county. The average ACT score for its first-year students is four points above the national average. UK students compete successfully for the most prestigious scholarships and awards, such as the Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater and Marshall. UK was selected as one of only 13 universities nationwide to participate in the Beckman Foundation Scholarship program in 2002 and the grant was renewed in 2005. This prominent program allows UK to award grants of $17,600 to students to support their own research projects. UK also was recognized as a Harry S. Truman Foundation Honor Institution for exemplary participation in the program. To date, UK boasts 12 Truman Scholars.


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The university is committed to strong public service, reaching out to communities across the Commonwealth, sharing knowledge and making a difference in the towns, cities and lives of all Kentuckians. An example is Health Education through Extension Leadership, an ever-expanding Cooperative Extension Service initiative to enhance extension agents' capacity to deliver research conducted on campus throughout the state. 

In 2000, officials launched The Campaign for the University of Kentucky, a $600 million fund-raising effort – the largest in state history – to enhance facilities, academic programs, public service and scholarships. After soaring past that goal, UK set a new mark of $1 billion.  UK is well on our way, having brought in more than $900 million. 


Students can choose from some 200 majors and degree programs in 17 academic and professional colleges: Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Communications and Information Studies, Dentistry, Design, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Law, Libraries, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work.


The university is working aggressively to achieve its top-20 research goal.  During fiscal year 2005, UK faculty received a record-breaking total of $274 million in extramural funding for grants and contracts. The achievement marked the fourth year in a row UK exceeded the $200 million level in sponsored project awards.  In federal expenditures, UK is ranked 28th among all public universities. 

Research at UK is a dynamic enterprise encompassing both traditional scholarship and emerging technologies. In April 2005 the university opened the $74 million Biomedical Biological Sciences Research Building, affectionately known as the BBSRB. The BBSRB – UK’s largest research facility – features an “open-format” design that encourages collaborative research across disciplines. 

Medical Center

The UK Chandler Medical Center, opened in 1960, is considered one of the nation's finest academic medical centers. The faculty, students and staff of our young, dynamic Medical Center take pride in achieving excellence in education, patient care, research, and community service. As one of two Level 1 Trauma Centers in Kentucky, UK cares for the most critically injured and ill patients in the region. The 473-bed UK Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital are supported by more than 500 faculty physicians and dentists, 400 resident physicians, and a staff of 3,200 health professionals committed to high-quality patient care.

UK HealthCare recently announced construction of a new $450 million UK Chandler Hospital. The new hospital, a 1-million square foot facility that will be completed in 2010, is the cornerstone of a 20-year, $2.5 billion plan to construct the Commonwealth Medical Campus of the Future. The medical campus will include a new $120 million pharmacy building, additional research buildings, a new shared Health Sciences Learning Center and additional buildings to house programs for the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, Dentistry and Public Health.


UK campus

With its well-manicured landscape and landmark buildings, UK's campus offers great facilities that advance the scholarship of its students and the research endeavors of its faculty. The William T. Young Library is among the world's leading research libraries; its book endowment is the largest among public universities. Its broad scope of technology offers students, faculty and Kentucky residents access to the most up-to-date information from online journals, government publications, and private studies, as well as more traditional materials.

Location: Lexington, KY
Founded: 1865
Enrollment: 27,000
President: Dr. Lee T. Todd Jr.
Provost: Dr. Kumble R. Subbaswamy
Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration: Frank Butler
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs: Dr. Michael Karpf

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