Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Provost? The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University. The Provost supervises the academic deans as well as a number of academic support and student service units, including the Division of Undergraduate Education, the Graduate School, University Libraries, Student Affairs, International Affairs, University Press and Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness. The Provost works closely with other senior administrators in establishing, implementing, financing, and evaluating the major educational, research, and service initiatives of the University. The Provost authorizes academic appointments and advises the President on all promotion and tenure decisions.

    In her first year, 2013-14 UK's Provost, Dr. Christine Riordan, began leading efforts on two critically important initiatives: the development and implementation of a values-based budget model ( and the creation, along with faculty, staff and students, of a six-year strategic plan, "see tomorrow: A Strategic Plan for the University of Kentucky." Learn more about the plan and the process for its creation and implementation at:

  • How do I make an appointment? You can contact the Provost's office at: Office of the Provost
    105 Main Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0032
    Phone: (859) 257-2911
    Fax: (859) 257-1333

  • How do I invite the Provost to speak at my event? Please go to and we will respond as soon as possible.

  • I'm interested in applying to be part of the UK faculty. How do I go about it? We are committed to investing in -- and supporting -- a world-class faculty, one deeply engaged in teaching students and solving some of our world's most pressing challenges. Prospective faculty can review openings and the application process at:

  • What resources are available to me as a faculty member in terms of support and professional development? The University of Kentucky offers a wealth of resources and benefits to assist faculty -- whether as a new scholar transitioning to the university or a long-term faculty member seeking professional development and new opportunities.

    The Office of Faculty Advancement  can assist with information on a range of topics, from university governance to promotion and tenure issues. You also can learn about professional development opportunities at:

    Faculty specifically interested in the development of teaching skills can contact our Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching: And for more information about the University's family-friendly policies, you can review:

  • I'm interested in attending UK as an undergraduate student. How can I apply? We are excited that you are interested in "seeing blue." with us at UK. To learn more about applying, go to:

  • I'm a current student. How can I get involved and learn more about opportunities for me at UK? The University of Kentucky places students first in everything that we do. There is a wealth of opportunity for you here, from more than 200 majors to about 500 organizations and clubs. Learn more about how you can "see success." at UK:

  • I'm interested in UK for continuing my studies as a graduate student. Where can I get information? UK is one of only a small number of institutions in the country with the full complement of medical, professional and liberal arts programs on one contiguous campus. The University of Kentucky offers advanced study in 90 program areas, awarding doctoral degrees in 61 fields, master's degrees in 120 fields, and five specialist degrees. Learn more about our graduate programs and how to apply at:

  • How is the University of Kentucky accredited? The University of Kentucky is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Kentucky.

  • When is registration? Registration dates are listed in the official academic calendar at

  • How is the university governed? The University of Kentucky's Board of Trustees -- a 20-member board that includes representation from the faculty, staff and students -- is the official governing body of the institution. The President, Eli Capilouto, serves as its Chief Executive Officer. You can learn more about the governing and administrative regulations of the institution at: And you can read about our commitment to faculty and shared governance at