The University of Kentucky is much more than a place of learning. We’re an economic driver for the Commonwealth. A $3.7 billion enterprise of academics, research and health care—and one of Kentucky’s largest employers. Seventy-seven percent of UK graduates are employed in Kentucky five years after graduation, and earn 25 percent more than the national average ten years after enrolling.
At the University of Kentucky, education means self-discovery and building a foundation for life-long achievement. That foundation starts with expanded opportunity and investment in student success. We’ve committed more than $2.3 billion in upgrades to research facilities, campus housing and state-of-the-art classroom buildings. All while pushing our student enrollment beyond 30,000. And we’re only getting started.
Research is at the heart of the University of Kentucky mission, advancing discovery as we look to answer the biggest challenges facing the Commonwealth. You can see our impact all across Kentucky, with more than $300 million in grants directed to Kentucky issues. Every day, UK researchers work toward improving the health, outlook and quality of life for Kentucky families.
Wildcat success on the field means advancement on the University of Kentucky campus. As a self-sustaining program, UK athletics has contributed more than $150 million dollars to the academic and research mission of the University. You can see it as you walk through a transformed campus. And you’ll continue to see it as the next generation of Wildcats prepares to meet Kentucky’s biggest challenges.
At the University of Kentucky, research is about discovering solutions and putting them to work for the Commonwealth. That’s why UK’s Markey Cancer Center was recognized as a world-class cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. As the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky, the Markey Cancer Center is a major source of discovery, using cutting-edge technology to develop more effective approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.
Being a Wildcat means being a part of a community that’s united by shared passions, values and ideals. Every day, the University of Kentucky is strengthening that community by striving for diversity and inclusion. That commitment can be seen across campus, and is why INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine has named UK one of only 15 Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation.