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Thank you for your interest in visiting the University of Kentucky. We are honored to be part of your college search process. Even as we face the challenge that the coronavirus (COVID-19) brings, we are committed to supporting you and your family. Just as importantly, the health and well-being of our Wildcat Family, including campus visitors, remains our top priority.
To that end, and in accordance with the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person campus visit experiences for the next several weeks. This includes events hosted by the Visitor Center as well as each of our academic colleges. When tours resume, we will update you via our social channels and this website. Find the latest information regarding the University of Kentucky’s response to COVID-19.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission is available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET. While our team will be working remotely for the next several weeks, you are still able to reach the UK Visitor Center by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For immediate assistance, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 859-257-2000. Our Admission Counselors are also ready to assist you.
Scheduling a Campus Visit
Please Read this Section Before Registering for a Tour
The Visitor Center asks all visitors to register online for an official campus tour. Some information sessions and tours, particularly in the months from September through April, fill up more than three weeks in advance. For the benefit of all registered visitors, we limit the size of our tours. Open sessions will be visible on the registration calendar. Once a session is full, it will automatically be removed from the calendar. Should space become available due to cancelations, the session and tour will automatically be listed on the calendar.
Visitors who are not registered for an official campus tour will be provided with a copy of our self-guided tour and viewbook. Our Visitor Center staff is knowledgeable in admissions information and would be happy to answer questions you have before you begin your self-guided tour.
Before you visit the University of Kentucky, we invite you to take a virtual tour of campus. Explore campus, downtown Lexington and our new residence halls from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Our virtual tour follows a route similar to our own 90-minute walking tour and is led by two current Visitor Center Tour Guides.
Please note that the University of Kentucky is in the Eastern Time Zone.
Enrollment Session and Official Campus Tour
The Visitor Center offers 30-minute enrollment information sessions followed by 90-minute campus tours every weekday at the University of Kentucky. The enrollment session is designed to cover admission, scholarship and housing information for prospective freshmen. (The Visitor Center also offers select transfer student sessions and tours each month; see below for more information.)
After your information session, you'll be led by a student tour guide on a 90-minute walking tour of campus. Your tour will include stops at William T. Young Library, the University's largest library; Jacobs Science Building; Haggin Hall, a suite-style residence hall that opened Fall 2015; Gatton College of Business and Economics Building; Gatton Student Center, and various other landmarks on campus. We tour rain, snow or shine, so dress comfortably!
Our open house events give high-school students the opportunity to explore their academic interests and interact one-on-one with current students, faculty and staff from across the University of Kentucky. Learn more about what it means to be a “Wildcat;” explore student and academic life; and tour our beautiful campus in the heart of Lexington. Our Big Blue Open House events are geared toward high school seniors, while May Day is suggested for any high school student wanting an early look at UK in their college decision-making process.
Information about these events are available at go.uky.edu/openhouse
What's Possible Visit
You're searching for a unique college experience - so why should your campus visit look like everyone else's? During your time with us, you'll experience all life as a Wildcat has to offer - with an itinerary that considers your specific interests.
Your visit will include:
- 60-minute walking tour dedicated to campus living
- Opportunity to speak with current students
- 60-minute walking tour geared toward your academic interests
- Optional enrollment session designed for prospective freshmen
We tour rain, snow or shine, so be sure to dress comfortably.
We're proud of our tenacious spirit and where our roots allow us to grow - and we want to share those things with you. Come discover what's wildly possible for you at the University of Kentucky.
There's no doubt that the best way to feel the energy and excitement on UK's campus is to come see it for yourself. Some of the benefits of visiting on a weekday include:
- Get the truest feel of life as a Wildcat when you visit while students are moving about between classes.
- Dining facilities are open every weekday, so you don't need to walk far for your Starbucks fix.
- Enrollment offices - Undergraduate Admission, Scholarships, Student Financial Aid - have walk-in hours every weekday.
- Walk through various classroom buildings and colleges after your tour; most are open each weekday.
For the reasons above, we would prefer that every prospective student visit us on a weekday. Please understand that academic colleges and campus offices, including Undergraduate Admission, Scholarships, Housing, etc. are not open on Saturdays. We also understand that visiting on a weekday may pose challenges to some families, so we occasionally offer Saturday tours. Any available options will be listed in our registration calendar, accessed via the Schedule a Visit button on the bottom of your screen.
Prospective Transfer Visits
Our transfer student enrollment sessions are 30-minute information sessions directly related to prospective transfer student admission, course equivalency, scholarships, financial aid, housing and more. Immediately following the information session, prospective students see campus with one of our Visitor Center tour guides. To see upcoming transfer enrollment sessions and campus tours, click the Schedule a Visit button at the bottom.