New academic year.
That’s what it means to see blue. It’s a place where everything students need to realize their dreams and embark on their future is in place.
It’s all here.
A few new milestones this year as students navigate a campus built for their success:
--1,100 new residence hall beds are opening this fall in the Lewis Honors College and University Flats. It’s the completion of a housing transformation at the University of Kentucky that began more than four years ago.
In that time, nearly $450 million has been invested. More than 6,800 beds in 14 new state-of-the-art residence halls have been constructed. But these residence halls aren’t only places to live. They are places to learn. They are places where community is built. High-tech classrooms and spaces dot the new halls with nearly 200 living and learning spaces that support student success.
- New this fall is Lewis Hall, named after native Kentuckian and UK graduate Tom Lewis, will be home to the Lewis Honors College. With nearly 20,000 square feet of dedicated academic support space for the college, it includes four classrooms and over 30 offices.
- University Flats — just down the road from Lewis Hall — will be home to 771 residents throughout seven floors. University Flats will serve as upperclassmen and graduate student housing. The graduate wing of the residence hall consists of two room types — studio apartments and one-bedroom apartments for graduate and professional students. The undergraduate wing provides two-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom apartments.
--In the spring, a more than $200 million re-imagined student center will open in the heart of campus. It will be a home for virtually 24/7 programming, student organization gatherings, entertainment and dining. It will be UK’s living room, where our community comes together for the most important conversations and time together.
--K Week -- during the run-up to the first day of classes, Aug. 23 -- offers literally hundreds of events for new students to get to know one another, to build community, and to prepare for the new school year. It’s how we help students see blue. from the start of their academic careers.
--On Saturday, August 19, the official welcome to the new year occurs with Big Blue U. At historic Kroger Field, the new first-year class of Wildcats will gather to kick off the new year the right way.