The University of Kentucky’s history is marked by resilience and shaped by an unyielding and compassionate commitment to those we serve. Today, informed by that past, we are focused on the future. 

We are the pulse of our state’s economy and the hands that heal its communities. We are the voice of Kentucky’s arts and letters and the power behind discoveries that uplift and advance. The University of Kentucky is fulfilling an ambitious vision established by the President and its Board of Trustees.

This place has been – and continues to be – home to pioneers and providers, bold dreamers and strategic thinkers, who make our vision and work possible. Thanks to the efforts of those who came before us, we are poised to do more and be more for those we serve.

Together, guided by the leadership of the Board of Trustees, we will show the world what Kentucky can do.

Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign

Kentucky can bring hope to those in need and in pain. Kentucky can equip the new leaders who will show us the way. Kentucky can find answers to the biggest questions we face. Kentucky can work harder, reach higher, and dream bigger for the future of our institution, our students, and our state. UK has launched a $2.1 billion campaign to tackle these challenges by improving opportunities for student success, funding innovative research, improving healthcare for all Kentuckians, strengthening our alumni network, and supporting our athletics programs. It is a historic effort, but one that we can accomplish with your help. Together, we will show the world what Kentucky can do.

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HEAL: Helping to End Addiction Long-term

Kentucky is currently ranked 5th in the United States for opioid overdose deaths and has suffered through the opioid epidemic since its inception. That is why researchers from the University of Kentucky's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research — in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) — will lead a project as part of the HEALing Communities study, funded by the largest grant ever awarded to the University. The four-year, more than $87 million study has an ambitious but profoundly important goal: reducing opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent in 16 counties that represent more than a third of Kentucky’s population. We take our role as the University for Kentucky seriously.

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LEADS: Leveraging Economic Affordability for Developing Success

Today at the University of Kentucky, we are pioneering new ways to fulfill our mission to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and the people of the Commonwealth we serve. Anchored by this land-grant mission, and propelled by fierce resolve and enduring compassion, we continue to ask ourselves what is possible.

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Health Care

A new public health initiative supported by $11 million in funding from the National Cancer Institute aims to address the burden of cervical cancer incidence and mortality in Appalachia. The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, in partnership with NCI-designated cancer center at The Ohio State University and University of Virginia, along with investigators at West Virginia University, is collaborating on a project that will involve 10 health systems in the Appalachian region. This project is an opportunity to focus on one of the most preventable cancers in our region of Appalachia.

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Kentucky softball shortstop Katie Reed was recently announced as the winner of the 2019 Senior CLASS Award for softball by Premier Sports Management. She is the first UK softball player ever to win the award and the second Kentucky Wildcat to win, joining Troy Squires in 2018 for baseball.

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Forbes Ranks UK Among Best Places to Work

The University of Kentucky has recently been named one of America’s Best-in-State Employers, according to a ranking from Forbes Magazine. The list is a testament to the University's commitment to the Commonwealth and reinforces our reputation as an employer of high quality.

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