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University of Kentucky is a public institution located in Lexington, Kentucky. Lexington is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

$37,642 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
96% Acceptance Rate

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University of Kentucky Rankings

UK is ranked #2 out of 39 schools in Kentucky.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UK.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#12 Most Popular Managerial Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Most Popular Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Business & Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Most Popular Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Most Popular Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UK has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#85 Best General Business/Commerce Schools College Factual
#85 Best General Business/Commerce Schools College Factual
#105 Best Marketing/Marketing Management, General Schools College Factual
#107 Best Marketing Schools College Factual
#189 Best Accounting Schools College Factual
#257 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is University of Kentucky?


Contact details for UK are given below.

Contact Details
Address: South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506-0032
Phone: 859-257-9000

How Do I Get Into UK?

You can apply to UK online at:

Admission Requirements for UK

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UK?

96% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
23% Submit SAT Scores
UK has the high acceptance rate of 96%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 95%, and the acceptance rate for women is 97%.

Average Test Scores

About 23% of students accepted to UK submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 640. Math scores were between 530 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 540 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 530 to 640 )
UK received ACT scores from 88% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 31. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 22 to 31 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 21 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 22 to 29 )

Can I Afford University of Kentucky?

$37,642 Net Price
47% Take Out Loans
5.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UK is $37,642. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UK, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $9,087 a year. That adds up to $36,348 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UK is 5.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Kentucky Undergraduate Student Diversity

20,239 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 22,227 undergraduate students at UK, with 20,239 being full-time and 1,988 being part-time.


There are also 7,759 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 20,239 full-time undergraduates at UK, 43% are male and 57% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Kentucky students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 630
Black or African American 1,404
Hispanic or Latino 1,138
White 15,157
International Students 504
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,406

Geographic Diversity

Kentucky students aren't the only ones who study at University of Kentucky. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 105 countries are represented at UK. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Kentucky

4,976 Took All Classes Online
25,082 Took At Least One Class Online
46.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 25,082 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UK has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of UK

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Kentucky was 46.7%. This is the #589 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UK regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Kentucky Business Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Agricultural Economics 0
Accounting 0
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 0
Business Economics 0
Finance 0
General Business/Commerce 0
General Hospitality Administration/Management 0
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 0
International Business/Trade/Commerce 0
Management Science 0
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 0
Communication Management and Strategic Communications 0
Health Communication 0
Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication 0
Econometrics & Quantitative Economics 0
General Economics 0


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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