University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky
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Founded in 1865, the University of Kentucky is the largest public university in the state, educating more than 24,000 students each semester. Home of the UK Wildcats. Walking tours are available.
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Shannan Y
163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
We took the official campus tour and enjoyed it. The Visitors Center was nice and they were very well-organized there. Appreciated seeing a dorm room, which is really, really nice. Tour guide was knowledgeable. The campus is large but not overly so and pretty. We made a stop by Rupp Arena on our way out of town
Written April 4, 2018
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redneckbluevote
Lexington, KY120 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
I am a UK alumnus. I am becoming more and more ashamed of that.
UK is destroying all its older buildings in order to replace them with newer, more expensive ones. Don't let the picture-postcards and Big Blue fool you. This school is about money, pure and simple. Please note the Kirwan-Blanding tower-dorms are now closed because...UK doesn't want to offer low-cost dorm rooms (how dare you suggest students come to college trying to be financially responsible!! ) The rooms are fine; the buildings are functional. But UK wants to charge its students more. Visit the "Death Star", a massive library built on a sink-hole. UK had to bring in out-of-state geologists to certify it as a safe building site; Kentucky geologists wouldn't sign off on it. Also, when the building was designed, the designers forgot to factor in the weight of the BOOKS...in a Library.
Visit if you like, marvel at whatever isn't being paved. Then take your tuition dollars and go elsewhere. I suggest Western or Eastern.
Written January 19, 2016
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Keliauja
Chicago, IL26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
On a beautiful spring afternoon in the middle of March Madness this is the place to be. BB rules this town and UK is its heart. Careful, because your boys might start talking about going here!
Written March 28, 2015
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Lori Dunn-Reier
Canton, GA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Family
We have fallen in love with Lexington because of the University of Kentucky campus. We literally visited 38 campuses over three years as my daughter was getting ready for college. Yet, she knew, as did we, the minute she walked on campus that this was the place for her. The tradition on this campus is palpable. Unlike the flagship university in our state, this campus is definitely walk-able. It's beautiful, too! Make sure to view the campus when flowers are in bloom, especially around the Visitor's Center. We have watched multiple new dorms going up over the past year and a half, and having been in them, I can promise you that the finished products are unreal! Dorms certainly didn't look like this, inside or out, when my husband and I were in college! This is a really exciting, positive, enthusiastic place to be. The library is phenomenal, too, and is a favorite place to study and to eat for those in the dorms right across the road. One of the local Christian churches is right next to the dorms here, too, and offers free midnight pancakes on a regular basis. Sorority and Fraternity row features really nice facilities. This is the kind of university for those who want the ultimate traditional college experience. Everyone bleeds blue here! Part of this is due to the tremendous leadership of the president of the university. He inspires others to strive for the best. The university has committed to be one of the tops in the nation from research to student life to international education to sports, and they are pouring the necessary resources into achieving those goals. We are from Illinois, and they welcomed my daughter and us with open arms - and open pocketbooks - unlike our own state! My daughter got more money here, by far, than offered in our own - broke - state! We have never overwhelmed by the size of the school. As a matter of fact, we are on a first name basis with many of those in administration. We have simply never had a negative experience. The city is really fun, too! Our teens couldn't stop laughing over "Hugh Jass" Burgers when we visited, and my UK sophomore swears by Cane's Chicken Fingers. We have attended many events at Rupp arena from basketball games to concerts, and the venue couldn't be better. Off campus housing is very reasonably priced and is of excellent quality (Check out Newtown Crossing) . We would move here, even as adults, in a heartbeat. The only trouble you might have is trying to buy any blue clothing within a 300 mile radius! This is Wildcat country, and pride runs deep!
Written April 11, 2014
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WildcatGuy
Cincinnati, OH314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Family
Of course I'm biased with 2 degrees from UK (my wife also has 2), season basketball and football tickets and, of course, the fact that my blood does bleed blue. Regardless, Lexington is such a cool, pretty city, with rolling bluegrass and Keeneland . . . need I say more. But, as the Commonwealth's flagship university, the campus has needed an overhaul since we graduated 20 years ago. The current dorms, for example, are identical to what we lived in in the 90s, which were identical to what my mom lived in during the 60s. I think you catch my drift.

Thankfully, through a nifty private/public partnership (see WSJ article from 2012), UK embarked on an ambitious project to replace ALL of its aging dorms within a 3 year period. If you visit campus now, you will see construction EVERYWHERE. As John Calipari told the relatively new President, Eli Capiluto, if there aren't cranes on campus, there's no progress. Well, there's tons of progress right now, and I think the new dorms are going to attract kids from all over the country. The architecture is modern but with brick and stone facades blends in nicely with some of the older buildings on campus and the library. Plus, there is a tip of the cap to Kentucky's limestone heritage.

On top of the dorms, the athletic department is kicking in $50 million for a new science building (again - badly needed). The student center is next, after which time no public university in the country will be able to beat UK's campus.

Lastly, out of staters interested in UK take note - while some universities like Georgia, Florida and North Carolina shun outsiders, accepting only 5-10% of out of state applicants, UK (like Alabama and South Carolina) welcomes out of staters with open arms. 35% of the current freshmen are from out of state. Plus, there are massive scholarships available to non-residents with a 25-28 ACT score, making tuition almost equal to instate tuition even before looking at additional merit based scholarships. Great move UK.

And, don't forget that if you are from out of state and have a parent who attended UK, there are additional schollys available through the Legacy Initiative Program.
Written November 3, 2013
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NanaK47
Worcester, MA45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We only did a ride through on a Sunday morning but the grounds are beautiful. Lots of green space and beautiful mix of old and new buildings.
Written August 13, 2019
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sbmorg01
Lexington, KY60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Love the UK campus with the old and new buildings mixed in. Still lots of green space with nice landscaping. The new student center is awesome and the center of activity during the summer as well as school year.
Written July 3, 2019
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Jfridde
44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
I don't know where to begin. This college is quite large and they're still building. Everyone we met was extremely friendly. We had lunch at Chick-fil-a on campus. The football stadium was quite impressive to say the least. There are multiple bus services that'll take you around the area. To walk from one side to the other is at least a 20 minute walk. Don't get me wrong- the campus is beautiful if your up to all the walking. I'd recommend parking near Holmes Building (North Campus area). There's a public parking garage and stores/restaurants right there.
Written July 27, 2017
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Mike K
Las Vegas, NV33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
I went to UK for a year, didn't care for it. I ended up graduating from EKU (Eastern KY University-about 30 minutes south of Lexington). Anyway, UK is just an average looking university. Nothing spectacular about it. It does have a long history and a few beautiful buildings. It is close to a few decent eating places. I recommend "Pazzo's" right across the street from the main part of the campus... Just ask anybody; they'll know how to direct you there. They have a great beer selection (one of the best in the entire state) and make a really great pizza.
Written February 17, 2016
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Gina V
Saint Louis, MO28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
Nice campus. Great school of business and law school. Old dorms, little Greek life. Quaint feel for a school of 18,000 students.
Written July 23, 2014
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