University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on University of Kentucky, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Kentucky Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Kentucky was awarded 280 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is physics and astronomy.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, UK is ranked #543 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

UK also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Kentucky ranking.

See all of the rankings for University of Kentucky.

Is It Hard to Get Into UK?

Acceptance Rate

University of Kentucky has an acceptance rate of 96%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for UK.

Average Test Scores

About 17% 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 550 and 660. Math scores were between 530 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 550 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 530 to 670 )
UK received ACT scores from 92% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 22 to 28 )

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University of Kentucky Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, University of Kentucky is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Kentucky is 85%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  85 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Kentucky

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 85% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Kentucky enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from UK have a four-year graduation rate of 35%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  35 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Kentucky.

University of Kentucky Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,236 undergraduates at UK with 20,622 being full-time and 1,614 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Kentucky Cost?

The overall average net price of UK is $17,127. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UK

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,848 $12,872 $15,733 $20,337 $23,189

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UK, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UK, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $8,661 a year. That adds up to $34,644 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.

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How Much Money Do UK Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from UK make around $45,100 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future UK graduates since it is 13% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at University of Kentucky make the most money.

Location of University of Kentucky

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, University of Kentucky is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for UK are given below.

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

University of Kentucky Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 124 majors graduated from University of Kentucky. Of these students, 5,625 received undergraduate degrees and 2,179 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Marketing 329 $40,900
General Business/Commerce 320 $40,800
Nursing 298 $56,500
Teacher Education Subject Specific 282 $27,200
General Psychology 268 $26,000
Finance & Financial Management 266 $45,300
General Biology 241 $21,600
Communication & Media Studies 236 $32,600
Accounting 193 $46,700
Mechanical Engineering 173 $63,300

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Kentucky along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UK

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 7,886 students took at least one online class at University of Kentucky. This is an increase from the 7,038 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 7,886 1,992
2017-2018 7,038 1,622
2016-2017 6,984 1,469
2015-2016 6,409 1,415
2013-2014 5,576 1,005

Learn more about online learning at University of Kentucky.

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Notes and References


*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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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