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University of Kentucky Data & Information Overview

446 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
94% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Kentucky Ranked?

#230 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in KY
Social Work Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 446 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social work.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UK as #230 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UK held the #250 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 38 colleges in Kentucky, UK is ranked at #1.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UK?

94% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
10% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 94%, University of Kentucky is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 10% 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 543 and 660. Math scores were between 540 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 543 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 540 to 670 )
UK received ACT scores from 70% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Kentucky  ( 22 to 29 )

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University of Kentucky Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
88% Full Time Teachers

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 88%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  88 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Kentucky

86% Freshmen Retention
45% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Kentucky has a freshmen retention rate of 86%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  86 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UK for first-time, full-time students is 45%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  45 out of 100

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University of Kentucky Undergraduate Student Diversity

20,239 Full-Time Undergraduates
19.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
57.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,227 undergraduates at UK with 20,239 being full-time and 1,988 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Kentucky Cost?

$18,203 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
$36,180 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UK is $18,203. 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 +
$12,593 $13,424 $16,708 $20,959 $23,946

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $9,045 a year. That adds up to $36,180 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UK is 4.3%. 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?

$54,458 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UK with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $54,458 in their early years. This is good news for future UK graduates since it is 28% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of University of Kentucky

Kentucky State
20,239 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
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

127 Majors With Completions
5,280 Undergraduate Degrees
2,177 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 127 majors graduated from University of Kentucky. Of these students, 5,280 received undergraduate degrees and 2,177 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 343 $38,713
General Business/Commerce 324 $41,792
Nursing 293 $58,034
Teacher Education Subject Specific 278 $29,771
Finance & Financial Management 267 $50,819
General Psychology 256 $24,569
Communication & Media Studies 211 $34,243
General Biology 208 $21,456
Accounting 173 $50,335
Mechanical Engineering 169 $62,556

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

Online Learning at UK

39% Take At Least One Class Online
11% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 11,846 students took at least one online class at University of Kentucky. This is a decrease from the 25,082 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 11,846 3,447
2019-2020 25,082 4,976
2018-2019 7,886 1,992
2017-2018 7,038 1,622
2016-2017 6,984 1,469

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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.


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