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University of Kentucky Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about University of Kentucky, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. 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?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Kentucky was awarded 84 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general business/commerce.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UK as #351 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 27 colleges in Kentucky, UK is ranked at #3.

See all of the rankings for University of Kentucky.

Is It Hard to Get Into UK?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 96%, some consider UK to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

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

The student to faculty ratio at University of Kentucky is about average at 17 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Kentucky is 86%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  86 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Kentucky

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Kentucky has a freshmen retention rate of 83%. 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  83 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.

Good Overall Diversity at UK

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,425 undergraduates at UK with 20,657 being full-time and 1,768 being part-time.

UK Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for UK is 83.52 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  83.52 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Kentucky Cost?

The overall average net price of UK is $18,523. 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 +
$13,419 $14,478 $18,436 $22,043 $24,066

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

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 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 5.9%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UK make about $45,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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

University of Kentucky is a public institution located in Lexington, Kentucky. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of University of Kentucky

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 136 majors graduated from University of Kentucky. Of these students, 5,535 received undergraduate degrees and 2,212 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 362 $40,900
General Business/Commerce 319 $40,800
Nursing 272 $56,500
Teacher Education Subject Specific 265 $27,200
General Psychology 263 $26,000
General Biology 245 $21,600
Finance & Financial Management 215 $45,300
Communication & Media Studies 204 $32,600
Mechanical Engineering 184 $63,300
Public Relations & Advertising 173 $34,600

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 7,038 students took at least one online class at University of Kentucky. This is an increase from the 6,984 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 7,038 1,622
2016-2017 6,984 1,469
2015-2016 6,409 1,415
2014-2015 6,543 1,223
2013-2014 5,576 1,005

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