University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
4-year Public university


University of Kentucky is a public institution established in 1865 with city setting located at Lexington. It is ranked 159 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,212; out-of-state tuition and fees are $33,406. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,735. It practices semester-based academic calendar.

#159 in National Universities
Location Lexington, Kentucky
Type 4-year Public
Year Founded 1865
Selectivity Unselective
Size Large
22,735 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences
  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $13,212
Outstate Tuition Fee $33,406
Room and Board Fees $15,474
$41,289 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


95% (Unselective) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Minimally Difficult
$50 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.6 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

71 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$17,638 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$9,027 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $52,482
49% Students with need received Financial Aid
17.2% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship
Total Worth $5,000 to $12,500 with additional funding available for meritorious students
Eligibility Non-Resident Freshmen
Minimum Criteria 25+ ACT or 1200+ SAT and 3.00 and above GPA
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
Presidential Scholarship
Total Worth Full Out-of-State Tuition
Eligibility Non-Resident Freshmen
Minimum Criteria 31 ACT or 1390 SAT and 3.50 GPA
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
Otis A. Singletary Scholarship
Total Worth Full 4-year Out-of-State Tuition plus Housing Stipend
Eligibility Non-Resident Freshmen
Minimum Criteria 33 ACT or 1450 SAT and 3.80 GPA
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

The Felix E. Martin, Jr. Scholarship
Total Worth --
Details The Felix E. Martin, Jr. Scholarship awards financial support to academically outstanding students of Muhlenberg County, and alternatively Hopkins County, to attend the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics.
The Rogers Scholars Scholarship
Total Worth --
Details The Rogers Scholars Program is an intensive, week-long program focusing on leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service.


22,735 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Large
83% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
52% Students graduate within 6 years