University of Kentucky

Fast Facts

  • School Size

    Large

  • Tuition

    $25,000—$30,000 Year

  • Affiliation

    Public

  • Type of School

    University

  • Student Body Gender

    Co-ed

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students

    Yes

  • Conditional Admission Available

    Yes

  • Top Programs

    Business, Engineering, Biology

  • Setting

    City

  • Accreditation and Certification

    SACS, SACSCOC, AACSB, NASM, ABET

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 70+ , IELTS: Band 6+

  • Social Media

OVERVIEW

Welcome to University of Kentucky!

Home to over 33,000 students from over 104 countries, the University of Kentucky (UK) is the flagship, land-grant university of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. With over 200 programs across 17 colleges and professional schools, few universities in America match the comprehensiveness of UK’s programs, the breadth of its faculty’s expertise and the cutting-edge research it sponsors.  

The University of Kentucky is one of only eight universities in the United States that are able to leverage, on a single campus, a full array of arts and sciences programs, graduate and professional schools (in agriculture, engineering, business, education, public administration, communication, fine arts, design, social work, diplomacy, and law), and a major medical center, with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, and health sciences.  The availability of these resources has enabled the University of Kentucky to develop innovative interdisciplinary programs and, in its work overseas, gives it the ability to analyze and address problems and apply expertise from across multiple disciplines.

UK Highlights & Campus Life

  • Enrollment
    • 33,000 students
    • Over 1,700 international students
    • 104 nationalities represented 
  • Choose from more than 200 programs in 17 academic and professional colleges, in world’s top 300 ranked university and with 25+ programs in the Top 20 in the U.S.
  • Learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty at one of the top 50 engineering schools in the U.S.
  • 500+ student organizations and international events all year-round!
  • 28 Dining Locations across campus including healthy, gluten-free, halal, vegetarian and vegan options.
  • 18 modern residence halls and multiple Living Learning Programs designed for you to learn where you live.
  • The strongest tradition in college basketball #GoCats!
  • The best school spirit in the country! 

World Leader in International Education

The University of Kentucky has been directly involved in international education reform and international development for over half a century, working with funders as varied as USAID, the Asian Development Bank, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the U.S. Embassies in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The University of Kentucky also maintains active institutional partnerships with over 100 universities throughout the world in support of research, student and faculty exchange, cultural exchange and faculty development. UK has 55 research centers and a nationally-ranked library with more than 4.6 million volumes to explore.

ADMISSIONS

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers three types of admission to prospective international students.

  • Full Admission is offered to students who have met all requirements including English proficiency as noted below.
  • Conditional Admission is offered to International undergraduate applicants who meet UK’s academic requirements for admission but do not meet the minimum language proficiency requirement may be offered conditional admission. Students can complete the language requirement by enrolling in full-time intensive language courses at  UK's Center for English as a Second Language. The duration of these courses will depend on placement test results and individual student progress. Upon successful completion of the English language course(s), the student will move seamlessly into a degree program at UK. NOTE: No additional application is required for Conditional Admission.  CESL “TOEFL Waiver Policy”: Conditionally admitted students can demonstrate English proficiency for undergraduate admission by successfully completing the Center for ESL.
  • Financial Conditional Admission is offered to students who meet all academic admission requirements but who have not yet provided proof of funding. Official acceptance and an I-20 will not be issued until proof of funding is established.

Deadlines to Apply

  • Spring (January): October 15
  • Summer (May): March 1
  • Fall (August): May 15

*Scholarship deadline for International Students February 15.

Requirements:

  • International application for undergraduate admission (Common App accepted)
  • $60 application fee
  • Copy of your passport
  • Official transcripts in English
  • Official course descriptions (transfer students)
  • Bank statement showing balance of $44,000 for 2018-2019
  • Sponsor Guarantee Form: http://bit.ly/ukysponsorform
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores directly from testing center (TOEFL 71 IBT/ IELTS 6.0)

SCHOLARSHIPS

Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are competitive and are awarded to the top candidates in the applicant pool. The candidates will be evaluated on multiple criteria, including their academic background, a potential to positively represent their home country and the University of Kentucky, an essay, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, awards and recognition, community service. Even though scholarships are open to all students, unfortunately, not all who apply will be offered scholarships. However, we assure each applicant that his or her application will receive consideration and fair treatment in this competitive process.

Bluegrass Spirit  

  • Competitive 4-year award
  • From $8,000
  • Min. ACT 25 or SAT(M+CR) 1200
  • Min. GPA 3.0

International Ambassador

  • Competitive & renewable for 4 years
  • $3,000 to 50% tuition
  • 1 essay and 1 letter of recommendation

William C. Parker

  • Competitive & renewable for 4 years
  • From $5,000
  • Min. GPA 2.50

RANKINGS

  • 25 programs in the top 20 in the U.S.
  • A top University for International Students according to 2018 U.S. News & World Report
  • 2018 U.S. News & World Report has ranked UK:
    • General Ranking
      • #133 in National Universities
      •  #63 in Top Public Schools
      • #324 Best Global Universities
    • Best Global University Ranking for
      • #94 Pharmacology and Toxicology
      • #97 Microbiology
      • #150 Plant and Animal Science
      • #156 Neuroscience and Behavior
      • #171 Agricultural Sciences
      • #189 Psychiatry/Psychology
    • Best Undergraduate Programs
      • #99 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
    • Best Graduate Programs
      • #6 Pharmacy
      • #4 Public Finance and Budgeting
      • #46 Best Education Schools
      • #89 Best Business Schools
      • #90 Biological Sciences
      • #97 Best Engineering Schools
      • #125 Part-time MBA

LOCATION

Welcome to Lexington!

A vibrant, bustling city with the hospitality of a southern town, Lexington is on the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region. This safe and friendly city is also home to a vibrant international community. There’s always something to do and you can easily get away from the city byzz by exploring the horse farms and all that Kentucky has to offer.

Quick Facts

  • Population of 300,000
  • In 2017, Lexington, KY was ranked:
    • 7 Best City of New Grads, SmartAsset
    • #5 Top College Town, Livability.com
    • One of the five safest U.S. Cities
    • #6 Best Value city
    • Top 10 best-educated cities in the U.S.

What Our Students Say About UK 

“UK is the place you want to be. I am proud of myself to have chosen to come to UK. It is indeed my best life choice till date. Be it the incredibly helpful professors and mentors, beautiful campus or the stellar quality of education, we have it all, here at UK. I have had great, memorable experiences in the one year I've been here. I met influential people, interacted with business leaders and scientists, participated in community building activities and most importantly, made friends for life. I feel UK has filled that gap in life and made my life complete. I would be nowhere else but UK! So, I say again - UK is the place you want to be.” - Shravan Shrinivas Govindaraj, India  

“Coming to UK is the greatest thing I could have ever hoped to happen to me. The people I’ve met here and the memories I’ve made will be cherished forever. Despite being an international student, I have never once felt like I was an outsider and I feel like I belong more here than anywhere else in the world.” -Sarah Fahmy, Egypt

“Since I became a wildcat, this campus has seen a multitude of new buildings with the highest tech and fancy designs. The newer dorms are extremely nice, with separate bedrooms and Tempur-Pedic full size XL beds, you may find youself asking if that is an actual college dorm or just a fancy hotel room.” -Henrique Correa, Brazil

“UK has the most welcoming community and outstanding academics. All the programs are filled with professors who want you to succeed. If you’re looking for a place to motivate you, inspire you, and drive you to success, then the University of Kentucky is home for you.” -Frank Wang, China

 

 

 

 

 

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University of Kentucky

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545 Rose Street
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Lexington KY 40506
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