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At a Glance 2005

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  • The middle 50 percent of the ACT scores of incoming freshmen in 2005 showed a composite of 22-27, well above the national average of 18-25.

  • UK recently unveiled the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence that will strengthen collaborative efforts among many successful campus undergraduate programs.

  • In 1998, the percentage of UK students graduating within six years was 50.8 percent. Today, it is approximately 60 percent, the highest of any public university in Kentucky.

  • UK is one of only seven universities in the U.S. that have programs in agriculture, engineering, law, medicine, and pharmacy on a single campus.

  • UK boasts over 80 national rankings for academic excellence – including a top 50 overall ranking among both public and private universities. The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, College of Pharmacy, College of Law and College of Medicine are highly ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best graduate schools.

  • The Martin School is ranked fifth in the category of public finance and budgeting. The College of Pharmacy comes in at number eight and the College of Law is ranked among the top 25 colleges of law at public institutions. The college of medicine is ranked 43rd among 125 accredited medical schools in the area of primary care.

  • The William T. Young Library, opened in 1998, already has assumed a position among the world’s leading research libraries; its book endowment is the largest among public universities. The library measures 365,000 square feet and seats 4,000 people.

  • UK’s office of international affairs coordinates exchange programs in more than 60 countries.

  • UK’s Donovan Scholars Program was the first of its kind in the nation to offer tuition-free college classes for persons 65 and older.

  • An average of 150 Donovan Scholars take academic classes each semester and over 400 Donovan Scholars participate in self-enrichment programs which have expanded to include art, chorus, computers, dulcimer, forum, gerofitness, great decisions, radio-drama, and walking club.

  • More than 300 campus organizations contribute to a well-rounded college experience for students.

  • To provide access to health care for underserved children, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the UK colleges of Dentistry and Medicine have launched a state-of-the-art Ronald McDonald Care Mobile – the most comprehensive vehicle of its kind in Kentucky and valued at over $323,000. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program brings education and preventive medical and dental services directly into local neighborhoods that have unmet health care needs.

  • Health education through extension leadership (HEEL), a new partnership between the College of Medicine, the College of Public Health, the College of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Service was created to enhance the Cooperative Extension agents’ capacity to deliver valuable health and wellness information throughout the Commonwealth.

  • The College of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service – the nation’s third largest – has a staff of over 900 agents, specialists, and support personnel who respond to more than six million inquiries from all 120 Kentucky counties every year.

  • At UK, a spirit of collaboration stirs multidisciplinary research that extends across the campus – and beyond. Our researchers now engage in projects with professors at each of Kentucky are other public universities. as well as independent institutions across Kentucky and public and independent institutions in other states and abroad.

  • UK hospital was named a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. The designation recognizes the outstanding nursing care at UK Hospital and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. UK Hospital was the first in Lexington, second in Kentucky and only the 39th of almost 6,000 hospitals in the nation to achieve the recognition.

  • College of medicine students operate the Salvation Army Clinic, which offers free medical care to those who cannot afford care.  College of Nursing nurse practitioner fellows and community nurse interns provide medical care at the Hope Center, Virginia Place, school-based clinics and several other underserved areas in Kentucky.

  • UK is the ninth largest economic enterprise in the Commonwealth. The College of Medicine alone represents the 21st largest company.

  • UK ranks 10th in the nation among all universities for the number of start-up companies formed per $10 million in research spending, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • UK’s $1.4 billion annual budget makes it Kentucky’s ninth largest corporation.

  • Since 1997, UK's enrollment has grown by 2,700 to over 26,000 students. This enrollment, combined with UK’s 11,000-person workforce, makes UK the equivalent of Kentucky’s sixth largest city.

  • During fiscal year 2005, UK faculty received a record-breaking total of $274 million in extramural funding for grants and contracts – a staggering 15 percent increase over the year before. This achievement marked the fourth year in a row UK exceeded the $200 million level in sponsored project awards. UK was recently ranked 28th among all public universities in sponsored research.

  • In 2000, officials launched The Campaign for the University of Kentucky, a $600 million fundraising effort – the largest in state history – to enhance facilities, academic programs, public service and scholarships. After soaring past that goal, UK set a new mark of $1 billion. We are well on our way, having brought in more than $811 million.

  • A national leader in telemedicine, UK uses technology to extend health care services to those in need across the Commonwealth.  Kentucky TeleCare connects 70 of Kentucky’s rural hospitals and medical centers to specialists at the UK Medical Center through interactive videoconferencing systems. 

  • UK is a worldwide research leader in the development of plant-made pharmaceuticals (PMPs). University researchers have been working alongside bio-pharmaceutical companies, attempting to turn the tobacco plant into pharmaceuticals.

  • UK’s David Moliterno serves as national principal investigator for a landmark $38 million trial to advance the field of interventional cardiology.

  • A total of 252,334 alumni and 62 clubs advance the mission, vision and accomplishments of UK around the world.

  • UK students and alumni can utilize the James W. Stuckert Career Center, one of the largest and most technologically advanced in the country with a career resource library three times larger than those at benchmark institutions.

  • Students represent 117 countries, all 50 states and every county in Kentucky.

  • UK was founded in 1865 as a land-grant institution and Kentucky’s flagship university.

  • Located in the heart of the beautiful Bluegrass region, the 687-acre campus is adjacent to vibrant downtown Lexington, named one of America’s top-20 places to live and work by Employment Review magazine.

  • UK is one of only seven universities in the country with a teaching and research campus and a medical center all in one central location.

  • UK boasts a long-standing tradition of excellence in athletics – with seven NCAA basketball championships, a cross-country national championship, an eight-time NCAA champion in gymnastics, an Olympic medalist in track and field, and 14 national championships in cheerleading.

  • Kentucky set a school record with four conference championships in 2004-05, including SEC regular-season titles in men’s basketball and women’s tennis, the SEC Tournament title in men’s golf, and the Mid-American Conference regular-season crown in men’s soccer.

  • The wildcats placed 35th among 327 Division I schools in the 2004-05 Directors’ Cup all-sports standings sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the United States Sports Academy, and USA Today.

  • UK’s scholars – students, faculty and alumni – have been honored by Nobel, Pulitzer, Rhodes, Fulbright, Guggenheim, Grammy, Metropolitan Opera and other prestigious panels.

  • UK was selected as one of only 13 major research universities in the nation entitled to award Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Scholarships to be awarded to students conducting undergraduate research work in chemistry, biochemistry and biological and medical sciences. 

  • UK was a recent recipient of the Harry S. Truman Foundation Honor Institution Award for exemplary participation in the Harry S. Truman Scholarship program.  UK has participated in the Truman Scholarship program for more than 20 years.  Twelve Truman Scholarships have been awarded to UK students.

  • UK generated $762,530 in royalties during fiscal year 2004 from intellectual property licensed for use by business and industry. During the year, 28 patents were issued, 35 patent applications filed, 76 inventions disclosed and 12 licenses issued.

  • UK ranks 17th among land-grant universities, 34th among public universities and 57th overall in licensing income and patents. (Association of University Technology Managers)

  • UK was awarded a $22 million grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance math and science education in Appalachia. This grant was the largest single grant in the school’s history.

  • UK was awarded a grant to fund the Sloan Industry Center focusing on research into challenges confronting the aluminum industry. The UK Sloan Center, housed in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, will enhance the university’s ties to the aluminum industry.  UK joins 23 other Sloan Centers for Industry housed at 15 universities across the country, including Carnegie Mellon University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University and MIT.  

  • In 2004-05, UK invested $74.9 million in student financial aid. Funding from federal, state and university financial aid programs is available to students who qualify.

  • The office of academic scholarship program offers funds to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential for superior academic performance and leadership abilities. The office administers over $7.5 million in merit-based scholarships annually. These awards are made without regard to financial status, race, creed, religious preference or gender.

  • UK offers special scholarships to National Merit/Achievement/Hispanic Finalists, Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts alumni.

  • The Legacy Tuition Program at UK offers a partial tuition program to eligible non-resident undergraduate children of UK graduates.

  • 2005-2006 TUITION AND FEES
    Undergraduate Kentucky residents: $5,812.00 per year
    Undergraduate non-residents:  $12,798.00 per year


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Updated 5/23/07 An Equal Opportunity University